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About Craig Pay

Craig Pay writes speculative fiction. His short stories have been published in various magazines receiving positive reviews from the Guardian newspaper, Interzone and Strange Horizons. In 2011 he won the NAWG David Lodge Trophy. In 2013 he completed a master’s degree in Creative Writing from Bolton University, receiving the Vice Chancellor's Prize. Craig runs a writing group in Manchester. He enjoys Chinese martial arts and many other hobbies. Craig has recently completed a science-fiction / Chinese mythology novel set in Titan orbit. He is represented by John Jarrold.

Meeting: 13th February

We had six members attending last night’s meeting with five pieces of work being discussed, including Luke’s first submission to the group.

Meeting: 13th February

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Meeting: 9th January

First of all I’d like to welcome Luke Shelbourn who joined us for the first time last night. You gave some excellent feedback and we’re looking forward to reading some of your work at future meetings.

Meeting: 9th January

With a return to our regular venue at MabLab, we had a great turnout with five members attending and four pieces of work critiqued, as follows: Continue reading

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Meeting: 12th December

First of all I’d like to welcome John Parkinson who joined us for the first time last night. You gave excellent feedback and we’re looking forward to reading some of your work at future meetings.

Change of venue

We had a change of venue at last night’s meeting so we ended up a couple of doors down from MadLab at the recently opened HacMan offices. Huddled around a tub of chocolates, we critiqued four pieces as follows: Continue reading

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Meeting: 14th November

First of all I’d like to welcome Laura who joined us for the first time last night. Thanks for your excellent feedback–we can tell you’ve done this before and we’re looking forward to reading some of your work.

Before we get started with the critiques, I’d just like to reiterate my thanks for all the generous donations we’ve received during the last few months in cash and via PayPal. As some of you are already aware we were able to make a £70 donation to MadLab after last month’s meeting and it was very gratefully received:

That’s so nice of you. I’ve really enjoyed watching your group grow and flourish. I’ve regularly used SpecFic as an example of a group we’re helping, and showcased the spectacular outcomes.
Hwa Young
Director
Manchester Digital Laboratory (MadLab)

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Meeting: 10th October

Great to see everyone again last night. We had a fully packed evening with seven people attending and six pieces of work being discussed.

Before we get started I’d like to discuss a few topics…

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Meeting: 12th September

Great to see a couple of new faces at the meeting last night. Just a reminder to potential new members that we read work beforehand and not during the meeting itself. You’re more than welcome to drop in without having read anything (great way to see how the group works) but be prepared for some confusion over what’s going on! Saying that, our two new visitors last night seemed to cope very well and we appreciated the quick reading and feedback given.

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Meeting: 8th August

Summer can be a difficult time of year for writing groups with members away on holiday or enjoying the intermittent British sunshine–and it was actually sunny yesterday evening! Then of course we’re all gripped (and rightly so!) with Olympics fever, so I’m glad to say that with three submissions to the DropBox, this month’s meeting was still able to run.

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