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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Meeting: 11th July

First of all I’d like to welcome Richard Garbutt who joined us for the first time last night. Thanks for your valuable contribution during the critiques. We’re looking forward to reading your work!

Before we start with the critiques, during last night’s meeting I mentioned an email I’d received from the parent of a fifteen-year-old who was interested in joining our group. As discussed, I had to turn the individual away on the grounds that some of the work we read is often quite mature. This is the second time we’ve received interest from someone this young so I’ve decided to edit our Rules page to state that we’re an ’18+ only’ group.

The parent in question raised a point that there seems to be little support for young adults who want to join a writing community. There were some excellent suggestions during last night’s meeting, so if you get the chance could you add them to the discussion on our Facebook page? We discussed that it would be a great idea if someone started a writing group for young writers, but there was a question whether this would be young adults only or a mix of young adults and adults writing YA fiction–and then there’s the whole issue over CRB-checking and, most importantly, the safety of the young individuals involved. This is potentially complicated area. I personally think that the best option would be for a local college to host a regular event with one or two CRB-checked speakers visiting. Anyway, the Facebook page is there for you to chat away or you can post a comment at the bottom of this post.

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Meeting: 13th June

We had 6 people attending last night’s meeting and three pieces of writing to discuss. And we managed to finish on time again!

As previously mentioned, attendees are invited to donate £1-£2 per meeting via PayPal. This is a voluntary donation as we understand members can be a little strapped for cash at times. My thanks to the donations we have already received from last night’s meeting and to those people who have donated previously. Once we hit £50 or so we will be donating this money to MadLab in lieu of the free facilities they provide.

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