Meeting: 13th October

Another great meeting last night followed by a short alcohol-free pub crawl until we finally managed to find a pub noisy enough so we couldn’t hear ourselves think. Five manuscripts critiqued.

Quick summary of the discussion:

  • Short stories of epic length with temporal gaffs and questionable meteorological accuracy.
  • Welsh stones, time travel and Alf.
  • Poetic atmospherics, canine physiology and tense perfection.
  • A gun. And aliens. And spaceships.
  • Snow, vodka and linguistics.

A big hello to Guy Garrud who joined us last night. All research questions on fire investigation forensics to him please.

Ben raised an idea for starting a website for the group. He’s going to send an email around so I won’t steal his thunder but it involves writing to a theme alongside the usual meetings and the possible involvement of other published authors.

Next meeting is Wednesday 10th November, 7pm. I’ve moved the manuscripts from last night into the Archive folder in the DropBox but John raised a good point about why we’re storing these unless they’re previous chapters of novels being critiqued for new members to review. Feel free to remove anything you don’t want left lying around in there.

Please remember to submit your manuscripts into the DropBox at least a week in advance of the next meeting (by 3rd November please).

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Meeting: 8th September

Great meeting last night, plenty of laughs and we finished on time…with six manuscripts critiqued. Nice work!

A quick summary of last night’s discussion:

  • Cute girls from Iceland who kill people.
  • The merits of modern wine bars versus the more traditional pub in an urban fantasy setting.
  • Papier mache, the moon and autism.
  • Naming conventions in the afterlife.
  • Rubber mallets and torture (blancmange, optional).
  • Mayflies, white space and spoilers.

Next meeting is Wednesday 13th October and we’ll be spinning the bottle at 7pm promptly. Drinks afterwards across the road for those that want to hang around.

Please drop your work into the DropBox a week in advance. See you all there!

PS. I’m declaring an end to the gun embargo. Bring your flak jackets. I’ll be packing heat.

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