Wednesday Meeting: 9th December

Apologies for missing yet another meeting due to illness this time. Excuses, excuses. I would say ‘see you at the next one’ but who knows, perhaps I’ll be abducted by aliens this time!

Thanks to Eliza for taking the following notes . . .

Twelve members attended the group on the dreary Wednesday night at MadLab. We managed to get through 4 pieces with Emma’s “Westralia” being the only one left for the next meeting. Continue reading

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Tuesday Meeting: 24th November

Apologies again for the slight delay in getting these notes posted but it’s been another busy week. As some of you know I’ve been training for my kung-fu grading which took place yesterday. Normal service will now be resumed! Thanks again to Luke for taking these notes and further thanks to Graeme and Eric and everyone else for their continued support with the group. You all rock! See you at the next meeting on the 9th. –Craig

Before we start with the crits, it is worth mentioning that the group’s anthology is nearing completion. The editors are beavering away with the final proofing as I write. While they are crossing t’s and dotting I’s, I have been getting the Twitter page up and running. We are getting some good engagement and a steady increase of followers. If you have a Twitter account, you can help us out by throwing the odd retweet our way.

Tuesday Meeting: 24th November

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Wednesday Meeting: 11th November

Apologies for the delay in getting these notes posted but it’s been a busy week.

My thanks to Luke for putting these together.

We had 4 pieces to critique on Wednesday with 11 people attending. Continue reading

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Tuesday Meeting: 27th October

We had another busy meeting last night with thirteen people attending and four submissions critiqued.

Tuesday Meeting: 27th October

Before we get started with the critiques I’d like to remind everyone that Eliza is organising a Christmas meal. Please visit this Doodle poll to cast your vote for the date.

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Wednesday Meeting: 14th October

Hi everyone! Another great meeting last night with 4 submissions critiqued and 12 people attending. I’d like to offer a warm welcome to Emma who gave some excellently balanced critiques.

Wednesday Meeting: 14th October

Eliza has started a conversation over on Facebook suggesting that we have a Christmas party. What does everyone think? Please head on over and add your comments or drop me an email if you’re not on Facebook and I’ll make sure your voice is heard. Continue reading

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Tuesday Meeting: 22nd September

Apologies for not being able to make the Tuesday meeting this month. My thanks to Luke for taking the following notes…

The Tuesday meetings are still going strong! Last night we had a very healthy turn out of ten people with four pieces to critique. Industrious as we are, we managed to get through all four critiques quick enough to have an extra half hour down the pub.

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Wednesday Meeting: 9th September

Another fantastic meeting last night with nine people attending and all six DropBox submissions critiqued by the end. It’s still early days but I think the twice-monthly meetings are working well. We’ve had a great turnout at both meetings so far with maybe 1 or 2 fewer submissions per meeting. That means we’re finishing on time without anyone missing out and we’re getting through more critiques.

Wednesday Meeting: 9th September

We seem to have agreed upon a slight modification to the ‘pen spinning’ house rule, as follows:

  1. We start by critiquing those DropBox submissions carried over from the previous meeting.
  2. Then we critique any new submissions from writers who didn’t have anything critiqued during the previous meeting.
  3. Then we critique everything else.
  4. We spin a pen or toss a coin in any or all of the above cases, if need be.

This actually sounds a lot more complex than it is. In most cases there’s no need to spin a pen at all, it’s immediately obvious which submission we should start critiquing.

Let me know if you have any further comments about this change. I’ve updated the House Rules (rule #7). I’ve also added some further clarification about erotica (rule #15).

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