Last night’s meeting was a success! We had ten attendees and we easily managed to discuss four submissions. It felt a lot like the usual Wednesday. I think that gives us the green light for twice-monthly meetings. Roll on next month!
Terence wasn’t able to make it last night so his submission, Earthfall, will be carried over to the next meeting on Wednesday 9th September. I’ve updated the Next Meeting and About pages to reflect the changes to the meetings. We probably need a few tweaks to the House Rules but we’re still discussing some of the finer points.
Where did the August meeting go? Well, it still happened but I was zooming around the USA on holiday so I wasn’t around to take notes or update this blog. If I get the chance to catch up with my fellow writers at the next meeting I’ll add some notes to this post. Meanwhile, here’s a slightly blurry picture of me standing in the Bradbury Building and holding a certain book. Thanks to Eric for suggesting that I visit this place on my way through LA.
I’m also happy to announce that we are now running two meetings per month: on the fourth Tuesday of each month as well as the usual second Wednesday. Our group has become increasingly busy this year and we felt it was the right time to expand. This is something that was starting to bubble away before I disappeared off-grid. My thanks to Graeme for making this happen.
Last night’s meeting was, I think, the second busiest we’ve ever had with 16 people attending with two new members: Quentin and Elliot. A warm welcome to both of you. And thanks to Luke and Quentin for the cake and biscuits. Happy Birthday Eliza!
Before we get started I just want to thank everyone for the concise delivery of last night’s critiques. We comfortably managed to discuss 4 pieces which is around 60 critiques in total. That’s well above the usual maximum of 50. Well done. Keep it up! Continue reading
Hi everyone! Another busy meeting last night with 12 people attending. 10+ seems to be our new summertime average so I would once again advise everyone to keep critiques to a manageable length. We overran on time during our fourth round when we should have finished on time. Don’t rush your critiques but please be considerate of others. You could prepare a bullet point list of 3 or 4 discussion points — perhaps 5 at the most — to frame your delivery.
Could I also remind everyone to save work into DropBox as a DOC file and to add your name to the filename as well as the first page and the header of every page (along with the title and page number). Please re-read the rules.
OK, nagging over!
We had a single submission carried over from last month’s meeting with another four new submissions making for five in total. With 12 people attending we were unlikely to discuss all of these but we managed four during the meeting itself and I think most people accepted an offer from Chris to discuss his short story over at Common afterwards. Continue reading
Hi everyone! Fantastic meeting last night with 14 people attending and that included 3 new members. I’d like to offer a warm welcome to Niall, Hans and Ian. You delivered some great critiques — just remember to balance your constructive criticism with positive feedback. There’s always something good to say about every piece of writing. The term we often use is ‘Crit Sandwich!’, a slightly nicer variation of that other popular phrase.
We had 5 pieces of work to critique last night, however Terence emailed beforehand to say that he’d either be late or wouldn’t be able to attend. Terence, no worries, your piece will be carried forward to next month’s meeting.
On with the critiques! Continue reading
First of all I’d like to offer a delayed welcome to Terence who actually joined us for the first time last month and submitted his first piece of writing to this month’s meeting. It was great to read your work and we’re looking forward to reading more of the same in the future.
Our venue, MadLab, is certainly looking very different after a recent facelift. Still a lot of work to do but it’s a huge improvement. Please feel free to keep your donations dropping into our group’s PayPal account (the button over there on the right) and thanks again to those people who have contributed in the last few weeks. Once we have enough funds we will make another donation to MadLab.
Before I get started with the critiques a quick announcement — and thanks to Eliza for the initial heads-up on this — Eastercon is coming to Manchester next year! Eastercon is the UK’s #1 science fiction writing event of the year so it’s obviously fantastic news that it’s going to land on our doorstep. Eastercon usually runs from Thursday through to Sunday which would make it the 24th to 27th March 2016. Get those dates pencilled into your diaries right now!