We now have a confirmed alternate venue during the planned refurbishment work at MadLab. This is
likely confirmed to affect the next two few meetings:
- Wednesday 10th September
- Wednesday 8th October
- Wednesday 12th November
- Wednesday 10th December
- Wednesday 14th January
- Wednesday 11th February (updated 5th Feb)
- Wednesday 11th March — we will be back at MadLab for this meeting and all future meetings unless otherwise announced!
We will be meeting at New Federation House which is just a few minutes walk away. I need a volunteer to wait at MadLab until 7.15pm to direct people to the new venue. Then you would come along and join us at New Federation House. Let me know if you’re interested. Continue reading
Hello again everyone! Well, we had a busy meeting last night with eleven people attending and six submissions to discuss. I’d like to welcome three new members: Rob, Chris and Colin. You all gave great feedback and we’re looking forward to reading your work at future meetings.
We did well to get through four submissions last night with so many people attending. That would have left two pieces to carry over to next month but Damien explained that he won’t be along for a while so he instead decided to take copies of notes from people. That leaves one piece, from Eric, to carry forward to next month. His work will be discussed before we look at any others. Continue reading
Another great meeting last night with nine people attending. I’d like to welcome Katherine — we’re looking forward to reading your steampunk stories at future meetings.
Apologies from Shakeel who messaged me the day beforehand (which I then promptly forgot — sorry!) to say that he wouldn’t be able to make this month’s meeting. His submission will be kept in Dropbox to discuss at the next meeting.
Quick reminder to members to please arrive on time if possible. We started about 20 minutes late last night. Saying that, with nine of us attending, we still managed to work through five pieces, though we did finish rather later than usual at around 10pm.
Another busy meeting this month with eleven attendees. Just a quick reminder for potential visitors reading this post to get in touch before you attend to allow us to arrange access to DropBox. You should also familiarise yourself with our house rules. Saying that, it was very nice to meet Graham, who dropped into the meeting. I hope you understood a little of what was going on!
Apologies from Eric who wasn’t able to attend due to a cold. Hope you get better soon. Your submission, which has already been carried over one month, will be carried over again to next month’s meeting.
Before we look at the critiques just a couple of reminders about house rules . . .
This month’s meeting marks a very special moment: our 4th anniversary! There was cake (see below).
Our group continues to thrive and it only does so with your continued enthusiasm and support. I’m certainly looking forward to the next four years. Perhaps we should plan something for our fifth anniversary next year? Group trips to one or more conventions? Perhaps an anthology? Have a think and let me know. We can have a pub chat after a meeting sometime, but if we’re going to do something we need to start planning it now.
A belated welcome to James who actually attended last month’s meeting whilst I was away. Welcome also to Shakeel and Len. Before we look at last night’s critiques a quick note on . . .
House Rules Continue reading
Apologies for the delay in posting for this month’s meeting. I was away from the UK. Thanks to Graeme for the following notes and this photo which I managed to pilfer from Facebook . . .
Eric was first up, with another chapter from “Autumn Man”. Feedback was complimentary about the character development and the horror, but some people felt the sequence with the children could have been extended to make them more sympathetic. Continue reading
Busy meeting last night with twelve people attending, including four new members, so I’d like to welcome Beverley, Liz, Luke and Danny. You all gave the most amazing feedback. Looking forward to reading and discussing your work at future meetings.
Last month was a slightly mad affair, due to the weather, and several members arrived late, myself being the worse culprit. With all this disruption we ended up with three pieces of writing to carry over. We also had three new submissions making for a total of six for this month.