addressalign-toparrow-leftarrow-rightbackbellblockcalendarcameraccwcheckchevron-downchevron-leftchevron-rightchevron-small-downchevron-small-leftchevron-small-rightchevron-small-upchevron-upcircle-with-checkcircle-with-crosscircle-with-pluscrossdots-three-verticaleditemptyheartexporteye-with-lineeyefacebookfolderfullheartglobegmailgooglegroupsimageimagesinstagramlinklocation-pinm-swarmSearchmailmessagesminusmoremuplabelShape 3 + Rectangle 1outlookpersonJoin Group on CardStartprice-ribbonImported LayersImported LayersImported Layersshieldstartickettrashtriangle-downtriangle-uptwitteruseryahoo

SF/F Group

This sub-group focuses on Science Fiction and Fantasy, so if you have anything that falls under that category — be it short story, poem or novel-in-progress — then come! We'd love to hear from you.

Our format allows each reader 15 minutes to present their work... followed by approximately 20 minutes of feedback from the other attendees. To ensure a fair opportunity to respond, each attendee is limited to 1 minute of feedback time. (Using this structure, we are usually able to get through four readers in any given night.)

If a reader elects to post their work in advance (NOT a requirement!), members will be able to access that work under the "More" > "Files" section from the drop-down menu, above.

Readers are:

 

Backup Readers are:

Join or login to comment.

  • Allegra

    A reminder -- my Writer's Work Day is this coming Sunday at noon - 6. These have been fun and productive. I'm posting the directions now (Directions to Birnamwood). Swing on by if you can. Also friend me on Facebook last name: Gulino.

    1 · September 19, 2013

    • Allegra

      Michael, sorry this was the past Sunday, the 22nd. But, I try to have them once a month. Keep your eyes and ears open for the next one. Glad to meet you yesterday ;)

      September 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Aw crap…

      September 25, 2013

  • M. David B.

    Since this came up after Courtney's reading, and because it is a useful reference for anyone writing historical settings, here is a link to the Online Etymological Dictionary: http://www.etymonline.com

    September 24, 2013

  • William L S.

    Exceptional

    September 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time this evening. Really good work being done! Will definitely join you for future events like this. Ciao!

    1 · September 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had so much fun tonight! it was awesome

    2 · September 24, 2013

  • M. David B.

    On the way, but I will be a few minutes late.

    September 24, 2013

  • Cheryl Mott S.

    Just leaving Raleigh - pray to the Traffic Gods for me. Hopefully not too late

    September 24, 2013

  • Fraser

    It's possible I won't make it tonight. I'll do my best.

    September 24, 2013

    • Fraser

      But I'll read stuff and email critiques.

      September 24, 2013

  • Travis S.

    Sorry for the late posting, but I just put up my piece for tonight. It is chapter 1 of a draft novel - fantasy/mysteryish. It is not as polished as I wanted, but there are a few bigger picture issues I was hoping to get a feel from people on. See you all tonight

    September 24, 2013

  • Gary

    I have weaponry questions... I'm writing a somewhat nomadic warrior from a culture without firearms. Blades are largely ineffective against her adversaries but a slow-ish-acting contact poison works, so her primary weapon is a bow with poisoned arrows. But what about in a close-combat situation? My first thought was a poisoned quarterstaff, but she needs to stow her strung bow and carry a quiver at the same time, so that's probably way too big. Should I put a truncheon (or two) at her waist? What if she's on horseback? Also, I know you're not supposed to keep the bow strung all the time, but what if she runs into an enemy while traveling? Will she have to dismount to string the darned thing?

    September 22, 2013

    • Dara

      I just used finally twice... ugh.

      September 24, 2013

    • Rebekkah N.

      Sarmations are also a nomadic, fairly warrior-esque horseback culture that you may find it useful to study. They also were known for having women warriors among their fighters. They were steppe nomads and that sounds a bit like what you're thinking about, right?
      If you want some resources, I have a friend who's in the SCA and studies them, and I can put up a link to her blog, which would be helpful if you needed an idea of lifestyle, general decorations, cultural designs/styles, etc.

      September 24, 2013

  • Dara

    Adding to Sam's posts excellent posts about the business of writing, here's some lectures about effective story craft and structure by Jim Butcher. The thrust of both lessons are in the first half hour of each lecture and a lot of the questions are fan questions, but his answers to the story craft questions are great.

    Lecture Number One:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiKmP-tL4vo&list=WLMbjZMK_md47cKsJ6Hm2VOUHj-9NJf1Sp

    Lecture Number Two:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQWDZp05leA&list=WLMbjZMK_md47cKsJ6Hm2VOUHj-9NJf1Sp

    September 24, 2013

  • Dara

    Sorry guys, can't make it to the next meetup. Hopefully I'll catch you at Allegra's work day tomorrow! Should I bring pie, booze, watermelon, or something more substantial?

    1 · September 21, 2013

    • Allegra

      Dude, you abandoned your left-overs here. Oh well, more for us ;)

      September 23, 2013

    • William L S.

      Bring that pie to meet up, just don't show it to Rich (its apple)

      September 23, 2013

  • Sam

    I've been listening to the Sanderson online lectures this summer, and his last three classes have been about the business of writing. I usually prefer to hear about craft, but he condenses a lot of info gained from experience that I haven't seen easily available elsewhere, including everything from contract differences for Self vs Traditional publishing, to the tastes of major genre publishing houses, to getting a 1099 tax form instead of a W2. Some of this stuff will be really relevant to a few folks here. Publishing and contract law: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8YydnShI45iAap336K9GmBiEflxwuyBk

    Agents and editors: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8YydnShI45i1bY2Glx3PjvjQBltr08mr

    Self-promotion, taxes, queries: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8YydnShI45hRf75aZD4SYbzYtbBlTTew

    4 · September 16, 2013

    • Courtney

      Cool! Thanks!

      1 · September 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      thanks Sam, that's awesome!

      September 23, 2013

  • Courtney

    Chapters are posted! I'm looking forward to everyone's feedback tomorrow. :)

    September 23, 2013

  • Larian

    Oh and last chance, if you want to beta read grandchildren, the NDA,s and betas are going out Monday night / Tuesday morning. so now's the time if you are interested. email me at.

    [masked]

    September 23, 2013

  • F Hampton C.

    Anybody interested in giving me feedback on a "Chapter Book" for early readers (2nd-4th grade). It has a ghost but other than that is straight fiction. word count 11000. Let me know and I will sent it to you.

    Thanx
    Hampton

    September 17, 2013

    • Heather Jane Mummery F.

      ePub is the Mac format. But if you send it in a Word document, I have Scrivener and can convert to ePub using that.

      September 18, 2013

    • Courtney

      Send it to me, Hampton. I'll be happy to read it. :)

      September 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What about fist weapons? Like bladed gloves, or axes, sais, Maces? those are a few off the top of my head.

    September 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello all, I am not working on any fantasy related work, but I am interested in connecting with writers alike. My novel is focused on historical journalism.

    September 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wanted to turn you on to two websites I found out about in google searches, I hope it helps someone else. http://www.how-to-write-a-book-now.com/manuscript-format.html


    http://www.how-to-write-a-book-now.com/plot-outline.html

    September 22, 2013

  • Ryan J.

    Will just barely be back from Canada, won't be able to make it. :(

    September 21, 2013

    • Sam

      Hope it went well for you, Ryan.

      1 · September 22, 2013

    • Cheryl Mott S.

      Safe travels Ryan

      1 · September 22, 2013

  • Langriman

    I've posted my story, "Integral". I'm giving this an adult content warning. It's probably more weird than titillating, but I'd rather err on the side of courtesy.

    3 · September 22, 2013

  • Larian

    Or you could also just contact me here i suppose :)

    And to those of you who have already signed up, thanks...

    September 19, 2013

  • Larian

    Just a quick note... My editor and i will have the beta copy of Grandchildren of Liberty: Book 1 Patriots & Tyrants ready for beta read by Monday night, so if you want to sign on as a beta reader drop me a line at:

    [masked] or check out my blog if you want more info first.. http://grandchildrenofliberty.wordpress.com/

    PS I’m sorry but I’m not going to be able to make it this week, Lisa and i have a date planned. so I’ll see you guys next time. Try not to get to bored without me.

    2 · September 19, 2013

  • William L S.

    Amanda Patterson is an amazing person who talks about the writing process via her blog. I follow her on Tumblr.com Here she discusses the importance of using a theme in your story.

    http://writerswrite.co.za/the-importance-of-theme-in-your-story

    2 · September 17, 2013

  • M. David B.

    Readers for September 24
    • Travis
    • Courtney
    • Sam (of the Mannish Clan)

    Backup for September 24
    (a.k.a. Readers for October 8)
    • Hampton
    • Gerald
    • Allegra

    Deep Backup
    (a.k.a. "What? We have a stowaway?")
    • Heather

    September 10, 2013

  • M. David B.

    For those who just learned about it tonight, here are links to the full guidelines for that new anthology I'm editing:

    Google+: https://plus.google.com/116890313734589402171/posts/FtSKD98y137

    Twitter: http://t.co/dfTv9nNuFO

    Please use the submissions address shown in the guidelines! That will keep your story from being shunted aside with the general spam.

    Quick version: No flash. No zombies. No Santa Claus. No Zombie Claus. And nothing longer than 20,000 words.

    September 10, 2013

24 went

Our Sponsors

  • Prototype Magazine

    Free of charge advertising space for services that our members offer.

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy