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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.

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  • William L S.

    Where writers meet to share work and offer support through constructive criticism.

    February 12, 2014

  • gerald r.

    Meet up was great as always! I appreciate all the comments on my story. All good constructive criticism!!!

    February 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    it was great to see everyone!

    February 12, 2014

  • Travis S.

    Sorry I can't be there tonight - I hope everyone stays safe - and someone please have a beer or three for me...

    1 · February 11, 2014

  • Cheryl Mott S.

    Almost there

    February 11, 2014

  • William L S.

    I was just informed that this area needs to be booked in advance. The ownership has changed hands. From now on, if we want to meet here, we must book a room and arrange to pay a fee for that. Patrons must also order some kind of beverage and/or food item to be seated. Those who run our group must contact the booking agent. We are being "allowed" to meet here tonight.

    February 11, 2014

  • William L S.

    I am here, the place has been completely renovated, I'm not certain where our group will be meeting as there are people in every

    February 11, 2014

  • Cheryl Mott S.

    Sorry but I'll be there late at best... pretty much at my desk until 6:30. See you when I see you.

    February 11, 2014

  • Lauren

    Sorry, but I don't think I'll make it tonight. I know the weather should be okay, but I'd still rather not chance it. My ice driving skills are exactly zero, so if the weather reports are wrong, I'd rather not be stranded! See you all in a couple weeks!

    February 11, 2014

  • Dara

    One final mention on the weather: I called the cafe and they told me they'd be open unless the bad weather hit early. So yay, the meeting should go according to plan. However it's good to have a plan B, so should there be a repeat of last fortnight I propose the Raleigh members meet at one of the libraries or cafes closest to us so we can at least get a meeting in without braving the highway. I'll keep a weather eye out and call the cafe again if anything changes. Any suggestions for alternative meeting locations if the cafe does close?

    1 · February 11, 2014

    • Dara

      Okay, so if the straw valley does close early, I will post a message and perhaps we can meet at the Duraleigh library. That said, I'm heading to Durham shortly, so I'll see you all there.

      February 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      just keep us posted.

      February 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just ask to clarify for myself. the only file up for tomorrow right now, is the short story right?

    February 11, 2014

    • F Hampton C.

      I believe that all files dated 1-24 and later are meant for this meeting - reader or backup

      1 · February 11, 2014

    • Allegra

      Hampton, I think you're right. I was a first back-up for the cancelled one, so I presume I still will be tonight. My stuff's been up for a while.

      February 11, 2014

  • Ada Milenkovic B.

    Hey all, I changed my RSVP to no because I'm supposed to be at a Savoyard rehearsal at 7. If I get done early enough, I will try to confirm that you guys actually are meeting and then come late or come to Bailey's depending on what time it is.

    February 11, 2014

  • Carol A. S.

    The weather's holding off so I was coming. However, the e-formatting for my latest book just arrived this morning, and USA Today told me that if I can get it published in time, there's a good chance of being mentioned (with book cover!) in their romance book column before the end of the month. Thus I'll be working on final formatting and submissions tonight instead. Darn it, I saved notes from last weekend's HCRW talk with Sabrina Jeffries that I thought were applicable to "The Half-Caste Princess." (And I had made a lot of notes myself on that story.) I'm getting the impression that this "book club" is really a lightning-round crit group; is that correct? The Cary Lady Jane group only does readings; the RTP B&N romance book club discusses the contents of published books; and the Rhine Center Book Group not only discusses the content of non-fiction books, but performs the occasional experiment suggested by said book. I'm fairly new to book clubs, so I'm trying to feel my way around.

    February 11, 2014

    • Carol A. S.

      :-) Yes, I've been trying to figure out the different flavors of various writers' organizations in the Triangle.

      February 11, 2014

    • Fraser

      We usually go out to drink/eat afterwards and we often chat about books, but yes, the focus of the actual meetings is our own writings.

      February 11, 2014

  • Sam

    Hey, y'all. Unless something extreme happens at the last minute, the meeting will continue as scheduled. The most recent weather forecast for tomorrow is cold and cloudy, but otherwise safe. There may be snow south of the Triangle, so of course use your own discretion. The danger of snow and ice begins midday Wednesday and continues through Thursday. Snow concealing a layer of ice was the cause of all the mayhem in Atlanta and B'ham a few weeks ago, so be cautious later this week!

    1 · February 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the update Sam. I think I can definitely brave clouds and cold lol.

      February 11, 2014

    • Fraser

      That's encouraging

      February 11, 2014

  • Carol A. S.

    Isn't the snow supposed to wait until Wednesday? I'd really like to show up for a meeting once.

    February 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have been tracking this on NOAA, and it's supposed to start this afternoon and go through Thurs.

      February 10, 2014

    • Fraser

      We got a little this afternoon, not enough to stick.

      February 10, 2014

  • Travis S.

    Regardless of snow, I will have to miss this meeting - if you are there, have fun.

    February 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm gonna play it safe, if you even have the meeting... Good luck to those who go if you do

    February 10, 2014

  • William L S.

    Here we go again, deja vu - weather for Tuesday night... and that's all I've got to say. Be forewarned.

    February 10, 2014

    • Fraser

      If we do get snow, I certainly won't make it. And of course we should check Straw Valley is open.

      February 10, 2014

  • Travis S.

    Not that I think we are cool or anything...but I am pretty sure our group could fill out this questionnaire well:

    http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/call-for-submissions-what-makes-your-writing-group-work

    2 · February 4, 2014

  • Ada Milenkovic B.

    Thought this information would be of interest. The data seems to support that writers using a combination of traditional and self publishing seem to make the most money from their writing:
    http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/self-publishing-debate-part3/

    February 5, 2014

  • M. David B.

    Without further ado, we present the 2014 Campbellian Anthology, available as a FREE download from the following page: http://stupefyingstories.blogspot.com/2014/01/announcing-2014-campbellian-anthology.html

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    "First, a few words from the publisher:

    "M. David Blake’s magnum opus, the 2014 Campbellian Anthology, is now available for download! This book attempts to collect in one volume representative works by most of the writers eligible for this year’s John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. We don’t have them all—there were a few we couldn’t get—but all the same, this book contains more than 860,000 words of fiction by 111 authors, and best of all, it’s not merely free, it's DRM-FREE.

    "But it’s only available for a limited time, so download your copy soon, by right-clicking on one of these links and selecting “Save file.”"

    (Continue to http://stupefyingstories.blogspot.com/2014/01/announcing-2014-campbellian-anthology.html to read the rest and to download a copy...)

    1 · January 30, 2014

  • Liz B.

    Hey everyone,
    Check out my new writer blog!
    http://elizabethsberger.wordpress.com/

    Also sadly I have to miss this meeting - can I be bumped to the backup list for next time?

    January 29, 2014

    • William L S.

      You did a beautiful job with the layout and your first entry is excellent, Liz.

      February 3, 2014

    • Liz B.

      Thanks! Look for another one, hopefully tomorrow (I'm trying for regular Wednesday updates).

      1 · February 3, 2014

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