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Houston Science Fiction / Fantasy Writers Monthly Meetup

  • Apr 8, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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This is a general discussion and social meetup.

Topic: We'll continue our discussion of narrative techniques by examining the "show vs. tell" concept and discuss the power of Points of View in more depth.

A useful writing link: Write or Die

We will of course, also read and discuss the writing exercise if there are any takers. (See prompt below!)

Optional writing exercise prompts: Try writing a story within a story. Experiment with point of view.  (Text prompts: look, never, hold OR "Try it now")

About our Meetup generally: PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A CRITIQUE GROUP. Currently we gather for a low-pressure chance to socialize with other folks interested in writing science fiction, fantasy or horror. Topics tend to range from "why I'm here at this group and what I like to write" through specific questions about writing process and problems to discussions of sf/f/h works and debates on ideas of general interest relative to writing sf/f/h. We post an optional writing exercise, and if there are takers, we read and comment on their work.

To participate in the exercise, write a science fiction, fantasy or horror piece[masked] words in length based on the prompt below. If the text of the prompt is in quotes, the full text should appear somewhere in your exercise. If the text of the prompt is not in quotes, the concepts should appear in your exercise, but the phrase itself is not required. Bring 10 typed/printed copies to the meeting for people to read. If the prompt inspires you to a piece that is longer than 2000 words, bring 10 copies of the first 2000 words as your exercise submission. If you'd like, be sure to bring a copy of the complete work in case a member wants to read the whole thing.

Some of our members are seeking critique circle opportunities. Several critique groups have developed from the main meetup.  Ask during a meeting if there are any meet-and-greets upcoming, or any groups accepting new members.

Optional writing exercise prompts: Try writing a story within a story. Experiment with point of view. (Text prompts: look, never, hold OR "Try it now")


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  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed it. I loved hearing the process of more tenured writers (being that I am a fledgeling of sorts). This is a great group for anyone just getting their feet wet.
    Dominick was an excellent facilitator.

    2 · April 9, 2013

  • Jessica T.

    Sorry I won't be able to make it.

    April 8, 2013

  • Dina H.

    I have a conflict:(. See u guys in May!

    April 7, 2013

  • C.D. L.

    See you there

    April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will probably show up really early (I get off at 5:00 PM). My office is right around the corner but I live on the Northwest side. So I'll probably have dinner and wait until everyone shows up. :0)

    April 4, 2013

  • Jessica T.

    Looking forward to meeting everyone.

    April 3, 2013

  • Wild Guy from New M.

    I have a seminar that night.

    April 3, 2013

  • Keri

    I'll be in Dallas for work. Y'all have fun!

    April 2, 2013

  • Carrie P.

    Sorry to miss this... again! I will be back one day. Really.

    March 27, 2013

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