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Houston Science Fiction / Fantasy Writers Monthly Meetup

  • Jan 13, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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This is a general discussion and social meetup.

Topic: New Year, new writing goals, new ambitions! Let's discuss motivation and goal-setting, progress tracking, and the submission or query process. Success stories, horror stories, amusing anecdotes welcome. 

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

Optional writing exercise prompts: sun, four, intention OR "I don't think so" 

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: sun, four, intention OR "I don't think so" 


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  • Andrew H.

    Good to see everyone Monday. I wanted to let everyone know that I have a DVD course, which I have finished, on Writing Creative Nonfiction that someone can use if they like. There are 24 lectures of about 40 minutes each and most of it applies to creative writing generally. All the basics like the various rhetorical devices, effective dialogue, types of narrative, habits, pitching books, free indirect discourse, etc. are covered. The teacher is an English professor and bestselling author and the material is well-presented. If you are interested in any portion or all of it, it is available for free and you could watch it at your leisure. Let me know if you want to take a look.

    1 · January 15, 2014

  • Linda A. W. K.

    Had a great time.

    January 14, 2014

  • Tom B.

    Sorry guys, a little under the weather. Afraid I won't make it tonight. Sorry to miss hearing the news, but I'm sure you'll have a great meeting. If any new contest, anthology, etc. info is shared, would really appreciate someone putting it on the discussion for those that couldn't be there.

    See you next time. Productive writing!

    January 13, 2014

    • Keri

      Hope you feel better soon!

      January 13, 2014

  • Dusty S.

    Not feeling the drive into the city today. Hopefully I'll get one more meetup in February before baby. Enjoy your evening!

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • Lindsay

    sorry guys, I'll be in ANTARCTICA!!!! :D :D :D

    1 · December 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Really? O.O

      December 15, 2013

    • Keri

      we will expect a full report! have fun!

      December 18, 2013

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