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East St Paul (ESP) Speculative Fiction Writers Meetup

Our next topic of The Use of Copyrighted Material in writing came up during our critiques.  As a librarian and researcher, Lindsey has experience in the problems that can arise in using a line from a song or poem.  She will be leading the discussion and explain why it's not a good idea to have Frodo or Harry Potter make a guest appearance in your novel.

The guidelines for submissions for critique are:

•  We will accept three items to be listed in Files under MORE! on the Homepage. You must be logged in to access Files.

• Items should be under 10,000 words and submitted in Word or RTF, not .docx.

• Preface your submission with [ESP Crit 2-11] so we know it's for our group. The deadline for submissions is February 4th.

• Please add page numbers so those doing critiques on a separate sheet of paper have a reference point.

• If submitting a continuation of previous work, remember to do a synopsis.

Guidelines for critiquing:

• Locate submissions prefaced [ESP Crit 2-11] in Files under MORE!

• Print out a copy to make your edits and remarks on--it's OK to change the format for your printout.

• OR, make your comments on a separate sheet of paper to give to the author.

See you next month.





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  • Genta S.

    Thank you, Lindsey, for a great discussion on copyrighted material. I feel like I have a much firmer grasp on it now, and I will keep your handout for a quick reference when necessary. Well done.

    3 · February 12, 2014

  • Sue H.

    Lindsey, if it's not too much trouble can you email me the information you shared? Thanks.

    February 12, 2014

    • Lindsey T.

      I can bring paper copies to the Anthology meeting next week :)

      February 13, 2014

  • Janice W.

    Very helpful discussion topic led by Lindsay!

    1 · February 12, 2014

  • Sue H.

    Sorry guys. Day 44 of this virus. I'll shoot for next month.

    1 · February 11, 2014

  • Chad M.

    Great meeting with an exceptional "expert" speaker on issues about copy rights.

    1 · February 11, 2014

  • Tina M.

    Enjoyed all the info Lindsey gave us. Nice to hear from someone with hands-on, practical experience. Also a joy to read and critique the three submissions. So fun!

    February 12, 2014

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