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East St Paul (ESP) Speculative Fiction Writers Group

For April, the topic for general discussion will be "Sexuality in Speculative Fiction".  Everyone is invited to bring an example from a story or book showing creativity and style.

We will accept three submissions for critiques--first come, first served. The guidelines are:

• Items must be listed in Files under MORE! on the Homepage by April 1st. You need to be logged in on the Homepage to access Files.

• Submissions should be a maximum of 10,000 words and submitted in Word or RTF, but not .docx or PDF. If doing a continuation of an ongoing work, please do a synopsis, the word count to be included in the maximum.

• Please preface the submission with [ESP Crit 4-8] so we know it's for our group.

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

Guidelines for critiques:

• Locate submissions under [ESP Crit 4-8] in Files under MORE!

• Print out a copy and make your edits and comments on it. 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 in April!


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  • J.R. M.

    Great meeting :)

    1 · April 10, 2014

  • Janice W.

    What a great community of writers we have!

    April 9, 2014

  • Nishi P.

    I thought the discussion went very well. Well moderated, a lot to say about putting sexuality into the craft of writing. Would have liked to see a deeper discussion, nevertheless it went smoothly. Also, the critiques were also very well moderated and thorough.

    2 · April 9, 2014

  • Robert K.

    Excellent discussion on both sex and the stories

    2 · April 9, 2014

  • Chad M.

    Once again great meeting. Thank you everyone for your critiques. I appreciate the time and effort you put into editing my writing.

    2 · April 9, 2014

  • Deb E.

    I really like the 3 minute limit on reviews. It stops people from droning on and on about stuff others have said previously. I also like that copy editing is off-limits for comments. Critiques are done on drafts, and copy editing (punctuation, spelling, grammar, usage) is a polishing step done right before publishing. Drafts are not the time for those kinds of comments. I also really like that we have a writer's craft topic during each meeting. That, in addition to draft critiques, are what help us to grow as writers. Janice, you do a fabulous job of running this group!

    3 · April 8, 2014

  • Sue H.

    Hi from London Ontario. Wish I could be there, have a great meeting!

    2 · April 8, 2014

  • Genta S.

    Hasta la vista, amiga/os. I'll be in Costa Rica during this month's meeting, so I want a full accounting of sexuality in spec fiction. What a topic to miss, eh?

    2 · March 24, 2014

  • Sue H.

    Sorry, I'll be traveling on business that week. I'll try to review any stories that are posted and send comments via email.

    March 14, 2014

  • Janice W.

    I set a limit of 20 for the Meetups. It becomes too crowded with more than that. Comments welcomed.

    March 13, 2014

    • Bill C.

      I like the idea. I don't like saying no to people who want to join and add to the group, but there is just so much space and time.

      2 · March 13, 2014

    • Lindsey T.

      They can always start a new group instead

      1 · March 13, 2014

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