Short Fiction Subgroup

  • January 20, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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I've been a leader for an artist's support group as well as an organizer and member of other writer's groups. I believe in being a sensitive and supportive reader, wanting the story to be the winner. I am currently a grad student in Creative Writing at UBC, taking the summer off and wanting to create a core of dedicated writer/readers here in Victoria.

New requirements for this group:

— you must be currently writing short fiction and have at least one piece to share that you want feedback on;

— you must bring 8-10 copies of a short story, maximum of 10 pages, one page minimum, for us to read and critique, or, preferably, post here under files and then notify the group that it's here;

— when you come, you can choose to give us your email address and ask us to send our comments to you via email if you don't feel ready for a group critique;

— we will discuss feedback/critique styles. You will be able to ask for what you specifically want feed back on, i.e. a particular character, plot, continuity, dialogue, development, etc. — whatever you are having problems with;

-- If your story is longer than 10 pages, post the section you'd like to be critiqued and bring copies of the rest. Depending on the numbers of writers that show up, and how much time we each have, we may be able to look at more of your story. 

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  • Thomas K.

    I enjoyed the thoughtful problem-solving approach in our discussion. I look forward to seeing all of you at the next gathering.

    1 · January 20, 2014

  • Angela M.

    As far as Big Dogs is concerned, what is missing to hold the reader's attention? What do you like?

    January 19, 2014

  • Mirko

    I hope it is okay if I just attend tomorrow's get together. I haven't had a chance to read the submitted pieces but would love to listen in.

    January 19, 2014

    • Angela M.

      Not really, Mirko. We appreciate your input, but I'm striving for a balanced, safe group. If everyone brings work then we are all in the same boat. This is a fundamental aspect of a critique group, even if it is only one page. Please read the new guidelines and if you have any questions, please send me a message. If you don't have time to post, just bring copies to the meeting.

      January 19, 2014

  • Angela M.

    Please bring a copy of Michelle's "The 'C' Word" posted here under "More" / "Files.

    January 19, 2014

  • Thomas K.

    Have uploaded "Nightingale edits to 14JAN15.doc" for tomorrow's meeting. I continue to struggle with character development of main character

    January 19, 2014

  • Angela M.

    thanks, Philip. Already love the title!

    1 · January 18, 2014

  • Philip J.

    I posted my short story, Saskatoon Pie under files.

    January 18, 2014

  • Angela M.

    Hi, all, I've posted a story called Big Dogs up above under "More" > "Files"
    Thanks!

    January 15, 2014

  • Angela M.

    For your consideration: if you think about what sort of feedback you want, i.e. "what do you think of this character?" or "I'd like your thoughts on the ending," or "just tell me what you like, I'm not ready to hear what you don't like," etc. you will not be putting yourself in a too-vulnerable position, especially if you are not ready for that, but, you will be putting yourself in a position to learn something about writing. How much do you want to learn, that's the question.

    January 15, 2014

  • Angela M.

    Hello, everyone. Please read the ground rules and come prepared. The purpose of this group is to give and receive critiques for work that you share with us. To share the work, post it here by selecting "More" above in the drop-down menu and then go to files. Once you've posted the story/file send us a message to let us know it's there.
    Alternatively, bring enough copies to the meeting and you will be able to read your story aloud, or give us time to read them. This is minimally problematic, however, for the time it takes away from giving the actual feedback.
    One last thing, please keep your submissions to a 10-page minimum, double-spaced, 12-point Times-Roman font.
    thank you for helping the meeting to run smoothly,
    Angela

    January 14, 2014

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