Short Fiction Subgroup

  • March 17, 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:

— please be on time;

— 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;

— format is 12 point, Times Roman, double-spaced — this evens up the playing field in terms of length, also readability and gives the reader space between lines for comments, corrections, etc.;

— 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. 

— "The only way to begin is to begin, and begin right now. If you like, begin the minute you finish reading this paragraph. For sure, begin before you finish reading this book. I have no doubt the day is coming when you will be wiser or better informed or more highly skilled than you are now, but you will never be more ready to begin writing than you are right this minute. The time has come. You already know, more or less, what a good story looks like. You’ve already got in mind some human situation that matters to you. You need nothing more. Begin with whatever gives you the impetus to begin: an image, a fantasy, a situation, a memory, a motion, a situation, a set of people—anything at all that arouses your imagination. The job is only to get some or all of this into words able to reach and touch an unknown, unseen somebody “out there” known as the Reader. You must plunge into it. And you must do it now." Stephen Koch

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  • Angela M.

    Glad those who attended had a productive meeting. Hope to meet you all at the May meeting. Angela

    March 19, 2014

  • ChrŸs T.

    Few attended but those that did shared well and I received good feedback

    2 · March 18, 2014

  • Cassie H.

    I just wanted to share some good news. It looks like my story, Chasing Butterflies, is going to be published in the spring edition of the Origami Journal. :D

    3 · March 17, 2014

  • ChrŸs T.

    Hilary - Ashley
    Thanks for the sharing and feedback - I am waiting to hear where Katie ends up that evening. Ashley - I glad a got a chance to catch up with your story when I got home.

    2 · March 17, 2014

  • Geoff

    Sorry can't make it tonight. See you next time.

    March 17, 2014

  • Philip J.

    Something has come up and I won't be attending tonight. My apologies.

    March 17, 2014

  • Ashley B.

    I'll be attending tonight - my first time in this group. :) I've uploaded a pdf file of a recent story called 'Fathoms from Shore'.

    March 17, 2014

  • Yasmin

    Sorry all, will be missing out on tomorrow. But will come next month!

    March 16, 2014

    • Angela M.

      Yasmin, see you then. Don't forget to change your RSVP to "No." Thanks, Angela

      March 17, 2014

  • Cassie H.

    It looks as though I will have to miss out too. :( My last bit of change until payday has to go to groceries, and I'll be stuck at home catching up on some blog posts I missed writing last week anyway. Sorry!

    March 17, 2014

  • Thomas K.

    Apologies again, folks. I will not be attending tomorrow after all.

    March 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello to the group
    I have not attend yet and will not be able to until sometime in May. I have an ankle injury that will keep me busy recovering from for awhile. So the pen is down too for now.

    March 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Angela, in case anyone in the writing group is interested, check out web site for: AbroadWriter's Conference. Its great and I will be traveling to Italy in June to Attend. Last several years, one of the workshop leaders was Robert Olan Butler, a Pulitzer Prize Winner. This year, another who had his book rejected, self published on line and ended up winning the Pulitzer for it. The Conference is little bit pricy but a great way to see see other places and interact for a week with world class writers of every genre. And Nancy the organizer is wonderful to work with. Hope you can get this to the other writers - I'm not sure how too. I'm going it slow and yes, will see you in May! Have the BEST! trip.

      1 · March 14, 2014

    • Angela M.

      Thanks, Lydia, this is a good way to tell people. You could also post something on the creative writers meetup main page. I hope to go back to Italy next Jan or Feb, but sounds awesome. I've heard of Robert Butler, now must read him. All the best. Angela

      March 14, 2014

  • Hilary Clark P.

    Hi everyone, I have uploaded my short story "Kiss Cam" into the files.

    1 · March 14, 2014

  • ChrŸs T.

    I uploaded story file per above -[masked] Schlepping the Stooping Starlight for[masked] review

    1 · March 14, 2014

  • Thomas K.

    Hi all - for those who haven't downloaded it, please see **Nightingale 10pg for 2014FEB17.doc**. It was my submission for the Feburary 17 meeting, which I ended up missing. It stands for our Monday gathering.

    1 · March 13, 2014

  • ChrŸs T.

    Angela
    Thanks for the info -
    I am not sure if short fiction or the SF subgroup is a better fit. The format is an ongoing magazine style blog, definitely fantasy based - but the SF group - includes the word 'novel' and this group includes 'short' . Since I am new to this meetup looking for some suggestion to best fit. - thnx

    March 12, 2014

    • Angela M.

      I'd suggest bringing copies of a short piece to one of the groups and see how it goes. I won't be there this month but looks like a good sized group and you could get some good feedback if that's what you're looking for.

      March 13, 2014

  • Cassie H.

    I just wanted to pass on a link I came across.... it's the Origami Journal, an online ezine which publishes short stories and photography. Publication is unpaid, I gather, but for those looking for exposure (pardon the pun), this might be just the ticket. http://origamijournal.com/

    1 · March 10, 2014

    • Angela M.

      Thanks for this, Cassie.

      March 10, 2014

  • Angela M.

    We have 4, including me, for Tuesday nights at the Bent Mast, so far.
    Is there anyone who wants to come regularly that can't make it that night? Let us know, keep voicing your preferences here and based on that, we may be looking at a change of venue in May.
    Angela

    1 · March 5, 2014

    • Philip J.

      I'm still fine with either night: Tuesday or Thursday.

      1 · March 10, 2014

  • Cassie H.

    The Bent Mast is fine by me, but I may not be available on Tuesdays. My partner teaches ballroom dance, and usually teaches tuesday evenings. Thursday is fine though.

    March 5, 2014

    • Angela M.

      If you'd like us to consider a different day and you see yourself coming, please post. :-)

      March 10, 2014

    • Cassie H.

      I'd like to come for sure. Thursday evenings still work for me. :)

      1 · March 10, 2014

  • Philip J.

    I've just loaded an updated version of Saskatoon Pie for critique at the March 17 Short Fiction Meeting.

    2 · March 10, 2014

  • Angela M.

    In case you didn't see the email notification:

    Alas, there is evidently another writers' group that meets at the Bent Mast, in the upstairs room and the woman in charge was very apologetic, but it's not available after all. For future consideration: it is available every other night of the week and I'd like to throw out Tuesday or Thursdays. Same problem with James Bay New Horizons, only available on Tuesdays or Thursdays, not Mondays. JBNH is $25/night, from 5-9 p.m. which is an incredible deal for quiet and lack of distraction. The Bent Mast is free.

    You can send me your thoughts or wait until I get back. In the meantime, for March and April anyway, we'll be at the Habit Coffee Shop on Monday nights at 7:00 p.m.

    Angela

    March 2, 2014

    • Philip J.

      Bummer, that! My vote is for the Bent Mast on a Tuesday or Thursday.

      1 · March 2, 2014

    • Hilary Clark P.

      I'm flexible as to dates we meet too, so Bent Mast on a Tuesday or Thursday would be fine.

      1 · March 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bent Mast - Tuesday

    1 · March 4, 2014

  • Angela M.

    Hey, all, it looks like I'll finally be taking my road trip to visit my family in the US, and my nephew's new baby, born 3 days ago in Nashville. (I know, it's a shame, but I have to go to Nashville!) First stop, Vallejo, California, etc, etc. This trip will include a drive across the southern US, from LA to Florida, up to Nashville, then into the midwest to Kansas City, Iowa and last stop, Fort Collins, Colorado. Anyway, I won't be there on March 17, but feel free to go ahead without me.
    Post your stories, notify each other and scope out the Bent Mast.
    I'm not going to change my RSVP so that I can continue to welcome people and do all the admin. stuff — I just won't be at the meeting.
    Happy writing and see you in April.
    Angela

    February 22, 2014

    • Philip J.

      Sounds like a great trip, Angela. Enjoy yourself and know we'll miss you.

      1 · February 23, 2014

    • Thomas K.

      Have a wonderful time. See you when you get back. Give my regards to eastern Iowa.

      1 · February 24, 2014

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