Short Fiction Subgroup

  • May 21, 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 are currently writing short fiction and have at least one piece to share that you want feedback on;

— you 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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  • Tracy

    I really enjoyed listening to the writing and sharing experiences and feedback. A very talented/inspiring group! Angela thank you for reminding our visitor about the guidelines and proper etiquette for critiquing work as this is the foundation of creating a safe place to share. : )

    2 · May 22

  • ChrŸs T.

    Angela
    I have switched to SF / Fantasy subgroup - I will miss HIlary's next cringe worthy story!

    1 · May 21

  • Angela M.

    Great group of hard-working writers! Thanks everyone!

    2 · May 21

  • Angela C.

    Hello all - I've decided to hold back the rest of my story for the next critique. There's going to be enough of it for a full submission :) and I'd like feedback on the whole thing. Looking forward to tonight - I've certainly enjoyed reading the subs thus far!

    May 21

    • Angela C.

      Ideally I'd like feedback on each half, this week and the June meeting. I've tried something a bit new with this story, and I'd love to hear if it's working so far with the first half.

      1 · May 21

    • Angela M.

      good, then I'm ready.

      May 21

  • Angela M.

    Hi, Writers. If you can, bring a couple of extra copies of your story — alternatively, Tracy, if you have a smart phone or a tablet you can read the stories on that.
    Angela

    May 20

  • Tracy

    Hi writers,
    I look forward to meeting you all tomorrow night. : )

    1 · May 20

  • Hilary Clark P.

    Hi,
    I reposted the story, Grey and Ice, that I submitted last month. It is in the files section.
    -Hilary.

    1 · May 20

    • Hilary Clark P.

      Yeah, it has been there for a month but I forgot to remind everyone it was there.

      1 · May 20

    • Angela M.

      Oh, too bad. I'll do my best -- just got a new ink cartridge, so hope to read it tomorrow!

      May 20

  • Angela M.

    Hi, I've posted my story "The Aunts" in the Files above. I apologize for the late entry.
    Angela

    1 · May 16

  • Terra H.

    Something came up. 'Fraid I'm gonna miss this one.

    May 14

  • Angela C.

    Hello all! I've posted the first ten pages of my current story for this next workshop. I'll bring copies of the rest for anyone who's interested. Quite looking forward to it. :)

    2 · May 14

    • Angela M.

      Thanks, Angela. I look forward to reading it!

      May 14

  • Angela M.

    For those of you new to the group: we post our stories at least a week before the next meeting to give everyone a chance to read and formulate some feedback and line edit. You'll know someone has uploaded a file because they'll say so here, like Philip just did.
    They're up above in the tab "More" under "Files." Please print and bring your copy of each attendees story. Thank you!!
    Angela

    1 · May 11

  • Philip J.

    I've written a new story, so have withdrawn the adjusted version of Saskatoon Pie and re-posted.
    True Things is another Sonny Watkins story.

    1 · May 11

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to being there!

    1 · May 8

  • Cassie H.

    I won't be attending this one, but I will certainly catch the next one. May 21st is my birthday, so I will be spending that time with my family. :) Enjoy!

    May 7

  • Angela M.

    Correction, it's up the stairs on the "LEFT" not the right, duh.

    April 26

  • Angela M.

    So I've arranged it with the Bent Mast for us to meet there on the 3rd Wednesday of the month in the upstairs room, top of the stairs on the right. It's a lovely space. They take drink orders upstairs but we need to place food orders ourselves downstairs at the bar. I think it's going to be an awesome venue for us, hope you all agree.
    Angela

    1 · April 25

  • Angela M.

    Please note: I've changed the date to Wednesday, May 21st. Haven't gotten the venue worked out yet so will get back to you on that.
    Angela

    1 · April 22

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