Short Fiction Subgroup

  • July 23, 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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  • Tracy

    Always interesting! Thanks for the exercises Angela, it made for a fun and challenging evening.

    1 · July 24, 2014

  • Tracy

    Hi everyone! I might bring a short one for some feedback. I look forward to doing the exercises to mix it up a little. This could turn out to be a really interesting meeting...see you later. : )

    1 · July 23, 2014

  • Angela M.

    also, I won't be here for the August meeting -- who would like to volunteer to lead the group?

    July 19, 2014

  • Angela M.

    Hello! We don't have any submissions so please bring question regarding your short fiction and as a group we will brainstorm and I will offer some suggestions, when I can, if you want them. Also, we will start the meeting with 4 or 5 exercises that I've picked up this week at the Denman Islad Readers & Writers' Workshop. The will loosen you up and get you writing.

    July 19, 2014

  • Angela C.

    I'm not going to be able to make this one, unfortunately. New full time job has taken over all my (fiction) writing time.

    July 17, 2014

  • Mirko

    Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend as I haven't had a chance to continue working on my submission. But I'll attend next time.

    July 17, 2014

  • Hilary Clark P.

    I'm sorry but I won't be able to make this one.

    July 16, 2014

  • Angela M.

    Please limit your involvement when your work is being workshopped to questions only. As is the tradition in workshop, you should not explain (for example, please don't tell us why you wrote the story, or why you used a certain word) and you should not correct your readers during the discussion of your work (for example, please don't tell us that the poem is not about death, it is about rebirth). Here is why you should not explain or correct: by allowing others their comments without interfering, you learn what impressions your work is making on your readers, what resonances it has created, what ideas it has provoked. If you jump in to explain or correct, you will lose that chance to learn. However, you should feel free to ask questions to the people who are taking part in your workshop, at any time.

    1 · July 4, 2014

  • Angela M.

    I've just uploaded a file called Marvin Bell's 32 Statements About Writing Poetry from a recently retired professor of the Iowa Writer's Workshop. I found many relevant parts for writers of all kinds. Hope you find some value in it for your own writing.
    Angela

    June 30, 2014

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