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Short Fiction Subgroup

  • Aug 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:

— please be on time;

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

— post here under files your short story of from 6-10 pages and then notify the group that it's here; if you want to come for the first time to check us out or if you are a regular, but just don't have any work this time, come prepared to listen and give feedback on the stories others have uploaded, ready to submit the following meeting;

— 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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  • yusuf

    is the event still on? i should be there with at least a partially finished draft

    August 20, 2014

    • Angela M.

      Yusuf, yes it's still on. This is a subgroup of the main Creative Writers Meetup group. There are requirements and guidelines to be in this group. Please read them and bring copies of whatever you have. :-)

      August 20, 2014

  • yusuf

    I'm going to try to make it. I'm 50/50 right now. If I bring a short story is that ok? Or do I have to send it in advance?

    1 · August 20, 2014

  • Kon

    Hi...if you don't mind I'll just be coming to say hello and sit-in.

    August 19, 2014

  • Angela M.

    Tom, would you consider hosting the meeting this month? See below. You'd do a great job, I'm sure. :-)

    August 13, 2014

  • Angela M.

    The August meeting is looking for a leader. Duties would include 1. showing up at 7 at the Bent Mast; 2. reading any submitted material; 3. facilitate introductions, and comments about submitted work; 4. if no submissions, then the leader/facilitator will need to have some exercises w/writing prompts, etc or a topic for discussion.
    If no one comes forward by the day before the meeting (Tuesday, August 19) then please consider the meeting cancelled. I will figure out how to cancel it officially, as well.

    August 13, 2014

  • Angela M.

    Hi, Fraser! that's great. I usually lead the meetings but I won't be there on August 20, so waiting for someone to step up and volunteer to lead. Hopefully there will be others there this month to read your story and give you feedback. Hope to meet you at our next meeting.

    August 13, 2014

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