What we're about

Spectrum: The London Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer's Group is a group of active writers in the Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and other speculative fiction realms, who get together to critique each others work, share knowledge, and generally encourage one another. Members are serious about their writing, open to honest criticism, and willing to offer critical insight to their fellow writers.

You can find our website at http://www.spectrumwriters.com

Who this group is for: writers of speculative fiction working on short story, novel and similar formats. We have the occasional screen writer, but note this group primarily focuses on the published format.

Who should attend: both aspiring and published authors are welcome. It is a great arena to workshop your story, find out what is working, what might not be, and to gain insight from members with a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds.

How often we meet: we are entirely online at the moment, using our very own Discord server for most of our activities. Critique meetings take place every two weeks, and we have monthly special events and daily write-together sprints.

What is expected of you: every meeting will have a work submitted by one or two members. The submission is usually a chapter from their novel or a short story. Members are expected to read the submission before attending, with an eye toward providing constructive feedback to the author. Each member will be given approximately 2.5 minutes to provide feedback, and can also provide the author with more detailed written comments as well.

What you can expect: to get motivated and inspired, to improve your craft, to build confidence in your own work, to network with others, to learn about the publishing industry, and to have fun doing it!

For more details on how the group works, check out our website, and join our Discord server. See you there!

Upcoming events (5)

Spectrum Critique Meeting (ONLINE)

Online event

A critique meeting for short stories and novel excerpts. ***Please note we will be critiquing one submission for this session, it will be posted shortly*** We will be hanging out on Discord - instructions on how to join our server can be found here: https://spectrumwriters.com/members/covid-19-update. To access the submissions for this meeting, you need to sign up on our website and download it from the Members area under 'Submissions', then 'Upcoming Meeting'. New members are absolutely welcome - please feel free to come say hello and see how the group works. An overview of how the critique meetings are formatted can be found on our website: https://spectrumwriters.com/about/critique-meetings/ If you are having trouble getting onto Discord, signing up on the website, or have any other questions, leave a comment here and one of the organisers will get back to you. Lastly, if you are able to, please consider tossing us a coffee's worth of change towards our running costs - it will be hugely appreciated! https://ko-fi.com/spectrumwriterslondon Hope to see you there!

Spectrum Short Story Club Meeting (ONLINE)

Online event

A meeting for Spectrum members to discuss and critique a short story that has been published in a reputable magazine. Our goal is to improve our understanding of what makes a (presumably) successful short story tick.

STORY YET UNCONFIRMED - please check back nearer the time.

Members are encouraged to read the story and consider how they felt as a reader as well as their takeaways as a writer.

As a general guide, you might consider:

- As a reader, In what ways did the story succeed or fail for you? For example, you might consider the narrative, pacing, characterization, setting, concept, etc.
- As a writer, what craft choices did you notice? For example, point of view, use of tense, style of language or voice, story structure. Why do you think the author made those choices? How did they contribute to the story? If you changed any of them, would the story still work?
- What was special or unique about the story? Why do you think the editor chose to publish it?

We will be hanging out on Discord - instructions on how to join our server can be found here: https://spectrumwriters.com/members/covid-19-update/

If you are having trouble getting onto Discord, signing up on the website, or have any other questions, leave a comment here and one of the organisers will get back to you.

Lastly, if you are able to, please consider tossing us a coffee's worth of change towards our running costs - it will be hugely appreciated! https://ko-fi.com/spectrumwriterslondon

Hope to see you there!

Spectrum Short Story Club Meeting (ONLINE)

Online event

A meeting for Spectrum members to discuss and critique a short story that has been published in a reputable magazine. Our goal is to improve our understanding of what makes a (presumably) successful short story tick.

STORY YET UNCONFIRMED - please check back nearer the time.

Members are encouraged to read the story and consider how they felt as a reader as well as their takeaways as a writer.

As a general guide, you might consider:

- As a reader, In what ways did the story succeed or fail for you? For example, you might consider the narrative, pacing, characterization, setting, concept, etc.
- As a writer, what craft choices did you notice? For example, point of view, use of tense, style of language or voice, story structure. Why do you think the author made those choices? How did they contribute to the story? If you changed any of them, would the story still work?
- What was special or unique about the story? Why do you think the editor chose to publish it?

We will be hanging out on Discord - instructions on how to join our server can be found here: https://spectrumwriters.com/members/covid-19-update/

If you are having trouble getting onto Discord, signing up on the website, or have any other questions, leave a comment here and one of the organisers will get back to you.

Lastly, if you are able to, please consider tossing us a coffee's worth of change towards our running costs - it will be hugely appreciated! https://ko-fi.com/spectrumwriterslondon

Hope to see you there!

Spectrum Short Story Club Meeting (ONLINE)

Online event

A meeting for Spectrum members to discuss and critique a short story that has been published in a reputable magazine. Our goal is to improve our understanding of what makes a (presumably) successful short story tick.

STORY YET UNCONFIRMED - please check back nearer the time.

Members are encouraged to read the story and consider how they felt as a reader as well as their takeaways as a writer.

As a general guide, you might consider:

- As a reader, In what ways did the story succeed or fail for you? For example, you might consider the narrative, pacing, characterization, setting, concept, etc.
- As a writer, what craft choices did you notice? For example, point of view, use of tense, style of language or voice, story structure. Why do you think the author made those choices? How did they contribute to the story? If you changed any of them, would the story still work?
- What was special or unique about the story? Why do you think the editor chose to publish it?

We will be hanging out on Discord - instructions on how to join our server can be found here: https://spectrumwriters.com/members/covid-19-update/

If you are having trouble getting onto Discord, signing up on the website, or have any other questions, leave a comment here and one of the organisers will get back to you.

Lastly, if you are able to, please consider tossing us a coffee's worth of change towards our running costs - it will be hugely appreciated! https://ko-fi.com/spectrumwriterslondon

Hope to see you there!

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Spectrum Short Story Club Meeting (ONLINE)

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