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Short Fiction Subgroup

  • Jun 18, 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.

    As to why I used the pronoun "you" in "A Sip of Poison" — I chose 2nd person to reflect the girl (1st person) thinking/talking to herself (you) and as a way of showing that she has no one else to talk to.

    June 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Such a powerful group of intelligent and talented writers/editors offering constructive feedback and support. Angela McIntyre thank you for your inspiring piece of work, as frustrating as it was for me...last night I wrote the first easy flowing piece in years!! Hallelujah!! You re-booted by "Writing Hard Drive" and I am ELATED! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Please forgive my very Sagittarian directness as it was also in conjunction with the short circuit in my brain that has proven so necessary for my re-birth as a writer. Wow! : ) This feels nothing short of MIRACULOUS!

    1 · June 19, 2014

    • Angela M.

      Wow, Tracy! that is so awesome to hear! Congratulations, and I really didn't have a problem with the directness. That sort of piece received such varying responses — I really enjoyed that. Also, see above, I've written a note on why I used the pronoun "you."

      June 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome!! I'm Back!! : O

    1 · June 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very detailed and supportive feedback. Good group.

    1 · June 18, 2014

  • Angela M.

    valuable feedback, thanks, everyone!

    June 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I shall be there.

    1 · June 18, 2014

  • Jasmeen

    I am sorry I can't make it this evening.

    June 18, 2014

  • Philip J.

    Looks like a good group tonight. Enjoy your evening, everyone.

    1 · June 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I look forward to seeing everyone. Not sure if I will bring anything...if I do it will be short and hard copy.

    1 · June 14, 2014

  • Hilary Clark P.

    Hi everyone,

    Sorry, I'm late submitting this in time for our meeting, but I have a new piece that I just started working on that I've submitted to the Files section. It is very rough, and I'd appreciate some pointers on where I should go with it. It is called "Pink" and is in the Files Section. Thanks,
    Hilary

    1 · June 14, 2014

  • Angela M.

    I've posted my short, short story, "A Sip of Poison" in the Files above.
    Angela

    June 11, 2014

  • Angela C.

    I've posted my submission for next week. I'm technically workshopping the second half of "The Seamstress," but I included the entire file in case those who weren't at the meeting last month want to read the first half and understand the story. :) (The first half also has some edits for those who did read it.) I realize it's a bit long, but I'd rather not workshop just the last two pages next month! Looking forward to seeing you all next week!

    1 · June 11, 2014

  • Philip J.

    Sorry, but I won't be able to make this meeting. Shooting for August.

    June 11, 2014

    • Angela M.

      Will miss your scintillating remarks! :-)

      June 11, 2014

  • Angela M.

    Hello, everyone. I'm not sure why the announcement says both The Habit coffeeshop and the wrong address for the Bent Mast>
    the correct information is:
    The Bent Mast, Bar and Restaurant, upstairs to the left
    512 Simcoe Street in James Bay, Wednesday, June 16 at 7 p.m.
    Angela

    May 25, 2014

    • Philip J.

      Guess it should be the 18th

      1 · May 31, 2014

    • Angela M.

      Yes, I believe now it says Wednesday, June 18. I found the button to change all meetings to Wednesday, in perpetuity! Ha! I was having to do it myself manually cause I hadn't found that little button yet. should be okay from now on.

      2 · May 31, 2014

  • anna

    Hi Angela,

    It's been a while, but want to pick up my pen again & join you guys for some serious fun, er, I mean work :)

    Are you guys meeting anytime before the 16th?

    1 · May 25, 2014

    • Angela M.

      Note the new venue, The Bent Mast, upstairs and to the left at the top of the stairs (not the toilet).

      May 25, 2014

  • Angela M.

    Hi, Anna, no, this is just a once-a-month meeting, and it seems many people RSVP and then cancel, for various reasons just before the meeting. There are a few of us, however, that do attend regularly, so that makes it worthwhile attending. Hope to see you on the 16th. Please take time to read the guidelines, if you haven't already. You have some time to get something submitted by the week before that next meeting. :-)
    Angela

    May 25, 2014

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