Meeting Reminder

The February meeting for the East Hants Writers’ Group focussed on the  craft of writing takes place this upcoming Tuesday (February 20th). As usual, we will meet at the Elmsdale Public Library, Elmsdale, East Hants, Nova Scotia, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

We are now at capacity membership. Anyone interested in joining our group will go on a waiting list.

HOMEWORK

WRITING ASSIGNMENT

Your character has been kidnapped. Choose your favourite character from a book, movie or TV show and have them set out to rescue them.

Genre: fan fiction

Word Count: 500 firm. Please, if you have more, edit it to reduce the word count. Think of it as an editing exercise.

REMEMBER: Other members of the group will be reading these stories at the February meeting. Please print the stories in an easy-to-read font type and size. Size 12 is okay, but 14 is better. DO NOT put your name on your story.

CRITIQUE

Alice’s children’s rhyming story. If you have not received the story, let me know, and I will forward it to you.

Because of the type of story, use our critiquing questions as they apply.

  1. List the strengths of the story.
  2. What areas of the story can be improved?
  3. Were there any times you were confused? When?
  4. Does the story work? If not, why?
  5. If there are repeated mechanical mistakes, please make note.

Also, Alice says, “The story is still being reworked. I would like for readers to point out which rhymes work and which ones still need work. Please feel free to suggest changes or other words that might work better.”

Hope to see all members there.

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Meet Local Author Melanie Mosher

Goth Girl by [Mosher, Melanie]Welcome local young adult and children’s author Melanie Mosher and hear her talk about her books, Goth Girl and Fire Pie Trout. She will be selling and signing copies, too.

We look forward to seeing you for our very first special event here at Dartmouth Book Exchange. Bring in your children to meet, speak & question Melanie and maybe to inspire dreams of becoming a Local Author one day.

Goth Girl, ages 12-15- There’s one thing that really irks fifteen year old Vic Markham–the way people judge her based on her appearance. And now she’s stuck with a bunch of delinquents doing a crappy mural just because she got nabbed doing illegal graffiti. At least there’s Zach, a handsome rich guy, who seems to catch Vic’s interest. Will Zach help Goth Girl find her way, or lead her down a path of destruction?

Fire Pie Trout, age 5 and up- Grace loves being with her gramps, but there are things she is not so sure of: the dark; scary movies; trying new things she has never tried before. So when Gramps takes her fishing on a dark, foggy morning, she has her doubts — lots of them. How can she tell Gramps she’s not as keen on adventure as he is without spoiling their time together? Some bemused assurance from Gramps and a timely flash of creativity from Grace solve the problem and prove once and for all that no one is too young to go fishing or to face new challenges. Fire Pie Trout brings the warmth of a special family relationship and the excitement of growing just a little bigger to the darkest, foggiest of mornings.

Date: Saturday February 10, 2018

Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Place: Dartmouth Book Exchange, 1187 Cole Harbour Road, Cole Harbour, Halifax County, Nova Scotia

For more information, visit the Facebook page for this event.

BOOK SALE AT C. W. SAUNDERS MASON LODGE, ELMSDALE

On the first Saturday of every month, a used-book sale takes place at C. W. Saunders Mason Lodge, 170 Highway 214, Elmsdale, East Hants, Nova Scotia.

This month’s sale takes place tomorrow (February 3rd) from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The book sale is held in the downstairs hall. Walk in the front doors and take the stairs to the basement. Books are sold at amazing prices. Much of their stock is sold at $1.00 or less.

There are thousands of books of all genres. Many are new, but many are also old. Magazines usually go for ten cents.

Book Launch by Alex Boutilier

Join author Alex Boutilier to launch his new book From 14th Colony to Confederation : Governors, Placemen & Merchant Elite, a humorous social history of the evolution of what is today the Province of Nova Scotia and the Maritime provinces.

Do you know the location of first capital of British Nova Scotia? Which governor was responsible for the NS provincial road system designed to bring goods to market? When was the first failed attempt at Maritime Union and which colonies were invited? Unsure? Come and find out!

From 14th Colony to Confederation: Governors, Placemen and the merchant Elite by Alex D BoutilierLight refreshments provided. All welcome.

Date: Tuesday January 30, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Location: Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 1675 Lower Water Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

For more information on the event, contact…

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic: 902-424-7490

Alex Boutilier: 902-860-3106

Publisher: New World Publishing: 902-576-2055

Meeting Recap

The regular writing craft meeting took place Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm. Seven members were in attendance: Art, Kat, Barbara C., Gary, Donna, Barb M. and Diane.

We had a short discussion about Lulu’s printing quality compared to books printed by CreateSpace. Diane brought in samples to show the group.

Art brought in his latest book and shared it with everyone.

We critiqued Barb’s short story using the new critiquing format and had a discussion editing a short story to a specific word count for a publication.

Members read stories written by other members as homework.

Homework for Febrary Meeting

Your character has been kidnapped. Choose your favourite character from a book, movie or TV show and have them set out to rescue them. The genre: fan fiction; word count: 500.

REMEMBER: Other members of the group will be reading these stories at the February meeting. Please print the stories in an easy-to-read font type and size. Size 12 is okay, but 14 is better. DO NOT put your name on your story. Please stick to the 500-word limit.

Meeting Reminder

The January meeting for the East Hants Writers’ Group focussed on the  craft of writing takes place this upcoming Tuesday (January 16th). As usual, we will meet at the Elmsdale Public Library, Elmsdale, East Hants, Nova Scotia, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

We are now at capacity membership. Anyone interested in joining our group will go on a waiting list.

HOMEWORK

  1. Use the keywords chosen at the November meeting to complete your Story in a Box assignment. Maximum word length: 500

2) Critique a piece of writing submitted by Barbara. Our new critiquing guidelines involves answering these questions:

  • List the strengths of the story.
  • What areas of the story can be improved.
  • Were there any times you were confused? When?
  • Was the dialogue realistic?
  • Does the story work? If not, why?
  • If there are repeated mechanical mistakes, please make note.

Hope to see all members there.

BOOK SALE AT C. W. SAUNDERS MASON LODGE, ELMSDALE

On the first Saturday of every month, a used-book sale takes place at C. W. Saunders Mason Lodge, 170 Highway 214, Elmsdale, East Hants, Nova Scotia.

This month’s sale takes place tomorrow (January 6th) from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The book sale is held in the downstairs hall. Walk in the front doors and take the stairs to the basement. Books are sold at amazing prices. Much of their stock is sold at $1.00 or less.

There are thousands of books of all genres. Many are new, but many are also old. Magazines usually go for ten cents.