Meeting Recap

The regular writing craft meeting took place Tuesday April 17th at 6:00 pm. Five members were in attendance: Art, Barbara C., Gary, John and Diane.

We had a short discussion writing and learning from podcast. We discuss writing blurbs and keeping a notebook of ideas and things to do to keep our writing on track.

Members read stories written by other members as homework.

We had a short discussion on techniques for writing, including showing and telling in a story.

Homework for May Meeting

The challenge is to take half a title from one short story and half a title from another short story, mush it all together and create a new title. Then use that title to inspire a story.

You can use titles from short story collections you own or you could check out magazines online that publish short stories.

This page provides links to several short story magazines in Canada. One of them is the Antigonish Review in Nova Scotia.

From their recent issue #192, you could take the short story titles “A Grave with a View” and “Logging the Black Spruce” and create “A Grave Black Spruce” or “Logging with a View” or “A Grave Logging” or “The Black Spruce View”.

These are only examples. I suggest writing down ten titles (they must be more than one word titles) and mixing and matching until you find something you like.

Genre: open, fiction; word count: 450.

REMEMBER: Other members of the group will be reading these stories at the April 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 NOTE: the word count is only 450, not our usual 500. Please stick to the word limit.

Updating Member Pages

Members are asked to check their member page on this site and to let Diane know if they want anything changed or updated. The full list of members is here.

If you don’t have a page, please send Diane some information and she will create the page for you.

The next writers’ meeting takes place Tuesday April 17th. The next self-publishing meeting takes place Tuesday April 3rd.

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Meeting Reminder

The April meeting for the East Hants Writers’ Group focussed on the craft of writing takes place this coming Tuesday (April 17th). 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

The task is to create a mood with 400-word. Write a short scene with or without characters that will invoke a particular mood, so the reader will without a doubt feel that mood. The mood can be anything: angry, happy, scared, worried, anxious, etc.

Genre: open, fiction or non-fiction; word count: 400.

REMEMBER: Other members of the group will be reading these stories at the April 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 NOTE: the word count is only 400, not our usual 500. Please stick to the word limit.

Hope to see all members there.

Meeting Reminder – Self-publishing Branch

The next meeting of the season for the East Hants Writers’ Group focussed on self-publishing takes place Tuesday April 3rd. We will meet at the Elmsdale Public Library, Elmsdale, East Hants, Nova Scotia, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

The meeting will begin at six sharp. Please arrive a few minutes earlier to get settled.

Anyone interested in learning how to self-publish their books is welcome to attend. We have room for 12 members and 8 spaces are already filled. If you are interested in attending, please contact Diane (tibert@ns.sympatico.ca).

Meeting Recap

The regular writing craft meeting took place Tuesday March 20th at 6:00 pm. Seven members were in attendance: Art, Kat, Barbara C., Alice, Donna, Barb M., Lynn, Gary, Elizabeth, John and Diane.

We had a short discussion about publishers and which ones to avoid.

We critiqued Diane’s short story using the new critiquing format and had a discussion about fantasy stories.

Members read stories written by other members as homework.

Homework for April Meeting

The task is to create a mood with 400-word. Write a short scene with or without characters that will invoke a particular mood, so the reader will without a doubt feel that mood. The mood can be anything: angry, happy, scared, worried, anxious, etc.

Genre: open, fiction or non-fiction; word count: 400.

REMEMBER: Other members of the group will be reading these stories at the April 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 NOTE: the word count is only 400, not our usual 500. Please stick to the word limit.

Updating Member Pages

Members are asked to check their member page on this site and to let Diane know if they want anything changed or updated. The full list of members is here.

If you don’t have a page, please send Diane some information and she will create the page for you.

The next writers’ meeting takes place Tuesday April 17th. The next self-publishing meeting takes place Tuesday April 3rd.

MEETING REMINDER

The March meeting for the East Hants Writers’ Group focussed on the craft of writing takes place this coming Tuesday (March 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

Write a story that begins with the phrase, “I remember when…”

Any genre

Word Count: Up to 500. 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 March 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

Diane’s submitted piece of writing is one scene, one chapter of a much longer fantasy novel she is working on. It’s the third book in the series, and this is the first time these two characters are introduced.

Because of the type of story, answer the following critiquing questions.

  1. Does the scene create a mysterious feeling, one that leaves questions unanswered? Does this mystery entice you to read more or drop the book like a hot potato?
  2. Do you get an idea of what the village of Inishmore looks like?
  3. Were there any times you were confused? When?
  4. Was the dialogue realistic?

Hope to see all members there.

Meeting Recap

The regular writing craft meeting took place Tuesday February 20th at 6:00 pm. Seven members were in attendance: Art, Kat, Barbara C., Alice, Donna, Barb M. and Diane.

We had a short discussion about CIP no longer being available for self-published writers. We also talked about writing cover blurbs. Kat brought up Reedsy and said they were having a podcast on “How to Write a Book Proposal”.

We critiqued Alice’s short story using the new critiquing format and had a discussion editing poetry for children’s books.

Members read stories written by other members as homework.

Homework for March Meeting

Write a 500-word story starting with this line: I remember…

Genre: open, fiction or non-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.

Updating Member Pages

Members are asked to check their member page on this site and to let Diane know if they want anything changed or updated. The full list of members is here.

If you don’t have a page, please send Diane some information and she will create the page for you.

The next writers’ meeting takes place Tuesday March 20th. The next self-publishing meeting takes place Tuesday April 3rd.