Meeting Recap

meeting recapThe regular writing craft meeting took place Tuesday June 19th at 6:00 pm. Seven members were in attendance: Art, Barbara C., Gary, John, Elizabeth, Donna and Diane.

We had a discussion on the new ‘publishing’ companies taking advantage of new writers and how writers can avoid those that only want to make money off the writer, not the books they publish.

CRITIQUING

Members critiqued Elizabeth’s submitted short story.

HOMEWORK

Members read stories written by other members as homework.

Homework for September Meeting

To be announced in early August.

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. She won’t be updating them over summer, so if you have something you want to add, contact her before June 30th.

This was the last writers’ meeting of the season. We are now on summer break. The next season begins September 18th.

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Meeting Recap

On Tuesday June 11th, the self-publishing branch of the East Hants Writers Group met at the Elmsdale Library. Members in attendance included John, Donna and Diane.

Diane gave a presentation on how to format the interior of a paperback book using MS Word was discussed.

Meeting Recap – Self-publishing

On Tuesday May 29th, the self-publishing branch of the East Hants Writers Group met at the Elmsdale Library. Members in attendance included Lynn, Art, John, Donna, Barb M. and Diane.

Diane gave a presentation on how to make book covers using PowerPoint. Both eBook and paperbacks were discussed.

Here is the cover the group created in play.  It was not created to be dynamic. It was created to show a few of the many tools available in PowerPoint.

book cover

The next self-publishing meeting takes place Tuesday June 12th.

MEETING RECAP

The regular writing craft meeting took place Tuesday May 15th at 6:00 pm. Eight members were in attendance: Art, Barbara C., Barbara M., Gary, John, Elizabeth, Donna and Diane.

We had a discussion on the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law that comes into affect May 25, 2018. Anyone operating a blog, a newsletter or other form of mail out that gathers information from subscribers needs to reaffirm their subscribers interest in subscribing.

More about this can be learned by Googling it or by visiting D. G. Kaye’s post on the matter.

A discussion was also had on the recent trademark fiasco regarding the word ‘cocky’. Online, it’s referred to as #cockygate. Diane wrote a post regarding this disaster: Every Writer Has a Dog in this Fight.

Taking ownership of a single word in the dictionary hasn’t happened before, but some people are aiming to do that. We hope this never happens. Trademarking a word in a series or a phrase is one thing, but claiming all right to it is something different.

CRITIQUING

Members critiqued Art’s two submitted chapters, and during this, we had a discussion on character development throughout a series.

HOMEWORK

Members read stories written by other members as homework.

Homework for June Meeting

Go to PIxabay (a site that has free photographs) and search for one of the following terms:

  • water
  • funny
  • east
  • book
  • mystery
  • wood
  • ancient

Choose one of the photographs from the results, and write a story it inspires.

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 June 19th. This is the last meeting before we break for summer.

The next self-publishing meeting takes place Tuesday May 29th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

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.

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 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.