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.

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East Coast Comic Expo May 18 and 19

East Coast Comic Expo is an all-ages convention organized by dedicated Fanboys and Fangirls to celebrate comic books and comic book culture. We’ll have industry professional writers & artists joining us to celebrate, along with local vendors and many talented local creators and artisans as well.

Date: Friday May 18 and Saturday May 19, 2018

Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Friday) and 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Saturday)

Place: Crossman Community Centre (former Kay Arena), 99 Wynwood Drive, Moncton, New Brunswick

Learn more from the East Coast Comic Expo website.

Meeting Reminder

The May meeting for the East Hants Writers’ Group focussed on the craft of writing takes place this coming Tuesday (May 15th). 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 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.

CRITIQUE

Art’s submitted piece of writing is two short chapters of a much longer novel he is working on. Please use the questions we’ve created for critiquing.

  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. Was the dialogue realistic?
  5. Does the story work? If not, why?
  6. 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 (May 5th) 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.

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.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Day

Join the Box of Delights Bookshop in an exploration that spans from a land far, far away, to a galaxy out of this world! We will be hosting local science fiction and fantasy authors for a reading, Q&A and signing.

Represent your sci fi/fantasy fandom and come meet some authors whose imaginations create the worlds you love!

Authors

  • Peter Foote
  • Steve Vernon
  • Michelle Bryan
  • Chantal Boudreau
  • A. F. Stewart

Date: Saturday April 21, 2018

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: The Box of Delights Bookshop, 466 Main Street, Wolfville, NS

To learn more, visit the Facebook Event page.