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 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.

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 Recap

The regular writing craft meeting took place Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm. Six members were in attendance: Art, Kat, Dawn, Barbara C., Gary and Diane. Barb M. popped in for a moment but couldn’t stay.

We had a short discussion about Lulu’s printing quality compared to books printed by CreateSpace.

We critiqued Dawn’s fan fiction story using the new critiquing format and had a discussion on what is fan fiction. This inspired the home work for the February meeting–February, not January. It will be to write a 500-word fan-fiction story. Choose your favourite story from a book, TV series or movie and hire those characters to star in your story.

Barbara C. will submit a story to be critiqued at the January 2018 meeting.

Members read stories written by other members as homework. We learned many fascinating facts about members through this exercise of taking a past experience and writing it as a story.

Homework for January Meeting

Story in a Box: Members at the meeting chose from four boxes and will write 500-word stories that include a character name, an occupation, an appliance and a situation. If you were not at the meeting, Diane kept the paper scraps and will drawn the four components for your story and email them to you.

Other members of the group will be reading these stories at the January 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.

Our next meeting is January 16th. Reminder: There is NO MEETING focussed on writing in December.

MEETING RECAP

The regular writing craft meeting took place last night at 6:00 pm. Thirteenmembers were in attendance: Lynn, Kat, Dawn, Catherine, Barb M., Art, Elizabeth, Alice, Barbara C., Donna, John, Gary and Diane.

From this gathering, it has been decided that 13 is our lucky number. We have no further room for new members.

We had a short discussion about CreateSpace closing their eStore on October 31, 2017.

We critiqued Barb M.’s children’s story using the new critiquing format and had a great discussion about its meaning.

The following will submit stories to be critiqued for the next two months:

  • November: Dawn
  • January: Barbara C.

Members read stories written by other members as homework.

Homework for October Meeting

Take a real life experience from your past and use it as the skeleton of a story. In other words, rewrite it into another time and/or genre. Maximum word length: 500

Other members of the group will be reading these stories. Please print the stories in an easy-to-read font type and size. Size 12 is okay, but 14 is better.

Additional Homework

Story in a Box: Please bring these elements of the story for others to pick from the box.

  • 2 character names
  • 2 situations
  • 2 types of occupations
  • 2 types of appliances

Our next meeting is November 21st.

Meeting Recap

The regular writing craft meeting took place last night at 6:00 pm. Eight members were in attendance: Lynn, John, Alice, Barb M., Barbara, Dawn, Kat and Diane.

We had a short discussion about writing and the publishing industry to begin the meeting.

Diane announced a second meeting during the next three months focussed on self-publishing only. Anyone interested in learning how to publish their own book is welcome to attend. Please, let Diane know if you’d like to attend by emailing her (tibert@live.com). The room can accommodate only 14 people.

The dates for the self-publishing meetings are:

  • Thursday October 12, 2017: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  •  Thursday November 9, 2017: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Thursday December 14, 2017: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

We critiqued Lynn’s chapter 3 to her leprechaun story using the new critiquing format.

The following will submit stories to be critiqued for the next four months:

October: Barb M.

November: Dawn

December: Barbara C.

January: kat

Members read stories written by other members as homework.

Homework for October Meeting

At the end of the meeting, each member drew a character name, tool, weather condition and situation from the Story in a Box. Members will write a 500-word story using these keywords for the October meeting. Please bring the stories in a readable font for other members to read. Do not put your name on your story.

Our next meeting is October 17th.