Meeting Reminder

The June meeting for the East Hants Writers’ Group focussed on the craft of writing takes place Tuesday June 19th. 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

Go to Pixabay and enter one of these search terms:

water, funny, east, book, mystery, wood, ancient

Choose a photo that inspires you to write a story, then write that story.

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

We will be critiquing a piece of writing submitted by Elizabeth. 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. This is the last meeting of the season before we break for summer. The next meeting after this will be in September.

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Meeting Reminder – Self-publishing

The next meeting for the East Hants Writers’ Group focussed on self-publishing takes place Tuesday May 29th. We will meet at the Elmsdale Public Library, Elmsdale, East Hants, Nova Scotia, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

At this meeting, we will be discussing how to make covers for eBooks and paperback books.

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.

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 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 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.