Meeting Reminder

The next meeting of 2020 takes place Tuesday February 18th at the Elmsdale Library from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

HOMEWORK

Take a character from a story you’re working on right now and write a 350-word backstory for them. If you’re not working on a story, take a character from a previous project and write their backstory.

If weather conditions are hazardous, it will be cancelled. Please, check your email before you leave the house.

Meeting Reminder

Happy New Year, everyone. The first meeting of 2020 takes place Tuesday January 21st at the Elmsdale Library from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

HOMEWORK

Take the following sentence and write a story containing exactly 433 words.

It was a wrong number that started it, the telephone ringing in the dead of night, and the voice on the other end asking for someone he/she was not.

NOTE: The character can be either male or female. You choose.

Meeting Reminder

The February meeting for the East Hants Writers’ Group focussed on the craft of writing takes place Tuesday February 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

To the best of your ability, complete the sheet for Act II, part 1. You probably won’t be able to complete all of it as some questions might not be answered until later in the writing of the story, but do your best.

Bring in 500 words of the story to share with the rest. It must be part of Act II, part 1, but it can be any part you want.

Hope to see all members there.

MEETING REMINDER

The January meeting for the East Hants Writers’ Group focussed on the craft of writing takes place Tuesday January 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

To the best of your ability, complete the sheet for Act I. You probably won’t be able to complete all of it as some questions might not be answered until later in the writing of the story, but do your best.

Hopefully, you have a minimum of 500 words written for this story, but maybe you have more. That’s great. Bring in 500 words of the story to share with the rest. It must be part of Act I, but it can be any part you want. Just choose 500 words.

Hope to see all members there.

Meeting Reminder

The November meeting for the East Hants Writers’ Group focussed on the craft of writing takes place Tuesday November 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

To the best of your ability, complete the sheet for Act I. You probably won’t be able to complete all of it as some questions might not be answered until later in the writing of the story, but do your best.

Hopefully, you have a minimum of 500 words written for this story, but maybe you have more. That’s great. Bring in 500 words of the story to share with the rest. It must be part of Act I, but it can be any part you want. Just choose 500 words.

Hope to see all members there.

MEETING REMINDER

The October meeting for the East Hants Writers’ Group focussed on the craft of writing takes place Tuesday October 16th. 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

QUESTIONS

Members must answer these two questions. They do not have to share the answers with the group, but it is important they know the answers to these questions.

  1. What is it you want out of your writing?
  2. How do you define writing and publishing success?

WRITING ASSIGNMENT

Complete the character sheets sent out through email and prepare to introduce the main character (or main characters) of the story you’ll write over the winter.

Hope to see all members there.

Meeting Reminder

The September meeting to start the season for the East Hants Writers’ Group focussed on the craft of writing takes place Tuesday September 18th. 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 with the end of summer as the theme. It must be from the point of view of a school-aged child.

Genre: open, fiction; word count: 400.

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

CRITIQUE

We will be critiquing a piece of writing submitted by Donna’s. 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 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.

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.