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.
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.
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.
- List the strengths of the story.
- What areas of the story can be improved?
- Were there any times you were confused? When?
- Was the dialogue realistic?
- Does the story work? If not, why?
- If there are repeated mechanical mistakes, please make note.
Hope to see all members there.