Meeting Recap

meeting recapThe regular writing craft meeting took place Tuesday September 18th at 6:00 pm. Ten members were in attendance: Art, Barb M., Alice, Catherine, Barbara C., John, Donna, Lynn, Mindy and Diane.

We had a discussion on the closing of CreateSpace and the transfer of paperback books from there to KDP Print. You can learn more about that from Diane’s blog post No One is Surprised: CreateSpace Closes and KDP Print Takes Over.

CRITIQUING

Members critiqued Donna’s submitted chapter.

HOMEWORK

Members read stories written by other members as homework.

New Format for Homework

We’ve decided to change things up a bit. Instead of a very short story being written for each meeting, we’re running a series of mini workshops on the basic construction of a story: Act I, Act II and Act III. One larger story will be written during this writing season.

Homework for October Meeting

Members must answer these two questions:

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

Also, to start constructing their story, members must complete the character sheet for at least one of their main characters and introduce this character at the next meeting.

The next meeting takes place Tuesday October 16, 2018.

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.