Each month we present our writing in the speculative fiction genre to the group for discussion and critique (previously we set a theme each month). Individual projects are discussed on critique days. We email our work to the group to read two weeks beforehand, so we can devote most of our meeting time to discussion.
1st Friday: Writer’s toolkit / 3rd Friday: Critique – Individual projects
2017 Toolbox Skills
Feb Structure The Map in Question
Mar Character within Structure Tall, Dark and Alien
Apr Plot, Conflict; subplot, subtext Around the bend came …
May The Six Things He did what?!
Jun POV; external narrator; camera The distant view
Jul Sentences, scenes, chapters, story arc The detail of the territory
Aug Research; NLA/SLSA, CIP/PLR Big sigh, or big sign?
Sep Marketing – books and authors How many?
Oct Blogging and Social Media Who are you?
Nov Competitions, short stories A heart torn out
Dec The Year in Review – We did … Lots of Stuff!
|Jan||— Public Holiday. No meeting|
|Feb||MS Word – features and uses for Writers|
|Mar||Short stories and competitions|
|June||Research tips and techniques|
|July||Plots and conflicts|
|Aug||Setting and description|
|Sept||POV and characters|
|Oct||Scenes and chapters|
|Jan||to be advised|
Past topics and themes
|Jan||— No meeting|
|Feb||Scene – one person doing one thing in one place|
|Mar||Dialogue and point of view (‘head hopping’)|
|Apr||— Public Holiday. No meeting|
|May||Show don’t tell (and avoiding info dump)|
|June||Description and setting|
|July||Emotional impact – using powerful words|
|Aug||Structure and arcs|
|Sept||Starting and ending (where to place story and chapters)|
|Oct||Plot and conflict (themic, not structural)|
|Nov||Critiquing, editing and proofing|
|Jan||triggers (email date: 3rd Jan)|
|Feb||darken (email date: 7th Feb)|
|Mar||the waste (email date: 7th Mar)|
|Apr||scorpio (email date: 4th Apr)|
|May||max (email date: 2nd May)|
|June||free (email date: 6th June)|
|July||forest (email date: 4th Jul)|
|Aug||in the dirt (email date: 1st Aug)|
|Sept||mystery of grace (email date: 5th Sept)|
|Oct||dragons (email date: 5th Oct)|
|Nov||essential oils (email date: 1st Nov)|
|Dec||roses (email date: 29th Nov. Early meeting: 13th Dec)|