SpecFic Writing Group

Speculative Fiction Writing

Title: SpecFic Writing Group
Location: MadLab (Upstairs)
Description: A group for writers interested in science fiction, weird fiction, slipstream, horror or fantasy.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2010-09-08
End Time: 21:00

Welcome to the MadLab Speculative Fiction Writing Group!

We are a group for writers interested in science fiction, weird fiction, slipstream, horror and fantasy. We meet on the second Wednesday of every month to critique a sample of each other’s work.

Our members write everything from flash fiction to short stories to novellas to novels; single genre to cross-genre to subgenre (steampunk, urban fantasy, cyberpunk, hard-SF, space opera SF, to name but a few).

Established in May this year we are still a relatively new group but we already have a dozen members of whom six or seven make it to each meeting. We are still open to new members, young or old, published or unpublished. If you’re interested, just drop me an email at madlab@craigpay.com.

It works like this: a week in advance everyone shares the work they want critiquing in a DropBox. There’s a 3000 word limit per meeting (longer stories or novel chapters can be broken up and read over subsequent meetings).

We use the Turkey City Lexicon system for critiquing which, although it says it’s a ‘Primer for SF workshops’, works well for any genre. You can read it online at http://www.sfwa.org/2009/06/turkey-city-lexicon-a-primer-for-sf-workshops but it goes something like this:

“No one can attend or comment who does not bring a story. The contributors read and annotate all the stories. When that’s done, everyone forms a circle, a story is picked at random, and the person to the writer’s right begins the critique. (Large groups may require deliberate scheduling.)

“Following the circle in order, with a minimum of cross-talk or interruptions, each person emits his/her considered opinions of the story’s merits and/or demerits. The author is strictly required, by rigid law and custom, to make no outcries, no matter how he or she may squirm. When the circle is done and the last reader has vented his or her opinion, the silently suffering author is allowed an extended reply, which, it is hoped, will not exceed half an hour or so, and will avoid gratuitously personal ripostes. This harrowing process continues, with possible breaks for food, until all the stories are done, whereupon everyone tries to repair ruptured relationships in an orgy of drink and gossip.”

Feel free to add a comment below or email me. See you around!