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Manchester Speculative Fiction

Wednesday 11th April, 7:00pm

Established in May 2010, we are a group of writers interested in science fiction, weird fiction, slipstream, horror and fantasy. We meet twice a month to critique a sample of each other’s work. New members are always welcome whether you’re published or unpublished. Please read our house rules and get in touch. Our members write prose, novels and sometimes flash fiction. We use Dropbox for sharing our work a week in advance of each meeting and there is a 4000 word limit per meeting. Longer stories or novel chapters are broken up and read over subsequent meetings. We use the Milford System as the basis for our discussions: “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. 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.” After our meetings, we usually head to Common for a more informal chat. If you’re interested in attending a meeting then please contact us beforehand — you will need access to our Dropbox to read the submissions being discussed at each meeting.

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