Yes, it’s true, we have been meeting now for over six months. It really doesn’t feel that long since we set the group up but tonight, as we discussed all the topics we have covered since we started, we realised we had come such a long way in such a short time.
A potential new member joined us tonight so we gave him a brief introduction to the group and a short history of what the regular members were doing there (as requested by a certain group member who is fed up with us all going on about our individual reasons for joining each time). We then discussed his motivations for coming along. He’s always wanted to write and wanted some assistance with getting started – his reasons sounded very familiar to many of us and we proceeded to explain that yes, we thought we could help.
We then turned to the business of the meeting and Sophie reminded the group about payment of the July 2015 – June 2016 subscriptions. We then discussed the proposal that we discussed at the last meeting – that we put together a short story collection.
Having had time to reflect on this rush of enthusiasm we all agreed that our initial aspirations of publishing in time for Christmas 2015 were a little high. However, we still liked the idea of a Christmas collection. We therefore decided to postpone the publication date to next Christmas. This, we all agreed, will give us time to really develop our stories and make sure only the best of our work will be showcased in our debut anthology. It will also give us the time to ensure that our collection is produced in as professional a manner as possible now that we have researched the various methods of self-publishing a little.
We also decided that the short story collection would be the subject of separate meetings for those working on it so that in our regular monthly meetings we could continue with the themed writing exercises we had been doing to date. The whole group agreed how helpful these had been for their writing and how they had given us all the confidence to have a go at things we wouldn’t have otherwise written. We are also keen to attract new members and didn’t want to put people off by making them think they had to immediately produce 8,000 words. Our potential new member agreed that this would be a more comfortable experience. Of course in our regular meetings you will still be able to bring along your work in progress if you would prefer to have that critiqued instead.
So that brings us to next month’s writing task – please write up to 600 words on “a building”. This month we are moving away from the fiction we have been doing to date and asking you to write your 600 words in the style of a non-fiction article. It could be a travel article, an architectural or engineering one or just one of general interest. The type of article is up to you. Alternatively, you can submit 600 words of something you are working on.
It was a very enjoyable evening tonight. Thank you to all that came. To our potential new member – we really hope you will come back and to those that couldn’t make it – you were missed and we hope to see you next time.
Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday 22nd September. See you all then!