We will have more in-depth discussion on avoiding the "info dump". How do you get the information across without boring the reader? How much info is too much?
To submit something for critique, please post it in Files at least by January 6, 2009. Keep the word count to less than 10,000 words.
Friday, January 16, 2009 6:30 PM John Calvin Rezmerski reads DreamHaven Books 2301 E 38th St Minneapolis, MN 55406
JOHN CALVIN REZMERSKI's poems and essays have been published in newspapers, magazines, and anthologies as varied as the Wall Street Journal, Mennonite Life, Nursing Outloud, and Tales of the
Unanticipated. His books include The Fredrick Manfred Reader and What do I Know? New and Selected Poems (both Holy Cow! Press). Most recently he has served as co-editor of County Lines (League of
Minnesota Poets), an anthology of Minnesota poetry, county by county, commemorating the state's sesquicentennial.
From Eric Heideman's announcement elsewhere.
Sunday, January 18, 2009 12:00 PM January Meetup and Group Reading from Works in Progress Lunds Market (Uptown) 1450 West Lake Street Minneapolis, MN 55401
This month we return to hearing readings from our members! Next month will be another topic-specific Meetup, so if you want to hear a reading from a work in progress (or give one yourself to get a little bit of feedback) please come! What sorts of stuff do people read? Usually works in progress, and ocassionally stuff they just sold somewhere. We're flexible.
Join us in the community room at the Uptown Lunds for reading, eating, and greeting with your fellow speculative fiction writers. New or inactive members, this is a great opportunity to connect or reconnect. If you've had a sale or publication, bring your happy news - - if you've had a crushing rejection, let us commiserate. Please indicate in your RSVP if you are planning to read.
If you haven't attended a Meetup at this location before, here's the scoop: Lunds in Uptown has a community room upstairs that is quiet, free and has great bus access. Even better yet, it has a fabulous deli but is not a restaurant. So we can brown bag our own lunches or buy a lunch there. The deli selection includes salads, sandwiches, soups and sushi. If you are going to be getting your food from Lunds, please arrive fifteen minutes early to pick out your food before the meeting.
- Hmm, Jaye and the rest of the TCSFWN Organizing Team
Sunday, January 18, 2009 2:00 PM SF Writers' Workshop Lunds Market (Uptown) 1450 West Lake Street Minneapolis, MN 55401
The SF Writers' Workshop will immediately follow the regular January Meetup. If you'd like your work critiqued at this session, please upload a members-only file to the Files section of this site no later than January 8. The first five stories submitted before that deadline will be critiqued at the workshop.
New members are welcome to observe the workshop to decide if looks like a good fit for them.
Submissions for critique should be rich text files (.rtf) of no more than 10,000 words. Even if you're not submitting this month, please be sure to check the Files section for the stories you are expected to critique. REMEMBER TO LOG IN or you will not be able to see the members-only files!
Thursday January 22, 7 PM Retrofits Writers Group
Retrofits is NOT an official workshop of the Twin Cities Speculative Fiction Writers Network, but we do post notices of our meetings here so that prospective members can find us.
The Retrofits writer's group has been in existance for about four years. Retrofits used to be associated with MISFITS, but is currently independent.
Here's how Retrofits works: any member may ask to have the rest of the group critique his/her work. The piece to be critiqued is to be forwarded to the facilitator at least one week in advance of the meeting. We do a round robin style with members commenting verbally on the major things that they like and dislike about the work. Members often give the person being critiqued a written copy of the story with minor suggestions also.
Perspective members are welcome to sit in for a meeting or two. We are primarily oriented towards speculative fiction, but have also covered other types of writing for members.
Questions about Retrofits can be directed to Ricky Foos, who is TCSFWN's official liaison with the Retrofits writing group. FFI: http://www.meetup.com/MNspec/