meeting: Thurs 5'th Sept. 7pm-9pm King George VI Filton
are asked to bring a 100 word description of themselves in 3rd person (using
the words "this person" instead of he or she). These will then be put
into a hat on the night and each writer will pick one and read it out. Everyone
will try to guess who's description it is.
writer is then asked to introduce themselves with a 100 word bio in the style
of an author bio in a book. This can be in any style. Each is asked to add 1
lie into the bio. Everyone will try to guess the lie.
create a collaborative Pyramid Poem in teams.
decide on the structure of the group by discussing the group mission &
minutes of the last meeting (attended by Jemma Milburn & Pete Sutton) as
well as deciding on future meeting's agendas - although this will be an
develop a group mission to maintain the focus of the group and why we are here.
This will be written up and published on our social media outlets. Please help
in shaping and criticising the statement. In brief it will state that we:
* Are an
open group, always encouraging new members and welcoming guests
a fun atmosphere for writing
an environment in which to discover our writing potential through shared ideas
together to share and develop our writing techniques
Support/develop/encourage new writers
involved in writing events as a team
held every other Thursday in the first instance, commencing Thurs 5’th Sept
locations around north Bristol, suggested by ‘host’
one month at a time as a trial
5’th Sept Host: Pete Sutton Focus on: Introductions, team building &
creating our "mission statement"
19’th Sept Host: Jemma Milburn Focus on: TBC
In a vague order of
what I expect will be the most common:
·‘Hosted’ as before,
hosted by one person (as booked on time table) with activities and sharing
·Focus on one members
work – e.g. read through a short story and give constructive feedback – just
ask if you would like to book a session focusing on your work. Work can either
be read "cold" or mailed to attendees in advance. You can either ask
for a "thoughts & feelings" style feedback or a formal critique
(see bottom of page).
·‘A million monkeys’ –
get together to just write freely with each other
·Guest appearances from
Group involvement in
There are loads of
creative writing style events going on around the city. Pete is quite clued up
on them. The aim of NBCW will not only be to meet for our regular sessions, but
also to get involved in external workshops and events together. Here are some
you will hopefully be up for:
Even if you do not
submit your piece, online competitions can provide us a with a writing purpose
for some of our meetings. They present us with a challenge we perhaps wouldn’t
have come up with alone and will give us a good reason to offer constructive
critique of each other’s work in preparation for ‘submission’.
encouraged to suggest writing competitions
City Wide Story – Mon
Starting off in Henleaze
libraryon the 21st a team of writers (us) will come together to begin a story.
This opening will be passed on to another library for the middle and another
for the end. This ties in nicely with the ‘consequences’ and team writing theme
that I started us off on.
Bristol Festival of
Literature October 2013 – events ~£5.00
We have the huge
advantage of one of our NBCW members working here! – Talk to Pete Sutton for
the low down! They also have events going on throughout the year.
Sat 19’th Oct –
Creative writing competition in a day
A brief is given at
10.45 am and professional authors are there to coach you toward the midnight
deadline! The prize: your piece will be published!
Thurs 18’th Oct –
This is where you get
to watch a critique on a number of pre-entered pieces. It is a good opportunity
to learn a lot from examples.
We decided it would be
team building and enjoyable to go on social trips, such as to the brewery or
theatre. No pressure to write, no pressure to even have fun if you don’t want
to . . . Feel free to put suggestions forward and please respond to planned
events with a strong yes or no to make ticket buying and organisation possible.
AOB and ‘To Do’ List
Make events calendar
Make and distribute
Look into library
affiliation across Bristol and Fliton; they might be able to offer support and
is always nerve wracking to get others to read your work and offer critique it
is also always a useful process. There is an awful lot of competition out there
and being able to present your work in as professional a way as possible is
required if you would like to be published. Even if you are just writing for
fun (and we all do that first and foremost right?) it is useful to get feedback
on your work. A "Formal" Critique is daunting but the aim is to offer
constructive criticism. In order to do this in a helpful and structured way the
formal critique will have the following format.
piece should be no more than 7000 words long
will be emailed to the NBCWG group 1 week before the meeting (if less than 1
week then it will be held over to the next meeting)
person will provide a physical copy with their feedback clearly marked
author will read out the piece (this is very daunting but also very useful - a
hint here is to read it out loud to yourself first, then read it to your
significant other or flatmate or a friend before bringing it to the group,
which will make you more confident to read in front of people. Reading your
piece out loud will also give you an idea of whether you have the rhythm
correct and whether your dialogue sounds natural or not.
person offering critique will have 5 minutes to summarise what they think of
the piece. The author should not speak during this part (otherwise we'd get
into a discussion)
author then has 5 minutes to respond to the critique at the end.
important to remember that we're all friends and that your turn will come to be
the person receiving critique. Critique should be robust but not derogatory.
should include thoughts on the following:
1.Grammar - It is enough to note
whether or not there are grammatical errors without going into detail in the
verbal feedback. All errors should be noted on the hard copy that you will
receive from each person offering critique
- The "meat" of the idea - is the plot believable (if it's fiction),
does the poem evoke some feelings? etc. This is a very subjective subject and
it won't be immediately apparent whose feedback is the most useful. Once we all
get to know our likes and dislikes and individual styles then this will be more
3.Character - Are the characters
believable, too passive, gender biased, enough or too few to carry the plot?
4.Dialogue - written well or not,
5.Description - too much, too
little, effective etc.
6.Style/Voice - subjective feedback
- like/dislike - it could be that the person has written a romance story and
you have no interest in romance, if this is the case then state so!
7.Summing up - what works, what
doesn't work, how the piece could be improved (if at all - it's perfectly OK to
say "I loved this piece, write more like it")