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June 27

Meetings will be held virtually

Location as Character

Sally Valentine

Location, location, location. You've probably heard picking the right locations for your story can make or break the emotions you want to convey. But have you ever considered just how significant it can be to your story? Some settings matter so much to the plot, they take on a life of their own — and they are just as necessary as the story characters themselves.

For example:

  • The planet Mars in The Martian is one of the main driving forces of the plot, and is referred to in the second person at times.
  • Discworld: A sailboat has proved "alive" enough to have an actual post-death existence. Ankh-Morpork would definitely count as well. Various characters have described the city as a Brilliant, but Lazy Loveable Rogue, who is utterly filthy, has a love/hate relationship with royalty, and shies away from conflict so it can defeat enemies via either bribery or assimilation.


July 18 and 25

Meetings will be held virtually

Critique session

It has been decided to do our critiques online.  Of course, that adds additional issues.

If we require two tables (as we have for over a year) we cannot run both tables simultaneously.  We discussed back-to-back sessions, but the more popular idea is to run them on successive Saturdays. The normal critique meeting is on July 25th at 9:00 AM.  The additional meet is scheduled for July 18th at 9:00 AM.  If too many people cannot make either of those times, we will consider August 1 at 9:00 AM.

I normally arrange the tables attempting to balance word count with a consideration for grouping genre.  Adding a third element is going to be a challenge, but I think I can do it if everyone cooperates.

When we get closer to the critique, I will ask everyone who even thinks they might participate to contact me with the days they are available. This means everyone as there will be different deadlines for each day. (One person has already indicated she is available all three days.) An advantage will be if you cannot make our scheduled meeting, you may be available at the other time. To our volunteers, this may make it easier for you, giving you even more time.

We will still require all submitters to critique every manuscript, but some will be able to attend both meetings

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  • June 27: Location as Character - Sally Valentine
  • July 18 and 25: Critique session
  • August 22: Kathy Shay
  • September 26: TBD
  • October 24: TBD
  • November 28: Critique session
  • December: Holiday Party


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