March 2012 meeting

The March meeting was an opportunity to catch up on business. Members were encouraged to nominate valued works for the Aurora Awards, volunteer for When Words Collide and attend the April writers’ retreat. Panel topics for the conference were generated, and IFWA decided to hold a party on the Saturday night of the convention. Ideas were generated for the Friday Night Readings prompt, and fundraising ideas to support the Robyn Herrington Short Story Contest prize money were debated. We now have a coordinator for the Jack Whyte workshop and the new website will go live. Next month’s skills: How to critique. May skills: Report form the Rainforest Writers’ Retreat.

February 2012 meeting

The skills session on Dealing With Amazon by Craig DiLouie was fantastic. I really hope he will reprise this presentation at When Words Collide, this summer. Two stories were critiqued and two items of business were covered: our library must be moved out of the Sentry Box due to a cleanup of the gaming room so it will go to a member’s house and people can email that member to take out a book or magazine. Second, the Jack Whyte workshop offered this summer is now full with twelve participants, and others interested will be added to a waiting list.

January 2012 meeting summary

In the January meeting, we learned about the use of poetic language in fiction, presented by guest, Bob Stallworthy. We critiqued one story and heard about multiple authors’ sales, reviews and writing goals met. Please note: the Prix Aurora Awards are now open for nominations for any story published by a Canadian in 2011. IFWA’s first summer workshop has been filled, but we are planning a second, so every member can have the opportunity to attend. We plan to update the website, run a fundraising barbecue to raise prize money for the short story contest and have an IFWA table at the When Words Collideconference this summer. Next month’s skills session will be: Dealing with Amazon.

December meeting summary

At the December meeting we critiqued an SF flash fiction and a Zombie story, heard about two members’ recent publications (Randy and Susan) and two who successfully completed NaNoWriMo, finalized details about an upcoming writers’ retreat, two summer workshopsand making our updated website live. In addition, we were given final details on the short story contest, finances (we now have 41 members), the news that Canada’s national SF awards will be held at When Words Collide in Calgary in August, and a short fiction market. Our skills session was on self-editing, January’s will be on use of poetic language and February’s will be on how to work with Amazon.

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