Hi everyone – I am now picking up from Simon as our second “rotating convenor”. Many thanks to him for an excellent meeting last month !
Our next STF gathering is on Thursday 18 February, at the usual time and place – 7.30 pm in the Wash Bar on The Mound. Give it a try if you haven’t been for a while, we’re a very friendly and welcoming group.
If you have a piece of writing on which you would like some group feedback, please send it to me, ideally by 11 February (sorry, it’s all a bit early this month !), and I will pass it round. Guidelines, on length at least, seem to have loosened a little over the past year – a notional upper limit might be 10,000 words, one chapter or two short ones ; no lower limit, though less than a page might not give enough to talk about. Submissions should be something you’ve worked on – not first jottings – but not a fully polished final draft. If you’re new, do come to an event to see how the feedback sessions work before submitting.
Alternatively, if anyone has any current writing “issues” they’d like to raise with the group, or ideas for group activities, do let me know and I can add it to the agenda. I know Vin has a topic he’d like to raise, following a recent Society of Authors event.
In other booky news, Tim Bell, a long-standing STF member who presented drafts from his new book on Trainspotting last November, is giving a talk on the same topic at Edinburgh Central Library on 17 February – see here for more info and booking.
Meanwhile, east of Harthill, Glasgow’s book festival AyeWrite is looming, 10-20 March. Tickets are now on sale – for full details, see their website. There is quite a variety of topics being discussed, and I notice Sue Reid-Sexton, a good friend of STF and a leading light in ‘Weegie Wednesday’, has an event on 15 March. I can also think of someone who might be interested in an event on 13 March entitled ‘Ronnie – a dog owner’s guide to fulfillment’ !?!
Having done a very rough and unscientific analysis of all the AyeWrite events, around 58% appear to be non-fiction, in its widest sense, 87 out of 154 events – perhaps an encouraging sign ! However, almost all of the workshop-type events for writers are clearly aimed at fictionalists.
Staying in the West, the next ‘Weegie Wednesday’ gathering is 10 February – see their website for more background.
More longer-term dates for your diary – the Edinburgh Book Festival will run 13-29 August. The programme will be launch on 9 June, and tickets will go on sale on 21 June.
Looking forward to more productive STF-ing…