Much to celebrate and inform this month – Edinburgh Literary Salon, Weegie Wedneday, our own next meeting, and news of helpful articles coming soon to our website.
Edinburgh Literary Salon February 2015
It was lovely to see so many non-fiction writers old and new at the Edinburgh Literary Salon last night. My apologies for not getting around to chatting with everyone. Non-fiction writers are now being routinely directed to Stranger Than Fiction, a measure of the useful role we have established in Edinburgh literary society since our formation in May 2000.
Weegie Wednesday Invitation
It’s really nice to see non-fiction being acknowledged as a significant sphere of writing; it’s not all poetry and Young Adult! I’ve even been invited to address Weegie Wednesday, Glasgow’s answer to the Salon, on the subject of Stranger Than Fiction. It will be a pleasure and an honour to promote not only non-fiction in general but the role of Stranger Than Fiction in making it an almost respectable avenue for a writer! The talk is going to be in the autumn, and it would be good to see some friendly STF faces there. If you haven’t been to Weegies yet, it’s well worth the train fare. The next one is Wednesday 18th March, 7.30pm in the CCA Terrace Bar off Sauchiehall Street.
Stranger Than Fiction March 2015
The next Stranger Than Fiction meeting is at 7.30pm on Thursday 26th March, in our new regular home upstairs at the Wash Bar on the Mound. One or two STFers have expressed an interest in submitting some work for feedback this month. I hope to circulate these a week earlier, around Friday 20th March, to give us all a chance to read and consider them ahead of discussing them at the meeting. If you want to put something up for discussion, either this month or at a future meeting, get in touch for details of when and how much and how it all works – we generally encourage writers to attend a feedback session for someone else’s work before submitting their own for constructive comment.
Keeping your work safe
STFer Keith Houston has generously written a series of articles about keeping your work safe with reference to storage, security and so on, prompted by my two disastrous laptop crashes in recent months! I will be posting these online over the next few weeks here on the Stranger Than Fiction website. Essential reading for us all. Thanks, Keith.
If you would like to submit a piece of your current project for feedback, but feel this month is a deadline too soon, our meetings for the rest of Spring 2015 are as follow: Thursday 23rd April, Thursday 21st May, and Thursday 25th June (technically Summer, I think!). All at 7.30pm in the Wash, with circulation deadline for submissions a week earlier in each case. As a rough guide, a submission might consist of one or two reasonably well drafted chapters depending on word count, or a fully prepared proposal. It is probably work in progress for which you want the views of fellow non-fiction authors: not finished work, but work well underway rather than very early jottings. I always say this but it’s true – everyone who has ever submitted a piece for feedback from Stranger Than Fiction has found the process entirely constructive and helpful.
Hope to see you in March. As always, best wishes with all your non-fiction writing.