Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Speculative fiction writing group


I have helped organise a speculative fiction writing group tonight at MadLab on Edge Street. No, this doesn't mean the existence of the group itself is speculative (though it is, as this is our first meeting and I have no idea how the group will work. All I know is one person proposed the Turkey City workshop method on Twitter, which sounds scary, doesn't it?)

The group is for people who want to write and talk about writing speculative fiction, a broad category that includes science fiction, fantasy, horror, slipstream and stories that are just kind of weird. To my knowledge, there's never been a writing group specifically dealing with this kind of genre writing in town before. Though Manchester has a long and noble SF tradition.

Just to be clear, yes, this means I read science fiction. I've also been known to enjoy stories about cornershops with a pesky door into another dimension, and books which have werewolves as main characters or feature a chick in a lace-up bodice clutching a glowing blue sword on the cover.

You don't think I'm cool anymore, do you? I guess I'll just have to live with that.

Everyone welcome. MadLab tonight at 7pm.

4 comments:

jonathandanz said...

Found your post via Google alerts. I'm here in the US wishing I could sit in on your spec fic group. Hope you guys have fun with it!

Kate Feld said...

we love visitors!

James Ridgway, Chorlton said...

Hi Kate,

Sorry I missed the meeting. A friend highlighted your group but I only got the email the following day. I've been writing SF for 12 years and have had a few stories published. Are there plans for another get together (one a month or something?)

Kate Feld said...

Hi James. Yes, we're going to be meeting every couple of weeks starting in early June. We'll announce the date on the MadLab site http://madlab.org.uk/ or send me your email to be included on the list -I'm at themanchizzle at gmail.