Tamale Hut Café Writers Group meeting for October

It’s finally here!  October is the month in which the Tamale Hut Café Writers Group is the feature at the THC Presents Reading Series.  For those of you who don’t know (and if I met you at the recent Chicago Book Expo, welcome!) we have been working on a project for the past several months in which each of us starts a story with the same sentence.  We hope to present many of the stories on the 28th at THC Presents.  We will discuss logistics (such as who is going and who will read during Feature time as opposed to open mic time) at the meeting on the 14th, but for now, if you want to participate, simply write a short story beginning with our prompt sentence and bring it on the 28th to share with the group.  Your first sentence is:

“All last night the singing went on upstairs and nobody said a word.”

The next THC Writers Group meeting will be Saturday, October 14th, at the Tamale Hut Café, starting at 2PM.  If you can attend, we’d love to see you there.  If you would like to submit a piece for critique during the meeting (and it doesn’t have to be using the above prompt) please send it to thcwritersgroup@gmail.com, along with an idea of the level of feedback you are looking for, and I will distribute it to the group. If you have something you would like feedback on but you can’t attend the meeting, I’d be glad to forward it to the group as well. We can discuss it at the meeting and get some comments back to you via e-mail.

I hope to see you all on the 14th for the Writers Group, and on the 28th for the October Reading Series night.

For those of you attending, you should have already received the following pieces:
Matt B – Barnstormers chapter 7.docx
Brian – Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’.docx, Home Oct 2017.docx
Matt H – noahs ark section 1.docx
Sean – THE STONE MAN PROLOGUE.pdf
Cary – Audition, The.docx
Salvador – LegendOfPrincessSacNicte.docx
Marianne – THC All Last Night the Singing.docx

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Notes from the September, 2017 Tamale Hut Café Writers Group meeting

We had our sixtieth Tamale Hut Café Writers Group meeting on Saturday, September 9. Thanks to Cary, Lisa, Matt H, Sean, Brian, Michelle, Steve, Salvador, Christian, and first-time attendee Gary for joining me for a sunny afternoon of conversation and critique. Thanks, too, to Jaime for allowing us use of his place of business, and thanks for Joe for the attentive service and for the quick wit.

We started with a few quick agenda items:
– We’re looking good for our featured reader night on October 28. We’ve seen a bunch of great stories so far, and may have a few more next month. At our October meeting, I’ll have a list of the pieces we’ve seen, so we can discuss who will read during the feature time that night, and if we want to decide on an order. I am also working on a sign to put up behind us that will contain our prompt sentence: “All last night the singing went on upstairs and nobody said a word.”
– We were gearing up to go en masse to the open mic night at the Frugal Muse in Downers Grove when we received notice that the event was cancelled. Gary said that he’s familiar with the book store and their open mic nights and that attendance had dropped off dramatically since they moved it from Tuesday to Sunday, which probably explains the cancellation. He echoed Lisa’s comments from previous meetings that it is a pretty good book store and is worthy of our support, so if you’re in the market for new reading material, keep them in mind.
– We will again have a table at the Chicago Book Expo, held this year on October 1 at Columbia College in downtown Chicago. Sean and I will be there, and Matt H has expressed an interest in going to try to sell some books and promote our group and the Tamale Hut at large. There’s typically not much room behind the table, but you’re all welcome to come down and hang out with us and to talk to some of the other writers in the Chicago area. It’s a free event.
Sean wanted to remind everyone that he will be the featured reader at this month’s THC Presents Reading Series night on September 30. Let’s pack the place to celebrate one of our own!
– Cary mentioned recently that he still uses Goodreads and I plan to as well once I get my reading schedule settled. We still have the group set up there (thc-writers-group) so feel free to add your books to the group bookshelf.
The Decades channel continues to show episodes of Westinghouse Studio One, only they moved them to Tues-Sat at 5am CDT. As I mentioned last month, Studio One was an anthology series of one-hour stage plays from the early days of broadcast television. I’ve enjoyed the episodes I’ve seen so far, so it might be worth your time to set your DVR to grab a few of them. Decades is broadcast over the air on channel 2.2, and is channel 338 on Comcast.
– At some point during the conversation, the topic turned to movies, especially movies relating to writing, and Gary recommended Midnight in Paris, a Woody Allen film staring Owen Wilson.

We then went around the table to get everyone’s current reading list:
– Cary has read A Chicago Tavern: A Goat, a Curse, and the American Dream by Rick Kogan, and is reading The Pink Suit by Nicole Mary Kelby
– Gary is working his way through 11/22/63 by Stephen King, and highly recommends Joe by Larry Brown, who Gary says is great at writing evil people.
– Lisa’s re-reading It by Stephen King, ahead of the upcoming movie. She said that it was slower moving than she remembered, but that she also made the mistake of rewatching the mini-series of the story, which, in her estimation, “sucked”. She’s also enjoying an ARC of Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent
– Matt H is enjoying The Dead Mountaineer’s Inn by Arkady Strugatsky and Boris Strugatsky. He’s also reading Metropolis by Thea von Harbou, and the group was aghast that he’s never seen the movie, one of the most popular and well-known of the silent era. Matt B offered to lend him the DVD to fix that oversight.
– Sean enjoyed The Operators by Michael Hastings, which was the basis of the film War Machine, which he also liked.
– Brian has been really enjoying Between Them: Remembering My Parents by Richard Ford.
– Steve just finished a re-read of 1984 by George Orwell, and I’m not sure if I got this correct, but I think he’s also reading Taming the Tiger Within by Thich Nhat Hanh. (Apologies if that’s not correct.)
– Christian is reading The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien.
– Michelle, Salvador and Matt B didn’t read anything for pleasure last month.

Internet Notes for the month:
– Wildside Press has a new mystery e-magazine: Black Cat Mystery – http://bcmystery.com/ – and they have any interesting membership plan. For an annual membership of $11.97, you get a one-year e-book subscription each to Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine and Black Cat Mystery Magazine, as well as seven mystery and suspense e-books a week. That’s 365 e-books for less than a buck a month. They are also looking for submissions for the magazine, and details are on the site.

After the meeting I got an e-mail from Beth, who hasn’t been to a meeting in a while. She writes:
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I’m finding that now that my Book is published, I keep getting calls from marketing companies who want to Market my book for a fee, of course.
Recently one called bookwhirl.com was asking to market my book for $1.800.00. I’m wondering if others in the group are getting such solicitations?
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I replied that I hadn’t had any such solicitations, but that I’d ask the group. If anyone has had any experience (good or bad) with any of these so-called book marketers, please let me know and I’ll pass that along to Beth. I also congratulated her on her book publication, and asked her why she didn’t let us know?

 

The rest of the meeting was taken up with comments and critique of the pieces submitted by the attendees. Four of the eight pieces were stories written for our October Reading Series project, and as I wrote last month, I’m amazed at the different directions people went from the same opening sentence. I think the attendees of the October reading night are in for great night of stories.

The other four pieces were portions of larger works, and the continuity of attendance really pays off in those cases. What I mean by that is that most of the group was able to discuss the pieces in the context of the larger story. It’s not uncommon to hear “I remember that you did this in an earlier chapter…” or “I remember that character from last time.” There is a benefit to being a regular attendee, and I think that we are fortunate to have as many regulars as we do.

 

Thanks again to everyone for joining me this month. Here’s the schedule for the next month or so:
– The next Tamale Hut Café Reading Series event will be Saturday, September 30 at 7PM, with our own Sean Parks as featured reader. Please check the blog or the group’s THC Facebook page for more information.
– the following day, I’ll send a reminder to you to submit a piece for critique during our next meeting.
– as I get pieces, I will send them out as quickly as I can
– our next THC Writers Group meeting will be Saturday, October 14 at 2PM at the Tamale Hut Café, where we will be celebrating the start of our sixth year.

I want to include one more reminder about our upcoming feature at the THC Presents Reading Series on October 28. I know many of you are not available to attend one of our second Saturday afternoon get-togethers but do attend the Reading Series nights. You are more than welcome to write a story based on our opening sentence, then read it at the THC Presents event on October 28. Wouldn’t it be fun if all the stories read on that night started with the same sentence? If you want to play along, your opening sentence is:
“All last night the singing went on upstairs and nobody said a word.”

Thanks for your interest in the THC Writers Group. I hope to see you at the next Writers Group meeting or the next Reading Series event.

Matt B

Tamale Hut Café Writers Group meeting for September

Believe it or not, Labor Day is right around the corner. It seems that this year is rocketing toward its end, and I still have lots of things I planned to do before the year is out. I had hoped to be further along on my current story than I am, but I’m sure that many of you are thinking the same thing. I decided that I’m going to refocus my energies, try to avoid many of the real-life distractions that get in the way of my writing time, and carve out the time I need to get it done. Who’s with me?

At least Matt H is making good with one of his projects. He recently sent in this note:
Should anyone want to come on a tour on Sept 30 this is the link to my first one:
Hyde Park: The Beginning, Pinnacle, and End of Human Civilization

The next THC Writers Group meeting will be Saturday, September 9th, at the Tamale Hut Café, starting at 2PM. If you can attend, we’d love to see you there. If you would like to submit a piece for critique during the meeting please send it to thcwritersgroup@gmail.com, along with an idea of the level of feedback you are looking for, and I will distribute it to the group. If you have something you would like feedback on but you can’t attend the meeting, I’d be glad to forward it to the group as well. We can discuss it at the meeting and get some comments back to you via e-mail.

I hope to see you all on the 9th for the Writers Group, and on the 30th for the September Reading Series night, when our very own Sean Parks will be the featured reader.

For those of you attending, you should have already received the following pieces:
Christian – Red Light Part 3.docx
Michelle – Coming Home.doc
Brian – Packed off Aug 2017 draft
Bob N – NEW ORLEANS DIARY.docx
Sean – THE STONE MAN – PREFACE.docx
Salvador – ClassicalMusic.docx
Cary – Audition, The.docx
Matt H – All night long the singing went on upstairs and nobody said a word #2.docx

Notes from the August, 2017 Tamale Hut Café Writers Group meeting

We had our fifty-ninth Tamale Hut Café Writers Group meeting on Saturday, August 12. Thanks to Sean, Lisa, Matt H, Christian, Michelle, Marianne, Kathy, and Cary for joining me for an afternoon of conversation and critique, and thanks to Salvador for e-mailing his feedback to the pieces we discussed, as he was off celebrating his wedding anniversary with his lovely wife Noemi. Thanks, too, to Jaime for the comfortable surroundings, and thanks to everyone who signed the birthday card I was given at the end of the meeting.

We started with a few quick agenda items:
– our next two meetings will be Sept 9 and October 14. I mentioned that I was considering redesigning the flyer, but whether I do or not, I should have new flyers up at the usual spots this week.
*BIG NEWS* – the date for the October Reading Night has changed. Our featured reader night is now Saturday, October 28th, so mark your calendars for the change. We will be discussing plans for the evening at our next two meetings, and I am still looking into the suggestion from last month of a banner containing our prompt sentence, “All last night the singing went on upstairs and nobody said a word.”
– Cary announced that he met his word count for Camp NaNoWriMo last month. The story he worked on is not finished, but he was happy he hit his goal for the month, and intends to continue the story to completion. He said he did participate a little in the “cabins” that Camp NaNoWriMo provided for a little added encouragement to keep writing.
– Christian said that he is making good use out of an app called Writer for his iPhone. He said it’s easy to use to write on the go, but it also allows you save voice notes and photos associated with your writing. He liked the flexibility of being able to capture a story if all he has with him is his phone.
– Sean mentioned that he’s been regularly recording his observations on his blog, http://seanpatrickparks.com/ and he welcomes everyone to read them.
– For those of you who watch TV, or at least record it for later viewing, the Decades channel has been showing episodes of Westinghouse Studio One weeknights at 10pm. On the air from 1948 through ’58, Studio One was an anthology series of one-hour plays, some taken from books and some written for the series, and most presented live, like a stage play. It’s fascinating to see the variety of actors, many going on to star in tv and movies. We’ve recently seen an episode with a very young William Shatner as a layer defending an equally young Steve McQueen. They’re in black and white, and far from HD, but it’s a fascinating peek in to the early days of TV. Decades is broadcast over the air on channel 2.2, and is channel 338 on Comcast.
– Since the meeting, Lisa e-mailed that the Frugal Muse in Downers Grove is having “A knock-down, drag-out literary fight to the death between authors Martin Seay & Peter Ferry (oh, plus a book signing) on Aug 22, 6 p.m” Lisa said:
“Sounds like fun. I do know this place is suffering and they really could use bodies to walk through the door and buy a few items. So even though it is a school night, I’m going to try to get there.”
I’m not sure we’ll be able to make it on a Tuesday night, but I have my eye on the next Open Mic session at that location on Sept 10.

We then went around the table to get everyone’s current reading list:
– Cary has been reading some travel books in advance of a trip he is taking, and in researching books he discovered Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard, which he intends to read next.
– Kathy continues to embarrass the rest of us by reading more books than almost all of us put togther. She’s recently read Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande, The Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler (which she said was a fun read), The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai, All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda, and Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots by Jessica Soffer, which she said she really liked.
– Michelle said she had no time this month to read, as she spent most of her free time writing.
– Marianne really liked Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson, about two guys who found the wreck of a WWII German U-boat off the coast of New Jersey. She said there was a Chicago connection as the men came to our Museum of Science and Industry and toured the U-505 sub displayed there, to get an idea if what being inside a sub was like.
– Christian recommended Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell and Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson.
– Matt H read The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes, partially as background for the Hyde Park tour he’s putting together for Atlas Obscura (http://www.atlasobscura.com/). He’s also said that a recent credit card breach has prevented him from buying any new books, so he’s been going over previous purchases on his Kindle. He’s been re-reading some Lovecraft, and is working on The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle.
– Lisa’s been reading Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory. She liked the characters and the fact that it was set in Chicago.
– Sean also has been too busy to read, as he’s reworking his catalog of self-published books in advance of his September Featured Reader spot.
– Matt B finished The Dain Curse, and liked the first half of it. He also read Mixtape by Adam Gaines, after hearing the author on a podcast. He enjoyed the form of one-act plays, but was turned off by what he felt was amateurish dialogue. He also wanted to recommend the Amazon Studios adaptation of Fitzgerald’s The Last Tycoon. He said that book has been on his shelf for almost 30 years, and if he knew it was loosely based on Irving Thalberg, he would have read it years ago.

Internet Notes for the month:
– Online Creative Writing Courses for NaNoWriMo Participants – http://www.wesleyan.edu/cpi/idd/NaNoWriMo_enrollment.html

The rest of the meeting was taken up with comments and critique of the pieces submitted by the attendees. We had twelve pieces to discuss this month from nine different authors, and unlike previous meetings, I tried to keep the conversations on-track so that everyone’s piece got the time it deserved, yet we were still out of there in a reasonable time. I know that left to our own devices, we’d have been there until midnight. Jaime is good to us in allowing use of his place of business to talk shop for an afternoon, but I’m sure Joe would have kicked us out well before midnight!

Several of the pieces we discussed were stories written to the theme of our October Reading Series project. It’s amazing how we’ve had such a variety of stories yet they all start with the same sentence. And there’s plenty of time for you join in on the fun! I know many of you can’t attend one of our second Saturday afternoon get-togethers but do attend the Reading Series nights. You are more than welcome to write a story based on our opening sentence, then read it at the THC Presents event on October 28. Wouldn’t it be fun if all the stories read on that night started with the same sentence? If you want to play along, your opening sentence is “All last night the singing went on upstairs and nobody said a word.” (By the way, this is a little long to include in a haiku, but we haven’t seen any poetry yet. I expect Steve is working on something, but I wanted to put a bug in your ear if you are poetry-minded.)

Thanks again to everyone for joining me this month. Here’s the schedule for the next month or so:
– The next Tamale Hut Café Reading Series event will be Saturday, August 26 at 7PM, and the featured reader will be series regular Chris Krazmus, who was an early attendee of the Writers Group. Please check the blog or the group’s THC Facebook page for more information.
– the following day, I’ll send a reminder to you to submit a piece for critique during our next meeting.
– as I get pieces, I will send them out as quickly as I can
– our next THC Writers Group meeting will be Saturday, September 9 at 2PM at the Tamale Hut Café. I hope you can stop by to help us celebrate five years of Writers Group meetings!

Thanks for your interest in the THC Writers Group. I hope to see you at the next Writers Group meeting or the next Reading Series event.

Matt B

Tamale Hut Café Writers Group meeting for August

With the lack of an open mic night at the Tamale Hut in July, and the July meeting having been so early in the month, it seems to me like it’s been an awful long time since we last got together. I think other people might feel the same, because we already have seven pieces for August, and the meeting is two weeks away at the time of this writing! But I’m not complaining, mind you. The more the merrier!

The next THC Writers Group meeting will be Saturday, August 12th, at the Tamale Hut Café, starting at 2PM. If you can attend, we’d love to see you there. If you would like to submit a piece for critique during the meeting please send it to thcwritersgroup@gmail.com, along with an idea of the level of feedback you are looking for, and I will distribute it to the group. If you have something you would like feedback on but you can’t attend the meeting, I’d be glad to forward it to the group as well. We can discuss it at the meeting and get some comments back to you via e-mail.

I hope to see you all on the 12th for the Writers Group, and on the 26th for the August Reading Series night.

For those of you attending, you should have already received the following pieces:
Christian – Red Light Part 1.docx, Red Light Part 2.docx
Michelle – Chapter 5.doc
Brian – Packed off Tamale Hut group.docx
Sean – ALL LAST NIGHT THE SINGING WENT ON.docx
Matt H – hare and the beavers.docx
Bob N – New Orleans Idea.docx
Matt B – Barnstormers chapter 6.docx, Singing, Verse One.docx
Marianne – THC All Last Night the Singing.docx
Cary – Frozen Daiquiris.docx, Audition, The.docx
Lisa – Limbs.docx

 

Notes from the July, 2017 Tamale Hut Café Writers Group meeting

We had our fifty-eighth Tamale Hut Café Writers Group meeting on Saturday, July 8. Thanks to Brian, Michelle, Sean, Steve, Marianne, Cary, Kathy, Salvador, and new member Carolina for joining me for a few hours to talk stories and other related topics, and thanks to Matt H and Christian for providing their feedback to the pieces, despite not being able to attend in person. Thanks, too, to Jaime for the friendly surroundings.

We started the meeting with a few quick agenda items:
– Christian e-mailed that he would not be able to attend because his sister bought him tickets to see Hamilton. I told him that “in terms of reasons why not to go to the Writers Group meeting, having tickets to a Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning hit musical is a pretty good one especially since you didn’t pay for them!” (Christian later wrote that “it is a must-watch. It’s a dang good play, and its worth seeing.”)
– Matt H also was unable to attend, but he sent in a question: last month, he mentioned that he was doing some work with Atlas Obscura to coordinate tours of obscure and odd-ball places in the city and suburbs. He sent in a list of possible tours, and wanted to get our opinion. Of the three ideas, we were not too keen on the Gambling workshop with the horse race handicapper (although one member thought a poker workshop would be interesting.) The behind-the-scenes tours of Hawthorne Race Track had some interest, especially the one about “the bloody shoot-out that started Hawthorn Park.”
– First-time attendee Carolina told us about her efforts to get her first novel #Mujer que Piensa published, first by approaching publishers in Mexico, then through a small local publisher. She’s now working on her second novel, and is looking for a little inspiration and motivation and hopes that our group might provide both.
– I again reminded the group of our featured reader night in October. I said next month I will likely have the first of a few stories written to the prompt. We also decided that we would not try to do a print edition of our project, deferring that idea to a later time when we can each submit something that was more representative of our work. A suggestion was made to have a banner for the October event which showed the prompt sentence, “All last night the singing went on upstairs and nobody said a word.” That was an interesting idea, and would certainly look good in any photos taken at the event, so we’ll look into that.
– Cary announced that he signed up for the Camp NaNoWriMo challenge this month. Most of us are familiar with NaNoWriMo, the challenge to write a 50K word novel in November.  Camp NaNoWriMo is a little different, in that you set your own writing goal, and the web site assigns the participants to a virtual cabins for more personal support and encouragement. We wished Cary well and expect to hear about his progress next month.
– I mentioned that I got an e-mail from a new member of my personal mailing list who said that I was the “most enthusiastic author [she] met at Printers Row.” I talked about how I’ve bought books from authors at various events simply because their enthusiasm came through during my discussion at their booth, and that’s how I try to conduct myself when I’m the one behind the table. The person also said that my Twitter link on my monthly e-mail was not working, and I said that surprised me because I don’t use Twitter and didn’t realize Mail Chimp added that icon to the message. That brought up this month’s question: does anyone use Twitter, at least to promote their work? I got an almost unanimous “No.” Most attendees use Facebook or stand-alone web sites or blogs for that.

We then went around the table to get everyone’s current reading list:
– Brian says he reads a lot of historical novels, and is currently enjoying The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh.
– Michelle says that lately she’s spending all her free time writing rather than reading.
– Sean really liked The Loved One: An Anglo-American Tragedy by Evelyn Waugh. He said the book is very different from the movie they made of it in 1965, but both are very good. I thought that sounded familiar, then realized that I had seen the movie after I read a review that the movie had something in it to offend virtually everyone.
– Steve is re-reading 1984 by George Orwell, as many people seem to be in our current political climate.
– Marianne is still reading A Numerate Life by John Allen Paulos, which I seem to have missed on last month’s recap. She says that it’s an autobiography of a mathemetician, and there’s some complex math included, but written so that you can understand it. It also includes some pretty good math-related jokes.
– Cary is reading The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller. He has not yet seen the movie.
– For various book clubs, Kathy is reading Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man by Mark Kurlansky, and Protecting Paige by Deby Eisenberg.
– Salvador is still struggling to find time for pleasure reading, but mentioned Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz.
– Carolina is reading Hamilton, but I don’t know if it’s the biography by Ron Chernow or the book by Jeremy McCarter and Lin-Manuel Miranda about the musical inspired by the biography. (I guess I need to take better notes!) She’s also been reading Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo.
– Matt B is also trying to fit reading into his schedule, but he’s almost done with The Dain Curse by Dashiell Hammett. He hadn’t read any Hammett in a while before pulling this from the shelf. It was only later that he looked at reviews on the ‘net that said this was considered to be one of Hammett’s worst novels.

Internet Notes for the month:
– The Self-Publishing Podcast recently had an episode titled “Making Money with Short Stories”, and the dicussion included many places to find paying outlets for short stories – https://sterlingandstone.net/podcast/spp260-making-money-short-stories-gregory-norris/
– Black Gate recently had a story called “Using Podcasts to Build your own Writing Master Class” – https://www.blackgate.com/2017/06/24/building-your-own-writing-master-class/

 

The rest of the meeting was taken up with comments and critique of the pieces submitted by the attendees. We had nine pieces to discuss this month from seven different authors, and the majority of them were chapters of larger works, which makes the conversation more interesting in my mind because we mostly know the characters so we can focus on the dialogue and the plot of the stories.

Unfortunately, this works against attendees who were not there for earlier chapters or maybe missed a chapter from a previous meeting. We’ve always had the problem of potential new members having no context for the conversations after dropping by without having read any of the items to be discussed, and I’ve not yet figured out a way around that. But for those of you who are new to the group and would like to read the earlier chapters of the pieces we are discussing, I have an offer for you. I have all of the files I’ve sent out to the group over the years, and (with the author’s permission, of course) I would be glad to sent you the earlier chapters of some of our current ongoing stories. Just let me know what you need and I will send the files as soon as I can.

 

Thanks again to everyone for joining me this month. Here’s the schedule for the next month or so:
– There is no Tamale Hut Café Reading Series event scheduled for July, so the next one will be Saturday, August 26th. Please check the blog or the group’s THC Facebook page for more information.
– around July 30, I’ll send a reminder to you to submit a piece for critique during our next meeting.
– as I get pieces, I will send them out as quickly as I can
– our next THC Writers Group meeting will be Saturday, August 12 at 2PM at the Tamale Hut Café

 

Thanks for your interest in the THC Writers Group. I hope to see you at the next Writers Group meeting or the next Reading Series event.

Matt B

Tamale Hut Café Writers Group meeting for July

The first of July is a Saturday this year, so the second Saturday is the earliest in the month that it can be. Couple that with our June meeting having been held a week later than normal and we have a short turnaround time before our next meeting. I hope everyone has been writing. If not, maybe you can carve some time out from your fourth of July festivities to get something on paper and send it in.

The next THC Writers Group meeting will be Saturday, July 8th, at the Tamale Hut Café, starting at 2PM. If you can attend, we’d love to see you there. If you would like to submit a piece for critique during the meeting, please reply to this message and attach it, along with an idea of the level of feedback you are looking for, and I will distribute it to the group. If you have something you would like feedback on but you can’t attend the meeting, I’d be glad to forward it to the group as well. We can discuss it at the meeting and get some comments back to you via e-mail.

I hope to see you all on the 8th for the Writers Group.

For those of you attending, you should have already received the following pieces:
Brian – Farnham Road.docx
Cary – Fame Liquor Love Chapter 6.docx, Fame Liquor Love Chapter 9.docx
Marianne – The Ball Collector Chpt 6.docx, The Ball Collector Chpt 7.docx
Matt B – Barnstormers chapter 5.rtf
Steve – Poetry–Veteran’s Day #.doc
Sean – HER EXCELLENCY.docx
Michelle – Chapter 5.doc