Joan gave the group some insightful pointers on this challenging and thought-provoking topic and provided members with a comprehensive handout on publishing to study in their own time. She presented several examples, including one from her own novel, and expanded on the headings from her notes on publishing.
Joan urged the group to try the writing competitions site txtlit.co.uk for practice on the art of concise and precise writing within 160 characters.
She reminded members that, to improve their writing, they should always check grammar and style and not be satisfied until they have honed it to the best of their abilities, not forgetting to read it aloud.
Web tools also have their place and can be used to help in the editing process; however, they do have their limitations so we shouldn’t rely on them too much.
Joan recommended keeping up to date with new trends in publishing but stressed the importance of being consistent, whatever we did.
The session concluded with a practical exercise involving editing a few sentences Joan had provided for the purpose. We then had the option of checking against Joan's suggested solutions.
Although not all members totally agreed with the proposed solutions, the exercise had at least made everyone think about the importance of editing.
All in all, a worthwhile workshop - thank you, Joan!
(This report was compiled by Diana Devlin from notes taken on the day by Hilary Stevenson.)
Each item of the draft syllabus for next season was
discussed and approved.
The only significant change from the draft was to include a
Sci Fi / Fantasy Workshop to be given by Billy Thomson on 20th
November. Several speakers have still to be arranged or confirmed.
The venue for the Annual Dinner is confirmed as being the
Ingliston Country Club on October 23rd.
In the half hour remaining there were four readings.
Kathleen told us a story from her school days when two young
girls were told by their teacher to go and wash their mouths out with soap and
water for swearing. And they did, with yellow soap.
Pete described some of the changes in the male/female divide
over the past centuries and fantasised about what could happen next.
Diana looked for comments on an extract from her
novel-in-the making about people trafficking. Diana left with plenty of food
Similarly Jill (visitor) read of a reluctant mother and
disappointed wife of a Scottish laird, trying to rid herself of both problems
simultaneously. Again plenty of feedback was forthcoming.
Myra warned anyone intending to attend the Bute Noir festival on the first weekend in August, should book well in advance. A major event relating to the speedboat 'Bluebird' is also happening that weekend on the island.