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Maps and Realistic Geography in Your stories

Sometimes there’s nothing better than opening a new novel and seeing the world spread out over the first few pages. Maps to show people the shape of the world you’ve created are a staple of many a fantasy novel. This month, we asked our resident expert on maps, Russell Kirkpatrick, [...]

By |2018-08-13T08:21:04+00:0013th August, 2018|Uncategorised|Comments Off on Maps and Realistic Geography in Your stories

Conflux Short Story is closing soon…

The CSFG has once again partnered with Conflux Inc to bring you this year's Conflux Short Story Competition. There's some awesome prizes on offer, but it closes soon! (Note the below is directly re-posted from the Conflux website.) This year’s theme is: The Unconventional Hero! We want your tales of [...]

By |2018-07-31T08:26:04+00:0023rd July, 2018|Uncategorised|1 Comment

From Idea to Publication

Last month Alis Franklin, Elizabeth Fitzgerald and Chris Andrews gave us a fantastic insight into author platforms: creating them, advantages and things to watch out for. It was interesting and insightful, and certainly made me think about ways I could increase my online presence. But if you missed that great [...]

By |2018-07-16T08:49:59+00:0015th July, 2018|Uncategorised|Comments Off on From Idea to Publication

Author Platforms!

Last CSFG meeting Nicole Murphy gave us fascinating insight into character arcs. This included the two types of characters (steadfast and changeable) and the roles these serve in your story, the use of character arcs in different genres, and the importance of conflict. Nicole illuminated the importance of character arcs [...]

By |2018-06-15T07:11:01+00:0014th June, 2018|General Meetings|Comments Off on Author Platforms!

Character Arcs

You might ask what we've been doing lately... For our April 2018 meeting last month, we had a fantastic workshop delivered by Rob Porteous on 'Putting science into Science Fiction'. Rob is the organiser of the CSFG Novel Writing group (see the 'what we do' section to find out more) [...]

By |2018-05-16T00:05:26+00:0016th May, 2018|Uncategorised|Comments Off on Character Arcs

A Hand Of Knaves authors and stories announced!

CSFG received a huge pile of story submissions to our upcoming anthology, A Hand Of Knaves and our editors Chris Large and Leife Shallcross had some very tough decisions to make in deciding on the final cut. Thank you to everyone who trusted us with their work. We are now pretty damn [...]

By |2018-04-18T11:38:55+00:0027th January, 2018|A Hand of Knaves, Anthology|Comments Off on A Hand Of Knaves authors and stories announced!

2017 AGM 18 October

A quick note to formally advise that next month’s meeting, to be held on Wednesday 18 October, is the CSFG Annual General Meeting. Generally, the AGM will take up some of the first hour of our normal meeting (from 7:30 pm). The outgoing committee will report on the activities and [...]

By |2017-09-23T10:28:53+00:0023rd September, 2017|General Meetings|Comments Off on 2017 AGM 18 October