November is just around the corner and we’ve got a lot of exciting things on offer this month to Sudbury and area writers.
In addition to our regular monthly meeting on the Last Thursday of the month – November 24th – we have a number of inner circles that meet regularly through out the month to focus on specific formats or mediums such as Poetry or our new Graphic Novel Inner Circle.
Inner Circles are open to any Guild Member to attend. You don’t need to be an expert in the subject, just a curiosity and willingness to learn. We’re here to help each other find our voices and explore our potential. If you’re not currently a Guild member but want to check out one of the inner circles or our monthly meeting, just give us a shout and we’ll connect you up. Non-members are welcome to check out our meetings for free (up to two) before deciding to become a paid member. Membership fees are $30 for the season (September to June) and there is a student rate of $15 for full-time students.
Getting back to what’s on tap this month, we have a new group that is meeting for the second time – Graphic Novel Inner Circle which is focused on story telling through the medium of “comics”. Both artists and writers are welcome to participate as the group explores the medium and figures out how to adapt their stories to format. We are currently looking into having a guest speaker with experience in the medium address the group in the near future. The Graphic Novel Inner Circle is meeting on the first Monday of the month which is November 7th via Zoom. Lisa Coleman-Brown is the host of this inner circle.
We also have an Inner Circle that is making a comeback after being on hiatus for the last little bit – our YA and Children’s Inner Circle. Focused on telling stories that fall into the Young Adult demographic as well as picture books and stories for Children. Barry Cooper is hosting this group which plans to meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. This month falling on November 16th.
You’ll also see on our calendar mention of the Superstack Working Group which isn’t an Inner Circle per se, but rather a committee working on the next Guild project. Its a closed group with a number of members working on various aspects of what we plan to be a exciting follow up to the Painted Voices project from 2021. We’ll be posting more details in the coming month about the Superstack project and how other Guild members and the public can participate. Stay Tuned!
At the end of November as part of our regular Guild Meeting on the 24th we will be devoting a part of the meeting to discuss the novel from Pip Williams – The Dictionary of Lost Words. We hope you will take the time to read the book (or listen to the audiobook) before the meeting, but even if you don’t please join us for what promises to be an interesting discussion about not just the book from a reader’s perspective, but from a writer’s perspective as we’ll examine some of the craft that went into such an award winning book. Emily DeAngelis will be leading the discussion. The book was chosen from a number of literary novels nominated by various Guild Members for the Book Club discussion which takes place in November.
And don’t forget that there are other wonderful things going on around Sudbury in November.
Wordstock is November 3rd to 5th and offers a mix of streaming and in person events involving readings, workshops, and Q&A with authors. The Sudbury Writers’ Guild will also have a table at the event where you can drop by and talk to us and buy books from our Guild Members.
Nanowrimo – Nation Novel Writing Month is also happening EVERYWHERE, but Sudbury has a strong contingent of writers that participate every year. You can find out more information on this even by checking out the NaNoWriMo web page and looking for home regions. It also offers a Youth program for young writers.