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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 our many achievements for the year, and current projects, and the members present will vote in a new committee and office-bearers.

Of course, you’re welcome – nay, encouraged – to nominate yourself if you’re interested in a role on the committee, be that President, Treasurer, Vice President, Public Officer, Secretary or general committee member. And remember that more than one person can nominate for a position (in which case the membership then votes between them). People usually tend to nominate for the committee at the AGM, but if you want to nominate yourself ahead of time, feel free.

Following the AGM, we are scheduled to hear a presentation from the Napoleonic Re-enactment Society. I understand that their presentation is detailed and awesome.

What CSFG’s up to in July and August


For our July meeting, Ian McHugh took us to market, to market to buy … well, to sell our short stories.

Ian provided insight on the short story market for speculative fiction, and the process of getting our work out there, and published. It all boiled down to a simple three step process:

  • Write the story (and edit it to goodness)
  • Submit the story
  • Repeat

Simple, but harrowing. Nevertheless, we persisted…

Here are the links to the two genre-focused submission lists which Ian mentioned:

and submission savvy members also recommended Submission Grinder.

Ian spoke from experience on the practical, and important, aspects of being professional, and checking for fit, response times, pay, status, and more. He talked about Helsinki buses (it’s a metaphor for persistence in creative endeavours) and about keeping things real when dealing with rejection.

And even though submitting your short stories to market meets Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity (doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result) Ian recommended it, to general acclaim.


What’s coming up next month? Well, they say every dog has his day, but every thoroughbred horse has its birthday on the 1st of August, and for our August meeting we’re talking horses.

Is it time to send in the cavalry on your WIP?

  • Does your writing include fictional horses which you don’t know how to whip into a shape which resembles something believably horse like?
  • Is your story languishing in the hard drive because your protagonist is riding around on a horse which currently has the personality of a grass-eating Skoda? (I’ll just park that over here, shall I?)
  • Have you always wanted to know more about a unicorn’s fetlocks?

Our panel of experts will be on hand to answer your questions about all things horseful … horsish … steedly – OK, let’s run with equine.

Best of all, if you ask your questions early, in the comments here, or on the group chat, our panel members will be able to give more thought to providing you with the details you need to make your fictional horses prance off the page.

Don’t miss our August meeting:

7.30pm, Wednesday 16 August

We’ll again be in the Metis Room, upstairs at the Canberra City Hellenic Club – it’s warm, it’s got fantastic food and coffee, as well as the bar, so you can have dinner before the meeting, or order something to be delivered to the meeting room.

See you there!

And now, a message from the President

What we’ve been discussing at the CSFG…
…and what’s up next.

Here at the CSFG we’re always trying to challenge ourselves – push our craft of writing into what might be unfamiliar or challenging areas – and by doing so become more dynamic writers.

So, for our May meeting, we discussed writing the ‘other’ gender. Men writing women and women writing men – we’ve all seen it done poorly and we’ve seen it done well. Our very own Louise Peiper ran us through some of the different mistakes, hurdles and misconceptions and, importantly, how we can avoid and correct these. Louise artfully facilitated some lively, mature discussion in what can sometimes be a fraught topic.

If you missed out, then don’t be disappointed, because in our June meeting we’ll have Ian McHugh, one of our most experienced, talented and award-winning short-form writers, discussing submitting to short story markets. He’ll regale us with his considerable experience, describing where, how and who to submit, dos and don’ts, hints and tricks.

Come along and for some valuable insights.

Angus Yeates
CSFG President

Membership fees raised

The CSFG Committee agreed at the March meeting to raise annual membership fees. As of 16 March 2017, memberships will be at the following rates:

  • General membership – $30.00
  • Concessional membership – $20.00
  • Outer Canberra membership – $10.00

The Committee regrets this unavoidable increase. The hike in membership rates is specifically intended to cover new expenses for Public Liability Insurance and accommodation costs.

If you have any concerns or questions, please contact the Committee:

Late notice for August meeting

For anyone that did not catch the news via social media, be advised that CSFG’s August meeting will be back in the ACT Writers Centre.

7:30 pm Wednesday 17 August 2016
ACT Writers Centre Meeting Room
Gorman House

Author Felicity Banks will be there to talk about writing interactive fiction (and there are unconfirmed reports of cake!)

Important – Next meeting location!

Due to the renovations going on at the Gorman House Arts Centre, the February general meeting will be held in a new location:

The Academy of Interactive Entertainment
49 Phillip Avenue, Watson

(You might also know it as the Canberra Technology park). The timing is still 7:30 pm on Wednesday 17 February.

We don’t have an exact room location yet but we will try to have signage or a traffic conductor available to steer members to the right spot.

Click for Map (AIE Watson)

July meeting rescheduled

Please note that due to building work at Gorman House, our next general meeting at the ACT Writers Centre will be at 7:30 pm on WEDNESDAY 22 JULY.

This meeting will replace the usual 3rd Wednesday meeting, which would have been held on the 15th.

This month’s meeting will have a Midwinter Fireside Reading theme.

If you would like to read, please prepare a 500-1000 word reading of your work to share with the group.

We strongly suggest having a practice at reading your chosen excerpt as we will be capping your reading spot at 5 minutes tops to ensure we get to everyone who wants a go.

Sadly our midwinter fireside reading will be without the actual fireside, owing to a selfish limit the ACT Writers Centre places on burning their furniture.

BUT we’ll arrange to have some hot drinks on hand (think mulled wine, hot chocolate – feel free to make suggestions or offer to bring something). We hope we’ll see you there!

Special general meeting – 18 March 2015

The next General Meeting, on 18 March, will be a Special General Meeting.

At the AGM in October 2014, the Committee asked the membership to vote on a proposal to amend the rules to allow the CSFG to be able confer life memberships. The membership voted to approve the proposal in principle, and so the Committee has now drafted some proposed amendments to the CSFG rules to enable this.

 The Committee has also drafted some other amendments to the rules. These are largely administrative, and have generally been proposed to simplify CSFG processes (eg membership applications and election of Committee members) and to bring them into line with our actual practices, or up to date with fancy, newfangled, modern technology like email.

The changes are available to members in a tracked-changed word document. If you would like a copy of the changes to the CSFG rules prior to the SGM, please send a request by email to:


The Committee will be asking the membership to pass a resolution to accept the amendments to the rules at the meeting.

First meeting of 2015 next Wednesday!

Did you guys even realise it was 2015 already? FEBRUARY 2015. That’s only 320 days away from 2016.


 If the answer is ‘Not as much as I’d like’, then our February meeting is for you.

 (If the answer isn’t that, you should still come anyway. We need more friends to feel good about ourselves and there will probably be biscuits.)

 The first meeting of the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild for 2015 will be about goal setting – what it is, how to do it, how not to do it and if it’s really worth doing in the first place. You might even find out about some goals you didn’t even know you had. It will also be your first chance in the new year to catch up with all your writing friends and feel the warm, socks-straight-from-the-dryer glow of being surrounded by people who love the same things you do and are willing to admit it.

When: 7.30pm, Wednesday 18 February

Where: The ACT Writers Centre at Gorman House in Braddon.

Bring: $10*. It’s the new year, so your membership is due.

 See you there!

 Leife (President) & Kim (Vice-President)

*If you don’t bring $10, we will probably still let you in and maybe even offer you a biscuit. But your name will go into the Treasurer’s Little Black Book and he might stare at you pointedly on occasion throughout the evening.