Saturday, September 13, 2008

Literary day out

Litcamp

I particularly enjoyed Jay Barnard's (link) poetry reading and Courtia Newland's story, which I'd already read somewhere. It is going to be on BBC4 Afternoon Story next week. There was a very funny story from Gavin Inglis, as well as lots of other delights, some from people listed in my links over there ->.

I offered to provide "post-it note critiques" for short stories, simulating the conditions of reading for a short story competition. About twenty or so landed on my table in the reading room. One thing that occurred to me was that this was a very good way to make enemies and fail to influence people. I felt that I should have worn full Venetian masquerade get-up, like Salieri in the film Amadeus: it was I who needed anonymity, not the writers.

Anyway, I really like reading this way and commenting, though I'm completely unqualified. I wrote on large post-it notes, mostly having to write on the reverse as well, and also marked up the text. There were one or two I'd seen before, amazingly enough.

I left some copies of this competition flyer (A4 version) on the books table there. Here is a version for Letter paper size. Please feel free to pass them on, copy, republish, etc.

2 comments:

  1. Hi,

    I stumbled upon you searching for Litcamp. Thank you for my post-it note critique (for Under the Sofa - egg/heroin abuse story) received which was very helpful indeed. The notes you gave will help with revision so cheers for giving up your time to do so!

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  2. Well you thought mine lacked a story and was full of pointless dialogue, but somehow I didn't take it badly! I felt quite cheery about it, like "Oh, so it's rubbish, I'd better get on and write some good stuff then."

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