Creating an Anthology

Diane Lynn TibertI’m a member of the East Hants Writer’s Group. We meet the third Tuesday of each month except for July, August and December, which means we just had our first meeting of the season this week.

Although we always have engaging conversations about writing and publishing, and we critique stories written by members, I thought we could do more, something that would last longer than a meeting, longer than a season.

I suggested we contribute work to create an anthology. And the others agreed.

Anthology: a collection of poems or prose selections from various authors (Gage Canadian Dictionary 1983).

Over the next eight months we will write or choose from stories we’ve already written and offer them to the collection. They won’t be judged, only edited. The writer’s voice will remain intact. Poems, quotes, vignettes and black and white artwork is also accepted.

The goal is to have the printed copies in our hands by June. We can sell our designated copies, give them away or hold on to them. It’s up to the individual. The finer details haven’t been worked out yet, but the ultimate objective is to have a published piece of work before the group breaks for summer.

This will be a first publication for a few members.The Man Who Reads Obituaries - Diane Lynn McGyver

Up until I was around twenty years old, I wrote short stories as well as novels, poems and songs. But in the past twenty years, my focus has been on novels. That is until recently. Certain story ideas were more suitable in the short form, so I’ve written a couple. They include Mutated Blood Lines, Dancing in the Shine, The Man Who Reads Obituaries and the soon-to-be-released Miss Tuttle’s Lemon Tarts.

The questions are:

1) Do you read single short stories or anthologies?

2) Would you or have you purchased an electronic short story?

3) Do you belong to a writer’s group that has created their own anthology?

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