The Noble Pen for Nov 15, 2012

Next Noble Pen Meeting

November 15th, 2012 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


Welcome to C.J. who came to our meeting.


L. Ron Hubbard’s organization again sponsors its Writers of the Future contest (rules here) for science fiction and fantasy short stories or novelettes.  It awards significant prizes and helps its winners with publicizing their work.

Although run by Scientologists, former winners say the contest maintains independence.  A former winner says it’s fine to enter and win, but he severed ties with them later because he did not want to be seen as promoting Scientology after alleged abuses elsewhere in the  organization.


Dylan got copies of the anthology he is published in.

Aimee learned a lot at ICON.

Shannon found ICON to be very rewarding also, despite splitting his time to deal with a sad event in the family.


Writers Digest offers an article with some advice on plotting and writing a short story.   Also an interview with ZZ Packer on short story writing.  This article discusses places to get your short story published.

While there may not be a book in every one of us, there is so often a damned good short story. ~Jeffrey Archer

The short story form allows evocation, suggestion, implication. Its potency often lies in what it does not say. ~Isobelle Carmody

Short-story writing requires an exquisite sense of balance. Novelists, frankly, can get away with more. A novel can have a dull spot or two, because the reader has made a different commitment.  ~Lynn Abbey

Upcoming Schedule

Nov 15th

Nick (double slot)

Nov 22nd

Thanksgiving – no meeting

Nov 29th

Aimee ?
Open slots

Dec 6th

Open slot

Dec 13th

Open slots

Keep Writing,