The Noble Pen for Dec 28, 2017

Next Noble Pen Meeting

December 28th, 2017 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


At the last meeting we discussed having more educational material at meetings.  Ciuin will present a short session on January 4th, and we held January 18 open for a possible longer educational time.  Let us know your thoughts.


Here’s an essay on why dystopia is popular with young people.

Ursula K. Le Guin is well known in science fiction and fantasy, but this article also discusses her broader range.


Ciuin wrote on Chessmaster.  She accepted the job of editing a minister’s daily inspirational message.

Aime read the second book in two weeks.  She got a royalty check for book sales that bought a very good dinner.

Stacie S. watched Terrible Writing Advice videos and was both entertained and educated by them.


We have heard some recommendations for educational videos (Yes, YouTube has some of those, too).

Brandon Sanderson, early in his series, mentions the methods and benefits of writing groups. Some of his videos are rather slow, though.

Ellen Brock was recommended for some good YouTube tutorials.  Her early ones may belabor the obvious (according to one reviewer) but her later ones have more meat.

Trope Talk is another source, described as fast-paced, witty, and pop-culture based. (I wouldn’t know about the pop part.)

And of course, there is the above-mentioned sarcastic Terrible Writing Advice.  You should always try to do the opposite of this source.

Upcoming Schedule

December 28
Stacie S.

January 4
Ciuin: 10-minute educational
Stacy H.

January 11

January 18
Educational group discussion?
Open slots?

January 25
Open slots

Keep Writing,