The Noble Pen for Sept 27, 2018

Next Noble Pen Meeting

Sept 27th, 2018 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


Finalists for the Man Booker prize in literature have been announced.  This is an award for works written in English by authors from anywhere in the world and published in the British Isles.  An official said this year “All of our six finalists are miracles of stylistic invention.”  This prize may get more than usual attention because the Nobel Prize in literature is not being awarded this year.


Randy’s book release got a full page in the Bellevue newspaper with his book cover, his own photo, and the story of the real coffin.

Jesse edited and submitted his story, the first serious writing he has done in a while.

Dylan got a writing weekend and turned out 40K words.

Ciuin wrote on Chessmaster, edited for a Petty Theft revision, and started work on her master’s essay.


A drabble is a story in exactly 100 words.  It is difficult to fit the elements of an interesting story into such a short piece, and is thus a good exercise for a writer to develop clear and concise expression in all their work.  As in any story, it should include elements of setting, character(s), conflict, and resolution.  Other short lengths have also been used, and the general category is called Flash Fiction.

We will be experimenting with 100-word drabbles on Oct 4th.  Here are some comments about writing a drabble,  some examples, and more here.  I particularly like this one.

Upcoming Schedule

Sept 27
Jesse-discussion of pop culture and writing

Oct 4
Drabbles from Stacie, Jesse, Aime, and Rebecca

Oct 11
Open slots

Oct 18
Open slots

Oct 25
Open slots

Keep Writing,