Wednesday, May 30, 2012

June 2012 meeting

It's that time of the month again, folks, and the Admastor Writers' Guild will be having another open shindig at its usual haunt (Baran's, c/o Burg and Shortmarket streets, Cape Town) at 10am on Saturday, June 2. This month we're looking at writing drabbles, so bring pen and paper and join us for a morning of wordsmithing.

If you're an author of fantasy, horror and SF fiction, and you're tired of not having anyone who "gets" you, then swing on past.

Feel free to mail me at if you'd like to join us, or call me on 082 958 3631.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

February 2012 meeting

The Adamastor Writers' Guild will be hosting an open writers' workshop for folks wishing to touch base with Cape Town-based authors of F/SF/H fiction.

Time: 10am to approximately 1pm.
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2012.
Venue: Baran's (first floor), corner of Burg and Shortmarket streets, Cape Town CBD.
Materials: Please bring a 500-word printed sample for the critiquing workshop, as well as A4 paper and pen, and cash for refreshments.

The programme will include a meet and greet;
critiquing of writing samples; a writing exercise; a discussion and Q&A with a traditionally published genre fiction author on how to write a query letter, and how to query; and a look at small press publishing with a content editor from Lyrical Press and indie-published author of genre fiction.

Cost: Donations of cat and dog food for Tears.
Bookings: Spaces are limited, so please RSVP with Nerine at or call 082 958 3631.

Monday, August 29, 2011

September meeting

The Adamastor Writers' Guild, a long-running Cape Town-based F/SF/H writers' group, will be holding its September meeting on Saturday, September 3, at 10am at Baran's, on the corner of Burg and Shortmarket streets.

If you are an aspiring author of fantasy, SF or horror fiction, and feel you need a bit of guidance in your craft, feel free to join us for a few hours' of talking shop, writing exercises and advice. We have authors at many different stages of publication in our group. You don't necessarily have to have anything already published to be part of the action.

You don't need to feel like you create in a vacuum. Participation is voluntary and, unlike many things in life, the advice you receive here is free.

Our meetings are loosely structured, with the emphasis placed on dialogue, constructive criticism and support. All you need to bring is your enthusiasm, paper, pen and some cash for a cuppa joe or something light to snack on.

If you're keen, do drop me a mail at and let me know that you'll be dropping by.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

July 2011 meeting

The Adamastor Writers' Guild will be hosting its July meeting on Saturday, July 2, at 10am at Baran's, on the corner of Burg and Shortmarket streets. Bring your chapters for critique, a pen and writing paper. Cat will be facilitating a writing exercise. Also, remember to bring extra cash as Shaun will bring copies of Jungle Jim magazine. These cost R15 a copy.

New members are welcome and membership to the guild is free. All we ask in return is your enthusiasm and a can-do attitude, as well as a love of F/SF/H fiction.

Mail any queries to or find the guild on Facebook.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Jungle Jim

Jungle Jim is an African pulp fiction/literary magazine, published twice a month from June this year. It features genre-based short and serialised fiction by African writers, alongside bold illustrations. Frequent, arresting, affordable, each issue showcases narrative-driven and imagination-driven stories, exploring the collision between the visceral world of pulp and the reality of living in Africa.

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The Adamastor Writers' Guild is a Cape Town-based writers' group that aims at developing and encouraging genre fiction authors in South Africa, with emphasis on fantasy, science fiction and horror.

Monday, May 30, 2011

June meeting

The Adamastor Writers' Guild, which focuses on developing genre fiction in Cape Town, South Africa, will be hosting its June meeting on Saturday, June 4, at 10am until 12.30pm. If you are an aspiring or established author of fantasy, horror and science fiction, do drop by for some lively discussions and constructive criticism. Writing may be a solitary craft, but you can't create in a vacuum.

Venue: Baran's, first floor, on the corner of Burg and Shortmarket streets.
Time: 10am until 12.30pm.
What to bring: manuscripts for critique, a can-do attitude and pennies for your coffee/beer/whatevas

Please direct any queries to

Monday, May 9, 2011

Aphelion update

Posted on behalf of Casey:

I have two things to say in this post; one anyone at last Saturday's Adamastor meeting would have heard about already (but now I'm including the link), the other I only found out about after the meeting myself.

First of all; there is a monthly flash fiction contest run on the Aphelion webzine site. May's contest (started last Friday) can be found be following this link:

The contest started last Friday, and any entries need to be in by Sunday, May 22. (Note that the contest is run in a different timezone).

Full details on the requirements, how to enter, and anything else can be found by clicking on the above link. As a summary, though; the task is to write a story, of under 1000 words, on the subject of a simple, mundane, current-day real-world task that then becomes a science fiction story, without using aliens or time travel. The setting and characters should be new and fictional

(Devil in the Details, the story I asked for comment on at the last meeting, was disqualified for
using a non-fictional character prominently; the rules about historical characters were made a lot less ambiguous after that contest. This happens every now and then, so there's quite a few
important rules to look through).

After the entries close, the stories are placed on the page and all the authors, together with whoever else wants to do so, have a week to vote on the stories; after a week, the voting results are released and everyone can see which story wins.

The second thing I have to say relates to the first. You may recall that a while back I presented a book that I'd been one of the authors in; a book of stories from previous entries into this same flash contest. It's now available as an ebook on the iPad as well:

It hasn't sold anything on the iPad yet, as far as I know, but then again it's only been there for one weekend. I am quite excited about this development.