SpecFicNZ Grand Meet-Up

Just a brief report on the SpecFicNZ Grand Meet-Up that convened at Context, Saturday, June 4th, 2011 at 5pm.

We had a fantastic turn-out with approximately 20 in attendance.

Ripley gave a brief overview of all SpecFicNZ has accomplished over its first ten months in existence, including

  1. Officially launching our org and our website on August 28th, 2010.
  2. Sponsoring our 2nd annual NZ Spec Fic Blogging Week in September
  3. Becoming an official incorporated society in November.
  4. Launching local face-to-face meet-ups, now occurring monthly in Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland, and on the Kapiti Coast.
  5. Holding our first short story contest in March (with cash and publication prizes).
  6. Redesigning our monthly e-newsletter, which is now on it’s 21st issue.
  7. Offering our first member taught writing workshops at Context (taught by Grant Stone and Ripley Patton).
  8. Featuring 9 different members on the SJV final ballot with 14 different nominations.
  9. Passing the 85 member mark.

After Ripley’s talk, there was time for questions and new member sign-up and renewal back at the Treasurer’s table with Andrew.  Six new members signed up with many other members taking advantage of the renewal special.

Then Ripley did a draw for various SpecFicNZ prizes, and invited everyone to meet-up and talk with one another, which attendees happily did.

Many from the gather then went out for a wonderful dinner of Indian food on Parnell Street.

A fabulous time was had by all.

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