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Storymaker Writing Group
A group interested in supporting each other to complete a novel of speculative fiction. Participants are all students of Emily Maguire’s Year of the Novel course and want to take the next step. Open to applications from writers who are interested in completing a science fiction/fantasy novel, whether adult or YA, and who has completed the Year of the Novel course (or something similar).
Coogee Creative Writing Club
A new writer’s group looking for members interested in writing full length fiction novels of any genre. Group will be kept small to ensure we learn each other’s style and skill level. If there’s more interest, I’m happy to help organise other nights and coordinate the cross-pollination of ideas or people. Bring along your laptop and any work you want help with. If everyone brings $10, there’s a fantastic Eastern Mediterranean platter we can share. Activities will include a “touch base” – what each person has worked on, difficulties, successes or new work since last meeting. “Group share” – members can submit a new piece, to be read aloud for discussion and assistance by the group. “Professional Development” – everyone to take turns, leading a short discussion on narrative styles, structure, characters, story-boarding, publishing, marketing etc. “Homework” – choose to share chapters or pieces of work with each other, for comment and feedback in next meeting.
Year of the Novel 2017
We are all writing our first novel. We want to work together to make our work the best it can be.
We practice ‘raw’ or spontaneous writing. We each select one word and then we write in any genre for 30 minutes using those words. We then read our work aloud to the group members. Our aims are to practice our writing, develop our skills and confidence; to be encouraged by the constructive criticism of our peers; and to use the weekly experience as a brain sharpening exercise.
We began as a group of 13 at the writers’ centre 12 years ago and although our numbers have dwindled we are still going strong. We have all been published in some form and continue to learn and improve our craft. Our aim is to learn together, provide constructive feedback, support each other in the down times and celebrate the good!
Write on Water
A new writers’ group for novelists is seeking members. Open to both novices and experienced writers, the group will meet at Concord & Ryde Sailing Club on the Parramatta River. In good weather, group will meet on the deck over the river; in inclement weather, group will meet inside. Tea and coffee will be available, but participants should bring their own lunch.
A critiquing group for fiction writers working towards publication. Our aim is to support each other to write the best we can and get the work into the public domain, either traditionally or self published. Will consider members who can commit to weekly sessions and who have finished the first draft of the manuscript they want to work on.
Women Writers Network
We are a combination of prose writers, poets, and playwrights. All at different levels of experience and expertise. All with the desire to become better at what we do. If you wish to read you’ll need to limit your prose to about 1000 words and have about 10 copies for us to edit as you read. Expect from eight to twelve women at any sitting and if all are reading it can be exhausting or impossible to achieve by 4pm. Unless there is great financial hardship, we all put in a gold coin each week. We welcome women writing in any genre at any stage, from just beginning to those who have been published and those struggling to be published. Many of us are a combination of both. The emphasis is on constructive feedback in a friendly, encouraging, but dedicated environment, fostering all stages of writing.
We are all beginners, though some have writing experience in academia and journalism. We are highly supportive of each other’s work, and generate ideas and suggestions for our work/each other’s work. Our aim is to encourage each other to continue writing, to listen and hear about others’ work, and to provide rigorous, respectful and supportive feedback on writing. We are seeking members with a genuine interest in participating in the feedback process and supporting others. We are open to all genres.