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Year of the Novel 2018
We are a group of writers who met in the Year of the Novel course in 2018 and now continue to support each other with the novels that we are working on. Each week we will revise the study topics of the course and workshop our writing so that we may produce the best writing that we can.
We met during the Fiction Feedback course in 2018 and have continued to work together. We meet once a month to workshop our material so that we may produce the best quality of writing we can.
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 2018 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 each bring an excerpt from a work we are writing, and it is constructively critiqued by the group. We aim to encourage and support each other in writing the best novels we can.
We practice ‘raw’ or spontaneous writing. We each select one word from a selection of words and then write in any genre for 25-30 minutes. We then read our work aloud with the aim of encouraging and enthusing the writer by making positive and constructive comments. 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 are a group of published and emerging authors who have been meeting since 2005. Our numbers have shrunk from the original 13 and new members have joined us, but we are as passionate as ever about our writing. We aim to support and encourage one another by sharing ideas on the craft of writing, marketing and social media; providing feedback; and commiserating on the rejections and celebrate the wins!
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, who want feedback to make their book as good as it can be. Our aim is to support each other to be the best writer they can be and produce the best work they can.