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Speculative Fiction Writers’ Group
We are a friendly group of emerging and professional writers who meet monthly to provide critical and constructive feedback on each other’s work. Our aim is to support members in shaping and developing their writing into forms suitable for presentation to agents/publishers, and to share knowledge and experience. We are seeking likeminded, enthusiastic, emerging writers who can attend regularly and are actively writing in the speculative genre. We welcome both published and unpublished writers.
At the Storyism group meetings, members present work from a variety of genres and writing categories including adult, YA/middle grade; short stories, novellas and novels; crime, fantasy, contemporary fiction; memoir and fictionalised memoir; poetry and song-writing; science writing; letters to the editor; speeches.
This group is ideal for anyone who is at any stage of writing (but must be currently working on something), works on or has an interest in contributing to others’ multiple works and genres, is prepared to give and receive constructive feedback (essential), and is prepared to commit to attending most meetings (at least 7/11 meetings held during the year).
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!
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.
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 those with the aim of being published or self-publishing. Members must have a completed first draft to work with and commit to weekly meetings for the sake of continuity.
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.
Writing for Impact
Who we are: We are a friendly, mixed bunch of fiction writers focused on producing a novel or a collection of short stories for our own satisfaction, but I guess we wouldn’t say no to publication! Our ages range across decades and we write everything from historical and adventure novels to literary and modern prose. Some of us are beginners, while others have been writing for years and have had their work published.
What we do: We meet twice monthly – the second and fourth Monday, at 6.00 to 8.00pm; usually around 3 to 7 of us. Each writer has 15-20 minutes to read and discuss their piece, up to about 1,500 words. – the longer it is, the less time is there for comment and discussion, which may include more general questions about a particular style or genre. It’s helpful to begin with brief information about the type of piece, and how it fits into a bigger project or concept.
What we’re after: If you are happy to give and receive encouragement and constructive feedback, we want you!
How it works:
- Members will notify the convenor about attendance or not, beforehand to ensure adequate numbers. Preferably 48hrs before.
- Members provide emergency phone numbers for contact about short-notice changes.
- Writers must be paid-up members of Writing NSW, and provide their member number to the convenor.
Year of the Novel 2017
We are all completing a first draft of a novel. Group members submit an extract of their work prior to the meeting, which is critiqued and discussed during the meeting.