Novel Writers’ Club

Complete that novel!

Do you have an idea for a novel, but actually writing it feels like a daunting task? Or have you started a novel, but life keeps getting in the way of finishing it? Maybe (like so many of us), you find writing an isolating pursuit and want to connect with other writers?

The Novel Writers’ Club can give you the motivation, accountability and support you need to get that novel written! Our helpful writing resources, group feedback sessions and friendly mentors will help you stay on track with your writing project. Most of our meetings are now online, so you can join us from anywhere in NZ.

Join us and achieve your writing goals!

What you’ll get:

Novel Writers’ Club membership February-June ($250)

  • Monthly feedback sessions (online; choose from a Tuesday or Sunday evening) with your mentors and peers, to progress and polish your novel draft
  • Mini video class ‘Making the Most of Critique’ ($50 value)
  • The Writers’ Cafe Auckland ‘Guide to Editing’ ($20 value)
  • Fun writers’ social events in Auckland (optional but priceless!)
  • Access to our free writers’ Facebook group

Mentored membership February-June – only FOUR spaces available ($425):

  • All of the above
  • Monthly sessions with your mentor (online or in person) to work on plot and character development ($175 value)
  • Access to our online course ‘Introduction to Writing Fiction’ ($299 value)

Novel Writers’ Club is now fully booked for the upcoming sessions. Doors will open again in June 2023, for a July start.

Meet your mentors

Ellie Kivinen

Ellie coordinates the Novel Writers’ Club, and you’ll also find her as the tutor on our self-paced video course on creative writing, as well as teaching the occasional workshop. She writes contemporary and young adult fiction.

Nithya Narayanan

Nithya co-leads the Novel Writers’ Club. She is a widely published poet and short story writer, with a background in editing. Her writing tends to focus on family, identity and relationships.

What our members say

“The Novel Writers’ Club is a fantastic group of writers, led by mentors who are very passionate and supportive about writing. The monthly group meetings and critique sessions are powerfully motivating experiences. Through the feedback gained, support from other writers and accountability, my confidence in my writing has grown. An added benefit of the critique sessions is that I usually learn something from other writers’ work that I can apply to my own.”

– Kelly

“Writing a novel can be a long and lonely business. You can feel you’re walking in the dark, unsure if you’re going the right direction. What I like about the Novel Writers’ Club is the community, the ability to give and receive feedback and the constant reminders, hints, and signposts as to the right direction to go in. Importantly for me, it is a motivation to keep going. Giving me deadlines and events to work towards is a way to keep me on track with my goals.”

– Jo