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! Through regular goal-setting meetings, group feedback sessions, and one-to-one mentoring, we’ll 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.

We would love to welcome you to the Novel Writers’ Club!

Your membership includes:

  • Monthly goal-setting and accountability meetings with the Novel Writers’ Club (first Saturday of the month, online)
  • Monthly feedback sessions with your Novel Writers’ group (choose from Monday or Thursday evenings, online)
  • Fun writers’ social events (evenings/weekends, various Auckland locations – when alert levels allow)
  • Invitation to a free private Facebook group for Novel Writers’ Club members only
  • WITH THE MENTORED OPTION ONLY: A writing mentor for one-to-one support with your novel-writing process (meeting online or in person, depending on your preference and on alert levels)

Six-month membership: January-June 2022

Mentored $520

Basic $320

If you are new to novel-writing, we strongly recommend that you choose the mentored option.

Join us and achieve your writing goals!

Meet our tutors

Ellie Kivinen

Ellie coordinates the Novel Writers’ Club and teaches our creative writing course. Her other job over the past year has been promoting New Zealand books and authors at the Coalition for Books. She writes contemporary and young adult fiction.

Paul M Clark

Paul is currently completing a PhD in creative writing and working on a historical novel. His short stories and flash fiction have been published in various journals and collections, including Flash Fiction Magazine and Best of Auckland.

Sharni Wilson

Sharni works with us remotely, all the way from London! She has a background in translation and editing. She is currently working on a novel set in Japan. Sharni’s work has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including Takahē magazine.

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