Novel Writers’ Club

Waitlist is now open for the July-November sessions!

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 (or even further afield!).

The Novel Writers’ Club opens to new members just twice a year. The waitlist for the July-November 2024 sessions is now open!

Join us and achieve your writing goals!

What you’ll get:

Novel Writers’ Club membership July-November ($300)

  • Introductory group meeting: how to make the most of your Novel Writers’ Club experience (Wednesday 3 July, 7pm, online)
  • Monthly feedback sessions (online; choose from a Wednesday or Sunday evening) with your mentors and peers, to progress and polish your novel draft
  • Access to 3 x Writers’ Cafe Masterclasses on creative writing and building your author career (online; dates for 2024 tbc)
  • Regular online ‘write-ins’ (3 x a month, Wednesday/Sunday evenings)
  • Mini video class ‘Making the Most of Critique’
  • The Writers’ Cafe Auckland ‘Guide to Editing’
  • Fun writers’ social events in Auckland (optional but priceless!)
  • Access to our free private writers’ Facebook group

Mentored membership July-November – only FOUR spaces available ($450):

  • All of the above
  • Three sessions with your mentor (online or in person) to work on developing your novel – the focus of these sessions will be determined by where you are at with your writing, and could range from planning and outlining to plot and character development or preparing for publication

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, young adult and speculative 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

Frequently asked questions

What if I’m new to novel-writing? Can I still join?

You are absolutely welcome at the Novel Writers’ Club! Our members include both novice and experienced writers, and as a newbie you’ll benefit from the friendly advice and insight of those who have already been writing for some time. We recommend you sign up for a mentored membership, because the regular one-to-one chats with your mentor will be valuable in guiding you through those early stages of your writing journey.

Do I need to be based in Auckland?

Nope! Our meetings – with the exception of social meetups – are fully online, so you can join us from anywhere in New Zealand (or even further afield, time differences permitting).

I’d love to join, but I’m writing non-fiction/creative non-fiction/short stories, rather than a novel. Will I feel out of place?

While the majority of our members are working on novels, there’s such variety and diversity among our projects that you won’t feel like the odd one out! Even if you are working on something that doesn’t fit the definition of a novel, you’ll still benefit from the discussions at the feedback sessions. If you are considering a mentored membership, we would recommend getting in contact and telling us a little bit about your writing project, so we can ensure that we are able to match you with a mentor who has the right expertise to support you.

What if I change my mind? Can I cancel my membership?

We only have 12 spaces available in the Novel Writers’ Club, so we do want you to commit to your membership – the peer-to-peer interaction is very valuable to all our writers, and our 6-person group size helps to ensure that everyone gets the most out of the feedback sessions. If you do chance your mind and cancel your membership before our first meeting (Wednesday 3 July), we can offer you a 50% refund. After the meetings start, no refunds are available.

I have another question!

Feel free to email us and we’ll be happy to help.