Our novelists' support group has been meeting for 3 months now and provides a great space for the aspiring novelist to get together with others who want to see their work published. The group exists to help its members tackle the "big picture" issues of novel writing: how to develop characters and ensure that they stay true to themselves; how not to lose the plot; how to stay motivated when the end of the novel seems nowhere in sight; how to tackle the difficult business of editing and revising the manuscript; and how to approach agents and publishers. Members of the group are interested in a range of markets from fantasy and magic realism to romance and historical fiction, and there's always room for more.
Our manuscript critique group exists partly to provide detailed feedback on work in progress - whether it's a short story, a poem, a piece of non-fiction, or an extract from a novel - and partly to provide a safe space where writers can share their work in progress and learn from one another. The group aims at getting members' manuscripts up to publishable standards and helping writers to develop their craft, but it also aims to be a welcoming and sociable space where ideas and support can be shared.