Writing a novel is a lonely business.
That’s why, in 2009, several students and graduates of the Writing MA at Sheffield Hallam University got together for mutual support and guidance with their novels. Eventually, we decided to open the group to all writers working on a novel, and the group continues to be popular with novelists from Sheffield and the surrounding area. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out, or if you already have several novels under your belt, you’ll be very welcome.
Membership of the group is free. We are now meeting at 7.30pm on the second Monday of every month upstairs at the Red Deer, in the centre of Sheffield (just off West Street). The overall room hire is £10, split between the group members who are present, so it’s usually just over £1 each.
A week before each meeting, members send in extracts of their novels – usually around 3,000 words, which are sent out in a batch and read in advance. Constructive feedback is very important. Group members understand that joining a writing group can be a very nerve-wracking process, and everyone submits work, so it’s important to be kind to each other! However, it’s important to be honest too, and hopefully as a group, we help each other through our literary problems!
Sheffield Novelists also shares information and news for writers. We’ve entered writing competitions, and annually host the Novel Slam, as part of Off the Shelf. We are closely aligned to other groups for local writers, such as Sheffield Authors, and work to help keep a lively literary scene going in Sheffield.
If you are interested in joining Sheffield Novelists, email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.