Sheffield Novelists Group

Writing a novel can be a lonely business.

That’s why six years ago, 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.

We meet on the second Monday of each month upstairs at the Red Deer , in the centre of Sheffield, at 7.30pm. For more details, please contact: .

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 have annually hosted the Novel Slam, as part of Off the Shelf. We are closely linked with other groups and writers’ networks, such as Sheffield Authors.

Sheffield Novelists have a blog: where you can keep up to date with our latest news and publications.

If you are interested in joining Sheffield Novelists, email: for more information.



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