In 2015, our group novel The Painted Sky, written with Madeleine Oliver and Jane St Vincent Welch was published by the world’s largest publisher, Penguin Random House and later in 2015 by Ullstein in Germany.

 

Now Jane and Denise are working on a follow-up book while Jenny takes on some solo projects.

 

The idea of a group-written novel came to us while we were on a weekend away with our Sydney-based (Australia) book club. Three and a half years later, we handed in a seamless, page turning novel that read as though it were written by a single author.

 

Of course, we made mistakes along the way, and that’s why we’re here: so you can learn from our experience and seize opportunities and avoid pitfalls much more nimbly than we did!

 

We believe there are thousands, even millions of talented writers out there who are simply not suited to solo writing. Let’s face it, not everyone is cut out to sit alone in a room with a computer for a couple of years having conversations in their head!

 

Many people simply don’t have the time, resources or confidence to see a creative project through to conclusion.

 

The beauty of group fiction writing is that just when you are running out of puff, someone else is getting their second wind. And just when you have lost the plot, someone else will come up with an idea. And there’s no opportunity to shirk – with everyone else meeting their deadlines, you will develop the discipline you need to push through your doubts and get something on the page.

 

So, join our community, download our e-book, keep an eye out for our free tips and guidance and join us on a journey of shared creative excitement!

 

Jenny Crocker

They say a problem shared is a problem halved, and that's exactly how it has been for me writing first as part of a group of five and then three. I'd done all kinds of solo writing, from comedy to awareness campaigns and websites but the idea of sitting down and being creative after a long day at work was daunting.

 

The energy, fun and sense of shared adventure makes novel-writing seem almost easy to write (I did say almost!). Seeing your work between covers is a big blast - and it has opened all kinds of doors for me. I know it will for you too!  

 

Jane Richards

They say a problem shared is a problem halved, and that's exactly how it has been for me writing first as part of a group of five and then three. I'd done all kinds of solo writing, from comedy to awareness campaigns and websites but the idea of sitting down and being creative after a long day at work was daunting.

 

The energy, fun and sense of shared adventure makes novel-writing seem almost easy to write (I did say almost!). Seeing your work between covers is a big blast - and it has opened all kinds of doors for me. I know it will for you too!  

 

Denise Tart

They say a problem shared is a problem halved, and that's exactly how it has been for me writing first as part of a group of five and then three. I'd done all kinds of solo writing, from comedy to awareness campaigns and websites but the idea of sitting down and being creative after a long day at work was daunting.

 

The energy, fun and sense of shared adventure makes novel-writing seem almost easy to write (I did say almost!). Seeing your work between covers is a big blast - and it has opened all kinds of doors for me. I know it will for you too!  

 

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The Painted Sky and The Shifting Light

 

The three of us wrote two successful  novels with two other collaborators.

 

Learn more and order our novels here:

The Painted Sky (2015, Penguin Random House)

The Shifting Light (2017, Penguin Random House)

What others are saying

At first we couldn’t believe that The Painted Sky was written by five people - it reads seamlessly, and the characters and storylines are so vividly realised.”

--Beverley Cousins, Fiction Publisher at Random House Australia.

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Our group fiction writing experience taught us many lessons about how to have a harmonious and happy team experience while creating two fabulous novels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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