NEXT MEETING: 12pm SUNDAY 22nd May, 2022 via Skype

The Infinitas Writers Group

We're a Sydney-based group of science fiction and fantasy writers who review each other's work so we can improve as writers. We include authors who are self-published, traditionally published, and those still on their publishing journey.

We are looking for writers who are serious about getting published: if you've done courses, and/or read a lot of materials on how to write, and/or shared and critiqued work with writing communities, and/or have submitted work to editors, publishers or agents, then come along to one of our meetings so that you can see how we work.

If you're a beginner, or just writing as a hobby and showing work to family and friends, you might find a community writers group more suited to your needs. Check out the links below:

Meetings

Each meeting, we post stories to our online forum for review. Members upload their comments on the stories, and then attend a meeting at the Shakespeare Hotel for further discussion.

Meetings are held at noon on the fourth Sunday of each second month (check this page or the forum for details; note that we are no longer monthly). We have lunch on arrival, then discuss the posted stories. Meetings can be as short as an hour or longer than three hours.

Member Expectations

This is a cooperative group, so each month that you post a story, you must also read and critique other members' stories and attend that month's meeting. However, if you don't post a story, you are still very welcome to read and review stories and attend meetings. If you're nervous about reviewing stories, then have a look at other people's critiques. Giving constructive feedback is a skill that writers need to learn, because it makes them better writers.

While we don't expect new members to be Writer of the Year, we do have minimum expectations for story quality.

  • You MUST be competent with spelling, grammar and punctuation. This is a basic expectation for anyone serious about writing. If you struggle in these areas, there are courses available online, at community colleges, and organisations like Writing NSW. (Using Grammarly is not enough.) We will not review stories that are riddled with errors.
  • Don't be lazy! This means, don't post a rough draft without bothering to review it, rewrite it or polish it. Write the best work you can, so that the writers group can pick up on the things you missed. If you already know there are things wrong with your story, fix those things before posting.
  • While members may not always agree with the feedback they receive from others, it pays to take it on board—especially if a number of members have highlighted the same problems in your work. If you don't find the group's feedback helpful, don't just ignore it and keep posting—that is not a good investment of our time and energy. Find another group.
  • Make sure you know how to walk before you run. Some people read widely and are able to pick up novel writing very quickly, but many others need to hone their craft on shorter works first: you learn much faster from twelve short stories in a year than one novel. We don't allow new members to post stories to our forum until they have attended at least one meeting: that way, we can meet you and see where you are in your writing journey. If you are eager to embark on your massive series of epic novels set in an expansive universe with a multitude of characters, but you haven't figured out how it all fits together and you don't understand what a story arc is, then you should absolutely start with short stories to improve your storytelling skills.

The Forum

If you register an account on the forum, you will be able to read other people's stories and post your own comments. However, you will not be able to post your own story until you attend at least one meeting. Then, the admin can grant you full access.

When you post a story, follow the posting rules, note the word limits, and post by the deadlines listed.

Note that the forum is periodically purged of old posts and idle accounts, so save anything you wish to keep.


Note: We are an inclusive group with diverse members. Please be respectful of others. Members who cannot abide by this rule will be asked to leave.


Contact

If you have questions then you can reach us via our contact form.