Guest presenter will be Anna Ciddor who will speak about the planning and structuring of a novel, details below. This meeting will again be online via Zoom. Joining instructions will be emailed to members next week.

Non-members are also welcome to attend for a small fee. Do you know anyone who has a novel in them? Why not ‘bring a friend’ and invite them to join the meeting? They can book a place using the link below:

Anna Ciddor is the author and illustrator of almost 60 books covering topics as diverse as history, travel, fantasy, biography, family history and time-slip. Her newest novel, The Boy Who Stepped Through Time, was published by Allen and Unwin in June 2021. It immediately hit the best-seller lists and has received wide critical acclaim.

Anna’s meticulous work was recognised by a grant from the Literature Board of the Australia Council in 2005, and three of her novels have been selected as Notable Books by the CBCA as well as being shortlisted for numerous other awards. They have been made into audio books and translated and published around the world.

Anna Ciddor is also an inspiring presenter and loves sharing her knowledge of research, planning, drafts and editing. You can find out more, and read a few chapters of her books at

How to begin: planning and structuring a novel

Anna has gone through the process of getting started on over 60 writing projects and her biggest piece of advice is, ‘Don’t start writing till you’ve done your planning.’ In this session she will share, step by step, how she gets started with her own planning, how this helps her get the plot structure and characters clear in her head, and how this leads to a satisfying story for her readers. Anna is just going through the process now of planning a new novel – a sequel to The Boy Who Stepped Through Time.

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