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To become a member of Novel In Progress Austin, please use the comment form below and include the following information:

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These steps will send your request to the group administrator, who will acknowledge receipt with a reply to your comment and a welcoming email from mail@novelinprogressaustin.com. Membership requires attendance at a meeting as a guest, after which you can confirm your intention to join and expect to promptly receive approval.


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Join — 81 Comments

  1. Tosh…I really admire your perseverance. I jumped ahead and have made hard copies of some of the docs you had listed.

    Best,
    Sharon Scarborough

  2. Yes, I want to continue to be a member of NIP. I would enter a Captcha code except I wasn’t given one. But I am not a robot.

    Thanks for all your hard work, Tosh. I’m sorry to be so slow about this. You deserve better responses for all your hard work.

  3. Thank you for including me even though I haven’t been able to attend the meetings for a while. I’ve got a few too many balls I’m trying to juggle but look forward to returning to the NIP group once things settle down. 😃

  4. I’ve completed the first proof-read draft of my first novel in the comedic fiction genre. While I have received critique from some paid beta readers, a member of a novelist Facebook group has strongly recommended that I reach out to a local author’s critique group for help and guidance in completing the re-writing process to ensure I self-publish a quality final product of which I am proud.

  5. Hiya – I attended the 1/26 session as a guest and really enjoyed it. I’d like to join NIP because I started writing a novel, and I could really use deadlines and feedback as incentives to keep going. My experience is limited to writing a couple screenplays and shooting an indie feature that I co-wrote. Thanks!

  6. I am 56 years old avid rpg gamer and sci-fiction fan. I am as of yet unpublished. My writing has been generally well revived but I’m bad at finishing things, which I am trying to change.
    I’m currently working on a sci-fi/fantasy novel and would like a critique group to get and share feedback with.

    • Thanks for your interest in NIP–Austin, Raymond. I’ll be sending you an email this weekend, and We look forward to meeting you. Best, Tosh McIntosh, Moderator.

  7. 34 year old registered dental hygienist, mommy to a cutesy 8 month old, and aspiring author! I’ve been in and out of writing for the past ten years. I have two things I’m working on and I’m kind of just stuck. I’d love to hear people’s feedback to rework some of my writing.

  8. My name is Dinu and I work for a nonprofit, but hoping to become a published writer soon. I’m working on my first novel and would love to connect with fellow writers to exchange feedback. Looking forward to connecting!

  9. Hi my name is Rebecca and I’m an Austin native.

    I wrote an novel(historical fiction) and had it reviewed by an editor I hired. I’m working on the re-writes currently for Book 1. Once B1 is complete, I’ll work on re-writes for Book 2 (80% complete). The editor is no longer available for various reasons. The idea for the novel originally came from a scene I wrote for a screenplay writing class, which I took a couple of years ago. I have several other short stories in draft form along with a second novel (the first I wrote, also unpublished) that need to be revised. Both novels and the short stories will be transitioned into screenplays.

    • Thanks for your interest in NIP–Austin, Rebecca. We look forward to meeting you (virtually) at our next Zoom meeting, and hope you can join us. Please be on the lookout for the invitation, E-submission we are critiquing, and the meeting handout. And don’e hesitate to contact me with any questions.

      Best,

      Tosh McIntosh
      Moderator

  10. My name is Sarah Hogue, and I hope my message finds that you have moved your work online. I am currently in the beginning stages of writing a historical fiction novel and would love to create some synergy with fellow writers. I am looking to check out one of your meetings and experience your process. You can reach me at: sahogue@htu.edu

    • Thanks for your interest in NIP-Austin, Sarah. I’m sending you The E-submission, meeting handout, and Zoom invitation for our next Online roundtable session on July 26, 2020. We look forward to seeing
      you there.

      Best,

      Tosh McIntosh
      Moderator

  11. I’m a writer and musician here in Austin. I’m currently 65K words into my first novel. I write songs and short stories in between

    I’d like to meet other writers, find a community of writers in Austin, improve my writing and push my fiction novel forward.

    • Thanks for your interest in NIP-Austin. I will send you an email with an invitation to our next online session, with the e-Submission and meeting handout. We look forward to meeting you.

      Tosh McIntosh, Moderator

  12. Hello,

    I am a freelance writer who does quite a bit of ghostwriting. My work has been published in BirdWatching Magazine, Best Poets of 2019, Upon Arrival, and several other publications. I am currently working on revising a romance novel and would greatly appreciate feedback on it. I was thrilled when I came across this wonderful writing group!

    • Thanks for your interest in NIP-Austin, Hilah. We’d love to have you join us, but we don’t critique short fiction.

      Tosh McIntosh, Moderator

  13. I would like to get my writing polished and into a state of being ready to be published. I self published a novella before years ago, but since removed it from amazon since I think I can do a better job of getting my ideas into a book. I am now writing a script, but will begin brainstorming for a new novel. I would love to sit in to one of your meetings!

    • We appreciate your interest in NIP–Austin, Relvin. I will be sending you an invitation for our meeting tomorrow and hope to see you there.

      Tosh McIntosh, Moderator

  14. I’d like to join this group. My name is Ellie Samuels. I am working on my first novel. It’s fiction, a romance novel. I am looking for a group to provide feedback on my writing and I’d like to do the same for other writers.

    • We appreciate your interest in NIP–Austin, Ellie. I will be sending you an invitation for our meeting tomorrow and hope to see you there.

      Tosh McIntosh, Moderator

  15. Nathan Pace
    Nathan.pace@hayscisd.net
    I have been working on a novel for the last decade and find it difficult to consistently keep up progress on it. I feel like a writing group would help me stay focused. I’m also excited to read others work and get critiques on my own.

    • Thanks for your interest in NIP-Austin, Nathan. I will be sending you a Zoom Invitation and meeting handout for September 27, 2020. We look forward to meeting you.

      Tosh McIntosh, Moderator.

      • Nathan: be advised that the email address you provided displayed a 404 error code. Please check it and reply when you have addressed the problem.

        Tosh McIntosh, Moderator

  16. Hello, I’d like to join this group. My info is below.

    Daniel Young
    daniel.young1979@gmail.com

    I live in Austin, Texas and work as an Instructional Designer developing training material for a large grocery retailer. Prior to that (ages ago) I worked as a video game designer, writing narratives and world history for a fantasy RPG. Writing has always been something I’ve loved and I’ve written three manuscripts (all unpublished). I’d like to change that and make the transition from an Instructional Designer, to a published YA author.

    • We’d love for you to join us in pursuit of your goal, Daniel. I will be sending you a welcome email from mail@novelinprogressaustin.com. Please reply to it as confirmation of your email address, and I’ll forward the Zoom Invitation, E-submission, Story So Far (a synopsis of previous submissions), and Meeting Handout for our next Roundtable. We look forward to meeting you.

      Tosh McIntosh, Moderator

      • I would love to join this group.
        Haley Hottinger
        haley.hottinger419@gmail.com

        I am an Austin resident who is working at a grocery store. When I am not working, and sometimes even when I am, I spend my time musing stories that see the world a little differently. I always seem to have various ideas to write about, but never the direction to commit them on paper. I would like to join, so I can get my thoughts on to paper.

        • We appreciate your interest in NIP-Austin, Haley. I will be sending you a welcome email from mail@novelinprogressaustin.com. Please reply to it as confirmation of your email address, and I’ll forward the Zoom Invitation, E-submission, Story So Far (a synopsis of previous submissions), and Meeting Handout for our next Roundtable. We look forward to meeting you.

          Tosh McIntosh, Moderator

  17. Hello NIP,

    I’ve been writing most of my later teen and adult life, definitely in waves. I’ve gathered a small body of work that I feel I could move forward with and publish and I’m looking to get involved with other writers who have similar ambitions.

    Thank you,
    Evan

    • You’ve found the right place to reach your goals, Evan, and we would love to have you join us. I will be sending you a welcoming email from mail@novelinprogressaustin.com. Please respond to confirm your email address, and I’ll follow up with the Zoom Invitation, E-submission, and Meeting Handout for our next Roundtable. We look forward to meeting you.

      Tosh McIntosh, Moderator

  18. For the past four years my life has revolved around writing a historic fiction. It centers on women’s rights, 1877-1900, Switzerland. I’ve immersed myself in books about writing, taken many WLT classes and workshops, attended two WLT Conferences and, for a column I write, I’ve interviewed numerous, local authors. The first draft of my book was 189k words. Now, as I machete down the details and tighten up the action, input I can respect would be valued.

    • Thanks for your interest in NIP–Austin, and we look forward to meeting you. I will be sending you a welcoming email from mail@novelinprogressaustin. Please reply to it, and I will follow up with the Zoom invitation and meeting handout for our next session.

      Tosh McIntosh, Moderator

  19. Greetings! My name is Ryan and I am a storyteller, teaching artist, and level 10 Bard from the College of Lore. I’m currently working on the second draft of a novel but I’ve also written short stories, stage and screenplays and comics. I feel like the thing missing from my life is a consistent community of other writers so I would be very grateful to join this group. Thanks!

  20. Hello, NIP. Sorry if this is a duplicate post but my previous post does not appear to have gone through from what I can see. Anyway, my name is Ryan. I write stories and I’m hoping a group like this can help me improve my craft and also help my get more of my work out into the world.

    • Both of your posts did go through, Ryan. Thanks for your interest in NIP–Austin. I will be sending you a welcome email from mail@novelinprogressaustin.com. Please reply as confirmation of your email address, and I will follow up with a Zoom invitation and handout for our next meeting.

      Tosh McIntosh
      Moderator, NIP-Austin

  21. Hi! I’m Robin, and I’m about to finish my 5th novella for NaNoWriMo. My other 4 first drafts are collecting dust on my hard drive and I’m struggling to find the motivation to do the next steps. This group seems like great motivation/guidance! I also don’t really know any writers in Austin. I work in tech so most of my social life revolves around other software engineers. Hope to meet y’all soon 🙂

    • Thanks for your interest in NIP–Austin, Robin.

      Please be on the lookout for an email from mail@novelinprogressaustin.com, and reply to it as confirmation of your email address. I will follow up with a Zoom invitation, E-submission, and meeting handout for our next roundtable session on December 13th.

      We look forward to meeting you!

      Tosh McIntosh
      Moderator, NIP-Austin

  22. Name: Leah Little
    Email: Leah@LittleNetworksInc.com
    ME: Retired copywriter (and NF editor) nearing completion (80+%) of the first draft of my debut novel, in the women’s literature & fiction genre.
    Planning to continue writing a series (or 2) of novels in the adventure/crime genres with several characters from the novel.
    WHY: After taking an ACC fiction class, I learned the value of giving and receiving feedback from fellow writers.
    It seems like the Austin NIP group could be a valuable addition to my craft and industry education. And I enjoy reading and discussing literature with fellow writers.

    • Thanks for your interest in NIP–Austin, Leah.

      Please be on the lookout for an email from mail@novelinprogressaustin.com, and reply to it as confirmation of your email address. I will follow up with a Zoom invitation, E-submission, and meeting handout for our next roundtable session on December 13th.

      We look forward to meeting you!

      Tosh McIntosh
      Moderator–NIP Austin

  23. Hi! I’d like to connect with other novelists in Austin. I’m currently working on my third novel, and am very interested in trading critiques. I also run a publishing house specializing in macabre fiction (HouseBlackwood.net), and am interested in reading stories that might be a good fit for one of our anthologies.

    • Hi Ben,

      We very much appreciate your interest in NIP-Austin.

      Please be on the lookout for an email from mail@novelinoprogressaustin.com and reply to it as confirmation of your email address. I will follow up with a Zoom invitation, E-submission, and meeting handout for our next roundtable session on December 13th.

      We look forward to meeting you!

      Tosh McIntosh
      Moderator–NIP Austin

  24. Julia Daily
    julia@juliadaily.com
    I recently finished my debut novel and would love to belong to a well-established group to hear and learn from critiques. Because I live in Fredericksburg, the Zoom format to connect works nicely for me, especially during this time.
    Thanks!
    Julia

    • Julia, I have sent you an email to confirm your email address. When I receive a reply I will follow up with the Zoom Invitation and meeting handout. We look forward to meeting you.

      Tosh McIntosh
      Moderator, NIP-Austin

    • Thanks for your interest in NIP-Austin, Jo. Please be on the lookout for an email from mail@novelinprogressaustin.com and reply to it as confirmation of you email address, and I will respond with a Zoom invitation and handouts for our next meeting.

      Tosh McIntosh
      Moderator, NIP-Austin

  25. Hello,
    First of all English is my second language. I have a little experince in novel writing in my native tougue and just started an English novel. I am shy and lack of confidence, so I would need and appreciate a lot of support. =)

    • For what it’s worth, I’ve published three novels in my native tongue, and I can’t even begin to imagine how much work it would take to write a novel in a second language. =;^)

      We won’t be conducting a roundtable critique of a member’s submission next Sunday, but I’ll email you with the invitation and meeting handout for what we call an alternate format session, in which we use a less-structured, open discussion on topics suggested by members.

      Hope you can join us.

      Tosh McIntosh
      Moderator, NIP-Austin

    • We appreciate your interest in NIP–Austin, Kathrine, and based on your comment, I think we might be what you are looking for.

      I will be sending you a welcome email from mail@noveloinprogressaustin.com. Please be on the lookout for it and reply to confirm your email address. I will follow up with the Zoom Invitation, E-Submission, and Meeting Handout for March 14, 2021.

      We look forward to meeting you.

      Tosh McIntosh
      Moderator, NIP–Austin

  26. Hi there,

    I would love to be a part of this group. Being with intellectuals always makes me feel alive and this seems to be like a place to be.

    • We appreciate your interest in NIP–Austin, Shobha. I will be sending you a welcome email from mail@novelinprogressaustin.com. Please be on the lookout for it and reply to confirm your email address. I will follow up with the Zoom Invitation, E-Submission, and Meeting Handout for May 25, 2021. Hope to meet you then.

      Tosh McIntosh
      Moderator, NIP–Austin

  27. Skeiler Stark
    merisi@gmail.com

    I’m interested in joining while I write and revise my current WIPs. I’m interested in networking with other writers and particularly with those who have advice to offer on querying agents, etc.

    • Thanks for your interest in NIP-Austin, Skeiler. Please be on the lookout for a welcome email from mail@novelinprogressaustin.com and reply to confirm your email address. I will follow up with the Zoom Invitation, E-Submission, and Meeting Handout for June 27, 2021. We look forward to meeting you then.

      Tosh McIntosh
      Moderator, NIP–Austin

  28. Hi there! I’d like to join!

    My name is Jaimie Pitts. My email is pitts.jaimie@gmail.com. I’m 27 and just graduated from Texas State University in May. I was in a few writing groups in college that really helped me stay motivated, inspired and improving, and I’m trying to find a new group for the same reasons! I’ve only written short fiction so far, but am thinking about starting a novel or novella in the very near future.

    • Congrats on earning your degree, Jamie, and thanks for your interest in NIP-Austin. I will send you a welcome email from mail@novelinprogressaustin.com. Please reply to it as confirmation of your email address, and I will follow up with the Zoom invitation, E-submission, and Meeting Handout for July 25, 2021.

      Tosh McIntosh
      Moderator, NIP-Austin

  29. Hi, my name is Lily Chien-Davis. My email is clily@mac.com
    I’ve been working on a novel for a few decades, wrote many different versions and now have a manuscript I am rewriting and revising.
    I’m hoping to be inspired and motivated amongst other writers to finally finish what I started. Currently, I’m reading Bryn Donovan’s Blank Page to Final Draft as a way to motivate myself to move towards the finish line. She suggested in her book to find beta readers by doing an “online search for your city and ‘writing group'” — that’s how I stumbled across this group. 🙂

    • We’re glad you found us, Lily. Please be on the lookout for a welcoming email from mail@novelinprogressaustin.com and reply to it as confirmation of your email address. I will follow up with the Zoom Invitation, E-submission, Story So Far (which summarizes the first 10 chapters of the novel being critiqued), and Meeting Handout for our August 8, 2021 online session. We look forward to meeting you then.

      Tosh McIntosh
      Moderator, NIP–Austin

  30. Hello,
    I’d love to come observe a group and potentially join!

    I’m a writer and educator who recently moved back to Austin from teaching abroad. I’ve published extensively as a poet, have an MFA in poetry from Texas State and have taught creative writing classes for over a decade. I’m currently writing a YA novel set in Texas and am looking for a writer’s group to collaborate with – I’m happy I found this group from a google search! I’m looking forward to learning more.

    Thanks,
    Kelsey

    • And we’re looking forward to having you attend our next meeting, Kelsey. I’ll send you an email from mail@novelinprogessaustin.com. Please reply to confirm your email address, and I’ll follow up with the invitation, E-submission, and Meeting Handout for October 10, 2021. Hope to see you there.

      Tosh McIntosh
      Moderator, NIP-Austin

  31. Hi Michelle Zauzig. mczauzig@gmail.com
    I’ve been ignoring writing for too long – and miss it. Would love to come learn, and finally start sharing with other people outside my inner circle and anonymous postings things I have to say.

    Looking forward to learning more,

    Mz.

    • You have come to the right place, Michelle. Please be on the lookout for an email from mail@novelinprogessaustin.com and reply to confirm your email address. I will follow up with the Invitation, E-submission, and Meeting Handout for our next Roundtable on October 24th. We look forward to meeting you.

      Tosh McIntosh
      Moderator, NIP-Austin

  32. Hi Tosh,

    My name is Jin Tao and my email is taojin.ghc18@gmail.com.

    I recently relocated to Austin and hope to improve my writing. I used to write casually in undergrad but paused later. I want to keep it up. Most of the writing I did in the past 6 years was academic writing (still need great improvement) and I hope to explore more about creative writing and storytelling. I am also interested in meeting new people and learning from them.

    Thank you,
    Jin

    • Hi Jin, and thank you for your interest in NIP–Austin. Based on your description of what you are looking for, I can say without reservation that we can provide it.

      I will send you an email from mail@novelinprogessaustin.com. Please reply to confirm your email address, and I will follow up with the Zoom invitation, E-submission, and meeting handout for our next session on November 14th.

      Tosh McIntosh,
      Moderator, NIP-Austin

  33. I have been working on a book for about a year and I think a writers group would help me learn to improve my writing as well as inspire me to finish my work.

    • You’ve come to right place, Julia. We specialize in helping each other improve and providing the inspiration to reach The End. I will send you an email from mail@novelinprogessaustin.com. Please reply to confirm your email address, and I will follow up with the Zoom invitation, E-submission, and meeting handout for our next session on November 28th.

      Hope to see you there.

      Tosh McIntosh,
      Moderator, NIP-Austin

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