The UUFC Novel Writers

The new UUFC Novel Writing Group will gather via Zoom videoconference for an organizational meeting Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 5 pm. 

The group leader is Fellowship friend Justin DiFeliciantonio. His deputy is Fellowship member Bill Harlan. We’re open to everyone, and non-UUs are welcome.

That said, this is not free-ranging discussion a group. Our approach is very specific. We’ll follow author Alan Watt’s The 90-Day Novel, which is about getting a first draft done and doing it in three months. Like Liam Neeson, Watt has a very specific set of skills. If you’re interested, we recommend you peruse his book. If you join us, you’ll want a copy.

Our group will meet weekly by Zoom videoconference but not to share writing. (Watt discourages sharing during a first draft.) Rather, we’ll meet to support each other in the process. You don’t need a writing background. What is required is a willingness to commit a significant amount of time every day to writing. (Not eight hours a day, but not 15 minutes either. Watt recommends two hours a day.)

We are approaching writing our novels an exercise in self-discovery—that is, as a way of becoming aware of and resolving inner conflicts. We’re also doing it to have fun. Watts says a story lives within all of us. We’ll see if he’s right.

Justin has pulled one of his favorite quotes from the introduction to Watt’s book:

“I finished the first draft on the forty-fourth day. It was around 50,000 words. I will never forget the experience of standing at the seventh-floor window of my hotel room staring down at the mid-afternoon traffic. For the first time in my life I felt like the world was no longer my enemy. I didn’t know what I had written. I just remember standing at the window and wondering, ‘Where did that come from?'”

If this passage inspires you, contact us at and put “Novel Group” in the subject line. We’ll send you a link to our organizational Zoom videoconference on Aug. 11.