In a novel approach to creating fiction, seven Whangarei writers have pooled their talents and styles to co-write a book.

Members of Whangarei's Pen-Ultimate Writers Group have co-written Emory, a collection of stories set in the 1980s and exploring the lives of residents of Oak Tree Lane.

The compilation of their own book was a much different exercise to the critiquing of their work the group usually does when meeting.

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The writers researched 1980s New Zealand to ensure their stories captured the attitudes and the essence of the times.

Most in the group have previously published work: Derin Attwood with The Token Bearers fantasy series; Anna Williams, Simply Parenting (a book for new parents) and Remember the Moon; Clare Matravers, The Sapphire series; Alison Davie, film writer of Crazy Happy, for which she won Best Writer at the Toronto Film Festival.

Other writers whose work is in the compilation are Theresa Herleth, Kamala Jackson and Rob Burt.

With Emory ready to hit the book stands, Pen-Ultimate Writers Group members continue to work on individual projects and meet fortnightly to critique each other's writing.

A new joint project simmers in the background, ready to be discussed in 2018, Anna Williams said.

Emory will be launched on Saturday at 10.30am, at Whangarei Library.

The book has been printed by WordlyPress, Ashhurst, and can be bought through