Writing Groups: Children's and YA

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Castle Hill Writers’ Group

For writers wishing to gain inspiration and motivation in improving their skills by regular writing and gaining feedback from others. Members will take turns in submitting pieces for critique/feedback with maximum word limits. As this is a new group, members will initially contact each other to work out a format that works best for everyone. 
Open to new members
Beginning fortnightly meetings from Wednesday 9 January 2019.
6:30pm
Castle Hill Library
Contact Rachel Peries for more information

Writestuff

We practice ‘raw’ or spontaneous writing. We each select one word from a selection of words and then write in any genre for 25-30 minutes. We then read our work aloud with the aim of encouraging and enthusing the writer by making positive and constructive comments. Our aims are to practice our writing, develop our skills and confidence; to be encouraged by the constructive criticism of our peers; and to use the weekly experience as a brain sharpening exercise.

Writing NSW
members only
Open to new members
Wednesdays weekly
3:00-4:30pm
Writing NSW
Contact Judith for more information

Women Writers Network

We are a combination of prose writers, poets, and playwrights. All at different levels of experience and expertise. All with the desire to become better at what we do. If you wish to read you’ll need to limit your prose to about 1000 words and have about 10 copies for us to edit as you read. Expect from eight to twelve women at any sitting and if all are reading it can be exhausting or impossible to achieve by 4pm. Unless there is great financial hardship, we all put in a gold coin each week. We welcome women writing in any genre at any stage, from just beginning to those who have been published and those struggling to be published. Many of us are a combination of both. The emphasis is on constructive feedback in a friendly, encouraging, but dedicated environment, fostering all stages of writing.

Writing NSW
members only
Open to new members
Wednesdays weekly
1:00-4:00pm
Writing NSW
Contact Sue for more information

Storyism

We are highly supportive of each other’s work, and generate ideas and suggestions for our work/each other’s work. Our aim is to encourage each other to continue writing, to listen and hear about others’ work, and to provide rigorous, respectful and supportive feedback on writing. We are seeking committed members with a genuine interest in participating in the feedback process and supporting others. We are open to all genres and all skill levels are welcome.

Writing NSW
members only
Open to new members
Third Thursday of the month
6:30-8:30pm
Writing NSW
Contact Rose for more information

Speculative Fiction Writers’ Group

We are a friendly group of emerging and professional writers who meet monthly to provide critical and constructive feedback on each other’s work. Our group aim is to support members in shaping and developing their writing into forms suitable for presentation to agents/publishers, and to share knowledge and experience.We are seeking likeminded, enthusiastic, emerging writers who can attend regularly and are actively writing in the speculative genre. We welcome both published and unpublished writers.

Writing NSW
members only
Open to new members
First Friday of the month
7:00-9:00pm
Writing NSW
Contact Ian for more information

Scripto Libris

Scripto Libris is a spin-off writers’ group from Alan Mills’ year-long novel writing course. We are highly motivated and goal focused to produce our best quality writing across a variety of genres. We aim to encourage and support each other along each of our writing journeys.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Second Saturday of the month
9:30-11:30am
Writing NSW

Dandelion Writers’ Group

Originally formed from the 2012 Year of the Novel class, the Dandelions support each others’ writing goals and manuscript development. They are looking for keen writers of middle grade and young adult fiction who are progressing steadily in their developing novels. They aim to establish a supportive writing community, a regular and positive space for their writing practices and to create a positive space for discussion and creative exploration. New members should be interested in progressing their novels and prepared to mainly write during the group session, with some discussion and critiquing included.

Writing NSW
members only
Open to new members
Tuesdays weekly
5-9:00pm
Writing NSW
Contact Margaret for more information

Blue Mountains Writers

We are an established group of writers writing across diverse fiction genres and sharing the beautiful Blue Mountains. We meet monthly to provide critical and constructive feedback on each other’s work. Working in different genres gives us the ability to give feedback from different viewpoints. Members are at various stages in their writing.

Open to new members
First Monday of the month
6:00-8:00pm
Blackheath
Contact Catherine for more information

Picture This

Picture This is a supportive and fun group for aspiring and published writers for children. We aim to encourage, inspire and help each member on their journey to become the best writer they can be. Attendance is important throughout the year for building relationships within the critique group.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Second Monday of the month
7:30-9:30pm
Writing NSW

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