Writing Groups: Open Genre

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Kiama U3A Writing Group

This writing group is part of Kiama U3A (University of the Third Age) which is a worldwide network providing continued learning for people over the age of 50, in a supportive and non-judgemental environment. We meet on Fridays at 10.30 am until noon, from week 2 to week 9 of each school term (8 sessions), at North Kiama Neighbourhood Centre, 28A Meehan Drive, Kiama Downs 2533.

Open to new members
Fridays from Week 2 to Week 9 of school terms
10:30am-12:00pm
North Kiama Neighbourhood Centre
Patricia on 0425 233 169

Stanton Library Writers’ Group

We are a dynamic group of novice writers who meet once a month to read their works and provide feedback. We launched our first anthology in 2017, Pieces of North Shore, and are looking forward to producing our second collection.
Visit their website for more information and to join.
Open to new members
First Sunday of the month
Stanton Library

Engadine Library Writing Group

Are you an aspiring writer looking for like-minded people to share with and learn from? Come along to our creative writing group at Engadine Library, meeting on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month at 12:30pm. The meetings are free and no booking is required.

Open to new members
1st and 3rd Friday of the month
12:30pm
Engadine Library
(02) 9548 6003

Writestuff

We practice ‘raw’ or spontaneous writing. We each select one word and then we write in any genre for 30 minutes using those words. We then read our work aloud to the group members. 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 all beginners, though some have writing experience in academia and journalism. 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 members with a genuine interest in participating in the feedback process and supporting others. We are open to all genres.

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

Seize the Day

A long-standing group, small in size, allowing for in-depth work on each member’s writing at each meeting. Members of this group write in different areas: historical fiction, detective fiction, short stories, poetry and memoir.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
First Saturday of the month
2:00-4:30pm
Writing NSW

Northern Beaches Writers’ Group

An award-winning writing and critique group committed to its local arts community and various literary-based philanthropic projects. Aimed at writers with publication or republication as their goal.

One Saturday per month (email group for specific dates)
11:00am-1:00pm
Manly Bowling Club
Contact Zena Shapter for more information

Dandelion Writers’ Group

Formed from the 2012 Year of the Novel class, we support each other with our writing goals and manuscript development. We aim to establish a supportive writing community, a regular and positive space for our writing practices and to create a positive space for discussion and creative exploration.

Writing NSW
members only
Open to new members
Tuesdays fortnightly
5-8:30pm
Writing NSW
Contact Clare for more information

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