Writing Groups: Poetry

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Allsorts Writing Group

We are a diverse and vibrant group of writers who like to support each other to improve our writing. We meet each month, each of us submitting up to 2000 words of writing for positive and constructive critique in a workshop situation. We are open to all genres of work and encourage supportive feedback in an encouraging atmosphere. Prospective members should contact the Allsorts convenor via Writing NSW to find out more about how we work. Our application form is available here.
Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
First Monday of the month
5:30-8:30pm
Writing NSW
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Bello Bards

We’re poets and lovers of poetry who, since Bello Bards was founded by Marti Guy in March, 2007, have met in Bellingen on the last Friday of every month at 6:30pm, at varying venues. We are, perhaps it might be said, a ‘moveable feast’ as well as a travelling band of troubadours and their audience. We always dine together and anyone who wants to get up and have a go reading their own or someone else’s poetry, is as welcome as those who just like to listen.

Open to new members
Last Friday of the month
6:30pm

Discovery Writers

Discovery Writers is a group of both writers and poets who meet in a collaborative environment to provide opportunities for development and publication of writing.

Open to new members
Last Tuesday of the month (excluding January and December) from 1-3pm.
1:00-3:00pm
Miles Franklin Room, Hurstville Library
Contact Margaret Owen Ruckert for more information
0401 614 159

Monday Night Children’s Writers

We are a dynamic and  supportive group of published and aspiring writers of all genres in the kids’ lit spectrum. We provide a safe space for constructive critiquing, share tips and strategies, information and resources regarding writing and publishing. We celebrate group members’ successes and provide support against setbacks. Our group purpose is to provide a supportive, productive and constructive environment for writers to develop their work towards the goal of publication and to enhance and guide each others understanding and skills in the craft of writing.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Monday Fortnightly
7:30-10:00pm
Writing NSW
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Open Genre Writers’ Group

We aim to help each other develop our craft and reach our writing goals through honest feedback, incisive suggestions, and cups of tea. This group is open to anyone who is comfortable reading work aloud for an audience of receptive and supportive peers, followed by open robust discussion. All types of writing and experience levels welcome.
Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Thursdays weekly
6:30-9:00pm
Writing NSW
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Round Table Poets

Round Table Poets are an association of professional poets who meet regularly to discuss their work. The group was originally founded in 1976 and has had many changes since then but are still as passionate as ever. The Round Table Poets meet to offer each other encouragement and give valued feedback and criticism in a professional and supportive environment, with the intent that they will find publication in either journals or as collected works. 

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Third Saturday of the month
1:10-5:10pm
Writing NSW
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Seize the Day

A long-standing group formed in 2000, we are small in size, which allows 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. We work hard to support each other as we try to bring long projects to fruition, and some of our members have achieved publishing success. Seize the Day writers include several published authors, as well as the winner of the 2019 Stella Prize and the winner of the 24th Scarlet Stiletto Short Story Award. Unfortunately we are currently not taking new members.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Third Saturday of the month
2:00-4:00pm
Writing NSW
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Shellharbour Writers

Shellharbour Writers is a small but fun group of like minded people, working towards the same goal—to write. We have poets, memoir, fiction and fantasy writers who come together once a month to work on a theme. The group is supportive and we have have simple workshop activities with time to just discuss what we are all doing and ask for help from the group. We meet the second Saturday of each month at The Whitehouse Cafe in Shellharbour Village at 10.30.
Open to new members
Second Saturday of each month
10:30 onwards
The Whitehouse Cafe, Shellharbour Village
Contact Cathy for more information

Wednesday Night Poets

The Wednesday Night Poets meet every Wednesday at 6:30pm. We operate collaboratively as a workshop, discussing each other’s poems to help develop our skills as poets and to encourage each other to submit work to journals and competitions. Most members have published at least one or two poems, but we welcome poets earlier in their careers if they wish to develop their skills. Our main requirements are that members are interested in poetry, excluding bush verse and performance poetry, and are keen to improve their work. Some members attend nearly every meeting, but others attend when they are able.

Writing NSW
members only
Open to new members
Wednesdays weekly
6:30-8:30pm
Writing NSW
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