Writing NSW hosts active writing groups for different interests and levels of experience. These groups are self-run. Writing NSW provides a free meeting space, tea and coffee-making facilities as well as listing on our website, on the condition all participants are current financial members of Writing NSW.

This directory also includes a range of groups held throughout NSW. You can search by genre or location. Please note you should contact those groups directly if you are interested.

If you are interested in convening your own writing group and would like to add your group to the database, contact us! You may also wish to read our resource sheet, How to Start a Writers’ Group.

Writing NSW also hosts online writing groups. Contact us to find out how you can start your own online writing group using our Zoom account.

Please note writing groups taking place in-person at Writing NSW may be located on the ground or first floors of the building. If you have any accessibility requirements, please let us know when enquiring about joining a group.

We are grateful to the Inner West Council for their ongoing support for our writing groups program.

Due to overwhelming demand, several of our writing groups are currently closed to new members. We hope to open applications shortly. Please get in touch if you have any questions about our writing group program.

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A Write of Passage

A committed group of writers working towards publication. Friendly and considerate feedback is given in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere which assists in producing quality work for publication.  New members must show a commitment to the group and submit work on a regular basis. They must show respect for everyone’s work, honesty, integrity and will celebrate each other’s achievements. Click here to contact Writing NSW about this group.

Writing NSW
members only
Open to new members
Wednesdays fortnightly
Online via Zoom

Bankstown Writers

First Saturday of the month
Banksia Room, Revesby Workers Club
Contact Carney for more information

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

Beyond Words

Our group purpose is to expand our writing through convivial and supportive monthly meetings. We are people who enjoy the process of writing and sharing their ideas with others on the group.


Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Third Monday of the month
Online via Zoom
Contact Writing NSW for more information

Blue Mountains FAW

The Blue Mountains Branch of the Fellowship of Australian Writers was established in 1973. We gather to support each other as writers. All genres of writing are explored. Writers are encouraged to publish their work

First Sunday of the month
Springwood Sports Club
Contact Jeanette Temesvary 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
Contact Catherine for more information

Brook & Beyond

We’re a group of writers who meet in Muswellbrook in the Upper Hunter NSW. If you like to write or want to write, you’re welcome!

Third Tuesday of the month
QE II Community Centre
Contact Leonie for more information

Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild

Monthly members’ meetings at which we discuss the business of the association and conduct informal workshops by members and guest speakers on the craft and business of creating speculative fiction. A novel writing group and critiquing groups for short stories and novels also meet regularly. The group includes writers from the Southern Highlands and the South Coast.

Third Wednesday of the month

Central West Freelance Writers Group

An informal group who meet for a Sunday brunch once a month at a different town across the Central West region. Group members range from novices to professionals and span all genres. They chat about writing, share tips, gripes and hopes, and nudge each other on.

Open to new members
Meetings held monthly on a Sunday
Various towns in the Central West region
Contact Margaret for more information
0417 423 812

Comedy Writing – Central Coast

A new Writing Group on the Central Coast welcomes new members interested in comedy writing for beginners. Learn how to make any sentence funny and create comedy characters. As long as it’s comedy, any genre is welcome;  Children and/or young adult fiction, Literary fiction, Memoir, Screen and/or stage, Poetry etc. The group will meet monthly for a trial period of approximately six months, depending on the interest.  Please call or text the convenor Gab for more information.


Open to new members
Third Saturday of the month (dates and times are flexible depending on the needs of the members)
Arts Barn: 2 Dandaloo St, Kariong, 2250 Central Coast (just off the M1). Train to Gosford or Woy Woy Station
Gab on 0455 195 920

Creative Writing Group

Bring along whatever you’re working on to read for feedback. Gentle atmosphere. All welcome. $10 p/h.

Open to new members
Tuesdays 6pm-8pm, Saturdays 2pm-4pm
Online via Zoom
0432 289 311

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)
Miles Franklin Room, Hurstville Library
Contact Margaret Owen Ruckert for more information
0401 614 159

Dorrigo Writers Group

The Dorrigo Writers’ Group meets in a local café and takes place once a fortnight for around four hours. We workshop our writings, offer feedback and challenge each other on a regular basis. Critique is constructive; we cultivate strong opinions; our debates can get loud – mostly its laughter. We don’t impose word limits, which means longer pieces can be read in full. This creates a ‘big picture’ impression of a piece and what the writer is aiming for. The critique tends to focus on character and character development, plot dynamics, the flow of language, voice, etc., rather than getting bogged down in details the writer will pick up in the next redraft anyway.

Fortnightly – contact group for specific dates

Down the Rabbit Hole

We are a bunch of writers, some published, who help each other workshop ideas and sort out problems within our manuscripts. We aim to have a friendly and safe atmosphere within the group, to create the best writing we can.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Third Friday of the month.
Writing NSW
Contact Writing NSW for more information

Eastwood/Hills Fellowship of Australian Writers

Eastwood/Hills FAW is a group of diverse individuals who offer encouragement and support for writers of all levels of experience, from the beginner to the published professional.

Open to new members
First Saturday of the month
Pennant Hills Community Centre
Contact Hills FAW for more information

Eurobodalla FAW

The Eurobodalla Writers (EWG) is a Branch of the Fellowship of Australian Writers. We have two groups. The day group members write something for each meeting. Either fiction, biography or poetry up to 1000 words. We read our musings to each other and, if requested, are provided with critiques.

Night group focuses on writing for works towards publication, developing stories & memoirs, group novellas, and building writing experience. If you’re not writing a story but wish to attend the night group, you can choose topics from the day group program or submit your own topic for critique by the members. This group may be the answer if you are writing a novel or wish to develop your writing skills and learn how to critique.

Open to new members
Day group: first Wednesday of the month, 10:30am-1:30pm at the Red Door Hall.
Night group: first Monday of the month, 6:30-8:30pm in a private venue.
Red Door Hall (next to Anglican Church), Page St, Moruya
Contact Eurobodalla Writers for more information

Fiction Feedback Sundays

Continuing from the Fiction Feedback course taught by Catherine Hill during April to August 2019.

Closed to new members
First Sundays of the month
Writing NSW
Contact Writing NSW for more information

Hawkesbury Writers/Editors Group

We are a supportive group of writers meeting once a month to discuss writing elements and to help improve each other’s work by providing constructive feedback on submissions. Submissions are up to 3,000 words, and are submitted 2 weeks prior to the meeting, to be critiqued by fellow members. The critiques are then shared on the night of the meeting, along with any discussions of particular interest.
Open to new members
Second Monday of each month
Currently on Zoom, contact for more information.
Contact Shane for more information
0407 152 912

Infinitas Writers’ Group for Speculative Fiction

Infinitas Writers’ Group for Speculative Fiction meet on the fourth Sunday of the month, 12:00-3:00pm, at the Shakespeare Hotel in Surry Hills.

Fourth Sunday of the month

Kiama Library Writers’ Group

Meets at Kiama Library. Welcomes new members.

Open to new members
Second Wednesday of the month

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
North Kiama Neighbourhood Centre
Patricia on 0425 233 169

Lake Macquarie FAW

We are a group of aspirational writers who meet to develop our skills through sharing ideas and skills.

Second Saturday of the month
Toronto Public Library Meeting Room
Contact Lake Macquarie FAW for more information

Lambing Flat (Young) FAW

Lambing Flat Fellowship of Australian Writers meet in Young on the second Monday of the month from 5:30pm. No meetings in January or December.

Second Monday of the month
Young Services Club, Cloete Street, Young
Contact Lambing Flat FAW for more information

Memoir Writing

This will be a supportive and mutually-encouraging group of intermediate level writers who are working on a memoir or life stories that they would like to bring to a publishable standard, and learn how to write a submission to a publisher, research publishers, editors, literary agents etc. The group will meet regularly (fortnightly during a week-day) to retain the momentum of our writing practice, and critique each others work by emailing each piece to group members a week before the next meeting. We will foster a respectful and supportive writers group process, and ensure a safe space for members through confidentiality within the group.

Writing NSW
members only
Open to new members
Fornightly (TBD)
Writing NSW
Contact Writing NSW for more information

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 re 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 other’s understanding and skills in the craft of writing.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Monday Fortnightly
Writing NSW
Contact Writing NSW for more information

Mudgee Valley FAW

We are a branch of the Fellowship of Australian Writers. We precede our monthly meeting with an informal lunch and chat. Hold our meeting in accordance with FAW standards. Follow our meeting with readings of member’s stories or poems, which follow a preset choice of two monthly themes. Always welcome new members, whether experienced writers or not.

Open to new members
Second Tuesday of the month
Club Mudgee
Contact Mudgee Valley FAW for more information

Mums Who Write

Have little ones? Having a hard time finding time to write? This group is for you! Join us for playdates combined with writing/critique time! This is a group for writer mums (and dads!) of small children who would love some networking and support from other stay-at-home author mums in the Sydney area. Eventually the group hopes to have regular writing meetups during which members can write/critique while the bubs play.

Nambucca Valley Writers Group

Nambucca Valley Writers Group is situated in the Nambucca Valley on the Mid North Coast, New South Wales, Australia. It draws its members from as far as Coffs Harbour and Kempsey, with Associate Members as far flung as Victoria. The group’s members are a lively bunch. They have dabbled in all sorts of literature forms including poetry, short story, biography, history novels, plays and film.

Open to new members
Fourth Saturday of each month

Neenish Tarts

A long standing group providing feedback and support for our writing. We love the creative process and try to keep that energy in our writing.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Second Friday of the month
Writing NSW
Contact Writing NSW for more information

NEW Writers’ Group Inc

Our writers come from all over Western Sydney and beyond. We write in diverse styles and a range of genre. We support each other through open mic, workshops and guest tutorials. We publish two annual anthologies: ZineWest, competition and print zine for aspiring writers in Western Sydney, and Expression, a digital anthology. A small attendance fee applies for non-financial members at some of our events. In 2022 we are meeting once a month at UNE Sydney in Parramatta on Saturday afternoons and at other times on Zoom. For details see : https://nwg-inc.com/word

Saturdays (1-2 per month)
UNE Sydney
Contact NEW Writers' Group Inc for more information

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