Writing NSW hosts over thirty active writing groups for writers of 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 a listing on our website, on the condition that all group participants must be current financial members of Writing NSW.

If you are interested in getting involved with a writers’ group (either at Writing NSW or elsewhere), you can look through our list below to find others who share your interests. We have also included in this directory a range of groups held throughout NSW. You can search by genre or location.

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

Writing groups held at Writing NSW are supported by the Inner West Council.

Note: writing group contact details are provided for the use of individual writers enquiring about joining the groups. They are strictly not to be used for commercial or other purposes.


Writing Group Search


A Write of Passage

Friendly feedback given on all work. All genres. Members are looking towards publication.

Writing NSW
members only
Open to new members
Wednesdays fortnightly
6:00-9:00pm
Writing NSW
Contact Mara for more information

Allsorts Writing Group

We are a supportive, vibrant, intelligent and highly skilled bunch of writers. We write for the desire to create and express our own unique perceptions and voice. Our goal is to support each other and give positive and constructive feedback in a workshop situation. We are open to all work and find the variety stimulating.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Second Friday of the month
5:00-8:00pm
Writing NSW
Contact Craig for more information

Bankstown Writers

1st Saturday of the month
1-4pm
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
6:30pm

Beyond Words

To explore the next stage of our writing. To discover ways to bring our words to an audience.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Mondays fortnightly
11am-1pm
Writing NSW

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
1:45-4:45pm
Springwood Court Function Room
Contact Kerry Healey-Binns 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
6:00pm
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
7:30pm

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

Central Coast FAW

The Central Coast branch of the Fellowship of Australian Writers meet in Gosford on the third Sunday of the month.

Open to new members
Third Sunday of the month
10:00am
Gosford Hotel
Contact Central Coast FAW for more information

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

Children’s Book Writers

This group provides a forum for critiques, discussion and brainstorming of members’ work, providing a sounding board for ideas. We cover a diverse range of children’s and YA fiction genres.

Writing NSW
members only
Open to new members
Fourth Friday of the month
7:30-9:30pm
Writing NSW
Contact Kris for more information

Coffs Harbour Writers’ Group

The Coffs Harbour Writers’ Group was established in 1986 for the purpose of creating an environment of support for aspiring writers. Members and guests have an opportunity to read their written works and participate in skills learning workshops, seminars and listen to relevant guest speakers.

Open to new members
First Wednesday of the month
10am-12:30pm

Coogee Creative Writing Club

A new writer’s group looking for members interested in writing full length fiction novels of any genre. Group will be kept small to ensure we learn each other’s style and skill level. If there’s more interest, I’m happy to help organise other nights and coordinate the cross-pollination of ideas or people. Bring along your laptop and any work you want help with. If everyone brings $10, there’s a fantastic Eastern Mediterranean platter we can share. Activities will include a “touch base” – what each person has worked on, difficulties, successes or new work since last meeting. “Group share” – members can submit a new piece, to be read aloud for discussion and assistance by the group. “Professional Development” – everyone to take turns, leading a short discussion on narrative styles, structure, characters, story-boarding, publishing, marketing etc. “Homework” – choose to share chapters or pieces of work with each other, for comment and feedback in next meeting.

Open to new members
Every second Wednesday, from 8 August 2018
6.30-8.30pm
Rosie's Wine Bar
Contact Wade for more information
0400 795 449

Creative Writing Group

Bring along whatever you’re working on to read for feedback. Gentle atmosphere. All welcome.  15-17 Argyle Place, Millers Point, The Rocks.

Open to new members
Fridays weekly
2:00-4:30pm
Sydney School of Arts & Humanities
0432 289 311

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

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
First Tuesday of the month (excluding January)
12:30-3:00pm
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

Down the Rabbit Hole is made of some published authors and some unpublished. We critique work in the junior/middle grade/YA categories and occasionally have workshopping ideas sessions. Our purpose is to provide an environment that encourages works in progress and to give helpful feedback and support.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
First Saturday of the month
1:00-3:00pm
Writing NSW

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
1.30pm
Pennant Hills Community Centre
Contact Hills FAW for more information

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

Eurobodalla FAW

The Eurobodalla Writers (EWG) are a Branch of the Fellowship of Australian Writers. 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.

Open to new members
First and third Wednesdays of the month, 10:30am First Tuesdays of the month, 6:30pm
McKay Centre
Contact Eurobodalla Writers for more information

Half-Written Book Club

A small group that meets on the first Friday of the month to share their work and complete a short writing exercise designed to develop awareness about different aspects of writing. Friendly and supportive. Three group members are recently published.

Cost $10 waged / $5 unwaged – includes supper.

If you’d like to join, please call Liz Macnamara (02) 4341 0464 or email lizmacnamara@bigpond.com

Open to new members
First Friday of the month
Contact Liz Macnamara for more information
(02) 4341 0464

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
12:00pm

Kiama Library Writers’ Group

Meets at Kiama Library. Welcomes new members.

Open to new members
Second Wednesday of the month
3:00pm

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

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
2:00pm
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.

Second Monday of the month
5.30pm
Catherine McAuley Hall
Contact Lambing Flat FAW for more information

Liverpool FAW

Liverpool Fellowship of Australian Writers includes a group of well established and recognised writers, committed to nurture and develop new writing talent within our community. At Liverpool FAW’s we hope that through our activities, we foster and promote growth and development of literature and letters – in all their forms – in the Liverpool District, by helping each other and others in the community.

Open to new members
Second Sunday of the month
12:45pm
Dr Pirie Community Centre
Contact Liverpool FAW 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 regarding writing and publishing. We celebrate group members’ successes and provide support against setbacks.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
First and third Monday of the month
7:30-10:00pm
Writing NSW

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