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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.

We have also included in this directory a range of groups held throughout NSW. You can search by genre or location. Please note that you should contact those groups directly yourself if you are interested in hearing more from them.

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.

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 not accepting new requests for admission for the time being. We hope to open applications shortly, though please get in touch via our standard contact form if you have any general 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


A group of serious writers embarked on an adventure towards publication. Their aim is to help, support and encourage each other to write the best stories they can. Feedback is given in a friendly and considerate manner and all achievements are celebrated.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Wednesdays fortnightly
Writing NSW
Contact Writing NSW for more information

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
Writing NSW
Contact Writing NSW for more information

Bankstown Writers

1st 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
Meeting face-to-face from December 2021, every third Saturday of the month, 12.30pm-2.30pm (These 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
Mobile: Call Gab on 0455 195 920

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
Tuesday 10am or 6pm Fri 2pm-4.30pm Sat 2pm - 4.30pm
Sydney School of Arts & Humanities
0432 289 311

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
Closed to new members
Tuesdays weekly
Writing NSW
Contact Writing NSW 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
Last Tuesday of the month (excluding January and December) from 1-3pm.
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) 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

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

Fine-tuning Fiction

We were all participants in Emily Maguire’s Fiction Feedback course in 2022 and want to continue working together. We want to finish our novels and produce other writing supported by a group whose members are already familiar with our work. We want to continue to get ongoing feedback from them and develop our writing skills generally.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Third Wednesday 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
2nd Monday of each month.
6.30PM - 8.30PM
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

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
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 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

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