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.


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Monet

Monet meet to improve their writing skills by exercise and critical analysis of their work. The aim for everyone in the group is to publish novels and/or short stories in fiction.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Second Monday of the month
7:00-9:30pm
Writing NSW

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
12:00pm
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
1.30pm

Neenish Tarts

Our group is a supportive and dedicated writing group who try to keep the motivation and confidence of our members together. Group is open to published and unpublished writers who can commit to the meetings.

Writing NSW
members only
Open to new members
Last Friday of the month
10:30am-1:30pm
Writing NSW
Contact Jill for more information

New England Writers’ Centre

NEWC members are encouraged to come along to our free NEWC Monthly Writing HUB on the last Saturday of the month, 10am to 12:30 pm, at the Armidale Library. This is an exciting initiative for NEWC, an evolution of our drop-in workshops. The new format aims to mix information, learning, discussion and social interaction among members and potential new members. The free Monthly Writing HUB get-togethers will complement and support NEWC’s program of paid specialised workshops.

Open to new members
Last Saturday of the month
10am-12:30pm
Armidale Library
(02) 6772 7210

NEW Writers’ Group Inc

Our writers come from all over Western Sydney and beyond. We write in an invigorating mix of genre and style. We support each other through open mic, workshops and guest tutorials. We publish two annual anthologies: ZineWest (a competition and print zine for aspiring writers in Western Sydney) and an anthology for financial members. NB: there is no obligation to be a financial member to attend our events, most of which are free. Visit our Facebook page.

Saturdays (1-2 per month)
3:00pm
UNE FutureCampus
Contact NEW Writers' Group Inc for more information

Newport Writers

Group is open to published and unpublished fiction writers of all genres. Hoping to draw writers from the northern end of the Peninsula, Mona Vale to Palm Beach, but also happy to see others willing to travel here. Read an extract of your work aloud for praise, constructive comment and suggestions. Be willing to listen to others and engage with their work also. The aim is for the group to be motivational (encouragement to keep writing), friendly, and conducive to skill development. Please apply if you can commit to coming to most of the meetings. *Group is currently at capacity, but interested writers can email the convenor to join the waitlist.

Closed to new members
Last Thursday of the month
6:30-9:00pm
Location TBA (Northern Beaches)
Contact Alana for more information

Non-fiction Writers’ Group

Our group focuses on creative non-fiction: memoir, biography, medicine, history, law, science, architecture, psychology, social & current affairs, PhD thesis, etc., where content is based on reality and evidence. Our participants write a non-fiction piece of 1,000 words and email it to the other participants about a week before the meeting. At the monthly meeting, each person gives feedback to those attending on the day. The feedback is constructive and covers: style, structure, tense, grammar, voice, point of view and publishing appeal of the narrative. We help writers complete their story, nurturing their discipline to reach publishable standard. Our feedback is for emerging writers who can put a narrative through feelings, facts and figures to create a story that would appeal to a general audience. We critique the writing – not the writer.

Group currently closed but applications put on a waiting list.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Third Sunday of the month
3:00-5:00pm
Writing NSW
Contact Suzanne for more information
0437 135 103

North Arm Cove FAW

A very friendly, very supportive & very creative group of writers. Come and visit and have a great, inspiring evening.

Open to new members
Third Thursday of the month
6:30
Community Centre
Contact North Arm Cove FAW for more information

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

Novel Writing Group

Novel Writing Group has been meeting for over 12 years. We aim to keep working and indulge in our creative passions. And we hope one day one or more of us will be published.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Set Wednesdays throughout the year
9:30am
Writing NSW

Open Genre Novel & Short Story Writers’ Group

Open genre group focused on novel and short story writing. Members present any piece of writing for discussion and critiquing by the group. Other writing issues may also be discussed. The meeting starts with a spontaneous writing prompt exercise. The group aims to provide helpful and positive encouragement and skill development. Open to members dedicated to writing, preferably with regular attendance so that novels can be efficiently critiqued over time.

Writing NSW
members only
Open to new members
Fourth Monday of the month
6:30-8:30pm
Writing NSW
Contact Jan for more information

Open Genre Writers’ Group

An eclectic group of aspiring authors of all levels of publishing experience, working in a wide range of genres. Biographical memoir, Sci Fi / Fantasy, poetic verse, and many more may be heard on any given night. Our members are as diverse as our work, with ages ranging from twenty-three to eighty-three. 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
Open to new members
Thursdays weekly
6:30-9:30pm
Writing NSW
Contact Josh for more information

Picture This

Picture This is a supportive and fun group for aspiring and published writers for children. We aim to encourage, inspire and help each member become the best writer they can be.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Second Monday of the month
7:30-9:30pm
Writing NSW

Port Writers

Port Writers is a community writing group located on the Mid North Coast of NSW in Port Macquarie. We aim to provide a comfortable, supportive and cooperative environment. At Port Writers, members are encouraged to share and practice their writing. Writers are supported to improve their literary knowledge and increase their realm of literary experience.

Open to new members
Fourth Saturday of the Month
Contact Port Writers for more information

Round Table Poets

Round Table Poets are looking for new members. We are an established group and welcome committed poets who wish to workshop their poetry in a supportive environment with a view to future publication or performance. 

Writing NSW
members only
Open to new members
Second Saturday of the month
1:10-4:30pm
Writing NSW
Contact Brenda for more information

Scripto Libris

Scripto Libris is a spin-off writers’ group from Alan Mills’ year-long novel writing course. We are highly motivated and goal focused to write the best quality novel each of us can produce.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Second Saturday of the month
9.30-11.30am
Writing NSW

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

Shoalhaven FAW

If you are interested in writing and are looking for a writing group then come and join us at our meetings in Nowra. Our aim is to encourage, celebrate and sympathise with our members in their writing endeavours and have fun at the same time!

Second Saturday of the month
10:00am
Shoalhaven City Arts Centre
Contact Shoalhaven FAW for more information

SIRIUS

SIRIUS is a writers’ group for writers of speculative fiction (fantasy, sci-fi and horror). We meet to critique each other’s work and support each other as writers.

Closed to new members
First Thursday of the month
6:30-8:30pm
Cafe Pishon

Small Good Things

A short story writing and appreciation group who aim to develop skills in authoring short stories.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Second Thursday of the month
7:30-9:30pm
Writing NSW

Southern Highlands FAW

The Southern Highlands Branch of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAWSH) is a non-profit organisation committed to supporting local writers. Our parent organisation is the Fellowship of Australian Writers.

Second Saturday of the month
10:00am
The Henrietta Rose Room, Bowral Central Library
Contact Southern Highlands FAW for more information

Speculative Fiction Writers’ Group

We are an established group of writers writing across the speculative fiction genres. We meet monthly to provide critical and constructive feedback on each other’s work. Members are at various stages in their writing and include some who have achieved publication since joining. Our group aim is to support members to develop their writing and achieve their writing goals, including publication. We are seeking committed members who can attend regularly and are actively writing in the speculative genre. We welcome published and unpublished writers.

Writing NSW
members only
Open to new members
First Friday of the month
7:00-9:00pm
Writing NSW
Contact Ian for more information

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

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

Storymaker Writing Group

A group interested in supporting each other to complete a novel of speculative fiction. Participants are all students of Emily Maguire’s Year of the Novel course and want to take the next step. Open to applications from writers who are interested in completing a science fiction/fantasy novel, whether adult or YA, and who has completed the Year of the Novel course (or something similar).

Writing NSW
members only
Open to new members
Tuesdays weekly (Wednesdays during class session)
6:30-9:30pm
Writing NSW
Contact Geoff Taylor for more information

Stroud Writers FAW

Stroud writers is a group of creative writers, our aim is to promote emerging writers. Members are encouraged to contribute anecdotes, poetry, short stories and memoirs. All works presented by members at the meetings are assessed in an informal and generous manner. Various workshops are organised throughout the year to assist in understanding different genres and construction of form.

Open to new members
Thursdays fortnightly
9:00pm
Stroud Library
Contact Stroud Writers for more information

Sutherland Shire FAW

The Sutherland Shire Fellowship of Australian Writers is here to help, support and encourage you in your writing. Our group contains new writers and experienced writers – you’re one of those aren’t you? The Shire FAW is a place to meet locals who share your passion for writing. We hope to see you at our next meeting.

Last Saturday of the month
12:30pm
Meeting Room 1, Sutherland Library
Contact Sutherland Shire FAW for more information

Thursday Night Novelists

We write novel-length work in various genres, meeting weekly to constructively critique each other’s work. Open to dedicated members who are committed to regular attendance and contribution.

Writing NSW
members only
Open to new members
Thursdays weekly
6:00-9:00pm
Writing NSW
Contact George for more information

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