Due to restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, most Writing NSW groups are currently convening online. Subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter Newsbite for updates on our regular program of courses, events and writing groups throughout this isolation period.

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

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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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 creative motivation and confidence of our members strong and alive.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Second Friday of the month
10:30am-1:00pm
Writing NSW
Contact Writing NSW 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

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.

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

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 aimed at serious writers with publication or republication as their goal. Most of us have formal training in creative writing, others write from their gut having read passionately for many years. Please consult our website before enquiry for membership requirements and to check on waitlist status.

One Saturday per month (email group for specific dates)
11:00am-1:00pm
Manly Bowling Club
Contact Zena Shapter for more information

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
Contact Writing NSW for more information

Orana Writers’ Hub

The Orana Writers’ Hub meets in Dubbo on the first Saturday of the month from 10am to 1pm. Writers of all stages, ages and genres are welcome to come and hang out with like- minded people, discuss writing and engage, if there is time, in a writing related workshop. Contact Val at outbackwriters@gmail.com for more information.

Open to new members
First Saturday of the month
10am-1pm
Contact Val Clark for more information

Picture This

Picture This is a group of aspiring and published children’s book writers. We get together to inspire, support and encourage one another by giving constructive feedback on each other’s work.
Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Second Monday of the month
7:30-9:30pm
Writing NSW
Contact Writing NSW for more information

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

PROD Writers’ Group

Our aim is to discuss our work and support each other in that work.
Closed to new members
First Friday of the month
11:00am-1:00pm
Writing NSW
Contact Writing NSW for more information

Rebel Writers

We met during the Fiction Feedback course in 2018 and have continued to work together. We meet once a month to workshop our material so that we may produce the best quality of writing we can.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Third Sunday of every second month
10:00am-1:00pm
Writing NSW
Contact Writing NSW for more information

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
Contact Writing NSW 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 produce our best quality writing across a variety of genres. We aim to encourage and support each other along each of our writing journeys.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Second Saturday of the month
9:30-11:30am
Writing NSW
Contact Writing NSW for more information

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
Contact Writing NSW for more information

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

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

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 a friendly group of emerging and professional writers who meet monthly to provide critical and constructive feedback on each other’s work. Our aim is to support members in shaping and developing their writing into forms suitable for presentation to agents/publishers, and to share knowledge and experience. We are seeking likeminded, enthusiastic, emerging writers who can attend regularly and are actively writing in the speculative genre. We welcome both published and unpublished writers.

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

Spill the Beans

We are an online writing group.   We support a community of budding and established writers through short challenges, online publication of our members’ stories, zoom meetings where we read our stories, Q & A panels and author interviews.

This is an open group and we welcome a range of genres for adults and children. We don’t have a regular meeting time.  Upcoming challenges and info regarding Zoom sessions are posted on spillthebeans.net.au.  (Facebook SPILL THE BEANS)

Writing NSW
members only
Open to new members
Online

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

At the Storyism group meetings, members present work from a variety of genres and writing categories including adult, YA/middle grade; short stories, novellas and novels; crime, fantasy, contemporary fiction; memoir and fictionalised memoir; poetry and song-writing; science writing; letters to the editor; speeches.
This group is ideal for anyone who is at any stage of writing (but must be currently working on something), works on or has an interest in contributing to others’ multiple works and genres, is prepared to give and receive constructive feedback (essential), and is prepared to commit to attending most meetings (at least 7/11 meetings held during the year).

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Third Thursday of the month
6:30-9:00pm
Writing NSW
Contact Writing NSW 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

Sydney Non-Fiction and Fiction Writing Group

The writing group’s aim is to help professional writers along their journey to be published or self-published. Ideally, members have already had their work published. Members must have a book concept that they are committed to working on and meeting regularly for the sake of continuity. Members must respect everyone’s work and come together in an enjoyable atmosphere.

The meetings will provide a safe space for constructive critique, sharing tips and strategies, information and resources regarding writing and publishing. Also, to offer support and motivation for writers to develop their work towards the goal of publication. The aim is to get the book published.

Writing NSW
members only
Open to new members
Thursdays fortnightly
10:00am-12:00pm
Writing NSW
Contact Writing NSW for more information

The Camden Writers Inc

The Camden Writers Inc (CWI) is a Camden NSW community writer’s group going on its 27th year. We have a colourful, diverse, and vibrant group of writers of all ages (21+) who support each other to improve their writing confidence and self-publish.

Open to new members
We meet on the 1st and 3rd of each month
9.30am–12pm
Narellan Library in the Red Gum Room
Contact Evan for more information
02 4647 5111

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