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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.

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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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. Unfortunately, our group is not suitable for beginner writers. 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 others understanding and skills in the craft of writing.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Monday Fortnightly
7:30-10:00pm
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
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

A group of women who like to write and love the creative process and who try to keep the creative motivation to keep writing.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Second Friday of the month
11.00am-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 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)
3:00pm
UNE Sydney
Contact NEW Writers' Group Inc for more information

Non-fiction Writers’ Group

Our current participants include both amateurs and published authors who describe unique stories for an audience that is wider than their friends and colleagues in their field of work. Career professionals, retired people, and those who want to capture an experience or a contribution that they have made during their life are welcome to come along and get feedback from people who are interested in their writing. We help writers complete their story and nurture their discipline to reach a publishable standard. We give feedback to 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
Open 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 and incisive suggestions. 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, we use Zoom to meet up.
Writing NSW
members only
Open to new members
Thursdays weekly
6:30-9:00pm
Zoom
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

Pennant Hills U3A Poets Group

This new group is for those who write poetry. Come along, bring a draft poem, receive positive and constructive comments. We shall meet on alternate Thursdays 10am to 12 noon from Thursday 21 July, 2022 at Pennant Hills Community Health Centre, 5 Fisher Avenue, Pennant Hills.

Open to new members
Alternate Thursdays from Thursday 21 July, 2022
10am to 12 noon
Pennant Hills Community Health Centre, 5 Fisher Avenue, Pennant Hills
Call David 0412643328

Picture This

This is a group of aspiring and published picture book authors. We get together to inspire and support each other and to help each individual make their work the best it can be. Our group purpose is to get our manuscripts polished to the level where they are submission ready!
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

Round Table Poets

RT is an association of published poets who meet regularly to workshop and review their work. The group have met continuously since 1976, with many changes of writers along the way. Our group purpose is to promote and maintain contacts, share knowledge of current events and opportunities and improve out professional development.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Third Saturday of the month
1.00-4:15pm
Writing NSW
Contact Writing NSW for more information

Scripto Libris

We all attended Alan Mill’s year long novel writing course in 2011 and thereby share a common language and serious commitment to writing. Our aim is to write the best that we are able, encourage and support each other, celebrate the achievements and milestones, and enjoy the journey with hearty chuckles along the way.

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

We are a friendly group whose members conscientiously and constructively critique each other’s writing. Several members are prize winners. Rowena Harding-smith has won the Sisters In Crime Scarlet Stiletto Award (2018) and Vickie Laveau-Harvie has won the Stella Prize (2019). Ian McArthur has been shortlisted for the Varuna Publisher Introduction Program Fellowship (2019). Our group purpose is to assist all members to achieve their writing goals through constructive criticism and social support.

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 have been a supportive group for over ten years. We usually read four pieces in a meeting and provide verbal feedback. Several members have found publishing success. We aim to provide a positive and supportive group.

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)

Open to new members
Online
Contact Spill the Beans 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

Our group is a mixture of men and women of varying ages producing a variety of writing forms. We enjoy meeting new members and reviewing different works including novels, poetry, children’s books, short stories and memoir. Our meetings aim to provide a stimulating and friendly environment in which works may be tested, critiqued, enjoyed and perhaps, improved. Through variety we hope individual writing will be invigorated and strengthened. We like to see an enthusiasm for writing from new members and for them to join in our considerate approach in reviewing member material that is presented to the group.

Writing NSW
members only
Open to new members
Third Thursday of the month
6:30-8.30pm
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 Fiction and Non-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
Third Thursdays
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

The Inkwell

The Inkwell is an eclectic group of women authors, writing across a range of genres including romance, women’s fiction, historical, crime, women’s fiction. literary fiction and short stories. We meet regularly to inspire and motivate each other, share the wisdom we learn from others about the writing and publishing world, and provide critiques and feedback to improve our work.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Wednesdays fortnightly
10:00am-1:00pm
Writing NSW
Contact Writing NSW for more information

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