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, 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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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
Closed to new members
Thursdays weekly
6:30-10:00pm
Writing NSW
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True Stories

A dozen women with a kaleidoscope of backgrounds, hard earned wisdom and foresight. Our group purpose is to maintain momentum and offer literary support.

Closed to new members
Contact Sally Aurisch for more information

Tuesday Night Writing for Children

We aim to improve our skills in writing for children, by critiquing each other’s work. We bring work ranging across picture books, chapter books, middle school and Young Adult. We are looking for anyone who is interested in improving their skills in writing for children. Now open to writers of General Fiction too.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Tuesdays weekly
7:30-9:30pm
Writing NSW
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Warrah Writers

Warrah Writers has been active for more than 10 years. We meet in Warrah Hall near Willow Tree in the Liverpool Plains area of NSW. We are keen to encourage some new members who may have recently moved to the country from another area and want to write and meet new friends.

Open to new members
Second Tuesday of the month
10am-2pm
Warrah Hall
Contact Paula Stevenson for more information
02 6545 4140

Wednesday Night Poets

The Wednesday Night Poets meet every Wednesday at 6:30pm. We operate collaboratively as a workshop, discussing each other’s poems to help develop our skills as poets and to encourage each other to submit work to journals and competitions. Most members have published at least one or two poems, but we welcome poets earlier in their careers if they wish to develop their skills. Our main requirements are that members are interested in poetry, excluding bush verse and performance poetry, and are keen to improve their work. Some members attend nearly every meeting, but others attend when they are able.

Writing NSW
members only
Open to new members
Wednesdays weekly
6:30-8:30pm
Writing NSW
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Wollondilly FAW

The Wollondilly Fellowship of Australian Writers meet on the second Sunday of the month from 1:00pm at the Tahmoor Community Centre.

Second Sunday of the month
1:00pm
Tahmoor Community Centre
Contact Wollondilly FAW for more information

Women Writers Network

We are a combination of prose writers, poets, and playwrights. All at different levels of experience and expertise. All with the desire to become better at what we do. Our group includes women who have just begun to write – those who have had plays produced – novels, memoirs or poetry published – and those striving to be published. The emphasis is on constructive feedback in a friendly, encouraging, but dedicated environment, fostering all stages and all genres of writing. We meet weekly but attendance is flexible. There are usually eight to twelve women at any sitting. If you wish to read you’ll need to limit your prose to about 1000 words and have copies for us to edit as you read. Unless there is great financial hardship, we all put in a gold coin each week. And that’s it really. You are welcome to try us for size – see if we fit.
Writing NSW
members only
Open to new members
Wednesdays weekly
1:00-5:00pm
Writing NSW
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Wordsflow

Presentation and critique (if wanted) of members’ work and timed and other exercises.

Friday weekly
12.30pm
Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Centre
Contact Cheryl for more information

Write On!

A critiquing group for those with the aim of being published or self-publishing. Members must have a completed first draft to work with and commit to weekly meetings for the sake of continuity.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Tuesdays weekly
12:00-3:00pm
Writing NSW
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Write Together at Writing NSW

This casual writers’ meetup is a chance to chat with fellow writers about our works-in-progress and goals for half an hour, then settle at 11am in for two hours of silent writing. Bring your notebook or laptop, and get ready to get down to work. This is a free drop-in event, but you must be a member of Writing NSW–anyone can join.

Writing NSW
members only
Open to new members
Sunday mornings monthly
10:30-1:00pm
Writing NSW
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Writers of the Far South Coast

Writers of the Far South Coast’s writing clinics are open to everyone, published or unpublished, and provide a great networking opportunity to meet other like-minded writers. The mornings are completely free and we recommend coming to a few to see if they are helpful to you before becoming a member and supporting the club. If you’d like feedback on a piece, but you’re uncomfortable reading your own work, someone can read it on your behalf.

Open to new members
Third Saturday of the month
10:00am
Club Sapphire
(02) 6448 9948 (leave voicemail)

Writestuff

We practice ‘raw’ or spontaneous writing. We each select one word from a selection of words and then write in any genre for 25-30 minutes. We then read our work aloud with the aim of encouraging and enthusing the writer by making positive and constructive comments. Our aims are to practice our writing, develop our skills and confidence; to be encouraged by the constructive criticism of our peers; and to use the weekly experience as a brain sharpening exercise.

Writing NSW
members only
Open to new members
Wednesdays weekly
3:00-4:30pm
Writing NSW
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Writing on Water

A new writers’ group for novelists is seeking members. Open to both novices and experienced writers, the group will meet at Concord & Ryde Sailing Club on the Parramatta River. In good weather, group will meet on the deck over the river; in inclement weather, group will meet inside. Tea and coffee will be available, but participants should bring their own lunch.

Open to new members
Friday
11.30am-2:30pm
Concord Ryde Sailing Club
0418 457 020

Wyong Writers

People of all ages who are interested in writing poems, short stories, novels or their own life story are welcome. You can expect encouragement and support. You’ll pick up practical writing tips and have fun along the way.

Open to new members
Fourth Saturday of the month
1:30-4:30pm
The Woodbury Park Community Centre
Contact Mei-Ling Venning for more information
(02) 4333 7489

Year of the Novel 2017

We are all completing a first draft of a novel. Group members submit an extract of their work prior to the meeting, which is critiqued and discussed during the meeting.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Second Monday of the month
6:30-9:00pm
Writing NSW
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Year of the Novel 2018

We are a group of writers who met in the Year of the Novel course in 2018 and now continue to support each other with the novels that we are working on. Each week we will revise the study topics of the course and workshop our writing so that we may produce the best writing that we can.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Tuesdays weekly
6:30-9:00pm
Writing NSW

Youngstreet Poets

Youngstreet Poets has been going continuously since October 1978. We are poetry specific and tend to focus on ‘page poems’ rather than performance poetry, hip-hop or bush ballads, however, a wide range of poetry is workshopped in a wide range of poetic voices. We aim to further the interest of poetry in Australia and to provide a stimulating and nurturing environment for emerging poets, with the goal of publication. When a vacancy occurs, a new member may be invited. We also occasionally invite guests. Currently the group is full, but we are happy to take inquiries.

Writing NSW
members only
Closed to new members
Fourth Friday of the month
10:30am-3:00pm
Writing NSW
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Zephyrs Screenwriters’ Group

We are a group from all walks of life that meet once a month to talk about screenwriting, film and television. You can bring along your own project to discuss or simply listen to each other talk about theirs. We aim to provide a fun and supportive environment for those looking to further develop their skills in screenwriting.

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

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