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Writing NSW hosts writing groups for 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 listing on our website, on the condition all participants are current financial members of Writing NSW.

This directory also includes a range of groups held throughout NSW. You can search by genre or location. Please note you should contact those groups directly if you are interested.

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.

Please note writing groups taking place in-person at Writing NSW may be located on the ground or first floors of the building. If you have any accessibility requirements, please let us know when enquiring about joining a group. For information about getting to Writing NSW, please visit our Location  page.

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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.

Bankstown Writers

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Creative Writing Group

Bring along whatever you’re working on to read for feedback. Gentle atmosphere. All welcome. $10 p/h.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Eurobodalla FAW

The Eurobodalla Writers (EWG) is a Branch of the Fellowship of Australian Writers. We have two groups. The day group 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.

Night group focuses on writing for works towards publication, developing stories & memoirs, group novellas, and building writing experience. If you’re not writing a story but wish to attend the night group, you can choose topics from the day group program or submit your own topic for critique by the members. This group may be the answer if you are writing a novel or wish to develop your writing skills and learn how to critique.

Fiction Feedback Sundays

Continuing from the Fiction Feedback course taught by Catherine Hill during April to August 2019.

Hawkesbury Writers/Editors Group

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.

Kiama Library Writers’ Group

Meets at Kiama Library. Welcomes new members.

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.

Lake Macquarie FAW

We are a group of aspirational writers who meet to develop our skills through sharing ideas and skills.

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.

Memoir Writing

This will be a supportive and mutually-encouraging group of intermediate level writers who are working on a memoir or life stories that they would like to bring to a publishable standard, and learn how to write a submission to a publisher, research publishers, editors, literary agents etc. The group will meet regularly to retain the momentum of our writing practice, and critique each others work by emailing each piece to group members a week before the next meeting. We will foster a respectful and supportive writers group process, and ensure a safe space for members through confidentiality within the group.

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.

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.

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.

Neenish Tarts

A long standing group providing feedback and support for our writing. We love the creative process and try to keep that energy in our writing.

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

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