We highly recommend that you join a writers group in your area. Writing groups offer more than valuable feedback on your writing. They provide support and a strong motivation to keep writing.
These groups welcome new members. Please always contact the group convenor to check that the venue and meeting times are still valid.
If you run a writing circle and you would like us to add it please let us know.
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
The ACT Writers Centre is a non-profit association dedicated to helping ACT region writers achieve their full potential by providing targeted services and opportunities.
For subscription to their weekly e-news bulletin email: firstname.lastname@example.org
a: ACT Writers Centre
55 Gorman House Arts Centre
Ainslie Ave, Braddon, ACT 2612
ph: (02) 6262 9191
fax: (02) 6262 9192
The Canberra Society of Editors is the professional association for editors in Canberra. The society aims to promote contact between editors, encourage the exchange of ideas, maintain editorial standards promote the use of editorial services, co-operate with other societies of editors and related bodies.
Post: Canberra Society of Editors
PO Box 3222
The Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild is an incorporated association for Canberra-based creators of speculative fiction – science fiction, fantasy or horror – in any medium. Most of our members are writers of short stories, novels or both. Our goal is to support and provide development opportunities for our members as they move from aspiring, to published to (fingers crossed) professional makers of spec-fic. We meet on the third Wednesday of every month at the ACT Writers’ Centre meeting room at Gorman House in Braddon. Meetings start at 7:30 pm.
a: PO Box 1533
Woden ACT 2606
NEW SOUTH WALES
The Bondi Writers’ Group (Bondi Writers) began September 2004 in the Seagull Room at the Bondi Pavilion.
We formed under the banner of The Fellowship of Australian Writers and are the official Eastern Suburbs group.
E: president @ bondiwritersgroup.org.au
Ph: 61 2 415 339 420 (0415 339 420)
A: PO Box 701
Central Coast Poets Inc. is a group of practising poets who meet monthly to workshop their poems, with a view to improving their craft through critical input from peers. Central Coast Poets Inc. meet in the afternoon of the second Saturday of each month, at a public venue in Gosford.
A: PO Box 582
Fellowship of Australian Writers New South Wales Inc
Are you a midnight scribbler? Do you have a pile of half written masterpieces that you just can't seem to finish? Well you are not alone and there is an answer to your problem. A writing group can help, support and encourage you in your writing and there's probably one close to you. The Fellowship is unique in that established writers are committed to nurture and develop new writing talent – and everyone is welcome to join.
A: PO Box 488
Ph and Fax: 02 9810 1307
The Northern Rivers Writers' Centre provides resources, information and literary activities for writers and readers. The Centre offers a year-round program of workshops, seminars and events as well as the annual Byron Bay Writers Festival, held in Byron Bay on the first weekend of August each year.
Ph: 02 6685 5115
Fax: 02 6685 5166
A: 28 Jonson Street
The Booranga Writers' Centre was established with the aim of serving and promoting the interests of local writers. The group has been active in the Wagga region and surrounds for the past twenty-one years.
ph: 02 69 332688
A: Charles Sturt University
Locked Bag 588
Romance Writers of Australia Inc.
Promoting excellence in romantic fiction | helping writers become published and maintain strong careers | providing continuing support and development
A: PO Box 1236
Neutral Bay NSW 2089
Telephone: 0429 233 764
The Central West Writer's Centre is dedicated to fostering the creative development of writers in our region and promoting all aspects of reading and writing through an exciting partnership with Central West Libraries. Whether you are pursuing writing as an enriching and creative part of your life, or are primarily a reader with an appreciation of writing, the Centre aims to create a literary and writing program that caters to the needs of a diverse community and brings writers and readers of all ages together to share their love for the written word.
A: The Central West Writers' Centre
PO Box 35
Orange NSW 2800.
Ph: 02 6393 8125
Fax: 02 6393 8100
Nambucca Valley Writers Group is a sub-committee of the Bowraville Arts Council
and meets on the 4th Saturday of each month in Nambucca Heads at 1.30pm.
New Writers’ Group Incorporated (NWG Inc)
We aim to cultivate writing in Western Sydney. As an active community of writers we are committed to the encouragement and support of local writing. Our project builds community and promotes discourse about our society. We celebrate and exhibit the distinctive character of local writing in its diversity. NWG Inc is a not for profit, incorporated association. All our income from fees, publication sales, grants and donations is spent on our programs for writers.
A: PO Box 1339,
Parnassus' Den was founded in the belief that new Australian writing should be encouraged and developed. To this end, the aims of Parnassus' Den are to nurture and work with the writers of performance texts so as to enhance the Australian Performing Arts and add to the stock of Australian culture.
The Society of Women Writers NSW Inc.
Writers helping writers. The Society of Women Writers NSW Inc. was established in 1925 and incorporated in1987 and is the longest-standing literary society in Australia. The Society aims to enable women writers in all genres to meet and network, and to benefit from regular seminars and workshops. In addition to monthly workshops and luncheon meetings, the Society administers a number of Awards and Competitions, and issues an informative quarterly magazine Images to its members and a monthly electronic newsletter.
A: The Society of Women Writers NSW Inc.
G.P.O. Box 1388
Sydney NSW 2001
PEN International, the worldwide association of writers, emphasises the role of literature in mutual understanding and world culture; and promotes literature in various ways, including opposing restraints on freedom of expression and working to promote literacy itself. Today International PEN has 144 centres in 102 countries across the globe, and is a powerful voice on behalf of writers harassed, imprisoned and sometimes murdered because of the words they write.
A: Sydney PEN Centre
c/- FASS, UTS
PO Box 123
Ph: (02) 9514 2755
Varuna, the Writers' House
Varuna is Australia's national residential writers' house in the former home of writers Eleanor and Dr Eric Dark. It has a long reputation for attracting and inspiring exciting new Australian writing and providing support for a thriving writing community. Writers can enjoy residential space with an extensive library, professional development opportunities and pathways to publication via selective programs and innovative partnerships.
Ph: +61 2 47 82 5674
Post: P.o. box 907
Northern Territory Writers' Centre
Despite our small population, the Territory has an abundance of writers and a lively literary scene. The NT Writers’ Centre has 350 members throughout the Northern Territory, who range from hobby writers to published authors. Whatever your writing interests or experience, the NT Writers’ Centre can offer you advice and point you in the right direction.
a: Frog Hollow Centre for the Arts
56 McMinn Street
ph: +61-8 8941 2651
fax: +61-8 8941 2115
a: Red Hot Arts Space
67 Bath Street
Northern Territory, 0870
Ph: +61-8 8952 3810
This page of NT Writers’ Centre has a list of Writing groups in the area, as well as their contact details. The listed groups don’t seem to have their own websites however.
Bundaberg Writers’ Club
Each year in May, before winter’s icy fingers curl around Bundaberg, aspiring and advanced writers emerge from behind their keyboards to embark on a journey of learning and inspiration. They pat their cats* goodbye, change out of their seat-worn trackies, and put pen to paper to record the words of wisdom imparted by WriteFest’s workshop presenters.
Bundaberg Writers’ Club Inc
PO Box 1486
Bundaberg QLD 4670
Phone: +61 (7) 4159 1010
Mobile: +61416 335 470
Carindale Writers’ Group
Founded in January 2000, this writing group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month in the Holland Park Library, 81 Seville Road, from 10 am until 1 pm. What sets this group apart from other writing groups is its open approach to diverse genres and its cooperative meeting procedures.
A: Carindale Writers’ Group,
C/- PO Box 259,
The Fellowship of Australian Writers Queensland, or FAWQ, is and always has been a significant force in Queensland’s cultural life. It was at the forefront of lobbying for a Cultural Centre in Brisbane, worked tirelessly to establish the Queensland Writers Centre and was closely involved in the planning and conduct of the annual Writers Convention, which evolved into the Warana Writers Week and is now the Brisbane Writers Festival.
Ph: 0432 646 167
The Gladstone Areas Writers Group is a collection of aspiring and published writers who meet once a month to share their work. Whether you’ve just picked up a pen or have been writing for some time, we are a great bunch who listen and help inspire you with your craft. New members are most welcome.
The Gold Coast Writers Association (GCWA) encourages and supports writers from all genres, age groups and levels of writing to grow, learn and excel in their craft.
A: Gold Coast Writers’ Association Inc.
PO Box 441
Pacific Fair QLD 4218
Ph: 0414 868 854
Mackay- Pioneer Valley Arts Council Writers Group
In tropical Mackay it can be a challenge to do anything when temperatures rise and high humidity means you are sweating just sitting down! Our group is all about supporting each other in our creative writing endeavours, and we are very happy to welcome any new members to join us at our workshops and activities throughout the year.
Phys: Gordon White Library community meeting room
The Society of Women Writers Qld Inc provides an invaluable support network for women writers. City members share comments, feedback and encouragement on a monthly basis through meetings held in the Brisbane City Council Library. Our country members join with their city sisters enjoying the same support through our postal magazines and the Society’s bi-monthly magazine, Ring of Bright Water.
A: The Secretary, Tricia Eban
10 Walsh Street,
The Sunshine Coast Literary Association Inc. has a mission to nurture, celebrate and showcase the talents of writers on the Sunshine Coast. The Association was formed in 2005 by Tom Hampstead and a small group of enthusiasts. Various workshops, seminars and an awards program were successful in creating interest. A Writers, Artists Readers Magazine (WARM) magazine also was published for several months but was shelved owing to increasing costs. A monthly E-News now takes its place and the organisation runs regular literary workshops, events and holds annual awards making every month a WARM month.
A: PO Box 3076
Queensland Writers Centre
In our 22 year history QWC has remained an essential organisation for writers and Australian literature. We encourage connection and creativity through the art and business of writing. We celebrate the importance of books and stories. We help Australian writers to create them and readers to engage with them.
A: PO Box 3488
Ph: 07 3842 9922
Tropical Writers Inc.
Tropical Writers began as an informal gathering of a handful of writers in 2004. It has now grown to an active membership numbering more than 30 writers of all genre.
e: Kerrie Lines at : email@example.com
Queensland Writing is one of several email lists associated with www.queenslandwriting.net
This list is a general chat list for those interested in Queensland (Australia) writers and writing. The list includes a broad mix of published and unpublished writers, as well as industry professionals, journalists, academics, creative writing students and book lovers.
Writers In Townsville Society Inc. is a group of writers who share and critique works-in-progress, to inspire and to learn from each other.
Phys: Riverside Community Hall
55 Riverside Boulevard
Post: PO Box 4083
We are a group of dedicated and supportive writers of speculative fiction who meet regularly to critique work submitted by members, and to discuss industry news, information, problems, and specified topics.
Friendly Street Poets (FSP) is Australia’s longest running community open mic., uncensored poetry reading and publishing group in the southern hemisphere. Started on 11th November in 1975 by Andrew Taylor, Richard Tipping and Ian Reid. FSP was Adelaide’s first regular, open-to-all poetry reading. It has since achieved local, national and international recognition for its dedication to the nurturing, support and promotion of poetry.
a: Friendly Street Poets Inc
PO Box 3697
Norwood SA 5067
Kensington & Norwood Writers Group
Here is a congenial group if you wish to read, discuss and receive practical feedback on your work from fellow writers.
A: Kensington & Norwood Writers Group
PO Box 3543
Marion Library Writer's Groups
The Marion Library Service hosts two Writer's Groups, consisting of amateur writers who meet to discuss their work and to provide support and feedback to each other. These groups offer critiques, encouragement and inspiration to writers of all genres.
Ph: (Tracey Hornsblow) 8375 6750
Phys: Marion Cultural Centre Library
South Australia, 5046
North Eastern Writers Inc. is a non-profit organisation which was established in March 2007.The objectives of the association include fostering the development of a writing culture in the North Eastern suburbs of Adelaide by: promoting, encouraging and assisting writers and co-ordinating writing activities, making writing accessible to the general community, and liaising and collaborating with other arts organisations.
Ph: 08 8380 5348
The South Australian Writers’ Centre
Located in the heart of Adelaide, the SA Writers' Centre is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to foster, develop and promote South Australian writers and writing. The Centre, which has over 1200 members, was the first of its kind in Australia and continues to act as a resource for people of all ages and experiences, assisting both new and established writers on every aspect of craft and publishing.
Ph: 08 8223 7662
Fax: 08 8232 3994
A: PO Box 43
Adelaide SA 5000
Society of Editors (South Australia)
The society works actively to support and promote editors and the editing profession, both in South Australia and nationally, through the Institute of Professional Editors Limited (IPEd). As a member of the society, you will have access to a variety of benefits.
Post: Society of Editors (South Australia)
PO Box 2328
South Australia, 5071
The Yorke Peninsula Writers Group aims to encourage fellow members and assist them in developing their writing skills. The Yorke Peninsula Writers Group officially started in South Australia during 1990.
Ph: 08 8854 5045
Post: P.O. Box 89
Children’s Book Council (Tasmania)
CBCA Tasmania is devoted to coordinating programs and activities which endorse and promote quality books for children and young people.We are a volunteer run, not for profit, organisation, passionate about children's and young adult literature.
Post: The Children's Book Council of Australia (Tasmanian Branch) Inc.
PO Box 113
MOONAH TAS 7009
Ph: 0409 950 327
Fellowship of Australian Writers Tasmania
The Fellowship of Australian Writers, founded in 1928, is an Australia-wide body with branches in each State, the ACT and Northern Territory. Non-political and non-sectarian, it caters for both established writers and those interested in writing. The Tasmanian branch was constituted in 1947. Our membership includes many of Tasmania’s best-known writers, who are always willing to give newcomers and beginner’s advice and encouragement.
A: Secretary/Public Officer: Robyn Mathison
PO Box 234
North Hobart 7002
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A: PO Box 538
Society of Women Writers Tasmania Inc
Our members include authors from all genres, ages and levels. You will receive support, encouragement, publication and constructive criticism of your work.
Ph: 6344 1206
The TAS Writers' Centre
The Tasmanian Writers' Centre was incorporated in 1998 and grew out of an already strong literary community who realised the benefits a professional organisation could offer writers and readers in the state.
Ph: (+61) 03 6224 0029
A: First Floor , Salamanca Arts Centre
77 Salamanca Place
Ballarat Writers is a grass-roots organisation promoting local writing and writers in the Western Victorian region. We run regular readings and special events such as Workshops, Ballarat Writers Festival, Pure Poetry, Trivia Nights and the Southern Cross Literary Competition as well as occasional events run in partnership with other local organisations. Ballarat Writers Inc was established in 1990.
Post: Ballarat Writers
PO Box 2738
Bakery Hill VIC 3354
The Eastern Writers Group
The Eastern Writers Group, which we’ll often abbreviate to EWG, is an association of writers, amateur and professional, that has only one aim: to encourage writers.The group was founded in 1938 and has functioned continuously since then, which means that we are seventy-five years old this year.
A: The Box Hill South Neighbourhood House,
47-49 Kitchener Street Box Hill South,
Fellowship of Australian Writers (VIC) Inc
The Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) Inc., founded in 1928, is a non-profit making voluntary organisation which aims to bring together all those interested in writing for their mutual professional, cultural and social benefit, and to provide information and advice to them. The membership includes writers working in diverse fields. While FAW (Vic) Inc. is based in Victoria, the competitions and publishing opportunities advertised in its regular magazine The Australian Writer are open to all Australian writers
Post: 6 Davies Street
Phys: 6-10 Davies Street
Ph: (Brinswick) 03 9386 2232
A: 382 Bell Street
Ph: (Preston) 03 9484 2029
Goulburn Valley Writers Group Inc
Is an association of people who meet regularly to encourage the creative writing of its members and to promote the art of quality creative writing in the community.
The group meets each month to hear and comment on the writings of its members. This strategy encourages members to keep writing and to aim at improving the quality of finished work. Visitors with similar interests are welcome to attend these meetings which are currently held at 7.30 pm on the second Wednesday of each month (excepting January) in the Gallery Room at the Hotel Terminus, Shepparton.
Post: PO Box 2115
Melbourne Poets Union Inc
The Melbourne Poets Union is dedicated to the development of the art of poetry and its promotion. We are a not-for-profit organization for poets staffed by a volunteer committee. Our membership is approximately 350, most based in and around Melbourne but we have a number of members in regional Victoria, and others scattered throughout the states and territories.
Post: PO Box 266
246 Flinders Lane
Society of Women Writers (Victoria)
Our Members are women who write or are interested in writing. The main aim of SWWV is to draw together women who write and to provide them with information and support. We do this by the regular conduct of: presentations by experienced writers, workshops, poetry and prose readings, seminars, conferences, book launches and literary competitions.
E: (secretary) firstname.lastname@example.org
E: (president) email@example.com
Phys: fourth floor Ross House
247 Flinders Lane
Writers Victoria supports and connects writers. We understand that writing can be an isolated pursuit and our programs are built to create a community for writers. These programs include courses, mentoring and advice through our staff, magazine, weekly e-news and the website.
Phys: Level 3, the Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Ph : 03 9094 7855
Fax: 03 9650 8010
Fellowship of Australian Writers (WA) Inc
Get more from your writing community by helping out at the Fellowship
Ph: +61 8 9384 4771
A: PO Box 6180
Gosnells Writing Circle
A local writing group, established 1982. Publishers of Showcase Magazine.
a: 2232 Albany Highway
Western Australia 6110
Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre
Encouraging writing related activities in the Perth Hills whilst preserving the heritage value of the former home of leading Australian writer, Katharine Susannah Prichard.
Ph: +61 (08) 9294 1872
A: 11 Old York Road
Western Australia 6056
The Literature Centre (formerly Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre) is unique – a place to nurture young people’s interest in reading and writing, using innovative techniques to explore and interpret literature. Uniquely located within the walls of the Old Fremantle Prison, it is the only centre of its kind in Australia. Established in 1992, the Centre offers a diverse range of student programmes in metropolitan, rural and regional areas of Western Australia. We work with over 35,000 students each year, either at the Centre or in schools. Experienced Education Officers, Authors and Illustrators conduct inspiring and interactive workshops, using a range of original manuscripts, preliminary drawings, and artwork.
Phys: The Literature Centre Inc.
(formerly Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre Inc.)
Old Prison Hospital
Corner Knutsford Street and Hampton Road
Fremantle WA 6160
Post: PO Box 109,
Western Australia, 6959
Ph: (08) 9430 6869
Fax: (08) 9430 5279
Out of the Asylum Writers' Group
OOTA-Out of the Asylum Writers Group, Fremantle, offers classes & opportunities for emerging writers to hone their skills for publication and performance
Phys: Room 9, Upstairs North Wing
Fremantle Arts Centre
1 Finnerty Street
Phys: Flax Room of the Grove Library,
1 Leake St
PO Box 142
The Peter Cowan Writers' Centre
The Peter Cowan Writers' Centre (PCWC) is a friendly non-profit organisation which strives to be supportive of new writers, provide pleasure to those who write for fun, and to be an alternative for those who take creative writing seriously. It is located in the beautiful Edith Cowan Heritage House, nestled by the lake, on the Edith Cowan University campus in Joondalup
Post: PO Box 239
Phys: Edith Cowan House Building 20
ECU Joondalup Campus
270 Joondalup Drive
Ph: (08) 9301 2282
Scribblers Mandurah Murray Writers Group
The Scribblers Mandurah Murray Writers Group was formed in 1996 and became incorporated in 1997. It draws members from in and around Mandurah region in Western Australia.
A: PO BOX 580
Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation
The Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation (WASFF) is a non profit, community based organisation that aims to promote science fiction in all mediums in Western Australia.
As the peak body for writing and associated activities in WA, writingWA celebrates the achievements of our literary creators, provides a range of services to support emerging practitioners, and strives to bring West Australian writing to new audiences throughout this State and beyond.
Ph: +61 (0)8 9228 9908
Fax: 08 9228 9907
A: Ground Floor
Alexander Library Building
Perth Cultural Centre
Australian Writers Guild
For a small country, we’ve achieved some remarkable successes on the stages and screens of the world. In theatre, film, television, radio and digital media we reflect our Australian way of life, we add to our national sense of identity and we tell the rest of the world who we are and what we value. But success is never permanent. Maintaining a strong, clear Australian voice in a crowded world requires a continuing program of support for writers and storytellers at all levels of professional experience. The Australian Writers’ Foundation supports writers whose work is a vital part of the richness and diversity of Australian culture.
A: 196 Oxford Street,
Leederville, WA 6007
Telephone: (08) 9201 1172
Facsimile: (08) 9201 1173
Society of Women Writers WA
We are a Perth based writing organisation offering support, encouragement and information to women writers throughout Western Australia.
a: PO Box 434,
Northbridge, WA 6865
Telephone: 041 584 0031
The Literature Centre provides quality student workshops and writing programmes across Western Australia, inspires teachers through professional development, and supports Australia's talented Authors and Illustrators of literature for children and young adults.
A: Old Prison Hospital
Cnr Hampton Road and Knutsford Street,
Fremantle, WA 6160.
Telephone: (08) 9430 6869
Children's Book Council of Australia - WA Branch (Inc.)
Engaging the Community with literature for Young Adults
A: PO Box 473
West Perth WA 6872
Telephone: 9271 3063 (President)
WA Poets Inc
WA Poets Inc was set up in 2006 following the success of the inaugural 2005 WA Spring Poetry Festival. It was apparent that Western Australian poets wanted an organisation dedicated to providing resources and services to poets and poetry.
A: PO Box 684
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