Fiction/Open Genre

The contact details for writing groups are for use by individual writers inquiring about joining groups only. They are not to be used for commercial or other purposes.


A Write of Passage
First and third Wednesday of the month, 6:00-9:00pm; NSW Writers’ Centre
A welcoming group of writers, where feedback is given in a considerate and supportive manner to help produce the best book or short story possible. We aim to support and inspire each other with our writing goals. We celebrate each others achievements and generally have some nibblies at each meeting. We are seeking dedicated members who are committed to their writing, and to the group.
Closed to new members 


Allsorts Writing Group
Second Friday of the month, 5:30-8:30pm; NSW Writers’ Centre
We are a supportive, vibrant, intelligent and highly skilled bunch of writers. We write for the desire to create and express our own unique perceptions and voice. Our goal is to support each other and give positive and constructive feedback in a workshop situation. We are open to all work and find the variety stimulating.
Will consider new members by request only – contact Georgia or Sharon for more information


Beyond Words
Mondays fortnightly, 11am-1pm; NSW Writers’ Centre
We support each other to achieve our writing goals. We aim to improve our writing skills and to explore the next stage, including ways to bring our writing to a broader audience.
Closed to new members 


Castle Hill Writers’ Group
A new open genre writers’ group in the Castle Hill area is currently seeking members.
Contact Anastasia for more details

Creative Writing Group
Fridays weekly, 2:00-4:30pm; Sydney School of Arts & Humanities
Bring along whatever you’re working on to read for feedback. Gentle atmosphere. All welcome.  15-17 Argyle Place, Millers Point, The Rocks.
Contact Dr Christine Williams (Director, Sydney School of Arts & Humanities) on 0432 289 311 or 02 9247 1558. Enquiries can also be emailed to [email protected]


Dandelion Writers’ Group
Tuesdays fortnightly, 5:00-8:30pm; NSW Writers’ Centre
Formed from the 2012 Year of the Novel class, we support each other with our writing goals and manuscript development. We aim to establish a supportive writing community, a regular and positive space for our writing practices and to create a positive space for discussion and creative exploration
Will consider new members by application – contact Clare for more information


Discovery Writers 
First Tuesday of the month, 12.30-3.00pm (except Jan); Hurstville Library
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. Visit the Discovery Writers website for more information.
Contact: Margaret Owen Ruckert on 0401 614 159 or [email protected]
Open to new members


Eastwood/Hills Fellowship of Australian Writers
First Saturday of the month, 1.30pm; Pennant Hills Community Centre
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.
Visit the Eastwood/Hills FAW website for more information


Forest Fellowship of Australian Writers
Third Saturday of the month, 2:00pm
Forest Community Arts Centre, Darley Street, Forestville NSW 2087
Contact Maggie Gowanlock on 02 9948 3882 or email [email protected]


Just Write
Weekends (dates TBA), Crows Nest Hotel
New group planning to meet at the Crows Nest Hotel. Open genre, supportive feedback, fun and beer.
Contact Rosalind for more information.


Infinitas Writers’ Group for Speculative Fiction
Fourth Sunday of the month, 12-3pm
Shakespeare Hotel, Surry Hills
For more information, visit the Infinitas Writers website.


Lower North Shore Critical Feedback Group
First Tuesday of the month, 7.30-9.30pm, Cremorne
A small critique group for committed fiction writers in the Lower North Shore is seeking new members. This group is for committed, self-motivated novelists who have been published in some form, including self-publication, who consider writing to be their primary career and want to push themselves to the next level. Members are working on a second or subsequent novel and are serious about receiving and giving constructive feedback.
Contact Susie Mander at [email protected] for more information.


Liverpool Fellowship of Australian Writers
Second Saturday of the month, 12:45-3:45pm; Dr Pirie Centre Meeting Room, Liverpool
Liverpool FAW includes a group of well established and recognised writers, committed to nurture and develop new writing talent within our community.
Visit the Liverpool FAW website for more information


Macarthur Fellowship of Australian Writers
Third Sunday of the month, 1:00pm
Campbelltown RSL Club (Jade Room), Carberry Lane (cnr Cordeaux Street), Campbelltown NSW 2560
Contact Jo-Anne Harris (Secretary) on 02 4626 1304 or email [email protected]
PO Box 268N, Campbelltown NSW 2560


Second Monday of the month, 7:00-9:30pm; NSW Writers’ Centre
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.
Closed to new members


Moocooboola Fellowship of Australian Writers
Third Thursday of the month, 1.30pm
Gladesville Library, Pittwater Road, Gladesville NSW 2111
Contact Vicki Harrold on 02 9878 3005
PO Box 318 Hunters Hill NSW 2110


My Own Writing Club
Fourth Friday of the month, 6:00-9:00pm; NSW Writers’ Centre
My Own Writing Club includes four published and unpublished writers with a passion for our craft. Our goal is for the completion of novel length works. Admission requirement is a love of storytelling and an appreciation of literature. Literary fiction writers committed to the completion and publication of novel-length works.
Will consider new members by request only – contact Harold 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. Let’s meet up to talk writing while the little ones have a playdate! Eventually the group hopes to have regular writing meetups during which members can write/critique while the bubs play.
Queens Park, Centennial Park NSW 2022
For more information see the website or contact Carissa at [email protected]


Neenish Tarts
Last Friday of the month, 10:30am-1:00pm; NSW Writers’ Centre
Our group is a supportive and dedicated writing group who try to keep the motivation and confidence of our members together. Group is open to published and unpublished writers who can commit to the meetings.
Will consider new members by request only – contact Jill for more information


Newport Writers  *NEW*
Last Thursday of the month, 6:30-9:00pm; venue in Newport TBA
Group is open to published and unpublished fiction writers of all genres. Hoping to draw writers from the northern end of the Peninsula, Mona Vale to Palm Beach, but also happy to see others willing to travel here. Read an extract of your work aloud for praise, constructive comment and suggestions. Be willing to listen to others and engage with their work also. The aim is for the group to be motivational (encouragement to keep writing), friendly, and conducive to skill development. Please apply if you can commit to coming to most of the meetings.
New members by request – contact Alana for more information


NEW Writers’ Group Incorporated
Saturdays (1-2 per month) 3:00-5:00pm, Februay-November (see calendar on website or email us)
Venue: UNE FutureCampus, 211 Church St, Parramatta
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. Zinewest opens for entries in March.
Email: [email protected]


Northern Beaches Writers’ Group
Saturdays (1 per month), 11:00am-1:00pm (email group for dates)
Manly Bowling Club, 59 Raglan St, Manly NSW 2095
An award-winning writing and critique group committed to its local arts community and various literary-based philanthropic projects. Aimed at writers with publication or republication as their goal.
Email: [email protected]

Novel Writing Group
Meets on set Wednesdays throughout the year; NSW Writers’ Centre
Novel Writing Group has been meeting for over 12 years. We aim to keep working and indulge in our creative passions. And we hope one day one or more of us will be published.
Closed to new members


Thursday Night Novelists
Thursdays weekly, 6:30-9:00pm; NSW Writers’ Centre
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.
Open to new members – contact George for more information


Open Genre Novel & Short Story Writers’ Group
Fourth Monday of the month, 6:30-8:30pm; NSW Writers’ Centre
Open genre group focused on novel and short story writing. Members present any piece of writing for discussion and critiquing by the group. Other writing issues may also be discussed. The meeting starts with a spontaneous writing prompt exercise. The group aims to provide helpful and positive encouragement and skill development. Open to members dedicated to writing, preferably with regular attendance so that novels can be efficiently critiqued over time.
Open to new members – contact Jan for more information 


Open Genre Writers’ Group
Thursdays weekly, 6:30-9:30pm; NSW Writers’ Centre
An eclectic group of aspiring authors of all levels of publishing experience, working in a wide range of genres. Biographical memoir, Sci Fi / Fantasy, poetic verse, and many more may be heard on any given night. Our members are as diverse as our work, with ages ranging from twenty-three to eighty-three. 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.
Will consider new members by request only – contact Josh for more information


Parramatta Fellowship of Australian Writers
Second Saturday of the month, 12:30pm
Top Floor, Parramatta Library, Civic Place, Parramatta NSW 2150
Contact C Plink on 0416 776 506 or email [email protected] 


Playing Around
Second Tuesday of the month, 6:00-8:00pm
We are a group of playwrights and scriptwriters called Playing Around. We meet on the second Tuesday of every month, 6pm-8pm, at Marrickville Library in the Community Room. We welcome anyone that is interested.
Marrickville Library, Marrickville Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204
Contact Uma Kali Shakti at [email protected]


Popular Fiction Writers’ Group
Second Friday of the month, 6:30pm-9:30pm; NSW Writers’ Centre
We are a committed group of writers that meet regularly to critique our work. Members are close to or have completed novel-length works and are serious about giving and receiving thoughtful feedback.
Open to new members – contact Ashley Kalagian Blunt for more information


Scripto Libris
Second Saturday of the month, 9.30-11.30am; NSW Writers’ Centre
Scripto Libris is a spin-off writers’ group from Alan Mills’ year-long novel writing course. We are highly motivated and goal focused to write the best quality novel each of us can produce.
Closed to new members


Seize the Day
First Saturday of the month, 2:00-4:30pm; NSW Writers’ Centre
A long-standing group, small in size, allowing 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.
Closed to new members


First Thursday of the month, 6:30-8:30pm at Cafe Pishon, Chatswood
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 


Small Good Things
Second Thursday of the month, 7:30-9:30pm; NSW Writers’ Centre
A short story writing and appreciation group who aim to develop skills in authoring short stories.
Closed to new members


Speculative Fiction Writers’ Group
First Friday of the month, 7:00-9:00pm; NSW Writers’ Centre
We are an established group of writers writing across the speculative fiction genres. We meet monthly to provide critical and constructive feedback on each other’s work. Members are at various stages in their writing and include some who have achieved publication since joining. Our group aim is to support members to develop their writing and achieve their writing goals, including publication. We are seeking committed members who can attend regularly and are actively writing in the speculative genre. We welcome published and unpublished writers. Visit us at
Closed to new members


Stanhope Scribes
Second Saturday of the month, 2:00-3:30pm
An informal and supportive writers group for adults, meeting monthly at Dennis Johnson Branch Library, Stanhope Gardens
Contact Ruth at Dennis Johnson Branch Library on (02) 9421 2670 or [email protected]


Third Thursday of the month, 6:30-8:30pm; NSW Writers’ Centre
We are all beginners, though some have writing experience in academia and journalism. We are highly supportive of each other’s work, and generate ideas and suggestions for our work/each other’s work. Our aim is to encourage each other to continue writing, to listen and hear about others’ work, and to provide rigorous, respectful and supportive feedback on writing. We are seeking members with a genuine interest in participating in the feedback process and supporting others. We are open to all genres.
Will consider new members by request only – contact Rose for more information


Sutherland Shire Fellowship of Australian Writers
Last Saturday of the month, 1:30 pm
Sutherland Library Meeting Room, (Ground Floor) 30-36 Belmont Street, Sutherland NSW 2232
For more information email [email protected].


Sydney City Fellowship of Australian Writers
Third Friday of the month, 4:00pm
Sydney Mechanics School of Arts
 1st Floor, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Contact John Clarke on 02 8920 8690.


Women Writers Network
Wednesdays weekly, 1:00-4:00pm; NSW Writers’ Centre
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. If you wish to read you’ll need to limit your prose to about 1000 words and have about 10 copies for us to edit as you read. Expect from eight to twelve women at any sitting and if all are reading it can be exhausting or impossible to achieve by 4pm. Unless there is great financial hardship, we all put in a gold coin each week. We welcome women writing in any genre at any stage, from just beginning to those who have been published and those struggling to be published. Many of us are a combination of both. The emphasis is on constructive feedback in a friendly, encouraging, but dedicated environment, fostering all stages of writing.
Open to new members – contact Sue for more information


Write On!
Tuesdays weekly, 12:00-3:00pm; NSW Writers’ Centre
A critiquing group for fiction writers working towards publication. Our aim is to support each other to write the best we can and get the work into the public domain, either traditionally or self published. Will consider members who can commit to weekly sessions and who have finished the first draft of the manuscript they want to work on.
Will consider new members by request only – contact Sarah via email or on 0416 299 696


Write on Water *NEW*
Day TBD (weekday), 11am-2:30pm; Concord & Ryde Sailing Club
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.
Contact Ross on 0418 457 020 for more information

Writer’s Dozen
Wednesdays fortnightly, 10am-1pm; NSW Writers’ Centre
We began as a group of 13 at the writer’s centre 12 years ago and although our numbers have dwindled we are still going strong. We have all been published in some form and continue to learn and improve our craft. Our aim is to learn together, provide constructive feedback, support each other in the down times and celebrate the good!
Closed to new members


Writers’ Rumble Workshop
Third Thursday of the month, 7:00-9:00pm
Bring 8-10 copies of something you’re working on, and get the generous yet muscular feedback of the group. $10 inc a glass of wine! All proceeds go to running the bookshop.
Desire Books, 3/3 Whistler St, Manly NSW 2095
For more details contact the group’s convener Sid Wallis at [email protected]


Wednesdays weekly, 3:00-4:30pm; NSW Writers’ Centre
We practice ‘raw’ or spontaneous writing. We each select one word and then we write in any genre for 30 minutes using those words. We then read our work aloud to the group members. 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.
Open to new members – contact Judith for more information


Year of the Novel 2017
First Tuesday of the month, 6:30-9:30pm; NSW Writers’ Centre

We are all writing our first novel. We want to work together to make our work the best it can be.
Closed to new members


Zephyrs Screenwriting
2018 dates TBA; NSW Writers’ Centre
We are a friendly bunch from all walks of life, who meet monthly to discuss and encourage each other in our screenwriting endeavours. New members welcome.
Open to new members – contact Haydn for more information

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