Writing shouldn’t be a solitary pursuit. Joining a writing group helps create a network of writing friends that can offer support, advice and a fresh approach to writing and publishing. Search the list below for poetry, creative writing, script writing and other writing groups around Melbourne and Victoria.
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Rowville Library, under the clock tower at Stud Park Shopping Centre, Rowville VIC 3178
We are a mixed group with very different creative styles and skills.
Contact person: Sherryl Clark
Tel: 03 9314 1082
Meetings: Not currently taking new members. Meeting fortnightly at members’ houses Wednesday afternoon. Members pay a small fee each week.
PO Box 532 Altona North VIC 3025
Produce ‘Poetrix’ twice a year — poetry magazine for women poets. Submissions close 28 Feb… more
Contact person: Peter McLennan
Tel: 02 6101 9456
Any – internet based
This is an internet-based group that allows Victorian writers to communicate with one another … more
Contact person: Pauline Hosking
Meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of the month Children’s and YA writers
Meetings: Alternate Thursday evenings at 7.30pm.
Godfrey Street Community House, 9 Godfrey Street, Bentleigh.
This group began in 1986 and offers a welcome to new or more experienced writers to read and w… more
Genres: Poetry, short stories, novels, articles and autobiographical accounts.
Contact person: Doreen Pascal-Murray
Tel: 9877 1152
Meetings: Every Friday morning from 10am – 12 noon during school terms.
Eley Park Community Centre, 87 Eley Road, Blackburn South.
Currently not accepting new people, but there is a short waiting list.
Genres: All genres welcome.
Contact person: Rumi Komonz
Meetings: Meetings are held every Tuesday 12-2.00pm at the Box Hill Library.
Beginners to experienced poets or prose writers. Members critique each others' pieces.
Contact person: Further information contact Cecilia
Tel: 0412 021 154
Meetings: Coast Lines Poetry group meets 1st Wednesday of the month to workshop poetry, from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm.
Brighton Library, Wilson Street, Brighton.
Genres: Poetry, prose, short story, lyrics, non-fiction & illustrations.
Contact person: Fonda Zenofon
Tel: (03) 9384 1277
Meetings: First Thursday of every month from February to November 7 – 10pm at Campbell Turnbull Library community room, (rear) 220 Melville Rd, Brunswick West.
7 Mount Field Street, Brunswick VIC 3056
A casual, light-hearted social gathering of like-minded individuals. All welcome!Sessions… more
Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre, 171 Canterbury road, Canterbury.
Canterbury Writers Group provides an opportunity to present your own writing, and have it… more
Tel: 9387 2086 or 0412 224 655
Meetings: 2pm every Saturday at the Dan O’Connell Hotel.
225 Canning Street, Carlton.
Genres: Fiction, memoir, poetry, non fiction
Contact person: Emily Wark
Tel: (03) 9747 7200
Meetings: Wednesday 6.30 - 8.15 pm
193-201 Caroline Springs Blvd, Caroline Springs
This is a community writing group open to all members. The group aims to provide a practical s… more
Genres: Fiction – literature; contemporary literature; postmodern
Contact person: Gerry Doyle
Meetings: Fortnightly Wednesdays at 6pm
The Wheeler Centre 176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne
This is a regular meet-up for writers of all levels of experience looking for feedback on… more
Genres: Haiku poetry
Contact person: Rumi Komonz
Website: Link Meetings: Casual attendance of Writers Victoria members are welcome and free of charge. Meeting Room 5 on the third Thursday of the month, 10.15am to 12.15pm.
Level 3, The Wheeler Centre 176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne 3000
Bilingual haiku is a new concept of making English haiku which has the potential of being… more
Genres: Technical writing
Tel: 0412 500 519
Website: Link Meetings: 5.45pm, 1st Thursday of every second month, at Level 5, 4 Freshwater Place, Southbank, Melbourne (behind the PWC building).
Contact person: Trevor Code
Tel: (03) 5981-9391
Meetings: 4th Thursday of every month at the Writers Victoria Library at 7.00pm – 9.30pm.
Level 3, The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street.
Members must be experienced writers. The group is technically capped at 20.
Genres: Poetry and prose.
Contact person: Richard (previous president) Bryan Dickinson (current president)
Tel: 9785 7079 (Richard), 9877 3713 (Bryan)
Meetings: 1.30 – 4.00pm 3rd Saturday of every month (February to December) at Monastery Hall, rear of St. Francis Church. Enter through the gate beside the bookshop, then walk straight down to the hall. Enter through the white door.
Monastery Hall, rear of St. Francis Church, 326 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.
Come along to the monthly meeting of the Society and hear readings from Henry Lawson’s poetry … more
Genres: Fiction and Non-fiction
Contact person: Jack Cassidy
Tel: 0408 553 437+
Meetings: Every second Tuesday at 6.30pm.
The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.
Includes writers with a range of experience, published and unpublished. If you’re interested i… more
Contact person: James Hutchings
Tel: 0423 190 110
Website: Link Meetings: Meet every second Saturday at 3pm, at Riverland cafe near Federation Square (please RSVP website first). Cost is $2 per meeting, however the first meeting is free.
Riverland Bar and Cafe, Vaults 1-9 Federation Wharf (under Princes Bridge) Melbourne
Genres: Picture Books, Children's Fiction and Young Adult Fiction
Contact person: Please apply to join the elist via the following link (you will need a yahoo id): http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/MelbYAWriters/
Meetings: Last Tuesday of the month, city area, but check first as we make some changes in holiday periods.
Volunteering member(s) bring copies of work for workshopping. We discuss writing and… more
Contact person: Randall Stephens 0452 509 985 or Wendy Fleming (03) 9467 8249 or mobile 0404 517 881
Tel: 0404 517 881
Website: Link Meetings: Usually Thursday but varies.
PO Box 266 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 8009.
Meetings: Usually Wednesdays at the Wheeler Centre but venue may vary.Seeking New Members –… more
Genres: Romance mostly.
Contact person: Elvina Payet
Tel: 0417 122 910
Website: Link Meetings: Third Sunday of every month, 10am to 4pm. Secure area at rear of Fitzroy Library.
128 Moor Street Fitzroy Vic 3065
The MRWG’s mission is to inform, educate and support romance writers from the moment when the … more
Welcome new members in all aspects of screenwriting for Film and TV.
Hayden Raysmith Room on the 4th Floor of Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Genres: Most literature genres, including poetry, fiction and non fiction.
Contact person: Luis Pinel
Tel: 0408 842 030
Meetings: 2pm - 6pm, last Saturday of every month at Writers Victoria, Level 3 The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
The Spanish Speaking Writers Group of Melbourne aims to bring together people from a Spanish s… more
Contact person: Barry Revill
Tel: 9555 1114
Meetings: The group meets on the second Friday of each month at Writers Victoria. 10am to noon, then coffee afterwards.
Writers Victoria, level 3, the Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne.
We are a supportive group with an eye to being published, but with an emphasis on giving… more
Contact person: Caroline
The Clifton Hill Writers’ Group is a collection of people with a passion for writing. The… more
Contact person: Chris Stuart
Tel: 0406 019 878
Meetings: 6.30pm on the first Tuesday of every month at Legends Cafe.
20 Hansen Street, Corryong VIC 3707
Genres: Life Writing, Biographical/Autobiographical, Non-Fiction
Tel: 0468 882 256
Meetings: Meetings: The group meets on the first Friday of the month, 7pm - 9pm with light refreshment. Contribution of $2 for venue hire.
Venue: Village School- 9-13 Holloway Road, Croydon North VIC 3136
The group aims to offer support for those who are beginning or continuing to write their… more
Genres: Gay and lesbian / all
Contact person: Bernadette Green
Meetings: Monthly meetings on a Friday at 8.30pm.
Members' homes in the Northcote, Thornbury and Reservoir areas.
Members discuss a book by a gay or lesbian author (or containing gay or lesbian content) one m… more
Contact person: Hunt Club Community Arts Centre
Tel: 03 9249 4600
Meetings: Thursdays for a term of five sessions, 6.30 – 9.00 pm ($81/$76 concession)
Hunt Club Community Arts Centre, 775 Ballarat Road, Deer Park
Whether you write fiction, creative non-fiction, crime or fantasy, this group will provide… more
Contact person: Susan Wells
Meetings: The last Tuesday of the month at 5.30-7.30pm.
The Hub, 80 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands.
A supportive and enthusiastic group, we welcome new member enquiries. Reforming…looking for… more
Contact person: Jean Sietzema-Dickson or Janette Fernando
Tel: (03) 9890 5885 (Jean Sietzema-Dickson) or (03) 9736 1941 (Janette Fernando)
Fax: (03) 9890 5885
Email: email@example.com [or] firstname.lastname@example.org
Meetings: 2nd Saturday of the month 2 – 5pm (excluding January). Fee: $30 a year or $5 per session/$3 concession.
8 Woodhouse Road, Doncaster East
Meet to workshop poems. Publishing arm is the Poetica Christi Press. Poetry competition held e… more
Contact person: Karin Bull
Tel: (03) 9530 4397
Website: Link Meetings: Three workshops every Monday: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon, 12.30 pm to 3.00 pm and 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Phoenix Park Neighbourhood House
22 Rob Roy Road, Malvern East VIC 3145
Join our group of writers, all working on their own projects and offering support and… more
Contact person: Diane Lawton, Jill Prowse (current president)
Tel: (03) 5480 6162 (Diane), 0407 614 599 (Jill)
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meetings: La Last Tuesday evening each month at 7.30 at the Echuca Neighbourhood House.
PO Box 1064, Echuca VIC 3564
Currently has 12 members. Members set themselves writing tasks, which they collectively… more
Contact person: Emerald Community House
Tel: 5968 3881
Meetings: Every Friday 12.30 to 3 at Emhouse.
356-358 Belgrave-Gembrook Road, Emerald, Victoria 3782
Members will publish their own individual zines. Fees: $50 a year.
Contact person: Margaret Midwood
Tel: 0401 200 431
Website: Link Meetings: Third Sunday of every month from 11am – 4pm. The second Sunday in August and December. Fitzroy Library.
128 Moor Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Melbourne Romance Writers Guild, affiliated with Romance Writers Australia, is a non profit… more
Contact person: Carmel Riordan
Tel: (03) 9017 5985
Meetings: Group meets the third Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm.
Farnham Street Neighbourhood Learning Centre, 28 Farnham Street, Flemington
An informal discussion group for aspiring and more experienced writers. Get together to… more
Contact person: Contact West Word Poetry via Facebook page
Meetings: 2pm on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, at the Dancing Dog Cafe.
42a Albert St. Footscray.
Contact person: Margaret Martin
Tel: 9803 2610
Meetings: Meets every third Thursday night of the month at 7.30 pm for workshopping members’ work.
14b Catherine Court, Forest Hill 3131.
Meets every third Thursday night of the month at 7.30 pm for workshopping members’ work.
Tel: 5986 1739
Bartiste Lounge, Ross Smith Lane (rear of 2/12 Young St). Frankston. Look for the archway
Last Wednesday of month. 6:30pm
Genres: Poetry, short stories, memoir, fiction, non-fiction – all genres welcome.
Contact person: Caroline Carruthers
Tel: 0419 399 140
Website: Link Meetings: Meet monthly 1 – 4.30 pm on the last Saturday of the month, February to November.
Postal: PO Box 826, Camberwell South 3124.
Meeting Room 1, Hawthorn Community Precinct, Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn 3122.
Our meetings for 2014 will take place at Meeting Room 1, Hawthorn Community Precint… more
Contact person: Joel Magarey
Tel: Joel Magarey: 0431 535 835
Email: joelmagarey [at] gmail [dot] com
Meetings: Every Monday 1.30pm
Cafe FM, 636a Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
New members most welcome for weekly lunch in a Hawthorn café. For creative/academic/other… more
MSWG meet every Tuesday evening at 6pm in the city. See Meetup, Facebook or Twitter for the venue. RSVP on Meetup or email.
Connect with other writers in a social setting for discussion, motivation and inspiration… more
Contact person: Michelle Axiak
Tel: 0405 082 291
Meetings: Meetings will commence every Friday fortnight beginning 4 November at 7.30pm. Group will be restricted to 7 members only.
Writing from your gut, from your heart, from your soul is what’s going to distinguish a good p… more
Contact person: Mairi
Tel: 9587 8757 or 0403900585 (Mairi)
Website: Link Meetings: Tuesday every fortnight at 8pm, Mordialloc Neighbourhood House. On the last Sunday of the month they do a public performance called Readings by the Bay at 2pm at the same venue.
457 Main Street, Mordialloc
Meetings: Tuesday every fortnight at 8pm, Mordialloc Neighbourhood House.On the last Sunday… more
Tel: 5975 4772
Website: Link Meetings: 10am and 7.30pm every Friday.
Mornington Community House, Albert Street, Mornington.
Contact person: Wordweavers
Tel: 03 9807 6011
Meetings: Fortnightly on Tuesdays, 9.45am – 12pm.
Waverley Community Learning Centre, 5 Fleet Street Mount Waverley.
Genres: Poetry and literature.
Contact person: Joanna Liakakos
Tel: (03) 9480 1217
Meetings: First Thursday of every month.
Meet every Friday 1 – 3pm for language lessons.
Northcote Library, 32-38 Separation Street, Northcote.
Contact person: Fred Curtis
Tel: (03) 9580 7630
Meetings: 1st Wednesday of the month - 1.15pm start.
Patterson Lakes Community Hall, Thompson Road.
New writers of all genres accepted. Fee $3.
Workshop structure: writers submit pieces by email … more
Tel: 0401 281 581
Reservoir Civic Centre. 23 Edwardes Street, Reservoir VIC 3073
Genres: Short story and poetry.Meetings are held Monday fortnightly at the Reservoir Civic… more
Tel: 0403 708 759
Meetings: 1-3.30pm every Monday at the Reservoir Library.
17/21 Ralph Street, Reservoir VIC 3073
Tel: 9754 1789
Meetings: 3pm, 1st Saturday of the month. At Burrinja Cafe.
351 Glenfern Rd. Upwey.
Contact person: Wendy Fleming
Tel: 0404 517 881
Meetings: 7pm, second Tuesday of each month at the Watsonia Library Community Room
Ibbottson Street Watsonia, Victoria 3087
Contact person: Helene Richards or Mary Burbidge
Tel: 93978222 or 0423425641 (Helene), 93915758 (Mary)
Meetings: Meetings take place on the first Tuesday of every month 8pm.
Convenes on the first Tuesday of the month at 8pm (no meeting January, and November meeting… more
Daylesford & Macedon
Contact person: David Farnsworth
Tel: 5335 9141 or 0400 887 028
Meetings: Third Tuesday of every month (except January) at 7.30pm. Dinner meetings are held at various venues in March, June, September and December.
Kohinoor Centre, Corner Sebastopol & Errand Streets, Ballarat VIC 3353.
New members welcome. Annual fee of $45/ $33 concession. Exchange news and views, read a… more
Contact person: Bronwyn Blaiklock
Website: Link Meetings: Readings on 4th Sunday in every month with guest writer (any genre), plus open mic session. See website for guests, venue and time.
PO Box 2738 Bakery Hill Ballarat VIC 3354
Ballarat Writers Inc produces numerous writing-related events every year, including literary t… more
Contact person: Averil Macklin
Tel: (03) 5334 5392
Meetings: Call for details.
c/o Box M336 Roadside Delivery, Mollongghip VIC 3352
Contact person: Bronwyn Hansen (secretary)
Meetings: Monthly on the third Thursday of every month (except December) at 7pm at the Public Library, 136 Princes Way, Drouin. (Use the side entrance.)
21 Willow Crescent, Warragul VIC 3820 (Janet’s house)
Informal chat at 7pm, starting with creative writing exercises. The workshops have included… more
Contact person: Dawn Ras-mussen
Tel: (03) 5434 4417 or 0499 974 950
Meetings: Once a month.
PO Box 565 Junortoun Vic 3551
Meet once a month in sessions called Writers Explore involving a combination of speakers &… more
Contact person: Rhonda Poholke
Tel: (03) 5352 1100
Meetings: Second Sunday of each month, except in January, at the Great Western Primary School. Meeting time 2pm. Stephenson St, Great Western VIC 3377
Stephenson St Great Western VIC 3377
Meetings, readings, workshops, guest speakers, poetry readings, competitions, Seeking new… more
Great Ocean Rd
Contact person: Lorraine Black
Meetings: Tuesdays 9.45am – 12 noon.
Colac Library, 173 Queens St, Colac
The group has been running for 25 years. Basic session runs as constructive criticism through … more
Contact person: Sandra Jobling
Tel: 0412 015 470
Meetings: Tuesdays, 3–5pm
South Barwon Community Centre, 33 Mount Pleasant Rd, Belmont
There is a cost of $2.00 to cover the room fee.Bring pen & notebook or laptop to work on… more
PO Box 3016, Geelong, Vic, 3220
Open to all. Current membership is 165. Aims to promote local writers, co-ordinate literary… more
Contact person: Vivien Stanley
Tel: 03 5562 0108
Meetings: Second Monday of month except January.
13 Birdwood Avenue Warrnambool VIC 3280
Writers from all genres welcome. Sessions involve writing exercises, readings and… more
Contact person: Charmaine Caliatzis
Tel: (03) 9770 9405 Charmaine (Treasurer, Acting President)
Meetings: Third Sunday of the month (apart from January) 1.45pm for 2.00pm start. The December meeting is an informal break-up before the month off, at a restaurant, needs to be booked beforehand.
Community Contact House, 9 Albert Street, Mornington.
Postal Address: PO Box 574, Mornington, 3931
New members from all genres welcome. Every two years we aim to publish an anthology of our… more
Contact person: Leanne Johnston
Tel: 0467 316 210
Meetings: Third Saturday of each month starting at 10am at the Albury Library Museum. Call for details. First one’s free, then $2 donation per meeting.
540 Kiewa Street, Albury NSW 2640. Tel: 6023 8333
Group does writings, readings, critiquing, workshops, competitions & occasional guest speakers.
PO Box 2115 Shepparton VIC 3632
Meetings: 'The Poets' meet regularly.
Dowling House, 429 Campbell Street, Swan Hill VIC 3585
Please address queries about meeting dates to the above address.
Contact person: Jane Denton
Tel: 03 5674 8174
Meetings: Meet: every Thursday 1 - 3pm. $10 a year membership + $3 for every attendance
Community House, Inverloch Library Hubb A-Beckett Street, Inverloch
A writers' support group for South Gippsland writers of all ages. No meetings in January.
Vic. High Country
25 Tulley Road, Lima East, VIC, 3673
Basic Group Structure: Planning future events and update on member group news Seeking New Members:
Yarra Valley & Dandenongs
Wild Thyme, Main Street, Warburton
A warm welcome is extended to new members of the Upper Yarra Writers Group. This group is… more