Writing groups

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.

Want to start up your own writing group? Why not advertise via The Victorian Writer classifieds. Click here to submit your listing.

Our friends at the Queensland Writers Centre have produced a great resource for those interested in starting their own writing group. You can download the resource from the QWC website.

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Melbourne Metro

Australian Writers' Forum

Genres: All.
Contact person: Peter McLennan
Tel: 02 6101 9456
Website: Link

Any – internet based

This is an internet-based group that allows Victorian writers to communicate with one another … more

Balwyn North: The Studio Writers

Email: amy[dot]han[at]creativewriteit[dot]com[dot]au
Website: Link

Genre: All genres welcome
Contact: Amy Han
Meetings: Every second Wednesday 9–11am

Bayswater: Fernhill Writers' Group

Genres: All genres welcome.
Contact person: Graham Miller
Email: fernhill [dot] writers {at} gmail [dot] com
Meetings: which are run fortnightly on a Tuesday evening from 7-10pm between the end of January and mid December.

Arrabri Community House, Allambanan Drive, Bayswater North

We are a casual writing group based at Arrabri Community House in Bayswater and are dedicated … more

Belgrave: Children's and YA Writers Outer East

Contact person: Pauline Hosking
Email: pmhosking {at} bigpond [dot] com

Belgrave Library

Meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of the month Children’s and YA writers

Bentleigh: Caulfield Writers

Genres: All genres welcome.
Contact person: Jen Cole
Email: caulfieldwriters[at]gmail[dot]com
Meetings: Meetings are held every second Thursday from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Godfrey Street Community House, 9 Godfrey Street, Bentleigh.

9 Godfrey Street, Bentleigh.

First two meetings are free. Thereafter $5.00 per meeting

Please bring an excerpt or short… more

Box Hill: Write Track Writers

Genres: All genres welcome.
Contact person: Bruna Costa (phone) Rumi Komonz (email)
Tel: 9850 8026
Email: kicho-nobunaga {at} hotmail [dot] com
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.

No… more

Canterbury: Canterbury Writers

Genres: All genres welcome!
Contact person: Bruce Pippett (phone), Rumi Komonz (email)
Tel: 0438 533 574
Email: kicho-nobunaga {at} hotmail [dot] com
Website: Link Meetings: The 4th Thursday of each month 10 – 12am at the Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre, 171 Canterbury Rd

Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre, 171 Canterbury road, Canterbury.

New members are always welcome. We provide an opportunity to present your own writing, and… more

Central Writers’ Group

Genres: Fiction – literature; contemporary literature; postmodern; poetry; spoken word.
Contact person: Gerry Doyle
Email: doylegerry {at} hotmail [dot] com
Website: Link 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

City: ANE Bilingual Haiku Writers Group

Genres: Haiku poetry
Contact person: Rumi Komonz
Email: kicho-nobunaga {at} hotmail [dot] com
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

City: DLS-Melbourne

Email: twcode[at]iprimus[dot]com[dot]au

4th Thursday of each month, 7:00–9:30

Melbourne CBD

City: Gonna Be Writers

Genres: All genres welcome.
Email: join[dot]gonnabewriters{at}gmail[dot]com
Meetings: Fortnightly Thursday evenings in the CBD

Gonna-be-writers meet fortnightly Thursday evenings in the CBD. For further information… more

City: Inner City Writers

Genres: Fiction and Non-fiction
Contact person: Jack Cassidy
Tel: 0408 553 437+
Email: join [dot] innercitywriters {at} gmail [dot] com
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

City: Melbourne Poets Union

Genres: Poetry.
Contact person: Randall Stephens 0452 509 985 or Wendy Fleming (03) 9467 8249 or mobile 0404 517 881
Tel: 0404 517 881
Email: mpuinc {at} yahoo [dot] com
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

City: Melbourne Romance Writers Guild

Genres: Romance mostly.
Contact person: Elvina Payet
Tel: 0417 122 910
Email: etpayet {at} optusnet [dot] com [dot] au
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

City: Melbourne Screenwriters Group

Genres: All
Contact person: Valentino Costa
Email: caspita {at} tpg [dot] com [dot] au
Website: Link Meetings: Monthly.

Welcome new members in all aspects of screenwriting for Film and TV.

Clifton Hill: Clifton Hill Writers' Group

Contact person: Caroline (N.B: Promoters of writing competitions or literature-related projects - please do NOT email us. Our email address is for group participants only.)
Email: cmiley22 {at} gmail [dot] com
Meetings: The group meets monthly on Wednesdays 7.30-9.30 in Northcote

The Clifton Hill Writers’ Group is a collection of people with a passion for writing. The… more

East Malvern: Phoenix Park Neighbourhood House

Genres: All.
Contact person: Karin Bull
Tel: (03) 9530 4397
Email: phoenixparknh {at} swiftdsl [dot] com [dot] au
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

Hawthorn: Boroondara Writers' Inc

Genres: Poetry, short stories, memoir, fiction, non-fiction – all genres welcome.
Contact person: Caroline Carruthers
Tel: 0419 399 140
Email: boroondara.writers.inc {at} gmail [dot] com
Website: Link Meetings: Meet monthly 1 – 4.30 pm on the last Saturday of the month, January 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

Hawthorn: Inner Eastern Writers Lunch Group

Genres: Creative/academic/other.
Contact person: Caroline (N.B: Promoters of writing competitions or literature-related projects - please do NOT email us. Our email address is for group participants only.)
Email: cmiley22 {at} gmail [dot] com
Meetings: Mondays 1.30pm

Venue is a café in Hawthorn

New members most welcome for weekly lunch in a Hawthorn café. For creative/academic/other… more

Melbourne: Melbourne Writers' Social Group

Contact person: Jason Hargenrader
Email: melbournewriters {at} gmail [dot] com
Website: Link Meetings: Every second Tuesday evening at 6pm in the City. See meetup.com for venue. RSVP on Meetup or email

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

Monash Writers Group

Genres: All genres are welcome.
Contact person: Sandhya Burton
Email: sandhyab[at]monlib[dot]vic[dot]gov[dot]au
Meetings: The group meets monthly on the third Wednesday of each month at Wheelers Hill Library from 6pm-8pm.

860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill

It is free to join and attend the writers group. The groups exists to help writers achieve… more

Mordialloc: Mordialloc Writers’ Group

Genres: All.
Contact person: Mairi
Tel: 9587 8757 or 0403900585 (Mairi)
Email: mairi {at} ozemail [dot] com [dot] au
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

Northcote: Hellenic Writers Association of Australia

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.

Reservoir: wRiters and Reciters

Tel: 0403 708 759
Email: ruthvenstorygarden {at} yahoo [dot] com [dot] au
Meetings: 1-3.30pm every Monday at the Reservoir Library.

17/21 Ralph Street, Reservoir VIC 3073

Wannabe Writers

Genres: Fiction/Creative non-fiction
Contact person: Cathal
Email: join_wannabewriters_icw {at} googlegroups (dot) com
Meetings: Tuesday fortnightly at 6.30pm usually the Wheeler Centre

Constructive criticism in a supportive environment. Short story and novel writers are very… more

Watsonia: Poets@Watsonia

Contact person: Wendy Fleming
Tel: 0404 517 881
Email: poetswat {at} yahoo [dot] com
Meetings: 7pm, second Tuesday of each month at the Watsonia Library Community Room

Ibbottson Street Watsonia, Victoria 3087

Williamstown: Williamstown Writers Group

Genres: All.
Contact person: Helene Richards or Mary Burbidge
Tel: 93978222 or 0423425641 (Helene), 93915758 (Mary)
Email: williwriters {at} hotmail [dot] com
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

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Daylesford & Macedon

Ballarat: Ballarat Regional FAW

Genres: All.
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

Ballarat: Ballarat Writers Inc.

Genres: Poetry.
Contact person: Bronwyn Blaiklock
Tel: 0409234375
Email: info {at} ballaratwriters [dot] com
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

Mollongghip: Ballarat Women Writers' Group

Contact person: Averil Macklin
Tel: (03) 5334 5392
Meetings: Call for details.

c/o Box M336 Roadside Delivery, Mollongghip VIC 3352

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Warragul: Baw Baw Writers’ Network Inc

Contact person: Jennifer Fell
Tel: 0403 277 481 (Jennifer)
Email: bbwnsecretary {at} gmail [dot] com
Website: Link Meetings: Monthly on the third Thursday of every month (except December) at 7pm

Drouin Library Meeting Room, 136 Princes Way Drouin

Baw Baw Writers' Network encourages and promotes Gippsland writers in their written… more

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Bendigo: Bendigo Writers' Council

Genres: All
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

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Great Western: Grampians Writers' Group

Genres: All.
Contact person: Rhonda Poholke
Tel: (03) 5352 1100
Email: grampianswritersgroup {at} gmail [dot]com
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

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Great Ocean Rd

Geelong Working Writers

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

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Yarra Valley & Dandenongs

Upper Yarra Writers Group

Contact person: Lindy Schneider
Tel: 0417 365 697
Email: lindy {at} lindyschneider [dot] com [dot] au
Website: Link Meetings: First Thursday of every month 7-9pm

Wild Thyme, Main Street, Warburton

A warm welcome is extended to new members of the Upper Yarra Writers Group. This group is… more

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Writers Victoria

Writers Victoria
Level 3, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, the Wheeler Centre
Melbourne VIC 3000

Tel: 03 9094 7855
Fax: 03 9650 8010

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm