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10 Top Writing Groups in Australia

By Kevin Chan

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Are you an Australian writer looking for a supportive writing group to join? We’ve featured 10 top writing groups in Australia for you below.

1. Sydney Write

Sydney Write is a writing group in Sydney, Australia. The group welcomes anyone working on poetry, novels, screenplays or other writing and is fully accepting of people from different backgrounds, including individuals who identify as LGBT+.

Sydney Write meetings happen once every two weeks on Wednesdays at their usual venue No Moss, close to Central. Writing meetings consist of introductions and an opportunity to socialize, followed by a focused time of writing. Sydney Write welcomes artists and creators interested in checking out this group.

Contact Sydney Write!

2. Inner West Writers Group

Based in Sydney, Inner West Writers Group is a writing group led by Gazala Anver, Oula Ghannoum, Maree Walk, and Maria Issaris. Established in 2020, Inner West Writers Group welcomes writers at any level of writing skill to bring their work-in-progress to work on alongside other Inner West Writers Group members.

Whether writers are focused on fiction, memoirs, biographies, graphic novels or blogs, Inner West Writers Group welcomes all writers to their meetings. Meetings take place once a week on Saturday in person at Marrickville Library. Writers can read their work out loud to the rest of the group and receive constructive criticism and feedback from members.

Reach out to Inner West Writers Group today.

3. Central Coast Creative Writers Group

Central Coast Creative Writers Group is a writing group based in Central Coast. Led by co-organizers Philippe Messer and Gareth Beal, Central Coast Creative Writers Group meets monthly on the last Saturday at noon. All writers will find a place to call their own in this friendly, open writing group regardless of background and skill level.

Meetings usually last for about two hours and include a time for socialization, writing workshop activities, as well as time for group feedback and focusing on each writer’s own individual projects. Meetings usually take place at their usual venue, Bamboo Buddha Cafe in Holgate.

Speak to Central Coast Creative Writers Group for more details.

4. Sydney Romance Writing Meetup Group

Situated in Sydney, Sydney Romance Writing Meetup Group is a writing group focused on supporting romance writers in the area. Today, 70 romance writers call Sydney Romance Writing Meetup Group home and regularly meet up for meetings to support each other in their goals of writing increasingly better romance writing.

Sydney Romance Writing Meetup Group meetings happpen once a month on the second Saturday, at local venues like Piccolo Me Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG). Writer meetings are opportunities for writers to meet other romance writers, create connections and get new ideas for their work-in-progress.

Connect with Sydney Romance Writing Meetup Group.

5. Gold Coast Creative Writing Meetup Group

Gold Coast Creative Writing Meetup Group is a writing group in Gold Coast. Group organizer Sally Machray welcomes all writers to join the Gold Coast Creative Writing Meetup Group at one of their meetings, make friends and get ideas to help advance their writing.

Gold Coast Creative Writing Meetup Group meetings occur weekly at local venues like Broadwater Shores. Writers are welcome to bring their writing, fiction or non-fiction, on paper or their laptops. Every meeting includes time for writing, speaking to other members, and also learning about an aspect of writing, including POV, voice and different genres.

Learn more about Gold Coast Creative Writing Meetup Group.

6. Totally Lit!

Located in Brisbane, Totally Lit! is a writing group with over 130 members actively participating in regular writing meetings. This writing group is organized by author Ky Garvey, who is ready and able to support other writers, no matter their career stage.

Totally Lit!’s members can benefit from participating in their regular writing meetings and unique events like their Write and Sip writing workshops, writing masterclasses with authors like Michelle Worthington and Vino & Vignette, and writing workshops with a glass of wine. Times and prices for each type of event may vary, and detailed information for each event is available on Totally Lit!’s Meetup.com webpage.

Take a look at Totally Lit!’s website!

7. Brisbane Write Club

Brisbane Write Club is a writing group supporting professional, amateur and aspiring writers in and around Brisbane. Writers working on novels, short stories, poetry, songs, or even screenplays can find support and reason to join Brisbane Write Club for their writing meetings.

Each writing meeting includes an hour of dedicated writing, followed by a time of discussions, socialization, and networking with other writing group members. On special occasions, Brisbane Write Club also offers its members the opportunity to enjoy dinners and reading events.

Find out what else Brisbane Write Club can offer you!

8. Perth Writing Meetup Group

Supporting writers in Perth, Perth Writing Meetup Group is a writing group that aims to be a place where writers can find support and accountability by working alongside the rest of Perth Writing Meetup Group’s active members. In addition to writers, Perth Writing Meetup Group welcomes individuals looking for a place to study or read quietly.

Writing meetings happen weekly on Sundays, in person at local venues, including Dome Cafe Maylands. Writers will benefit from participating in Perth Writing Meetup Group from having the positive peer pressure of those working around them. Perth Writing Meetup Group meetings usually last for about an hour of concentrated writing, followed by time for socializing and discussing progress with other writers.

Discover more about Perth Writing Meetup Group!

9. Write Together

Write Together is a writing group that aims to be a supportive community that writers can rely on. Originally founded in London, the UK, the writing group has chapters all over the world today, including one in Perth, Australia. Meetings take place online and happen every week on Friday evenings at 9 PM.

Write Together Perth’s rules of group meetings are quite simple. Writers are welcome to come join Write Together Perth for a time of focus and writing. Writing time is to be respected and kept as quiet as possible so that writers who want time to focus on their writing can do so. Following that, there is always time provided for writers to share ideas, ask questions and socialize with other writers.

Plan to join Write Together!

10. Shut Up & Write! Adelaide

Adelaide is home to one of the chapters of Shut Up & Write!, a writing group represented in cities worldwide. Shut Up & Write! Adelaide meetings take place in person every other week on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Unley Civic Library and City of Tea Tree Gully Library.

Shut Up & Write! writing meetings align with the international standard that other Shut Up & Write! chapters follow. After a quick introduction, writers work for about an hour on their own manuscripts. Writers are free to stick around after the writing period has ended to speak with other members, socialize, get feedback or simply continue writing.

For more information about Shut Up & Write! Adelaide, check out their Meetup.com webpage.

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The Spectrum Writing Workshop Program is designed to teach students a variety of skills, from characters and conflict through to story submissions.

Workshops are fun and hands on, with low numbers in a calm, welcoming environment. Our focus is on self-improvement and actively working towards career/publishing opportunities.

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We have a number of experienced writing mentors, who collectively have guided several writers from the beginning of their craft to eventual publication and even literary awards.

We specialise in working with writers who have various intellectual disabilities or challenges (such as ASD spectrum and acquired brain injury), and have designed a program to help them achieve their writing goals.

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Enjoy the many benefits of this hobby, including stress relief, focus, and the friendly conversation. Trust us when we say that hours spent on the brushes fly by!

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An autism friendly roleplaying social program where players old and new can experience the dice-rolling fun in a relaxed, non-pressure setting.

We go above and beyond in our ongoing games, and some of our gaming tables have been together for 4+ years and multiple campaigns. Our facilitators are experienced and well-resourced Dungeon Masters with a true passion for the hobby and for inclusive gaming.

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An inclusive social setting to nerd out and have fun. 

The initial games are Warhammer: Kill Teams and Zombicide , with more options coming soon.

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Jason Fischer

CEO/Founder

Jason is a writer, mentor and workshop facilitator from Adelaide, South Australia.

He holds an Advanced Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing), is a recipient of the Colin Thiele Literature Scholarship, and has won various literary awards including an Aurealis Award and the Writers of the Future Contest. In Jason’s jack-of-all-trades writing career he has worked on comics, apps, television, short stories, novellas and novels. Jason also facilitates writing workshops, is an enthusiastic mentor, and loves anything to do with the written or spoken word.

Jason is on the Autism Spectrum, to which he credits a lot of his success. He also has a passion for godawful puns, and is known to sing karaoke until the small hours.

Co-Founder/Business Manager

Kate Fischer is from Adelaide, South Australia. She’s married to Jason, and a busy mum of two.

She holds a Diploma of Community Services (Children’s Services) and Certificate 4 of Medical Practice Assisting.

Her background is in Early Childhood Education and Medical Administration and Management. She has extensive experience with Autism Spectrum Disorder, both professionally and personally. She has worked for the Department of Education in the Inclusive Preschool Program and both her husband and son have ASD.  She is also an SES volunteer, and loves a life in orange.

She is a gun when it comes to navigating the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) as a mum and also as a previous NDIS Coordinator at a local Paediatric Clinic. She enjoys gardening and watching her favourite Netflix and Stan shows when her children are finally asleep!

Session Assistant

Lauren is an Adelaide based romance writer with a BA in English and creative writing, and an MA in editing and publishing. She has always had a connection with reading and writing, particularity of the fantasy and paranormal kind, and loves any opportunity to work with like-minded, creative people. 

She has two short stories published in anthologies, and currently has over five unpublished manuscripts readying for publication. 

Lauren also holds a Certificate III in youth work and a Diploma in Community Services Coordination with a focus in youth work, and has experience assisting with and running art therapy groups for youth, as well as working with FLO students.

When she’s not reading or writing, Lauren can be found binge watching Netflix and horror movies, getting lost down a rabbit hole of ghost investigations on YouTube, playing video games and D&D (badly), or harassing her senior cat with her husband.

Session Facilitator/Dungeon Master/Mentor

Josh is a comedy writer, improv artist, actor and voice actor, and is also an experienced Dungeon Master and role-playing games player. Outside of D&D he has written multiple sellout comedy shows, and performed in Fringe festivals all over the world since 2007. He has also been involved in award winning short films, and was even on set for the Mortal Kombat film here in SA. 

Alan Baxter

Alan Baxter is a British-Australian multi-award-winning author of horror, supernatural thrillers, and dark fantasy. He’s also a martial arts expert and dog lover. He creates dark, weird stories among dairy paddocks on the beautiful south coast of NSW, Australia, where he lives with his wife, son, hound and other creatures. The author of more than twenty books including novels, novellas, and two short story collections, so far, you can find him online at  www.warriorscribe.com  or find him on Twitter @AlanBaxter and Facebook.

Narrelle Harris

Narrelle has been a professional writer for over twenty years, working with business, government and organisations as well as writing and editing fiction. Narrelle taught English as a Foreign Language in Egypt and Poland for several years. before returning to Australia in the 1990s. She also delivers talks and workshops for libraries and writing festivals.

As “Narrelle M Harris”, Narrelle writes crime, horror, fantasy, romance and, occasionally, science fiction. Her 30+ novels and short stories have been published in Australia, Croatia, US and the UK.

Laura Goodin

Mentor/Session Facilitator

Laura E. Goodin has been writing professionally for nearly 40 years.  She attended the 2007 Clarion South workshop, and holds a PhD in creative writing from the University of Western Australia.  Her novels  After the Bloodwood Staff  and  Mud and Glass  are available from Odyssey Books ( http://www.odysseybooks.com. au ).  Her stories have appeared in numerous print and online publications; her plays and libretti have been performed on three continents; and her poetry has been performed internationally, both as spoken word and as texts for new musical compositions.  She has taught creative writing at Deakin University, and delivers workshops internationally and online to writers of all ages, from primary-school students to postgraduate students and community-based writers. She serves as one of the editors-in-chief for  Fafnir – The Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research , and as an editorial advisor of the journal  Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature.

Session Facilitator/Painter/Dungeon Master

Andrew is a self described miniature and 3D printing addict; obsessed with monsters, beasts and nightmarish creatures all his life. He has been wargaming, role-playing and collecting and painting miniatures since he was very young.

Studying visual arts and film at university Andrew worked as a studio photographer for 15 years, 5 of those running his own studio in the Adelaide CBD.

The last 5 years he has stopped working full time to be a stay at home dad to his three kids with additional needs and to support his young daughter who is blind, autistic, mobility impaired and chronically ill.

His experiences with his own special needs children has given him great insight, sensitivity and understanding of others with similar and complex needs. Andrew has great joy in combining his creative passion with his rich life experiences to provide a safe and inclusive teaching environment for others to learn a life long and enriching hobby.

Jo Spurrier

Jo Spurrier was born in 1980 and has a Bachelor of Science, but turned to writing when chronic illness made a conventional career impossible; and let’s face it, making things up is more fun anyway. She lives in Adelaide with her husband, two sons and a formerly-feral cat.

Jo’s novels Winter Be My Shield and A Curse of Ash and Embers were both shortlisted for the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel, and Daughter of Lies and Ruin won the Stella Young Award from Dark Matter Zine for representation of disability in Fantasy.

Emma-Kate Earle

Session Assistant/Session Facilitator/Mentor

Emma-Kate holds a BA in History from the University of Adelaide, with a minor in English. Her degree has been useful in a lot of weird ways—mostly for her fiction writing. She’s been featured in several anthologies, and is plodding away at several novels. She’s jumped around jobs, from being a librarian, to an SSO working with children with additional needs. Emma-Kate herself has several diagnoses, and endeavours to extend empathy to all.

Just like in real life, she prefers playing chaotic gremlins in TTRPG and upsetting her DM friends. When she isn’t writing or playing TT, she enjoys sewing, cosplaying, and video games—and most importantly of all, her extensive Titanic collection/obsession!

Session Facilitator/Dungeon Master

Liam Thorpe is an Adelaide-based writer, creator, and artist, who spends his days working  in marketing and the rest of the time working his imagination. A true renaissance man, he has turned his hand at writing, painting, sculpting, casting, and woodworking. Anything to scratch that creative itch. He has several pieces of speculative flash fiction published online, and is currently developing a comedy TV show with his writing partner Jason Fischer.

Lilibel/Lili

Writer/Monster Artisan/Dungeon Master

Lili is a multifaceted talent with a background in animal technology and a passion for dark fantasy and tabletop role-playing. As an experienced Dungeon Master, Lili crafts immersive worlds where the mysteries of biology entwine with the eldritch horrors of the cosmos.

Skilled in creating homebrew monsters, Lili draws inspiration from the Great Old Ones and Outer Gods, blending scientific accuracy with chilling mystique.

Off the clock, Lili delves into horror literature and stays current with biological discoveries.

Stefanie Dawn

Peter M. Ball is an author, publisher, and RPG gamer whose love of speculative fiction emerged after exposure to  The Hobbit ,  Star Wars , David Lynch’s  Dune , and far too many games of  Dungeons and Dragons  before the age of 7. He’s spent the bulk of his life working as a creative writing tutor, with brief stints as a performance poet, gaming convention organiser, online content developer, non-profit arts manager, and d20 RPG publisher.

Peter’s three biggest passions are fiction, gaming, and honing the way aspiring writers think about the business and craft of writing, which led to a five-year period working for Queensland Writers Centre as manager of the Australian Writers Marketplace and convenor of the GenreCon writing conference. He is now pursuing a PhD in Writing at the University of Queensland, exploring the poetics of series fiction and their response to emerging publishing technologies.

He’s the author of the Miriam Aster series and the Keith Murphy Urban Fantasy Thrillers, three short story collections, and more stories, articles, poems, and RPG material than he’d care to count. He’s the brain-in-charge at  Brain Jar Press , publishes his own work via the Eclectic Projects publishing imprint, and resides in Brisbane, Australia, with his spouse and a very affectionate cat.

Gabe Bath is currently in his final year of a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Screen) at Flinders University. He is Autistic and was in the first Spectrum Writing group. He enjoys watching and making films with his friends and has a keen interest in the works of Thomas Pynchon, Steely Dan and David Berman.  

Adam Cece is an award-winning best-selling author of children’s books, including Wesley Booth Super Sleuth, Twin Spin and the hilarious Huggabie Falls series, which has been published worldwide. He is passionate about inspiring people, young and old, to read and write. He is an SA Premier’s Reading Challenge Ambassador, mentor, workshop facilitator and manuscript assessor, and visits schools and libraries around Australia delivering fun, interactive talks focused on being an author, the craft of writing, getting published, solving mysteries, and how to write a cracking shopping list.

You can follow Adam on Twitter and Instagram @ceceadam on Facebook @adamceceauthor or find him online at www.adamcece.com .

Tony Shillitoe

Although always writing creatively throughout his life, Tony’s professional writing career was launched with the Andrakis fantasy trilogy: Guardians , Kingmaker and Dragonlords (Pan Macmillan. Tony has since published two more fantasy series – The Ashuak Chronicles trilogy and the Dreaming in Amber quartet (HarperCollins Voyager) – and also wrote and published young adult novels; Joy Ride (Wakefield Press), Caught in the Headlights (HarperCollins) and The Need (Amazon Kindle). He has several short stories in a variety of anthologies and magazines, and he has self-published two anthologies – Tales of the Dragon and The Red Heart (Amazon Kindle).

Tony’s fantasy novels, The Last Wizard and Blood (Ashuak Chronicles), were shortlisted for the Aurealis Best Fantasy Novel awards in 1995 and 2002 respectively. Caught in the Headlights was listed as a Notable Book for Older Readers in the 2003 Children’s Book Council Awards and appeared on several Premier’s Reading Lists.

Tony has an extensive education career across State, Private and International schools and organisations. He also wrote and delivered courses in the Adelaide TAFE Professional Writing courses from 1995-2000, which included mentoring writers, and has been a casual lecturer and tutor at Flinders University on occasion. He was an actor with Axis Theatre company for eight years, a regular guest on ABC’s Matt and Dave mornings and Peter Goers evening shows, and remains a keen sportsperson. 

Pete Monaghan

Pete Monaghan is a South Australian writer and comedian. His feature film  Silver Nomads,  written with Ruth Estelle, is being produced by Brouhaha Entertainment, and his family feature  Best Christmas, Ever!  is out to market. Pete’s co-written television series  Response Time, The Balmain Bookclub, Otherkin,  and  Honey Gum Creek  are being pitched to market by local and interstate production companies. Word Ninjas’ musical dramedy  Sharehouse  is in early development. He has worked as a script editor on many produced TV films, series, and web series. Pete works with clients to hone their stories, comedy, and pitches.

Anthony Castle

Anthony Castle is an author and journalist living on Kaurna land, Adelaide. He has been a professional writer for 15 years.

He holds a Graduate Diploma in Professional Writing and a Diploma in Youth Work. He has written multiple comics for different artists, spoken about the medium across the country, and facilitated comic writing workshops at festivals and in schools. He also has experience writing for indie films and project-managing picture books.

Anthony has worked with neurodivergent young people as a disability support officer and a mentor. He is diagnosed on the autism spectrum, and has advocated for the needs of the autistic community at a national level.

Anthony has written for such outlets as The Guardian Australia , ABC , Meanjin , and The Adelaide Advertiser. By day, he works as a mild-mannered journalist for a not-for-profit. By night, he is typically found trying, and failing, to get his children to sleep.  

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Who would have thought miniature painting could do so much! Andrew is wonderful and patient with everyone and has a way to explain and teach painting techniques that my son understands. Jason helps explain the characters and keeps the conversations flowing. I can’t forget the skills my son learns such as increase in fine motor skills, attention, regulation and social skills. My son and I have been able to do this together and allow me to become apart in some way to his passion for D&D. Thank you Jason and Andrew both my son and I look forward to the session and learning more about all the techniques to paint beautiful miniatures.

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He has made friendships with other participants. The entire team is lovely – it’s honestly like one big happy family. Nothing is ever too much trouble for these guys.

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  • March 4, 2021

There's no better way to improve your writing than to share and workshop it with other writers. This idea can terrify some people, but once you conquer your fear, you'll find it invaluable. However, you need to find the right group for you, and your writing group should have clear guidelines.

If you've decided to start your own writing group, or want to improve how your current one runs, we've asked some of Australia's top authors – Pamela Freeman , Nicole Hayes and Pamela Cook – to share their tips on how to run an effective writing group.

When should your writing group meet?

The first thing you'll need to establish is your schedule. Most groups meet fortnightly or monthly, and a few meet weekly – although that can be harder to commit to. Pick a schedule that works for everyone in your group and stick to it.

“I’ve been involved in several different groups as a participant and each had a different composition and format,” says YA author Nicole Hayes. “But the one that worked best was when there were usually five, but no more than six members – often one would be absent – and we met monthly.”

As part of your schedule, it's a good idea to map out who's turn it is to workshop ahead of time.

“Do the schedule a long way ahead, so people know when they’ll be submitting,” says award-winning author and AWC presenter Pamela Freeman.

Who should be in your writing group?

At each session, it's good to have around five or six writers. Keep in mind that there will almost always be someone who can't make it, so your group should have between six and eight members to allow for that.

“There are eight people in my writing group and seven of us meet fortnightly,” says bestselling author Pamela Cook. “Everyone is published in some form ranging from short stories to multiple novels.”

Ideally, you'll have a range of different backgrounds, careers, family life, genders, ethnicities, etc. There is nothing like a different perspective to help see your story in a new light. However, while you do want a diverse mix of people, you should all be at a similar level of writing experience.

“Think about the composition of the writers and their level of experience,” says Nicole. “In a perfect world, you’d have a mix of experience and success, but truthfully, that benefits the less experienced more than those further along. Striking that balance is key, and it’s important to know what to expect from others upfront.”

Finding that right mix can be tricky. You want a diverse group of people, but you should share a common goal: to improve each other's writing and to support each other. If someone is only interested in their own writing goals, then they won't be a good fit for a supportive and collaborative group.

“Research the group before joining – or before adding a new member,” Pamela Cook says. “Personality clashes can bring the whole thing down in a screaming heap.”

Often, a writing group will form naturally out of an event like a course, workshop, or conference, after people have already formed a connection. Writer Kylie Fennell found her ‘ write people ‘ after attending GenreCon, a writing conference in Brisbane.

“A light-hearted dinner conversation led to a collaborative, multi-genre anthology, Lighthouse ,” Kylie says. “Sure, there were dozens of steps and lots of hard work in between, but it all started with a simple conversation.”

That conversation can also start online, in a Facebook group or Twitter conversation. We've also seen countless writing groups form after writers connected in one of our writing courses, especially Novel Writing Essentials and Write Your Novel .

Where should you meet?

Commonly, writing groups will meet in a library, community centre, or each other's homes. Cafes and restaurants are not great settings because they're noisy and full of distractions – like food and alcohol.

For Pamela Freeman, this is her most important tip. “Do NOT serve food and drink until AFTER the discussion is over (if then),” she says. “Coffee, yes, but no food or alcohol. Otherwise, it descends into a social occasion, instead of a focused workshop. This is not a book club! You are here to work!”

A lot of writing groups fail for this reason, so choose your location wisely.

If you are geographically close, then meeting at each other's homes is a good option. Pamela's own group would meet on a Saturday morning at the house of the person whose work was being workshopped, which was decided several weeks in advance.

If you're further apart, then choose one central location – again, ideally a library meeting room rather than a bar. You can also meet online via Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook or myriad other communication platforms.

“If you’re on Zoom, you might want to nominate a moderator – you can rotate the moderation so that someone whose work is not being discussed does it,” Pamela Freeman advises. “You can also run it remotely via email.”

Of course, plans and situations change, so it's good to have both a physical and virtual location to meet. This allows members to ‘phone in' even if they can't attend physically.

“We try to meet in person but in the depths of Covid we ‘met’ weekly or fortnightly via Zoom,” says Pamela Cook. “We are back to fortnightly face to face meetings at one of the member's homes as it’s central for everyone.”

Do you all need to be writing the same genre?

The answer is a definite ‘no'! Having members writing across several genres can help everyone. Similar to having different life experiences, people writing in different genres will ask questions and see issues that would slip past people who are immersed in their genre.

“In fact, having people who don’t know the genre can be great, as any slightly confusing bits will confuse them a lot!” says Pamela Freeman. “It’s terrific to have different perspectives.”

Pamela Cook agrees. “Everyone in our group writes in different genres ranging from romance, suspense and literary to crime and women’s fiction. We are all pretty eclectic readers and have a broad understanding of genre so that helps.”

Of course, if someone in the group absolutely despises sci-fi, then they may not be a good fit if the rest of the writers focus on speculative fiction.

“It is completely useless to listen to a critique from someone who expressly or genuinely doesn’t like – or even read – your genre,” says Nicole. “There’s really nothing they can offer that others who are better read in your genre can.”

How should you structure each workshop?

Once you've found the right people and have an idea of the schedule, you should establish the structure of your meetings. That means that each time you meet, everybody knows what happens at the start, they know how many pieces will be workshopped, and they have a good idea of when it is going to end.

Some writing groups are very structured, with a clear agenda. Others are a bit looser. Either can work, depending on your group, but each time you meet, you should follow a familiar plan. Start with a catch up and allow everyone to settle in and share any news. But you should have a definite time when the work properly starts.

Pamela Cook's writing group has a fairly loose structure, with a strong emphasis on camaraderie, not just workshopping, but there is still an order of events.

“We generally do a roundup of how we are going with our writing and any issues we are having,” Pamela says. “If someone has a scene, chapter or blurb they need feedback on, that comes next. Then we discuss a podcast or article we have read on craft or another aspect of the business like marketing or querying. Then we lunch! We also swap longer pieces via email.”

Even within Pamela's loose framework, the time is focused on the art and craft of writing. Nicole agrees that this is essential.

“Ensure the night is about work, and not about the social experience,” Nicole says. “Or set a time for catching up before, then designate a hard and fast ‘start work' time that you police rigidly.”

Decide in advance how many pieces you'll workshop each meeting. For example, you can workshop just one writer's work per meeting, or you can do several.

“We would often discuss two or more people’s work in each session, with strict time limits so that no one missed out,” Pamela Freeman says.

For Nicole Hayes' group, they prefer to focus on one writer at a time.

“Ordinarily, there would be a designated week for your work to be read,” Nicole says. “You would provide the work at least a week in advance so everyone had a chance to read and write comments. On the night there would be a discussion that allowed everyone to flesh out their critique, ask questions of the author, and for the author to respond or ask questions of the critique group.”

If you don't have guidelines for how your writing group runs, it will quickly turn into a disorganised (but fun!) social event. Or it will be hijacked by the writers with the strongest personalities. Guidelines create structure and a safe place for writers to share their work.

Keep the following in mind:

Deadlines. If someone is submitting their work for critique, they must meet the deadline. Everyone's time is valuable and meeting deadlines shows respect for your fellow writers. One week before the meet-up is a good rule of thumb. If anyone doesn't submit on time, they don't get feedback.

Word or page limits . Make it clear how long a writer's submission can be. If you're only workshopping one writer during a meet-up, then they can submit a longer piece – for example, up to 5000 words. But if you plan to workshop a few writers during the group time, then each person needs to keep their submission short – say 1000 words.

Timing and moderation As well as deadlines, have timelines during the event. For example, each person has a maximum of 10 minutes to provide their feedback. Having a moderator/timekeeper can help your workshop to run more smoothly.

Reading work out loud . Will writers read an excerpt from their submission? Or the whole thing? Or will you workshop it without having the writer read it out loud? Factor this into your timings.

How do you provide feedback?

It's important that you set out your feedback protocols explicitly. You need to make sure every writer in the group feels comfortable both giving and receiving feedback and having protocols in place will help with that. You can do this in a welcome email, a shared Google Doc, or in a Facebook or WhatsApp group.

Providing feedback is (usually) the whole point of a writing group. To make sure it works for everyone, have clear guidelines about what is expected and what is unacceptable.

There are several different ways you can run the feedback portion of the writing group but two main ones are:

1. Read, critique, listen, respond. 

The writer sends round their workshop piece at least a week before. Everyone reads it several times, making notes. At the writing group, each person provides their verbal feedback and the author is not allowed to respond. Once everyone has critiqued the piece, the author can then address anything that came up.

This is the system that Pamela Freeman prefers.

“It allows the writer to actually LISTEN to what people are saying, rather than start thinking about their response to it,” Pamela says. “It allows things to sink in, particularly if several people are saying the same thing. It allows space for embarrassment to subside and stops you crying as you blurt out a defence of your work. And, importantly, it reassures the participants that they are not going to get into a nasty argument with the writer. This encourages honesty.”

At the end of the session, members share their written notes with the writer, either in hard copy or via email.

2. Read, critique, discussion.

Similar to the above example, writers send round their workshop piece at least a week before. Everyone reads it several times, making notes. During the meet-up, people provide their feedback in turn, but the writer can respond, and all the members get involved in the discussion.

This is the preferred format for Nicole.

“On the night there would be a discussion that allowed everyone to flesh out their critique, ask questions of the author, and for the author to respond or ask questions of the critique group,” Nicole says. “Some say the author shouldn’t speak before their work is read and the critique provided. I’m not sure that’s helpful. We put ourselves in a vulnerable position when we share our work, and unless the read is a final draft, where it really is entirely about what’s on the page, then everything is a work in progress and will require additional thoughts and conversation. Whatever makes the authors and those providing their critique comfortable is what matters.”

If you're providing feedback by email, rather than meeting up physically or virtually, make sure you have a shared Google Drive or Dropbox folder where everyone can put their stories and comments. It's fine for the discussion to take place via email (or chat), but keeping all the submissions and feedback in one place will make your life easier.

Have fun and be supportive!

Finally, enjoy the process! If you hate it, you won't benefit from it. And if you do hate it, question why. Is it the people? Is it the structure? Is it the timing? All of those things can be changed. If you simply hate giving or receiving feedback, you have to ask yourself if a writing group is really for you.

The best writing groups are composed of people who share a goal – to improve their own writing and to improve the writing of their fellow writers.

“You are all there to support each other’s writing,” Pamela Cook says. “It’s a give and take process.”

Being supportive means going beyond the allotted time at your meet-up. You can also share Tweets and Facebook posts, celebrate each other's successes, commiserate over rejections, and exchange opportunities.

“Support each other, encourage each other, barrack for each other – publicly, privately, every chance you can,” says Nicole. “It’s a glorious thing to watch a manuscript and author rise out of the ashes and into the publishing world – and to know you’ve had a hand in it. Celebrate others’ successes because 1) it’s the right thing to do and 2) you helped build this thing and that’s a great feeling!”

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Perfect for: women writers who want a place to connect and learn from fellow writers.

12. Talentville

If your passion lies in screenwriting, then you’ll want to book a one-way ticket to Talentville. Here you can get feedback on your writing and learn the skills necessary to perfect your screencraft. Plus, you can work on and build your network of contacts: the site is also a frequent stop for industry professionals (like agents, managers, and producers) on the lookout for new talent.

Perfect for: writers whoare interested in screenwriting and networking.

13. Underlined

A writing community by Penguin Random House. While any author can find helpful information on this website, it’s geared more towards younger writers. It has a well-designed platform, quizzes, genre-specific information, the latest news on book releases, Q&As with authors, and even some giveaways and excerpts as perks.

Perfect for: younger writers who are looking for genre-specific information and bookish perks.

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14. Writers Helping Writers

This is a free-to-register community where you can find resources for writers, teachers, and editors alike. They offer a vast array of tools to perfect your craft, no matter your level. Their extensive creative library includes webinars, free writing and marketing tools, a thesaurus collection, story maps, idea generators, and more.

Perfect for: writers, editors, and teachers who are looking to build up their writing toolbox.

15. #WritingCommunity

Sometimes, all you need is a hashtag. And indeed, Twitter's own #WritingCommunity is one of the most robust writing collectives on the web. Ask a question, and it'll almost certainly get answered (without a lot of Twitter's trademark snark). The key here is to keep your questions concise, reply often to others, and don't go crazy with other hashtags. The community can tell if you're just thirsty for RTs. Perfect for: writers who are finally ready to use Twitter for good — and not just for procrastinating.

Do you belong to a writing community? Which one is your favorite one? Add yours in the comments below!

13 responses

27/11/2018 – 22:42

Very useful post. Thanks for this. I will be linking to it on my blog.

Dr Jack Edward Effron says:

18/02/2019 – 16:40

You left out taylz.com. It’s truly free. They are not going to give you a rubbish service to make you join their pay site because they have no pay site. Your story can be 8,000 words. They are not going to force you into flash fiction of 3,000 words. One critique out, one critique in: no mucking about with “karma” or critiquing 5+ stories to get one critique. The great new idea whose time has come! And it’s British, not American.

marieseltenrych says:

08/05/2019 – 12:28

Reedsy, thank God you are here! I want to ask a question to other authors or self publishers here: I have been approached by OmniScriptum to publish my books (research) with them. I cannot find much about this company online, so wondered if anyone has published with them recently? Thanks Reedsy in anticipation. Marie

↪️ Reedsy replied:

08/05/2019 – 12:29

Hi Marie! Sounds potentially very shady to me. If you haven't already, check out our post on predatory companies in publishing. One of the rules of thumb is that if a publisher contacts you first, be very wary. I just did 20 seconds worth of Googling and found some people who had a bad experience.

Eunice Brownlee says:

I am a member of illuminate, which is a group designed around supporting women who want to share their stories but don't know how. The majority of us write non-fiction essays and memoirs, but we have a few poets and fiction writers in the mix as well. The overall goal is to support each other, especially through those harder moments of not wanting to write, or not knowing where to start. There are monthly themes and prompts, a weekly exercise inside the Facebook group, and cross-sharing of what we're working on. My favorite feature is the expert review, where you can submit any piece you're working on each month and you'll get quality feedback from one of the editors that manage the group. This group is perfect for anyone who is just getting started writing.

↪️ Brittani B replied:

11/02/2020 – 19:27

I tried the link multiple times both from this page and separately searched and was unable to access the site.

Harry says:

05/06/2019 – 07:51

Personally I think you missed out the best writing community: https://community.jerichowriters.com/ Jericho Writers is a free writing community that writers can safely share thought, make friends, swap work and get advice

Christian says:

08/08/2019 – 12:21

I only recommend Scribophile if you enjoy being coerced into groupthink. If you hope to get meaningful critique that will help you, look elsewhere. The critiques here are mostly SPAG, and it's forbidden to discuss your work on the main forums, except in the broadest, vaguest way.

Randy says:

18/08/2019 – 06:11

I have all my dads writing research and copyrights to 18 different books....all this was before the digital world .... many negatives photos ....every major story from all over the world with his .copyright . These are huge stores and his books are really well written ....what should I do with them .....incredible spy work as well

Ratih says:

27/08/2019 – 03:50

As a new writer this article is really useful for me. Thank you reedsy

Jennifer says:

02/09/2019 – 14:15

Hi guys! Great blog! Just wanted to let you know that we linked to you in a blog on the Peaceful Living Wellness Online Magazine :) It will be published on Friday, September 6th, 2019

↪️ Martin Cavannagh replied:

17/09/2019 – 09:04

Thanks! We appreciate that!

Kaylee Downey says:

14/02/2020 – 19:09

Um...what about Wattpad?

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