Writing Groups


Writing is a solitary profession and can often be lonely and frustrating. It is always helpful to have someone, other than your friends and family, to discuss ideas with and help with your manuscript. We always recommend getting a professional manuscript assessment before submitting your manuscript to a publisher, but you may want some support through that developmental stage. Writing Groups are an ideal place to meet like-minded individuals who can offer this kind of support as well as social and networking opportunities.

Want to start your own writing group?


If you are considering starting your own writing group, there are some great resources online to help you on your way. Some useful websites are

Writing center     goinswriter.com     10 Tips for starting a writing group     Set up an Amazing Writing Group Workshop (online)

Share information about your writing group


Reach out to NZSA members in your area and start your own writing group. You can also use this form to share new information about established writing groups. This is a members only resource, so you have to be logged in (to the website) if you wish to fill out the form and / or view the list. Once you have filled out the form, we will then add your writing groups details for other NZSA members to see.

 

Want to become part of an already established writing group?


Established writing groups by region

Online

Flashwrite
Online writing group that do weekly exercises from various textbooks from previous courses, give constructive feedback using set guidelines, share information and give each other moral, emotional support in our individual endeavours. Contact Patricia Zaw

Northland

Kaipwriters
Dargaville writing group that has been in action for around two years. Currently has 8-10 members. A lot of emphasis on poetry and children’s writing, but flash fiction and non-fiction are also shared. Contact Maureen Sudlow sudrm@xtra.co.nz.

Russell Writer’s Workshop
Meets 1st Sunday each month, 2 pm at Russell Library, Contact: Peter, Ph: 09 403-8321.

Pen-Ultimate
Meets alternate Fridays, 10:00 am to 12:30. Contact: Derin Attwood at derin@wordlypress.com

Auckland

Auckland Writers Critique Group
We are a long-established, tight-knit and committed critique group. We meet in members’ homes every alternate Tuesday evening at 7.30pm , Feb to mid-Dec. We take scheduled turns making submissions, which are sent 10 days in advance, to be critiqued and discussed at the following meeting. Our focus is on prose writing, both fiction and non-fiction, from adult genres and YA through to picture books. Contact: Tannis Laidlaw, tannislaidlaw@gmail.com

Hibiscus Coast Writers Club
A fun group to share ideas with, participate in workshops and hear interesting speakers. We have monthly workshops; up to 6 internal competitions per year including poetry, short stories and drama, all judged externally. Come along for a visit at 1pm, 2nd Saturday of each month, Pohutukawa room, Whangaparaoa Library, The Plaza, Whangaparaoa. Contact: Diana, ndk8or@gmail.com or Ph: 021 025 26006

International Writers’ Workshop
Meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, February to November inclusive, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, meeting at The Villa, 119 Queen Street Northcote. As well as workshop sessions we have several competitions a year covering a range of topics and themes. New and prospective members are welcome. iww.co.nz

Mairangi Writers of North Shore
Auckland writing group formed eighteen years ago. Contact Jean Allen 09 473 5910, pakiti@xtra.co.nz

Memoir – where it all begins
Even if memoir is not your genre, it is a great way to flex your writing muscles. We usually meet once a month and are flexible at the moment as to whether it is in the evening or during the day. Contact Katherine Kelly

NZSA South Auckland Writers’ Group
This group meets every second Friday of the month and also organises writing workshops. Writers from the Manukau, Papakura and the Counties areas are welcome. Contact Jocelyn Watkin Ph 027 493 9851 or jwatkin@clear.net.nz

North Shore Writers’ Group
First Thursday of the month, 7.30pm Highbury House, 110 Hinemoa Street, Birkenhead, North Shore. Contact Vonney, Ph 09 473 6216.

PoetryLive
Thirsty Dog on Karangahape Rd (corner of K Rd and Howe Street). Meets on Tuesdays at 8 pm. It is MCed by Christian Jensen (1st Tues of the month), Miriam Barr (2nd Tues), Renee Liang (3rd Tues), and Murray Lee (4th Tues).Contact poetrylive@gmail.com

Rose Centre Writers
Meetings are held every month on the Saturday of the second week at the Rose Centre, School Road, Belmont, Takapuna. $5 entry fee. Each month the club will have a guest writer coming in to talk about writing. For more info contact Hazel Roff Ph 09 489 7203.

Waiheke Writers Group
Waiheke Writers Group meets on Tuesday mornings at 10.15 at the Catherine Mitchell Arts Centre, Ostend, Waiheke Island. For further details contact: Eleanor Rimoldi eleanorrimoldi@gmail.com.

Waitakere Writers
Waitakere Writers meet the second Saturday of each month (excluding January) at the St John Hall, 247 Edmonton Rd, Te Atatu South. 1.30 – 4pm.  Fees: annual membership: $20. We welcome new members to our friendly, diverse group, where we share knowledge and experience. Writing expertise is not a prerequisite – just enthusiasm. Website
Contact Shirley Hawkes shumba@ihug.co.nz

Insideout Open Mic for Writers
Held on the second Wednesday of the month. A night for writers to read their work in public. Held at: One2One Cafe, 121 Ponsonby Road, Auckland. Contact: Anita Arlov.

We Love to Write
A writing group for romance writers – either starting out, or already published (self or otherwise). For discussing works in progress and offering help and advice to newbies who are burning to see what they’ve written actually appear in a published format. Contact Lisa Oliver.

 

Waikato

Raglan Writing Group
This group of published and unpublished writers meets fortnightly. New members welcome. We have been operating for four years. For further information, contact Pam Bovill.

Bay of Plenty / Rotorua
Rotorua Writers Group
Meet on the first Saturday of each month at the Rotorua Arts Village in Hinemaru Street, from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. New members welcome. Contact Jim Adams (Current President) Ph: 07 562 5731  or Marj Giffitsh Ph: 07 345 6883 or Mob: 021 318 4288

Tauranga U3A Pen Whisperers
Meet at 24 Ocean beach Road, Mt Maunganui, 2nd & 4th Mondays, Feb to Nov. Contact Jillian Brown, Ph 07 5765008

Tauranga Writers
A self-help group established nearly 50 years ago. We get together regularly to exchange experience and expertise, discuss tactics and techniques and to share work in progress for constructive criticism. We meet twice monthly on the first Thursday at 7 pm for work in progress and the third Sunday for focus sessions, often open to the public, at 2 pm at The Alzheimer Society House, 116 13th Avenue, Tauranga. Contact: President Jenny Argante (ph 07 576 9212, mob 022 053 48 68). New members always welcome – and please note: our main intention is getting you started and getting you published. www.taurangawriters.org.nzwww.Facebook.com/TaurangaWriters.

Central Districts

Feilding Writers’ Circle
We meet monthly, on the third Tuesday of each month, 10:15 am at the Feilding Library. Contact: Rachel Doré 06 328 9169 – Email: feildingwriterscircle@gmail.com

Live Poets
A friendly group of Taupo Poets who meet for informal readings each month.  The time and the place varies so please email Geni if you would like to know more.  The group enjoys reading poetry at local Rest homes as well as enjoying visits from guest poets from time to time.  We are not all poetry writers some of our group are poetry lovers who love searching out interesting poets and poems to share at our meetings.  We welcome writers of any genre who would like to come and share their creations with us. Email Geni for more information.

The Blair Logie Writers Group
Meets at the Genealogical Centre, Queen Street, Masterton on the last Friday of each month from 2:00 pm till 4:00 pm. All welcome. Ph 06 378-9495 or 06 378-6423 for further details.

Quill – Masterton

Contact person: Corlett Shirley Corlett. A group of 10 women who meet once a month on a Monday morning 9am to about 1.30 pm, taking turns to host it. (Men would also be welcome). They criticise each other’s work and discuss what they’ve been reading etc. They describe themselves as a diverse group with a variety of writing interests. Poetry, short stories, stage plays, adult, Y/A and children’s novels and stories.

Poverty Bay Pen Pushers – Gisborne

Contact: Dorothy Fletcher. Covering many genres including local history, supernatural, general fiction, children and young adult, using both short story and novel forms. Meet every fortnight to discuss and critique their writing and to ‘renew our sense of the ridiculous’.

U3A Group – New Plymouth
[The] local U3A group has 3 active writing groups operating. I think most of these groups concentrate on memoir type writing.

Puke Ariki Library writing group – New Plymouth
Contact person: Stella McCallum. “We are keen to find a few more enthusiastic teenagers to join a new writing group”. They meet monthly in Puke Ariki library, New Plymouth on Thursdays after school.

Ruapehu District

Taumarunui Writers’ Group
We meet on an unscheduled basis for writing days, workshops and general meetings for social and general purposes. We also run the William Taylor Memorial Heartland Short Story Competition. New members welcome. See our website for more information or email Helen Reynolds or Ph: 07 896 6096.

Wellington

Kahini Writing Groups
Kahini hosts workshops, conferences and gatherings that bring writers together across borders of all kinds. Programmes run in Wellington, Kampala (in Uganda) and various locations in the United States. You can find out more here: http://kahini.org/

The Kapiti Children’s Writers’ Group
We began in 2012 to promote writing for children in the Kapiti area. We are a group of six published writers, and we form the Board of Trustees for our Charitable Trust. Each year we work on a set programme of events to encourage both adults and children in their writing through workshops and writing competitions. We have published two anthologies for children, one written by Kapiti adult authors and one written and illustrated by the children of Kapiti. In April 2016 we opened our membership to local adult writers and illustrators to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, networking, workshops and speakers.For further information contact: Pam Kessler, Secretary, Kapiti Children’s Writers’ Group, Ph: (04) 902 1806

Levin – Horowhenua Writers’ Group
Meets first Thursday of every month at 1.30 pm at Thompson House, Levin. Contact Bill Pratt.

Plimmerton Writers Group
We meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm in members’ homes. We read and discuss examples of our work. For more information, contact Mike Doig: 04 2338 197, mikedoig72@gmail.com.

Poets to the People
Kapiti’s monthly poetry venue Meets at Hightide Cafe, 43 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach, 4–6pm, last Sunday of the month, February to November (except if Labour Weekend is last in October). $5 entry. Open mic at 4. Guest poet around 5. Our open mic is legendary (with the occasional live proposal of marriage), and some of New Zealand’s best known and most accomplished poets have performed here. (We pay a decent fee). Contact Michael to join our mailing list.

Upper Hutt Writers
We meet the second Sunday of each month at 10.30 am at the Upper Hutt Art Society Rooms, Ward Street, Upper Hutt. $2 per meeting, please bring your own lunch. Contact Bob on 5269478.

Windrift Haiku Group
Meets every two months in members’ homes. Contacts: Karen, 04 293 6224 and Nola, 04 586 728.

 

Nelson / Marlborough / West Coast

Boulder Writers
This group of writers based in the Nelson area is mainly focused on poetry, although fiction and non-fiction are also written. They meet on the fourth Saturday of the month to share and critique their work. Enquiries re membership vacancies can be made to Carol Ercolano at c.ercolano@kinect.co.nz Ph 03-545-0162.

Golden Bay Live Poets’ Society

Meetings are held at the famous Mussel Inn, Takaka, usually on the third Thursday of each month. Local (and occasionally international) musicians/singer-songwriters feature in a slot before the open mic begins, and a guest poet often complements the open mic. Everyone is welcome. Check www.musselinn.co.nz for details. Contact: Rose Michel von Dreger, thewritingforest@gmail.com

Nelson Live Poets
We meet monthly, generally on the third Wednesday, at The Royal Hotel, corner of Collingwood & Bridge Streets, Nelson. Our programme is: meet at 6.30 pm for a 6.45 pm start, with live music from a local singer/ guitarist to put us in the mood; first open mic session; featured guest poet; second open mic session. Everyone is welcome to come along and perform poetry or music, or just to listen. Koha entry.
Contact Deirdre Lusby Tel: 03-544-0191

Marlborough Writers’ Group
This group meets every third Tuesday of the month. They meet at 5pm to discuss any business and share their writing on a new topic each month at Fairweathers, 36 Scott Street, Blenheim. Visitors welcome.
Contact June Bowen, junemoon@xtra.co.nz, tel: 03-577-9035.

Motueka Creative Writing Group
This group meets at 7.30 pm on the second Monday of each month in a member’s house, somewhere in the Motueka Tasman area. They choose a topic by consensus and the following month each member of the group contributes a short story of 500 – 800 words on that topic, which is read and critiqued. Occasionally they invite a guest author or publisher to speak or comment. At present they have 10 – 12 active members, and welcome other like-minded persons to come along and see if they like each other.
Contact Peter O’Halloran at pohalloran@paradise.net.nz  Tel: 03-540-2874 or Alison Condon at cjajcondon@value.net.nz  Tel: 03-526-8500.

Picton Poets
This group meets on the third Wednesday of the month (not January) at 10.30 am at the Reading Room, Picton Library. They share their own original poems in a friendly, constructive atmosphere. New members are welcome.
Contact: Mary Howan on 03-573 5973 nadamary@xtra.co.nz

Writers of Picton
Meet on the first Monday of the month (except January), from 11.30 am – 1.30 pm. They usually meet at the Reading Room, Picton Library, but the venue and time can change, so if you wish to come along please contact: Irene & Peter Thomas Tel: 03-573 5501 or Mob: 027 249 3146, email: goodhope@clear.net.nz; or Julie Kennedy, Tel: 03-573-8281, email: kennedyjf@xtra.co.nz. New members are welcome.

Writers at Lunchtime
This informal group meets on the first Wednesday of the month in the function room of The Prince Albert Hotel, 113 Nile Street, Nelson. Come any time between 11.30am and 1.30pm. There is a guest speaker at 12.30pm, but the purpose of the group is primarily social and visitors are welcome. Gold coin donation. Contact Chrissie Ward on 03-546 9818, cj.ward@xtra.co.nz

Romance Writers of NZ, Nelson Branch
Meet on the second Saturday of every month at 2pm at the National Party Office, corner of Waimea & Quarantine Roads, Nelson. Convenor: Annika Ohlson-Smith, Ph  03-548-5561, email allan-annika@xtra.co.nz. New members always welcome. If you are not an RWNZ member already, you are welcome to join us for up to three meetings before deciding to become a member. At our meetings we catch up with and encourage each other’s work, do some writing exercises, critiquing, listen to invited speakers or sometimes watch romantic films together. Tea/coffee & cake is always offered for a gold coin.

Writers’ Group of Golden Bay
Our focus is to review each other’s work and to discuss issues arising. We usually meet monthly in members’ homes. New members are welcome, and should first contact Sue Clark, suedes@clear.net.nz Ph: 03524 8286

Canterbury
Airing Cupboard Women Poets
The Airing Cupboard Women Poets meet at 10 a.m. fortnightly at the South Christchurch Library, 66 Colombo Street. Phone Judith Walsh (ph 03 342 9881).

Ashburton Writers Group
Meets monthly. 19/10 Creek Road, Ashburton. Contact Rae Magson Ph 03 308 8927.

The Children’s Writing Hub
Meets on Saturdays at the South Library. Helen Mongillo is the person to contact for details on this group.

Methven Scribes
This group meets on the first Monday of every month at members’ homes. Contact Susan Sandys.

The NZSA Writing Group
Meets every Tuesday, 9-12 at South Library, Colombo St. Beckenham. Contact: Amy Paulussen.

Rangiora Writing Group
Managed by Virginia Gray.

Small White Teapot Group
For those with an interest in writing haiku and related forms. Meets 12pm, fourth Tuesday of the month. Contact: Barbara Strang, Phone: 03 376 4486.

The South Island Writers Association (SIWA)
This is a vibrant, friendly group that meets on the second Thursday of each month (except January) at 7.30pm in the St Mark’s Church Hall, 101 Opawa Road, Christchurch. They run monthly writing competitions for members, and judges talk to the group about their particular field of writing, ranging from poetry to short stories, children’s stories or articles. Visitors are always welcome. More information can be found at the website, or contact Rach Smith, raqfoo@gmail.com

Wunderbar Readings
Every second Thursday 8pm at the Wunderbar in Lyttleton.

Canterbury Poets Collective
Organises poetry reading and publications through the Sudden Valley Press and Poets Group. A season of readings each year (national, international, and local poets). Contact: Secretary, Dr Jeni Curtis, Ph: 021 167 6998, or jeni.curtis@gmail.com

Christchurch Writers Guild
The Christchurch Writers’ Guild are an active community of authors – published and unpublished, new and practiced – who strive to encourage and support one another with regular gatherings, write-ins, workshops and critiques both online and off. They meet the second Monday of each month at the Undercroft, University of Canterbury. If you wish to know more, drop an email to: chchwritersnz@gmail.com

Otago / Southland
Writing Dunedin
Supportive writing group for experienced writers meets in Dunedin at 5.30pm every third Wednesday.   Please contact: Writingdunedin@gmail.com for further information.

Dunedin Playwrights Group
Meets Thursdays, fortnightly at 7.30pm, at Allen Hall Theatre Rehearsal Room, Otago University. Facilitated by Anni Watkins, it is an opportunity to share work, knowledge and experiences, develop and socialise. Open to anyone interested in professional playwriting and its development in Dunedin.

Dunedin Writers Workshop
A friendly group with meetings held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, February to November, at 7:30pm, in Room 108 within the King Edward Court building on the corner of Stuart Street and York Place. New members are very welcome. For more information please contact dunedinwriters.workshop@gmail.com

Kath’s Writing Group
We’re a group of experienced writers who’ve been meeting once a fortnight for 23 years for the purpose of critiquing and supporting each others work. Membership is by invitation. If you are interested in joining our group contact Kath Beattie kathb@earthlight.co.nz

Southern Writers NZ
A support group for writers of all levels and genres. The group’s aim is to support both published and aspiring writers by providing information on competitions, links to websites on writing and tips on how to present work to a publisher. It is also interested in setting up critiquing groups. Members are spread throughout New Zealand and contact is mainly by email.

Queenstown Writers Group
Meets every third Thursday in Queenstown at 5.30 pm. Contact queenstownwriters@ihug.co.nz for further information.

Waitaki Writers Group
Meets in Oamaru 1.30 pm, second Monday each month. It encourages and extends writers, fosters constructive comment on members’ work. Contact: waitakiwriters@yahoo.co.nz or Bruce Costello 0274 514 149

Hagley Writers’ Institute
Contact: Morrin Rout (director), morrin.rout@staff.hagley.school.nz, or Ph: 03 329 9789 or Mob: 021 0464 189

Catalyst
First Tuesday of each month, short fiction, flash fiction and poetry open mic and literary journal at Twisted Hop. Contact: kirstyhdunn@gmail.com

Selwyn Writers
Meets the first Tuesday of each month at The Laboratory in Lincoln. Contact: Jo Preston


Online

The Kiwi Writers’ Cafe
website is a forum for all Aotearoa-New Zealand writers, or New Zealanders living overseas – or people writing about some aspect of this beautiful country.
http://kiwiwriterscafe2005.tripod.com/kiwiwriterscafe2006/

The Logan Writers Guild Inc
Stories, poems and feature articles are welcome from members and non-members.

New Zealand Travel Communicators (Travcom)
Travcom is a not-for-profit association of travel writers, photographers, broadcasters and travel-related communicators involved in promoting a high standard of travel writing, photography and publishing in New Zealand and internationally.