Are you interested in joining a writers’ group? Getting involved with a writers’ group is a fantastic way to connect with like-minded people, receive valuable feedback on your writing and grow as a writer. Read a QWC member’s article on the benefits of joining a writers’ group.
There are many writers groups in Queensland serving various genres, locations and types of writers. Some operate as critique groups giving detailed feedback, others as a social opportunity to give one another support, motivation, and ideas.
Below is a list of writers’ groups in Queensland who welcome new members. Please feel free to contact them directly to get involved.
Please note: this is not a comprehensive or complete list. If you are a member of a writers group that is open to new members and you would like your group to be listed below, please feel free to create a listing for your group.
Gladstone Area Writers Group is a safe place for people suffering from a writing addiction. We gather once a month to share our war stories, fantasy stories, romance, poems, in fact, anything that our imaginations can come up with. If you suffer as we do then we welcome you.
Gladstone Area Writers Group meets on the first Thursday of each month at the Gladstone City Library. We are a supportive, friendly group whose passion for the written word drives us to take time to share our work and offer advice. We welcome writers of all ages, experience levels, and genres.
We can be contacted on the following emails:
General email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pierre FERMIER -Secretary - email@example.com
Mona OLIVER - President - firstname.lastname@example.org
The group meets monthly on the fourth Friday of the month from 4pm. A Dropbox is set up for members to upload their critique submission by the second Friday of the month. As the group expands, we will divide the group into smaller groups focused on different aspects and genres of writing. Membership and attendance is free.
What we do:
• Open discussions about current projects
• Accountability for setting and achieving writing goals
• Advice and constructive feedback
• Share resources and tools
• Help those suffering from writers block
All aspiring and professional writers welcome.
The Gympie Writers' Group is still open to new members and we ask that those wishing to attend the monthly meetings contact the Gympie Library and ask the librarians for the next meeting date and time. The library's number is 5481 0859.
The group meets monthly for a social coffee and chat, to encourage, motivate and inspire each other in their writing and/or illustrating endeavors.
The group meets on the first Saturday of each month 10am -noon. Due to the Cassowary Coast being such a spread out community the meetings take place in a café in the north of the region [Innisfail] and on alternate months a café in the south of the region [Mission Beach] so all members share travel distance.
• Please contact the group to see where the next meeting will be - Contact Jacque Duffy on 40653364
• New members are always welcome and the group is diverse in age [9-89yrs] and genre.
• Membership is $20 yr and meetings are free
We send out a monthly newsletter and we hold writing sessions both online and off. We have an online bookclub to encourage reading books outside of our normal comfort zone. We attend local markets and festivals to spread our name and also sell our members’ books. We meet most Saturday mornings between 9am – 10am. We also connect online in our Facebook Group.
Our group's purpose is to support writers of any genre; we critique, share, workshop and enjoy each other's work and get involved in community events.
Our group meets the first Monday of the month at 9.30am at 6 Udara Street, Macleay Island. We have a set assignment which is completed beforehand to be read out at the meeting. Our group inspires and mentors those writers wishing to complete a project and for this, we meet on the third Monday of the month. Ditto time and place. We welcome new and emerging writers from Macleay Island. For further details, you can contact Robbie Kirk on 0404 719 929 or Desmond Kelly on 3409 5592.
Most of our writers identify with the Christian faith but all are welcome. Our sessions often focus on an aspect of writing craft, discussion of the industry and mutual critique of group members' work. The Omega Writers Brisbane group is part of the national Omega Writers Association.
Orange Grove Writers are a friendly group which meets every week. We offer each other constructive criticism, support and encouragement and also exchange information about competitions, opportunities and events. Sometimes topics are suggested but members mostly prefer to work on their own projects (mainly short stories, plays or novels). New members are very welcome. We do not charge any fees.
An informal group of adult aspiring writers, we meet weekly at Pomona for a couple of hours of fun, relaxation and mind-stretching exercises. A weekly topic is set - this week it's 'What I really meant....' for which we invite a short story, a poem, a comment piece, a reminiscence, whatever you choose, as long as they're your own words. We start by reading our contribution for that week, and while we don't actively invite a critique of our work, help and advice are always there if they are sought. After a coffee break, we move into an impromptu session, where we write for a few minutes on a random theme, to free us up from over-editing our thoughts.. Every week is different - you are very welcome to dip your toe in our pool.
A group of like-minded adults who love to write in story or poetic form. The group members enjoy sharing their written work and ideas and seeking out opportunities to develop their craft. These opportunities can include: writing competitions, goes speakers and participating in writing workshops.
The Group is open to writers of all ages and experience. A small fee is applicable per meeting. The group welcomes a mixture of experienced and beginners and deals with all disciplines of Creative Writing. The Group is chaired by published writer Raymond W Clarke.
Share Your Story helps aspiring authors by connecting them with active and successful industry professionals to help them on their journey to publication. Attending workshops with fellow creatives optimises your ability to keep your network fresh and active, strengthen connections and know more about the people who are succeeding in your chosen industry. Across the world, a revolution has taken place. Driven by advancements in social networking, creatives have unprecedented opportunities to share their story with the world. The publishing industry is changing and it can be harder to get a book published than ever before. Writers are looking to achieve a deeper engagement with publishers and readers by empowering themselves with the knowledge they need to be a successfully published author.
The Springfield Writers Group was formed to bring together local writers for support and fellowship. The group accepts writers from beginners to established professional writers, and there is no restriction on genre. The group’s goal is to encourage and inspire, to support and share, and to develop a network of writing friends. This way, members always have a pool of Beta-readers and editors to help them, with the understanding they must return the favour on request. As well, there is always someone available for a chat about writing-related problems.
In 2017, the group wrote and published its first anthology, Return, with all the stories having a connection to Halley’s Comet. The group hopes to publish an anthology every year, to help broaden the experience and skills of our group members.
We believe everyone is made of the Write Stuff.
Stanthorpe Writers Group supports the development of writers from beginners to experienced in an encouraging environment. All ages, genres and backgrounds welcome. Some meetings involve cake though usually a combination of critiquing and workshops. Auspiced by CDS Stanthorpe.
Strathpine Writers Group is devoted to craft, productivity and encouragement for writers at all stages of the journey. Writers in our group range from complete novices to published authors and in all genres.
Members are encouraged to write original prose and poetry to the best of their ability and in their chosen field. When work is read during the workshops, members are offered helpful comments and advice. New members are most welcome
Open to new members and have 5 different, active groups. These are:
1. Verb - Craft workshops, guest speakers, critiques etc. Meet monthly.
2. Speculative Fiction - Science fiction, fantasy, horror etc. Meet fortnightly.
3. Romance and Commercial Fiction - Business and marketing, upcoming events, workshops etc. Meet monthly.
4. Emerge - 13-17 year olds. Online.
5. Townsville Children's Writers - everything you need to know about how to write children's books. Meets monthly.