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Peter Cowan Writers Centre Inc (PCWC) conducts workshops, writing groups, and competitions such as the annual Peter Cowan 600 Short Story Competition which closes in April each year. The Centre also produces monthly newsletters for members with competition and publication opportunities. Memberships range from $20–$62 per year and include $25 Associate Memberships for interstate, regional and rural writers. Please refer to the Membership page on our website.

Phone: 0410 909 016 (leave a message)
Address: PO BOX 239, JOONDALUP WA 6919
Contact Name: Peter Cowan Writers Centre Inc
Website: pcwc.org.au
Facebook: PCWCWA
Memberships: High School Student: $20, Associate: $25, Concession: $47, Standard: $62. All memberships are for a calendar year, but pro-rata rates are available for joining throughout the year.
Meetings: Fortnightly First Draft Group and Monthly Write-in Group
Fees: $5 per session

Formed in 2011, Creative Kids Tales is an industry recognised site designed to assist Australian emerging and established children’s authors. Our services include: Manuscript Assessments, Author Personal Training, Workshops, Author Platform, Online Critique Group, Festivals, Publishing opportunities, Comprehensive Publisher and Agent listing for our Members, dedicated Facebook group for members, monthly online meet-ups, networking opportunities, writing tips and lots more.

Phone: 0419 689 942
Address: PO Box 659, MIRANDA NSW 1490
Contact Name: Georgie Donaghey
Twitter: @CKidsTales
Meetings: Monthly online Zoom Group
Fees: Annual Author Membership $80

The Caboolture Writers' Link Group is a group of people from the wider Caboolture area who share a love of writing. New members are welcome.

Phone: 0401 545 233
Address: Caboolture Central Library, 4 Hasking ST, CABOOLTURE QLD 4510
Memberships: Free.
Meetings: Meets monthly at 9:30am on every first Tuesday at the Caboolture Library.

The group meets to hear readings of members work, and then provide critique. Also holds workshops on such topics as bookbinding, preparation of various forms of writing, how to use computer packages, etc.

Phone: (07) 49745061
Address: PO BOX 1559, GLADSTONE QLD 4680
Memberships: Membership costs: $10 (per year), $5 (concession).
Meetings: Meets on the first Thursday of each month, 6pm at Gladstone City Library, Goondoon Street, meeting room.

The group holds workshops and also publishes an annual anthology. Members consist of a group of self-help writers and has published several books on poetry and short stories.

Phone: (07) 32647330
Address: Geebung RSL, Newman Road, GEEBUNG 4034
Memberships: Membership costs: $10 (per year).
Meetings: Meetings are from 9:30am to 11:30am on the 2nd Wednesday of the month

A group offering support, encouragement and constructive criticism of writing. Writers of all genres, beginners and experienced welcome. General (assignment) meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month. Beforehand, writers are given reference material on a writing subject and an assignment. Novel and Short Story Critiquing meetings are held on the fourth Saturday of each month.

Phone: (07) 38480442
Mobile: 0404 104 312
Memberships: Membership costs: $10 (yearly membership), $2 (per meeting), $4 (per month).
Meetings: Meets at Fairfield Library, Fairfield Road.

Carindale Writers' Group meets every first and third Thursday morning of the month at the Holland Park Library. The service we offer is to provide encouragement through sharing and discussion. We are open for membership to both emerging and established writers of all genres.

Phone: 0423 572 288
Address: PO BOX 259, HOLLAND PARK QLD 4121
Memberships: Membership costs: $15 (regular), $3 (per meeting).
Meetings: Meets on the first and third Thursday of each month from 9:30am-12pm at 1151 Creek RD, Carindale, QLD 4152

The Australian Bush Poets Association promotes bush poetry as an art form in the entertainment field, both in the spoken word form and as published verse. Publishes a monthly newsletter to keep members informed of coming events and past results, and encourages members to enter competitions, both written and performance.

Phone: 0411 160 510
Address: PO BOX 701, MORNINGSIDE QLD 4170
Memberships: Membership costs: $30 (individual), $20 (junior).

The objectives of the association are to promote the practice and methods of oral history, educate in the use of oral history methods, encourage discussion of all problems in oral history, foster the preservation of oral history records in Australia, and share information about oral history projects. Branch seminars and workshops are held regularly throughout the year while a national conference is held every two years.

Address: PO Box 3296 BIRKDALE QLD 4159
Facebook: ohaaqld 
Memberships: Membership costs: $40 (per year), $30 (concession), $65 (institution).

The Kingaroy Writers Association was established in August 1994. Workshops consist of a theme set by the President which can be written as a short story, poem or play. All subjects related to writing are discussed, along with helpful critique of members' work.

Address: 1011 Cushnie Road, CUSHNIE QLD 4608
Memberships: Membership costs: $5 (membership), $2 (per meeting).

Due to the Cassowary Coast being such a spread out community the meetings take place in a cafe in the north of the region (Innisfail) and on alternate months a cafe in the south of the region (Mission Beach) so all members share travel distance. New members are always welcome and the group is diverse in age (9-89yrs) and genre

Memberships: Membership is $20 per year
Meetings: First Saturday of each month 10am-12noon. Innisfail and Mission Beach alternate months (contact the group for details).

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.

Meetings: Meets monthly. See Facebook page for more details.

Community for screenwriters to connect and talk script writing.

Meetings: We meet every fourth Saturday of the month from 3pm-5pm in the State Library of Queensland (Level 2). PLEASE NOTE: all meetings have been postponed indefinitely. We will post an event to the group page when meetings are running again.

A group for seasoned and aspiring writers from Brisbane's northside in Queensland, Australia. Open to new members.

Address: Rendezvous Cafe, 1 Williams St, DAYBORO 4521
Meetings: Third Wednesday of the month

Our events, competitions and publications are always on the Facebook page so that's normally the best place to look

Address: The University of Queensland, ST LUCIA QLD 4067
Facebook: WritersClubUQ
Meetings: Varies, see Facebook

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.

Address: PO BOX 1392, MACKAY QLD 4740
Meetings: Fourth Monday of each month, 7pm at the Gordon White LIbrary

A community group that promotes and encourages the local writers of the Cairns Regional area in Far North Queensland in Australia.

Address: PO Box 7772, Cairns Main Post Office CAIRNS QLD 4870
Meetings: Meets on the last Saturday of every month 4pm at Endeavour Foundation, 37 Hoare St, Manunda (entrance via Warner St)

Inklings is QUT's writing, reading and poetry club all wrapped up into one fabric society! We hold monthly book clubs on the last Saturday of every month, regular writing workshops and we have the odd poetry slam every now and again too. Inklings is proud to announce our new sub-branch, aptly named Storybrewers, a team student writers dedicated and passionate about workshopping ideas and pieces of writing in an encouraging atmosphere. If you love partaking in any of the above, don't hesitate to check us out on Facebook @ Inklings Society Brisbane or emai...

Address: Queensland University of Technology, KELVIN GROVE QLD 4059
Facebook: InklingsSociety
Meetings: Monthly and weekly events. Check Facebook page for details

The Chermside Writers Group aims to give its members a chance to present their writings, to encourage them to accept fair but civil feedback, and to help them to better understand and apply the accepted rules of the English language.

Address: 375 Hamilton Rd, CHERMSIDE QLD 4032
Meetings: The Chermside Writers Group meets in a library room on the last Thursday of each month from 12pm to 3:30pm (excluding December). Contact via email before attending any meeting.

Brisbane's oldest speculative fiction writers group, Vision writers was founded by Marianne de Pierres and Rowena Cory Daniells in 1996. The group's primary goal is the critiquing of fiction with the intent of improving not only the piece in question but also honing the writer's talent as well. We love new members! Anyone from Brisbane and its surrounding area can join (we have members from the Redlands and Ipswich as well - if you're willing to trek to the meeting we're happy to have you).

Address: Meeting Room 1.9, Brisbane Square LIbrary, 266 George Street BRISBANE QLD 4000
Meetings: Meets on the first Sunday of each month from 11am-2pm, February through to November. Please note: meetings will be online until further notice.

The Bundaberg Writers' Club was founded to allow people interested in writing to meet, chat, practise their craft, solve problems, and to try out ideas. Since the club's establishment, members have been actively involved in the community - presenting literary events like the annual WriteFest, supporting young writers with the YOW awards, taking part in the region's October CRUSH Festival, and finding as many ways to think and act laterally as we can. Long distance members welcome: the club's long distance members come from Tasmania, NSW, Miriam Vale, Tow...

Address: PO BOX 1486, BUNDABERG QLD 4670
Meetings: During 2021, Bundaberg Writers’ Club will meet on the third Saturday of every month in Room 1M at the School of Arts building, opposite the Post Office, Bundaberg CBD.

A non-profit, social networking group for published book authors. We usually have an industry guest speaker, and there's always lively discussion. Please email in the first instance, and provide short bio (couple of sentences) for introduction to group members.

Address: Mitchelton Library, 37 Heliopolis Parade, MITCHELTON QLD 4053
Meetings: Meets 6:30pm on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, at Mitchelton Library, Brisbane.

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. We welcome new and emerging writers from Macleay Island.

Phone: (07) 3409 5592
Mobile: 0404 716 929
Address: 6 Udara Street, MACLEAY ISLAND QLD 4184
Meetings: First Monday of the month, from 9:30am

Most of our writers identify with the Christain 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

Address: St Francis Theological College, 233 Milton Road, Milton, BRISBANE QLD 4064
Meetings: First Sunday of the month, 2-4pm

A writers' group offering constructive criticism friendship and support. Meets 1-3pm every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at Coopers Plains Library.

Phone: (07) 38485550
Address: Coopers Plains Library, Orange Grove Road, COOPERS PLAINS QLD 4108
Meetings: Every Tuesday from 1.00-3.00pm with a break for about a month - mid-December to mid-January

This is a vibrant community of people with a passion for storytelling. Novels, short stories, family memoir or local history – whatever your writing interest, you’ll find encouragement and a friendly audience at the Gympie Writers Group.

Phone: (07) 54810859
Address: Gympie Regional Library, 8-14 Mellor Street, GYMPIE 4570
Meetings: Contact Gympie Regional Library for next meeting dates and times

We are a creative writing group for the vision impaired, or legally blind. We meet once a month and each meeting is a workshop, where everyone writes from prompts. Writers use laptops, Braille machines, or dictate to a sighted scribe. We produced a double CD set of stories and poems in 2009, which was narrated and broadcast on Radio4RPH.

Meetings: Meets first Friday of each month except January, at Brisbane Square Library, Community Meeting Room on Ground Level

We are an informal, open-ended group; we enjoy writing and sharing ideas about the process. All decisions pertaining to the group are made collaboratively. SWG's aim is to be supportive and encouraging as we foster writing skills. Participation in the set monthly writing task is voluntary, although full participation is encouraged. Membership ranges from experienced, published writers to those just beginning their journey

Meetings: Meetings are held in Samford Village on the first Thursday of every month (except January) and we gather socially in July and December. Meetings start at 9:30am and last approximately three hours. If time permits following the sharing of feedback on the stories submitted, some aspects of writing is discussed. Occasionally guest speakers are invited to address the group, or small workshops held

We meet on the first Wednesday of the month at the School of Arts, and on the third Wednesday at the Botanic Gardens down by Murray Lagoon. We also run a poetry group on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, both times at the School of Arts. Both are open to new members.

Meetings: First Wednesday of the month at the School of Arts, and on the third Wednesday at the Botanic Gardens; poetry group is the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at School of Arts

Association of publishing professionals, including editors, designers, illustrators, typesetters, proofreaders, desktop publishers and publishing consultants dedicated to excellence in publishing in Queensland. It has around 250 members. All welcome to meetings on the first Wednesday of the month. Seminars and workshops are held regularly. A Directory of Editorial Services is available on the website.

Address: PO BOX 1524, TOOWONG QLD 4066
Twitter: @Offpress
Meetings: Meetings on the first Wednesday of the month, held online via Zoom until further notice.

The Guild aims to promote storytelling in communities by bringing together people from all sections of the community to share experiences and stories. It also encourages people to tell stories and develop their own skills in the art. The Guild has regular performance opportunities, with home tellings and concert performances. Workshops are also offered.

Phone: (07) 32201002
Mobile: 0417 478 408
Address: PO BOX 5895, WEST END QLD 4101

Sisters in Crime (SINC) Australia grew out of a shared interest in women's crime writing. Members are writers, publishers, students, academics and booksellers but most are enthusiastic readers and viewers of women’s crime on the page and screen. Discounts are offered at regular events as well as a 10% discount at selected bookshops. Its website features news, reviews, details of events and competitions and member-only sections for event reports and blogs.

Memberships: Membership costs: $45 (Victorian), $35 (non-Victorian).

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, guest speakers, and participating in writing workshops.

Meetings: Meets on the first and third Saturday of the Month at 1pm, Warwick Library Meeting rooms.

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 inspire, to support and share, and to develop a network of writing friends. This way, members always have a pool 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...

Address: Bookface, Orion Shopping Centre, SPRINGFIELD QLD 4300
Meetings: Meets monthly at Bookface Orion, Springfield.

Stanthorpe Writers Group supports the development of writers from beginners to experience in an encouraging environment. All ages, genres and backgrounds welcome. Some meetings involve cake though usually a combination of critiquing and workshops. Asupiced by CDS Stanthorpe

Address: CDS Youth Centre (15 Hilton ST), STANTHORPE QLD 4380
Meetings: We meet from 5-7pm on the first Wednesday of the month from February to November inclusive.

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 aithors and in all genres

Address: Strathpine Library, Station Street, STRATHPINE QLD 4500
Meetings: We meet on the second Tuesday of the month. 6:30-8:00pm

The Sunshine Coast Writers' Group was established in the 1970s. The group meets 1.30-4 pm on the first and third Monday of each month, February to November at Buderim Scouts Hall, 12 Lindsay Road, Buderim (opposite the Post Office). Members are encouraged to write original prose and poetry at their full potential in their chosen field. Members are offered helpful comments and advice in workshops. New members are most welcome.

Phone: (07) 54527635
Address: 701 David Low Way, North Shore Community Centre, MUDJIMBA QLD 4564
Memberships: Membership costs: $20 (membership), $4 (per workshop).

If you are a western Sydney writer who identifies as being part of the LGBTQIA+ community then come join us. We’ll be talking about the representation of LGBTQIA+ characters, writing about LGBTQIA+ characters and sharing writing of our own (if you feel up to it!). Overall, it is a place to be a creative in a space where you know everyone around you gets what being queer means, no need for explanations!

Phone: 1800 WESTWORDS
Mobile: 0405 013 357
Address: City of Parramatta Library, 1/3 Fitzwilliam Street, PARRAMATTA NSW 2150
Contact Name: Chris
Facebook: WestWords
Twitter: @WestWordsWS
Meetings: Meets fortnightly, Wednesdays 6:30pm-8pm.
Fees: Free

Initiated by the African Australian Advocacy Centre and facilitated by WestWords. The African Australian Writers Group is a group of writers of all genres. The group focus is on craft and critical feedback with a view to publishing. A group of people from Africa and the African diaspora who realise the power of narrative in our world. Groups are both virtual and are opening in-person locations in Blacktown and Liverpool NSW.

Phone: 1800 WESTWORDS
Mobile: 0405 013 357
Address: PO Box 2327, PARRAMATTA NSW 1750
Contact Name: Christina
Facebook: WestWords
Twitter: @WestWordsWS
Meetings: Meets fortnightly, Tuesdays 7pm-8pm.
Fees: Free

The Australian Poetry is a not-for-profit, national incorporated association established to promote reading, writing and publishing activities associated with Australian poetry in all of its forms.

Phone: (03) 9094 7828
Address: PO BOX 21082, MELBOURNE VIC 8011
Contact Name: Nell White, National Director
Twitter: @AusPoetry
Memberships: Membership costs: $80 (regular and subscription to Australian Poetry Journal), $60 (concession and subscription), $50 (regular), $45 (concession), $90 (organisation/international).

The Australian Poetry is a not-for-profit, national incorporated association established to promote reading, writing and publishing activities associated with Australian poetry in all of its forms.

Phone: (03) 9094 7828
Address: PO BOX 21082, MELBOURNE VIC 8011
Contact Name: Nell White, National Director
Twitter: @AusPoetry
Memberships: Membership costs: $80 (regular and subscription to Australian Poetry Journal), $60 (concession and subscription), $50 (regular), $45 (concession), $90 (organisation/international).

The Australian Writers' Guild (AWG) is the professional association for all performance writers, writers for television, screen, theatre, radio and multimedia. The AWG gives access to legal and contractual advice, provides a script development registration service and a script assessment service. The AWG offers professional courses and publications.

Phone: (02) 9319 0339
Address: 5 Blackfriars Street, CHIPPENDALE NSW 2008
Contact Name: Jacqueline Woodman, Executive Director
Twitter: @AWG_1
Memberships: Membership costs: Varies, depending on income.

The Booranga Writers Centre (Wagga Wagga Writers Writers, WWWW) assists and promotes local authors and their work. WWWW holds regular readings at local venues, conducts writing workshops, offers writing fellowships and mentorships at Booranga and publishes an annual anthology, 'fourW', under the imprint of fourW Press. WWWW is active in promoting writing and writers throughout the Riverina area: Albury, Cootamundra, Griffith, Leeton, Young, Tumut and Tumbarumba.

Phone: (02) 6338 2688
Address: Locked Bag 588, WAGGA WAGGA NSW 2678
Contact Name: Office Manager
Twitter: @Booranga
Memberships: Membership costs: $25 (single), $15 (concession), $12 (student), $55 (group plus copy of anthology).

Australia-wide membership organisation for drama teachers of primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. Offers courses, workshops, access to support systems, resources and information about performances. It is the oldest drama association for teachers in Australia.

Phone: (03) 9419 2766
Address: PO BOX 373, ABBOTSFORD VIC 3067
Contact Name: Emily Atkins, Director of Programs
Memberships: Membership costs: $250 (affiliate), $150 (individual/interstate/international), $60 (concession).

Express Media is a non-profit arts and media organisation that presents media, writing and arts programs for young people. Express Media's program includes spoken word events, publishing projects, workshops, seminars, exhibitions and other arts and media related activities. Publishes a quarterly magazine, Voiceworks, the premier national magazine for young writers. Contributions are accepted from artists under 25 years old, including prose, poetry, artwork, comics and cartoons.

Phone: (03) 9094 7890
Address: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, MELBOURNE VIC 3000
Contact Name: Rebecca Brezzi, Chair
Memberships: Free.

The Fellowship of Australian Writers has branches in every state. Membership is open to those interested in writing. The Western Australia branch is based at Tom Collins and Mattie Furphy Houses in Swanbourne, with branches in Esperance and Geraldton. Activities include a varied program of workshops, events, competitions and residencies for established and emerging writers.

Phone: (08) 9384 4771
Address: PO BOX 6180, SWANBOURNE WA 6910
Contact Name: Lynn Smailes
Memberships: Membership costs: $55 (per year), $44 (concession).