Writers’ Groups & Organisations

Writers’ Groups & Organisations

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).

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

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.

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.

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

Illustrators Australia (IA) is an association of illustrators formed in 1989 for the purpose of promoting illustration and the interests of artists Australia-wide. IA maintains a comprehensive online database of illustrators and members, and produces artists source books, workshops/seminars, newsletters and exhibitions.

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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
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Meetings:
Monthly and weekly events. Check Facebook page for details

The Institute of Professional Editors Ltd is the professional association for Australian and New Zealand editors. It exists to advance the profession of editing and to support and promote editors in both countries. IPEd is a non-profit company. IPEd's Editors Directory can assist writers to find an editor.

Phone:
(07) 3831 7500
Address:
PO Box 1120, ST LEONARDS VIC 3223

IP Australia is the Australian government agency responsible for administering intellectual property rights, such as patents, trademarks and registered designs.

Phone:
1300 651 010
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Operated by Thorpe-Bowker, the ISBN Agency provides International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs) to publishers and distributes guidelines for their use. ISBNs are essential for books, whatever format they are published in. The Agency can also provide barcodes.

The Katharine Susannah Prichard (KSP) Writers' Centre was established in 1985 to promote and nurture West Australian writing and writers, and continue the memory of Katharine Susannah Prichard. The Centre achieves this by presenting a rich literary program each year that includes Writers In Residence (including international), workshops, writing groups, guest speakers, competitions and self contained writers' retreat accommodation.

Phone:
(08) 92941872
Address:
11 Old York Road, GREENMOUNT WA 6056

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).

For lovers of good science fiction and/or fantasy. No writing experience required. Also runs a closed list service to which members send new work for peer critiquing, and discuss ideas and publishing opportunities. Meets on the second Sunday of each month 10.00am - 12.00pm.

Phone:
(08) 9294 1872
Address:
c/- KSP Writers' Centre, 11 Old York Road, GREENMOUNT WA 6056
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La Boite is Australia’s longest continuously running theatre company, celebrating its 100th year of operation in 2025. Located within the Queensland University of Technology’s Kelvin Grove campus in Brisbane, La Boite is home to the iconic 400 seat Roundhouse Theatre, the country’s only purpose-built theatre in-the-round.

Phone:
(07) 30078600
Address:
6-8 Musk Avenue, KELVIN GROVE QLD 4059
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Legal deposit is a statutory provision that obliges publishers to deposit copies of their publications in libraries in the country in which they are published. Under the Copyright Act 1968 and various State Acts, a copy of any work published in Australia must be deposited with the National Library of Australia and the appropriate state library. Legal deposit extends not only to commercial publishers but also to private individuals, clubs, churches, societies and organisations.

Phone:
(02) 62621312
Contact Name:
Legal Deposit Officer

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
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Meetings:
Meets fortnightly, Wednesdays 6:30pm-8pm.
Fees:
Free

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).

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

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

MTC is one of the major performing arts companies in Australia, and one of the largest theatre companies in the English-speaking world. Founded in 1953, MTC is also the oldest professional theatre company in Australia, and currently exists as a department of the University of Melbourne.

Phone:
(03) 86880900

The core activity of the Melbourne Writers' Theatre is script development, which is furthered by means of panel discussions, readings and workshopping of plays by professional directors and actors. Members are encouraged to submit their longer plays for our new, improved panel readings or alternatively to one of our expert dramaturges.

Address:
PO Box 1049, CARLTON VIC 3053

The National Library of Australia is the country's largest reference library. It ensures that documentary resources of national significance relating to Australia and the Australian people, as well as significant non-Australian resources, are collected, preserved and made accessible. The Library also has programs of exhibitions, lectures, printing and publishing, and online events and services. Please see the website for further details.

Phone:
(02) 62621111
Address:
Parkes Place, CANBERRA ACT 2600

A professional non-profit association for writers in the fields of film, television, radio, theatre, video and multi-media. Its main activities include skills development and advising Guild members and other industry creatives on rates, contracts, and employment. It also offers credit arbitration, a registration service, and industry know-how.

Noosa Arts Theatre, located in the heart of Noosa, provides a range of live theatre entertainment options covering all genres, from contemporary dramas to musicals, comedies, one-act plays and cabaret.

Phone:
(07) 54499343
Address:
PO Box 3, NOOSA HEADS QLD 4567

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

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
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Memberships:
Membership costs: $40 (per year), $30 (concession), $65 (institution).

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

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:
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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

Playlab seeks to challenge perspectives of Australian Culture through Australian Theatre. Uniquely, Playlab does this through developing, publishing and producing new Australian Theatre with playwrights at the centre of the creative process.

Phone:
(07) 3220 2763
Address:
PO BOX 3701, SOUTH BRISBANE QLD 4101

Playmarket is New Zealand's only playwrights' agency and script advisory service. Focuses on the development of New Zealand playwrights and their plays. Performance rights for the vast majority of New Zealand scripts can be obtained through Playmarket.