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Writing Groups

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Last updated 20th August 2019

PLEASE NOTE: This is a new resource at the very early stages of development - it will become more comprehensive over time

Below are comprehensive lists of creative writing groups, writing circles, writing clubs and writing peer/help groups. Some of these are local, face-to-face writers' groups, requiring physical attendance. Some are online writing groups, allowing you to live anywhere in the world and be a member.

Writing Group

Add Your Writing Group To This List

If you run a writing group, writers' circle, writing club, help group or writing organisation that you'd like included in this directory, please contact me providing ALL of the following information:

  • The name of your writing group
  • A link to your website (or Facebook / Twitter / page, or whatever platform you use for your group)
  • Your group's location
  • Whether it is online or a face-to-face meet-up group
  • How often you have meetings
  • Any other details (please keep this concise - 50 words max)

I try and keep these lists accurate with current information and correct details. If you do spot any errors, please feel free to get in touch and let me know - any help in keeping this directory up to date is very much appreciated :-)

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Writing Groups

Below is a table with details of writing groups, clubs, circles and other organisations.

Short Story Course

Writing Group Location Notes
Authors of the Flash Fiction Writing Challenges Online (Facebook) an online group for authors who have contributed stories to the flash fiction writing challenges run on this website - you don't have to be a contributor to join, although submitting is encouraged - lots of monthly writing challenges run in the group - hundreds of friendly members located all over the world
Ely Writers (they have no website, so link goes to Hayley's Twitter page as she runs the group) Ely, Cambridgeshire , UK a small, friendly group of fiction writers who meet up to share their current writing projects, for feedback, support and encouragement - new members welcome - for details, contact Hayley at or on Twitter (see link) - face-to-face group meeting up once a month
Ilkley Writers Yorkshire, UK welcomes new members - meet on the last Thursday of each month, 7.30-9.30pm at Outside the Box cafe
London Writers' Cafe London, UK London's biggest creative writing group - free to join their community - they welcome ALL fiction writers based in London
Loud Word Bristol, UK organises writing spaces for writers to meet up (see the events section of Facebook page) - also runs regular workshops and performance events
Oldham Writing Group Oldham, UK they meet at Oldham Library on the 3rd Thursday of each month (6pm-8pm)
Paphos Writers Group Paphos, Cyprus face to face group that meet every Thursday in a room above Neo’s Sports Bar in Pegeia, but they take a sabbatical during July and August and a couple of weeks over Christmas - visitors from off Island are welcome - members include writers who split their time between Cyprus and other countries - multinational group but meetings are conducted in English - visits by parties from other groups are welcome
Stokes Croft Writers Bristol, UK small writing group focussing on critiques and events (they run Talking Tales) - max 8 members at any time - face to face group, meeting up bi-weekly in Bristol, UK - if you're interested in joining, click the link for details
Woking Writers Circle Woking, UK face-to-face group meeting on the third Thursday of each month at St Mary’s church hall, Horsell - members read their work (typically a mixture of poetry, fiction and non-fiction), share individual writing successes, forthcoming events and other news - an optional homework theme is given for the following month
Writers Abroad Online

WA members post their work and then give and accept feedback - rota of duties include writing the weekly blog, chairing the monthly meeting on Skype, writing up the minutes and gathering information for the monthly newsletter

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Other Writing Group Directories and Lists

Below are links to other websites that provide lists of writers' groups.

A History of Closed Writer Groups

For reference, a record of writing groups that have closed or ceased to operate.

Writing Group Location Notes
None to list at present, coming soon... TBC TBC

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