Writing Groups

Word Players – Wynyard

Word Players meets every month to share work, participate in some writing exercises, and of course, to share a bottle or two of wine.

Generally meeting at ArtsCape (45 Jackson St) in Wynyard, on the third Thursday evening of the month.

The format is simple, and the rules bendable. Each meeting a topic, genre or technique is chosen; and members write on that for the following meeting. Any genre is fine, as is a very tenuous association with the set topic. Work is shared, and some level of analysis is enjoyed. Often there will be an exercise or technique explained. All participants pay a gold coin to the kitty, and take turns bringing nibbles or drinks.

More members are welcome – contact Rees Campbell on 0409 006 170 or reescampbell1@gmail.com. You can turn up to a meeting or two, and see if this is for you!


Poetry Pedlars

Poetry Pedlars is a monthly open mic reading held at The Plough Inn in Launceston on the first Monday in the month, between 7.30 and 9.30 p.m.  Arrive at 7 p.m. if you would like to put your name down to read/perform.  (Song-writers are welcome as well)

There are two brackets of readings.  The first bracket is open:  readers have five minutes to share their work (which equates to about three shortish poems).  The second bracket is a competition bracket.  A different topic is given each month.  See our “Launceston Poets” or “Poetry Pedlars” facebook pages.  The winner gets a certificate and a bottle of wine, or a book.

Pedlars Poetry Workshop

Marilyn Arnold also runs a fortnightly poetry workshop, on Wednesdays at 4 p.m., to which any poet is invited.  These workshops alternate between two members’ addresses in Launceston.  The group spends approximately 45 minutes critiquing each others work, and then 45 minutes on a writing exercise.  For further information on where the workshop is held each week, or any other information regarding the workshop, phone Carol on 0419885130 or Marilyn on 0417145537.


Huon Valley Writers Group

Meet on the first and third Saturday of the month at 10am in the Huonville LINC kitchen. Any new members are most welcome.

Simply turn up, or email ahead of time if you’d prefer. No frills, no fee, good coffee and the chance to share your writings among people of a similar ilk.

Enquiries to rwacoburn@gmail.com or phone 0438 572 854.


Poplars and Penmen – New Norfolk

Writers in this group thrive on constructive feedback and broadening their mindsets. Current members are both published and unpublished. The group aims to create a supportive atmosphere that propels members forward.

The group meets at 2pm every second Friday of each month at the Bush Inn – Australia’s oldest continuously licensed pub where in 1924 the famous Dame Nellie Melba slept and serenaded the locals with Maritana. Surrounded by history, mesmerising river views, golden poplars and crackling fires, you can’t help but be inspired.

Guests are welcome. Please email your intention to visit to penmen.poplars@gmail.com or text Lisa-Marie on 0404366784 for your welcome pack. Check out the blog at poplarsandpenmen.wordpress.com. The group’s slogan is ‘Down Write Happy’ and that’s what they are out there in the gorgeous Derwent Valley.


Society of Women Writers, Tasmania – Hobart and Launceston

In Hobart, there is an opportunity to meet a small group of writers, on the first Wednesday of each month, (Feb-Dec) at Hobart Women’s Health Centre, 25 Lefroy Street, North Hobart. For further details, contact Robyn Mathison – telephone 6234 4418 (after 1pm only)

Launceston meetings are usually  held on the first Monday of each month (Feb-Dec; Nov meeting is the second Monday due to a public holiday). Ida Burchill room, 34 – 36 Paterson Street, Launceston, at from 10am-1pm.

Gold coin donation. Tea and coffee available. Always check the website swwt.org.au for current news of meetings or guests.


Deloraine Write-In Group

A product of the 2015 NaNoWriMo challenge, the Deloraine Write-In is a group of writers who meet each Friday at 10.30am in the Deloraine Deli to write (and chat!). You can keep up with their news and other events on their Facebook page.


Write Here Launceston

Established in 2016, Write Here Launceston is a monthly event for Northern Tasmanian writers, initiated by national group, Writers Bloc and with similar groups taking place in various locations across regional Australia. People get together for a few hours, drink hot beverages, network, share information and resources, even get some writing done. Writing can be a pretty solitary experience, which is often great, but sometimes it is refreshing to get together with others and be (hopefully) productive alongside one another. An opportunity to be around people whose eyes won’t glaze over when you talk writing, Write Here Launceston is a chance to meet new people, form ongoing critique or writing groups, make new friends, or commiserate together about how hard it is to write when things such as Netflix exist!

Whether you have written several novels or have part of an idea but haven’t yet put pen to paper (fingers to keyboard?) everyone is welcome. A collaborative group, members volunteer to facilitate the Write Here Launceston meetings,

Keep an eye on the Write Here Launceston Facebook page for details of meetings, which usually take place on the first Saturday of each month.


Write Here Hobart

Write Here (#writehere) is a collective of writing groups throughout Australia, facilitated by Writers Bloc, meeting together on the first Saturday of every month to sit down and write for two hours, surrounded by other writers from that town or city.

Think of it as your own writing group, surrounded by other people. It’s essentially a commitment to get two hours of writing done, surrounded by other people working too. During this time, what you write is entirely up to you and you’re not expected to share it with anyone else. It’s all about getting out of the house and getting some words down.

Some people call it co-working, others call it positive peer pressure. Either way it’s a good motivator to sit down, imbibe whatever stimulating beverage floats your boat, and get some wordsmithing done. Bring your own writing materials.

Join the Write Here Hobart Facebook group for details of future events: https://www.facebook.com/groups/460852417599594/