Writing Groups in Tasmania

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 [email protected]. You can turn up to a meeting or two, and see if this is for you!

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Eastern Shore Writers’ Group – Hobart

This group meets monthly, on the first Tuesday of each month (except January) from 7-9pm at the Bellerive Community Arts Centre, 17 Cambridge Road, Bellerive. 

Meeting format is 50 minutes or so of shared readings (maximum 10 mins per reader) with the opportunity for feedback (always positive), supper, 50 minutes discussion, including news, opportunities and often a discussion topic.

Some meetings include have a visiting speaker, and once a year the group runs a short story competition.

Enquiries to [email protected] or phone 0418 538 771.

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Sunday Scribblers – Ulverstone

The Sunday Scribblers meet at Ulverstone Community House every third Sunday from 2pm.

Enquiries to [email protected]

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The Writing Cave – Hobart

Are you a Hobart-based writer who struggles with time management, motivation, or just finding somewhere quiet to work?

The Cave runs for three hours but you don’t have to come for the whole time. The idea is that you work out how long you can come – one hour, two hours, three – and arrive quietly and get to work as soon as you can. If you need to leave before 10, you’ll endeavour not disrupt anyone who’s still working.

Tuesday sessions, 7pm to 10pm, will be in a West Hobart location, to be advised upon booking. Monday sessions may be at the same location, depending on numbers. There are only 10 spots available so book soon to participate.

Cost $40 for all 12 sessions. For more details and to book, click here.

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Poetry Pedlars

The Poetry Pedlars workshop sessions are held at members’ houses in Launceston, alternating between venues. The group spends 45 minutes critiquing each other’s work and then 45 minutes on a writing exercise.

The group also hosts open mic nights on the third Monday of every month in a member’s home in Maggie’s Place, Paterson Street, Launceston. Arrive at 7pm for a 7.30pm start, ending at 9.30pm. There are two brackets of reading and one is a competition.

For current information on where the workshop will be each week, phone Carol on 0419 885 130 or Marilyn on 0417 145 537.

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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 [email protected] or phone 0438 572 854.

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Launceston Writers’ Group

The Launceston Writers’ Group meets for dinner every second Thursday of the month at a local pub.  

The group is looking for people who are writing with a view to publish and who enjoy stimulating conversation with like-minded folk. Members are encouraged to submit their work for critique.  The feedback is always constructive.  The group discusses a monthly topic e.g. Children’s Book Writing, Autobiographical Writing and Travel Writing. 

Members are fiction and non-fiction writers, some are published authors and others are working on it!

There is no membership cost or room hire however members are encouraged to buy dinner at the pub.  

If you are interested please give Bonny a call on 0402 119 287.

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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 [email protected] 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.

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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.

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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.

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Write Here Launceston

Write Here is a monthly event that is facilitated by Writers Bloc and takes place in various locations across Australia. People get together for a few hours, drink hot beverages and 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. Write Here is also a fabulous opportunity to meet new people, make friends and 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. The Launceston Write Here events are co-ordinated by Tessa Wynne, one of the TWC Launceston Young Writers in the City.

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

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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/