Below are a list of writing groups in Otago. Before you contact one ask yourself, what sort of writing group am I looking for?

  • A group that holds workshops to improve my writing skills?
  • One that focuses on the actual business of writing ie writing tools/publishing options?
  • A group that critiques? Written or oral?
  • An informal group that offers a chance to socialise with other writers?

If you can‘t find a group that suits your needs, why not start a group of your own? Just complete the form at the bottom of this page and if other writers with similar interests contact us we will do our best to bring you together. We will be happy to meet with your group and help you set up. Once you are established we will add your group to the list below so that other writers can find you.

Otepoti Poetica

We seek new members to join our friendly small group of fledgling poets. We are diverse in our approaches and seek to support each person’s unique writing style through thoughtful feedback on the poems presented. We meet monthly on the 2nd Monday of February to December, from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm at a member’s home in North Dunedin. Contact: Jenny Scott at 021 475 199; (03) 476 4909; email: scottmabbettnz@gmail.com

Prose Before Hoes

A safe space for writers to to discuss their work. Meets almost every Saturday afternoon above the University Bookshop, Great King Street, Dunedin. Predominately a younger crowd, but open to all. Please contact Jessica Thompson, jessthompson880@gmail.com for more information.

Dunedin Writers Workshop

A friendly group with meetings held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, February to November, at 7:30pm, in Room 108 within the King Edward Court building on the corner of Stuart Street and York Place. New members are very welcome. For more information please contact dunedinwritersworkshop@gmail.com

Dunedin Speculative Fiction Writers’ Group

Meets monthly at the Athenaeum Library. A proactive group whose aim is to promote and support local writers of speculative fiction. Organised by Dunedin Fantasy author Kura Carpenter, please contact her via her website https://www.kuracarpenter.com/ for more details.

Black Ink

A writing group that meets 9.30am, once a month. For further details please contact Keren Graham at kerengraham@hotmail.com

Creative Writers Circle

We are a group of writers who meet at 12 noon on the first Thursday of each month (with the exception of January) at the Alexandra Community House, 14-20 Centennial Avenue, Alexandra. We read extracts from our writing for enjoyment and critiquing. Our members write prose and poetry, fact and fiction. The thing we have in common is a love of writing. Please contact Roger Browne at wbrowne@actrix.co.nz

Writing Dunedin 

Supportive critiquing writing group for experienced writers, meets in Dunedin at 9.15am every third Monday. Please contact: writingdunedin@gmail.com for further information.

Southern Writers NZ

A support group for writers of all levels. email: southernwritersnz@yahoo.co.nz for further information.

Kath Beatties Writing Group (currently full)

A critiquing group that meets every second Wednesday evening. Membership by invitation only.

Waitaki Writers Group

Meets in Oamaru 1.30 pm, second Monday each month. It encourages and extends writers, fosters constructive comment on members’ work. Contact: waitakiwriters@yahoo.co.nz or Bruce Costello 0274 514 149

Dunedin Playgroup   (currently full)

A small group of experienced playwrights and poets that meet monthly to read their work aloud and garner feedback. For more information contact janderson351@yahoo.co.nz

Octagon Poetry Collective.

We organise monthly poetry readings, second-last Wednesday of each month, 8pm, at the Dog With Two Tails café and bar, Moray Place, Dunedin. We feature guest poets, and welcome new and established writers to contribute to the open mic session. Contact us via Facebook: Octagon Collective/Dog with Two Tails Poetry Readings, or email octagoncollective@gmail.com

Blacks Road Poetry Group.

We are a small group of experienced poets who meet once a month to critique our work. We meet at 1pm at Blacks Road, Opoho, Dunedin, the day usually a Friday, and the date chosen according to member convenience month by month. Each person emails a new poem to other members a few days before the meeting to enable in-depth discussion. Contact: morsethm@xtra.co.nz

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