Writing Groups in Dunedin

Artsenta Writers’ Group

Artsenta is a creative space for people who use mental health and addiction services. A creative writing session is held every Tuesday at 11am for members. We try to make it easy and fun for a range of abilities and experience. Information about eligibility can be found on the Artsenta website. Creative writing is regularly posted on their writers blog which has been going since 2017.


Blacks Road Poetry Group 

(currently full)

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: Carolyn McCurdie  cmccurdie@xtra.co.nz

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

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

Dunedin Speculative Fiction Writers’ Group

Dunedin Speculative Fiction is a group interested in promoting the work of Speculative Fiction (Fantasy, SciFi, Horror, etc) Writers based in and around Dunedin. You don't have to be an active member for us to celebrate and promote you. We meet semi-regularly, as and when it suits members.

Please email dunedin.speculative.fiction@gmail.com or visit https://dunedinspecfic.wordpress.com/ for more details.

Dunedin Writers Workshop

A friendly group with meetings held on the second Wednesday of each month, February to November from 5.30pm - 7.45pm in the Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, Dunedin City Library. New members are very welcome.

For more information please contact dunedinwriters.workshop@gmail.com or visit https://dunedinwritersgroup.wordpress.com/ 

Dunedin Youth Writers Association

The Dunedin Youth Writers Association welcomes all youth writers and those who are interested in starting to come and join a free group of like-minded individuals. This is a student-led group that is open to discussion and sharing works, and which aims to create a community that welcomes and expands the thinking of passionate writers from high schools over Dunedin. The group meets every second Wednesday on the 4th floor of Dunedin City Library, Moray Place. Every session looks different, including student-led group discussions, silent writing sessions and guest speakers – however it's all up to those involved!

For more information you can contact Darcy at darcy.monteath@gmail.com

or Shima at shima.jack16@gmail.com

or visit the website at https://dunedinyouthwriters.wordpress.com/

Kath Beattie’s Writing Group

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

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

Ōtepoti Writers Lab

Ōtepoti Writers Lab is a place for all writers – any genre or level of experience – to come together to write, engage with other writers, and share their work. Designed to enable participants to write what and how they wish, are free to attend and professionally facilitated, our sessions take place approximately every two weeks, across a Thursday (7pm-9pm), Saturday (11am-1pm), Tuesday (11am-1pm) rotation. All sessions are currently online, and open to writers across Aotearoa.

Find out more via our website, or email h-j@prospectpark.co.nz to join our dedicated ŌWL mailing list.


Waitaki Writers Group

Meets in Oamaru at 1pm second Monday of each month. It encourages and extends writers, fosters constructive comment on member’s work. Contact waitakiwriters@yahoo.co.nz or Bruce Costello 0274 514 149

Writing Dunedin (currently full)

Supportive critiquing writing group for experienced writers. Meets every third Monday at 7pm. Please contact writingdunedin@gmail.com

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