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.


Black Ink

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

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 Writers Workshop

A friendly group with meetings held on the second Wednesday of each month, February to November at 7.30pm at 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 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

A proactive group whose aim is to promote and support Otago writers of speculative fiction. Meets monthly at the Athenaeum Library in the Octagon. Please email dunedin.speculative.fiction@gmail.com or visit website https://dunedinspeculativefiction.co.nz/ for more details.

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

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 second Monday, February to December, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, 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 writings 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 further information.

Southern Writers NZ

A support group for writers of all levels. Email southernwriters@yahoo.co.nz for further information.

Writing Dunedin (currently full)

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

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

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