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Article by NEWP © 27 January 2013.
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One of the key elements that became obvious from our work on the National Emerging Writer Programme was just how useful writers groups can be. But from talking to writers, we know that they can be tricky to find.

Eileen Casey who set up several extremely productive writing groups in Dublin, explains in this PDF Setting up a Writing Group, how to set up a group in your area. If you set up a group you’ll need members, and we hope that’s where we can help.

If you’re not the organising type, we would suggest contacting your local library in the first instance to see if they are running a group that has room for more members, or would consider setting up another one. A sign on the library notice board is always a great way to attract other local writers.

In order to help our users connect with each other we thought we’d use this blog as a noticeboard for you to post your location and contact details (a Twitter ID or Facebook link is ideal) If you don’t have Twitter or Facebook, register with writing.ie and we’ll have your email on file so can we can connect group organisers with you if necessary. So…

Writing Group Organisers: Leave a comment below detailing where your writing group meets, when and how often, and if you are looking for new members. Please leave a contact email /Twitter/Facebook link so prospective members can contact you and put ‘Group Organiser’/Your Location in bold at the top of the post so visitors can scroll through posts quickly to find you.

Prospective Writing Group Members: If you are looking to join a group, scroll through the posts from Group Organisers to see if there is one near you, if not,  leave your details – including what you are writing (genre) and where you are in your writing career (emerging/short stories published/novel in progress etc) – in the comments section at the end of this post. Check back regularly to see if others near to you are also looking to join a group – contact them to find out if they’ve found one.

Much as we’d like to co-ordinate a national writing group initiative, we don’t have the man (or woman!) power at the moment to connect everyone, but we know that you are a resourceful lot…

In addition to real life face to face writing groups, you can set up a writing group using a private page on Facebook, connecting with writers from anywhere in the world. If you are looking for members for a virtual group, leave your details below. If you have experience of other platforms that work for writing groups, do let us know!


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48 comments so far

  • We are a young adult writing group based in Newbridge, Co Kildare called The WriTeen Scene. We cater for young writers between the ages of 12 – 18. We meet monthly and we have three places currently available in the group.

    Our young writers are working on their first anthology which we hope to publish later in the year. They are regular contributors to the arts show on the local radio station KFM and they have participated in a reading for Culture Night 2012.

    Our writing group was the subject of a radio documentary which was aired on the Sile Seoige Show on Newstalk last December.

    You can follow us on Twitter @WriTeenScene and you can find us on Facebook as WriTeen Scene.

    If you are a young writer or know a young writer who would be interested in joining us then tweet us @WriTeenScene or email us writeenscene@gmail.com

  • Hello
    I am interested in joining a writers group in the Limerick City/County area. My area of interest is postmodern fiction and i am looking for help in developing some of my ideas.

  • Hello, we are the Kilcullen Writers’ Group who meet on a monthly basis in O’Connell’s Pub, Kilcullen. We meet every second Tuesday @ 8pm – 9:30 pm. Contact me emerbyrden@gmail.com for exact dates.

  • Maria
    I’m an emerging writer looking to join a writers group in or around the Dublin 22 area. I’ve written a novella, short stories and am currently attempting a novel. Nothing published so far but live in hope!
    Twitter @mpkenny1000

  • Hello! I’d love to join a writing group in the North- I’m in Co Antrim but anywhere around the Belfast area would be good. My writing so far is mainly my blog http://adventuresofanunfitmother.blogspot.com which chronicles life in the country with 5 children. I won a blogging award in London a few months ago for it. I’d love to take my writing on to the next stage and need some guidance and inspiration. I’m on Twitter at @advunfitmother. Thanks so much, Emma

  • Hi I would love to join a writers group in KIlkenny if such exists…? I am attempting my first novel (a YA fiction/fantasy ) and have completed /am attending writing courses at the moment. I’m looking to link up with other aspiring writers to see can we help one another and encourage progress in this lonely virtual world of words !!

  • Carousel Writers will be meeting on Wednesday evenings from the 20th of February from 6.30pm to 9pm at Carousel Writers’ Centre, Killakee Rd, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16. Call 0861923613

  • Great to see so many people involved in setting up, running or joining a writing group. And such great resources available. Brilliant!

  • Cill Dara Writers’ Circle is a creative writing group for adults based in Newbridge, Co Kildare. We meet monthly in the local library from 10.30am – 12.30pm on a Saturday.

    We are currently accepting new members.

    If you are interested in joining please email cilldarawriterscircle@gmail.com

  • Cloughjordan Writer’s Group is an informal gathering for published and unpublished writers. Meets most Sundays 1.30pm in Sheelagh na Gig Bookshop, Main St, Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary. Contact the shop for more info.

  • We have a new-ish writing group in Gurteen, Co Sligo, meeting every Wednesday morning from 11 – 1 in the Coleman heritage centre. New members welcome! Tea coffee and bikkies provided. 2 euro donation towards the room asked, thanks.
    Phone 071-9182602.

  • Virtual Writing Groups
    SkyPen is a new writers community and forum launched by Irish publisher Blackstaff Press that promotes physical writing groups as well as encouraging new writers to air their work. If you are a member of a writing group in your local area, you can contact SkyPen and they will create a dedicated writing group for you on the SkyPen site. This can be a public group so that you can welcome new members or a private group so that only your members have access. You can then use SkyPen to store and share writing between the members of your local group.

    If you’d like to start a new SkyPen virtual writing group, leave your details here so other writers can find you and hook up!

    The site launched today, so take a look http://www.skypen.co.uk

  • We’re starting a new writer’s group. First meeting is Thurs 25 April 7-9pm @Starbuck’s in Liffey Valley. All genres and levels welcome! Contact me if you want more information: Twitter @staceycovell7 or StaceyOBT@gmail.com Hope you’ll join us!

  • I’m looking to join a writer’s group in the Limerick/Clare area. My ultimate aim is to write a fictional, modern, comic novel, but since I have no experience, some introductory exchange of ideas/work/critiques would be ideal.

  • There is a crime writers group in Dublin, meets in the Carousel Centre once a month in the foothills of the Dublin mountains. A novel writing group in south Dublin I am in, meeting every second Monday is also looking for new members.

    Email me for info on either, with info on who you are. I am published by Harper Collins, but I enjoy meeting other writers and look forward to hearing from you: lpobryan@gmail.com

  • Airfield Writers: New Members Wanted

    We are a group of experienced writers who meet in Dundrum, Dublin 14, each Friday morning between 10 am and 12.15 pm. The sessions are run as workshops and cover fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. The group is co-operatively run, and has no overall leader or facilitator, so we all have to be prepared to pull our weight.

    Members are expected to attend regularly and to present their writing for comment and criticism. Work is read aloud at sessions and considered views are given on the writing, suggestions for publication etc. We hold public readings occasionally and have published an anthology of our writing and two broadsheets. From time to time established writers are invited to chair a session.
    If you are already writing and would like to be considered for membership, please submit a sample of your work and a short résumé before the 30th of August 2013 to:- airfieldwriters@googlegroups.com

  • Bray Café Writers

    Venue: The bridge café in Bray – opposite SuperValu

    Day: Every Wednesday

    Time: 10AM-11.30 am – ish

    Vibe: Come along for a write, some critique and a coffee – just bring your imagination.

    More info: Mitch Staunton Moore 0860579868

    Face book: Check us out on facebook as Bray café writers.

  • I’m looking to join a writer’s group in or near Ballina, Co. Mayo
    Emerging fiction and article writer..

  • Looking to join a writers group in Limerick City or Cork city. Something that meets once a month for critique.

  • Abraxas Writers, established 20 years, are open for new members. We meet in the Strand Hotel, Bray from 8pm to 10pm every Tuesday. Read your short story, poetry or novel extract and have your writing critiqued by supportive fellow writers. It’s free. Ask the barman to direct you to the meeting room.

  • Hi Micheal, did you find anything in Cork city??
    I’m based in west Cork and would be interested in attending a writers group, either here or in the city.

  • I am really interested in joining a group in the East Cork area, anyone know if there’s one nearby?

  • Hi,

    Is there anyone interested or knows of a writing group in North Dublin for children’s stories?

  • Hello I’m seeking a writing group in Co. Clare, Limerick City or Galway City

  • Towcester Writers’ Group meet every third Wednesday at Towcester Library (details can be found on our Facebook page Towcester Writers’ Group). We are mostly middle-aged and very friendly. We enjoy sharing our work in a very relaxed atmosphere, and having a laugh along the way. We never take ourselves too seriously! We write fiction and poetry on a certain fixed theme every month and give each other verbal feedback. Some of us are known to break out into fits of laughter, sometimes we are almost moved to tears; that’s what good writing is all about.
    Jacqui Parry
    Chair
    Towcester Writers’ Group
    Towcester, near Northampton

  • Eblana Writers meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the United Arts Club, Upper Fitzwillliam St. in Dublin. We’re always looking for new voices and our members come from all backgrounds, genres and levels of experience. Our website is http://www.eblanawriters.ie and we are contactable by email: curious[at]eblanawriters.ie

  • Hello I am seeking to join a writers club in Clondakin Dublin, all genres, all ages, as I myself is fairly young (14 in fact) and would love a club accepting of all ages as I am a mature writer and would love both feed back and suggestions.

  • Hello, I am looking at starting a reader’s and writers group in Navan or Meath area. This would ideally be open to both men and women and be edgy, anything goes writing. Not necessarily just literary (though that would be included) but Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Crime, Steampunk or anything else that takes your fancy. I am not a published author but have taken lots of writing courses so have lots of information to share. If anyone is interested let me know.

  • Hello – I’m hoping there might be an existing group, or one or two others interested in starting one, in the Kilkelly, Mayo area. I am a professional writer and independent editor and would greatly enjoy getting together with writers of any level of experience. I’ll give you m email (no viruses please!) ohearnofireland@gmail.com Cheers!

  • I am looking for a writers group that concentrates on prose:essays, fiction in North dublin.

  • I am looking to start up an evening writing group in the Dublin 4 area to meet up fortnightly or monthly in Ballsbridge. The aim is to provide constructive feedback and support for your writing whether you write fiction, non-fiction or poetry. Contact Clodagh at cobrie@gmail.com to register your interest and for further details.

  • Hi! Are there any writing groups in the Sligo area?I see there’s one in Gurteen, but I work full-time, so a Wednesday morning doesn’t work for me.

  • Excellent writers group in Ardgillan Castle (half way between Balbriggan and Skerries). Meets every Saturday ,10.30 _ 12.30. All welcome . A!! Genres.

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