Writers’ Groups

To contact the Writers’ Groups co-ordinator, use the form below.

SWWV Writers’ Groups Overview

Members of SWWV can take part in a variety of supportive writers’ groups to help encourage and support their writing. Some of the groups correspond by email, some are online via Zoom and others are face-to-face (COVID-19-restrictions permitting). These groups are in addition to those workshops that may form part of the monthly meetings or one-off events covering particular topics.

The purpose of the Writers’ Groups is to support new and emerging writers through to professional published writers. The only requirements to belong to one of the Writers’ Groups are the love of the written word and to be a writer of prose (any genre) or poetry (any form) and to be actively writing or be committed to starting a project.

SWWV currently runs the following Writers’ Groups:

Perennial Poets – a poetry-only group for 8 people, including the facilitator or leader of the group.  This group accepts all forms of poetry.  Monthly submissions are combined into a journal, a word document, and circulated amongst members by email. Each member in turn receives the journal, reads the contributions, makes her comments and, within four days, emails the journal to the next person on the list. The journal finally comes back to the facilitator who returns the original contributions, together with comments. Members of Perennial Poets share their work, read what others are writing, make comments and learn from the informed opinions of fellow members of the Society of Women Writers—all without moving from their living rooms.

Facilitator: Nenia Tavrou

Spring – to which submissions can be prose of any genre – fiction, nonfiction, memoir and articles – or poetry. Prose to a maximum of 2000 words. (Should you wish to submit writing that is longer than 2000 words please serialise over a few months). There are 8 members including the facilitator. Monthly submissions are combined into a journal, a word document, and circulated amongst members by email. Each member in turn receives the journal, reads the contributions, makes her comments and, within four days, emails the journal to the next person on the list. The journal finally comes back to the facilitator who returns the original contributions, together with comments. Members of Spring share their work, read what others are writing, make comments and learn from the informed opinions of fellow members of the Society of Women Writers—all without moving from their living rooms.

Facilitator: Patricia Arts

The Work In Progress Group – a writing group for members embarking on a novel-writing adventure. The membership is limited to 6 people to allow for interaction at meetings and should critiquing/editing be asked for will give a good spread of expertise. Agenda items are called for and distributed by email before the meetings. The group currently meets online due to COVID-19 restrictions but will transition to face-to-face meetings once the restrictions are lifted.

Facilitator: Vanessa Potts 

Let’s Write– a monthly online writing group specifically for new members who are new to the craft. It is a welcoming and friendly group and is the ideal way to meet other members and develop writing skills. From time to time existing members of the Society may pop in to say hello. The group is convened by an experienced member of the Society who can advise and mentor participants. Members of the group transition to other writing groups after twelve months. The meetings take place once a month via Zoom. 

Facilitator: Paula Wilson 

If you are interested in joining a writing group or would like further information, please contact Writers’ Groups Coordinator, Patricia Arts (patricia.arts@bigpond.com). If the above groups are at capacity you can join a waiting list or, if there is sufficient interest, an additional group could be formed.

Writers’ Group Guidelines

Perennial Poets and Spring guidelines and member’s comments can be viewed here

Work in Progress and Let’s Write guidelines and member’s comments can be viewed here

Guidelines for critiquing and giving feedback can be viewed here