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4-Writers.Com and Writers' Village University is a combination of free areas and an online writers' group with an annual membership fee.

6' Ferret Writers' Group -- The 6' Ferret Writers' Group has been in existence since 1989, and we've developed this home page to provide tips for those of you interested in setting up your own groups, as well as ideas for exercises and events for existing groups.

Absolute Write

Alamo Writers Unlimited is a local San Antonio, Texas writers group that meets regularly and puts on a local writers conference.

Alien Flower Poetry Workshop will fulfill the needs of those interested in poetry. Also, be sure to visit the extensive Poetry Links at this site. They are extensive and useful, I think, for those interested in Poetry.

Art of Writing Group for fiction authors who want to develop skills and exchange ideas.

Association of Christian Writers - For quality writing in every area of the media, whether it be overtly Christian or shaped by a Christian perspective. Information, resources and inspiration, plus competitions, events and local writer-groups.

Association of Writers and Writing Programs

Author.co.uk - The UK site for all writers and publishers. Created by the authors of A Writer's Guide to the Internet', advertise your work on the site, search for useful information, subscribe to our ezine.

Awesome Writers  A mailing list for writers of all genres to post their writing and request critiques.

Aylad's Writing Group email critique online group.

Ayr Writers' Club - Information about the club's programme of events, dates of the various workshops, planned speakers and Club nights. Biographical information about the speakers is provided as well as the results of club competitions.

Backspace - Backspace is a large Internet-based writers' organization comprised of 273 members in 10 countries. Backspace members write in all genres and are at all stages of their careers.

Birmingham Words - A writers' community based in Birmingham, UK.

Black on White: the writer's web site

Blue Phantom Critique Group for Children's Writers

Boost - The goal of Boost is to provide a supportive community where all children's writers can polish their manuscripts, improve their craft, share information and gain confidence in pursuing their publishing goals.

Canadian Fiction Writers - A peer help group for new or established authors of all genres free for anyone to join and discuss their writing.

ChickLit "For serious writers of contemporary women's fiction (chick lit, mainstream relationship stories, girl buddy books, romantic suspense, mainstream paranormal, family sagas)."

Children's F&SF Writers

Christian Writers' Fellowship Online

Christian Writer's Group - A group offering resources and encouragement for today's Christian writer.

Coffeehouse for Writers is a number of things, including resources, for pay workshops and free critique groups. Most of this handled through mailing lists. Check it out and see if works for you.

Colorado Authors League

Colorado Romance Writers

Colorado Springs Fiction Writer's Group

Comedy Screenwriting Discussion Group.

Corby Scribblers - UK based writers club. Meets at Corby Library to discuss and exchange information and ideas and all aspects of writing.

Creative, Ink! - A creative writing group in York, UK, the site contains information and writing from the group, plus writing resources, lists of events in the York area and competitions.

Critique Partners Connections (online)

Critters Workshop

Dargon Project is a collaborative project, where many authors write in a common milieu, sharing settings and characters. Stories take place in a medieval fantasy world that is predominantly human, at a late medieval technology level, and where magic is relatively rare. The Dargon Project has been on the internet since 1985.

Eastside RWA (Romance Writers Association)

Eastside Writers Association Kirkland, Washington. Located on the east side of the Seattle/Puget Sound area of Washington State, the Eastside chapterís goal is to promote excellence in romantic fiction, help our authors become published, and provide a place where writers at all stages of their careers can come to get assistance, information, and promote their careers.

Electronic Literature Association

Eratosphere - Workshops, forums, and message boards for the post and critique of poetry, book reviews, essays, fiction, art, photography, chat, interview, humor or light verse.

Faith Writers is an encouraging community of Christian writers. A great place to learn and grow in a safe, caring environment.

Fantasy/SciFi Novel Writers - A discussion group for anyone writing, wanting to write, or publishing a sf/fantasy novel.

Federation of British Columbia Writers is an organization with a variety resources for the Canadian writer in British Columbia.

Felixstowe Scribblers Homepage - Writer's circle in Suffolk, UK.

First Novel Support group for writers working on their first novel.

ForTheLoveOfWriting.com Chats, forums, and a place to post and share writing.


FreelanceWriters - A forum for freelancers.

Gate Writing Community

Gay London Writers - A group of gay male writers who meet fortnightly in London to read work in progress, provide feedback and discuss publishing strategies in an informal atmosphere. Includes biographies, contact details and samples of writing.

Havant and District Writer's Circle - Based in Havant, Hampshire, UK. Caters for all kinds of writers. New members welcome.

Heartland Writers Guild is a Missouri based group that has monthly meetings, a newsletter and actively sponsors a major writers conference.


Hong Kong Writers' Circle

Imaginaries (online) science fiction, fantasy and horror.

Imaginaries is a global writer's copperative for science fiction, fantasy and horror and also a group that shares stories via the web and solicits critiques as well as many other roles.

Indispensable Writing Resources

Inscribe: Christian Writers Fellowship in Canada

Inspired to Write

International Women's Writing Guild: non-profit; serving the writing community since 1976

Internet Writers Guild is an online free service for those who have used the Internet in general and the web in particular to publish their works and those of others.

Internet Writers' Guild: free membership

Internet Writing Workshop (online)

Kenny/Naughton Society

Kingdom Writers is an email critique group and fellowship for Christian writers. On this list, you may submit your work to other writers for critique, and critique the works of others in return. You may also initiate discussion on topics related to writing and the writing life, or join in on discussions in progress. There are both professional writers and beginners in this group. All are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Kingdom Writers: Online critique group

Leicester Writers' Club - Includes list of events, details of members, how to become a member and lots of other interesting details.

Literary Arts

Longhand-The Black Quill is an internet based round robin group that describes itself as 'Our current Project is titled, "Catch Me If You Can!", which is a mystery-action-thriller set in the world of cybercrime and high finance. Our next adventure will be ala "24", with this twist ... These project grow synergistically, by topsy and we are never sure of the direction they will take or the outcome of the story.'

Maryland Writer's Association

Maryland Writer's Association

Merton Writers Circle - South West London. Site features schedule of meetings and activities, competitions and map to meeting place.

Mississippi Writers Guild: provides information & guidance on the craft of writing; upcoming literary events

Missouri Writers' Guild

My Writer Buddy Look for a mentor, a critique partner, a collaborator, a research assistant, or just another writer to chat with, on this unique site. It includes classifieds where you can post a "buddy wanted" ad, chat rooms, forums, and more.

Myphore - Read stories, and poetry by gifted authors and view beautiful art and photographs from talented artists... and we have free website tools too.

Mystic Visions (online).  Speculative romance.

National Association for Literature Development - Professional lobbyist and support body for all those involved in the development of creative writing and reading. Offers seminars, training days, newsletters, and contact with other literary professionals across the UK.[Flash Required]

National Association of Women Writers (online)

National Association of Women Writers offers a FREE weekly inspirational/how-to e-magazine, an online Member Portfolio, a Member Publications page, a bimonthly printed WRITER'S GUIDE, Daily Inspiration, a Writer's Online Library, and much more.' Check their web site for further details.

National Association of Women Writers: links, inspiration, free weekly e-newsletter

National Writers Union: contract advice, grievance resolution, health/dental, education, Job Hotline, networking

NJ Creatives Network: freelance creative talent; writers, artists, designers, photographers, film/video producers, more

North Carolina Writer's Network

North Carolina Writer's Network

NovelDoc (mailing list)

Online Writing Workshop for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror (online).

Online Writing Workshop for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

Pen and Brush Club 100+ year old organization of professional women in the arts.

PEN Center USA West: non-profit literary/human rights org. for professional writers

Periodical Writers Association of Canada (PWAC): avoid scams, tips, advice, sample contracts, articles, etc.

Pleasure Dome Message Board

Police Writers Club provides those who write about or for the police with the knowledge, resources and networking capabilities they need to share their expertise with others. Both fiction and nonfiction writing and publishing are covered, and we welcome both published and unpublished writers. Current members include writers of magazine articles, technical books, true crime articles, and novels. Many of our membersw are active or retired police officers, but that is not a membership requirement.`We provide a variety of support services for our members. Investigate us at our website at www.policewriter.com, or contact us at Police Writers Club. c/o Knight Management Corp., P.O. Box 416, Hayes, VA 23072, (804) 642-2343.

Professional Writers of Prescott  Arizona

Professional Writers of Prescott (Arizona).

Quebec Writers Federation: represents English-language writers in the majority French-speaking province

Red River Romance Writers  Wichita Falls, Texas.'

Rhode Island Writers and Journalists Society

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers  dedicates the efforts of our volunteers to supporting published and unpublished writers of novel-length fiction. To make the best use of our charitable workers, RMFW limits its membership to residents of Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Membership, however, is not required for participation in our annual Colorado Gold Writing Contest and Colorado Gold Conference.

Sante Fe Writers Project

Science Fiction and Fantasy Co-op is another group that shares stories via the web and solicits critiques.

SF Canada: "how-to" articles, links, membership info

SF Lovers: information of interest to fans of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror & related genres

SF Novelist - A critique group for writers of "hard sf" novels.

SFRT on the Web For readers and writers of science fiction, fantasy and horror.

SFRT on the Web is an ongoing online community for readers and writers of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror and now it's on the web. Of particularly interest here is their Writers Workshop.

SFWA: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer's of America, Inc.

Short Story Group is a noble effort to group writers from novice to expert in a mailing list critique group. They also have a bookworm group as well. Check their web page for details, especially (as is the case as of this posting) that their active member list is full and how to get on the waiting list.

Short Story Writers Group - UK writers community.

Short Story Writers Group (online)

Southbay Writers Group began with a meeting of 'Jack London, poet George Sterling and short story writer Herman Whitaker'. It now numbers 18 chapters and counting. If you are in the San Francisco Bay area, this could be a possible place to check out.

Southbay Writers Group San Francisco Bay

Southeastern Writers Association, St. Simon's Island, GA. Annual conference

Southwest Scriptwriters - Group formed to promote new writing for stage, screen, radio & television. Based in Bristol, UK

Sutton Writers Circle - Based in Sutton, Surrey, our group offers support and advice for writers, with locally based monthly meetings and workshops. Our membership comprises both published and unpublished writers.

T Party - Home site for the T Party, a writers' group based in London and South East England. Site includes members' details along with extracts of work and complete stories. Fantasy, sf and horror writing.

Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society - The ALCS is the British collecting society for all writers. The principal purpose of ALCS is to ensure that hard-to-collect revenues due to authors are efficiently collected and speedily distributed to ALCS members.

Burry Man Writers Center - Hand-picked resources and exclusive articles for fiction and nonfiction writers, working professionals and beginners, with particular support for writing about Scotland.

Hampstead Authors' Society - The Society was set up in 1997 to provide a professional and social network and forum for writers. Has members from London, Oxford, Cambridge and even from France, USA and elsewhere.

Pen and Brush Club is a 100 years and more old organization of professional women in the arts - writers, painters, sculptors, musicians, and artists in craft.  New York City.

The Willamette Writer is a longstanding group founded in 1965 and active in the Portland, Oregon area. Their services include critique groups, a script library and much more

Trace Online Writing Centre

UK Writers - Email discussion list for writers in the UK.

UKAuthors - UKA offers information about markets, competitions, small presses, links, agents, events, and publishers.

Verulam Writers' Circle - Offers writers' workshops, manuscript evenings, encouragement through constructive critique, talks, competitions and workshops.

Voices Israel Group of Poets in English publishes an annual anthology and sponsors an annual poetry contest, both open to poets of all nations and religions.

Wild Poetry Forum

Willamette Writers Group. One of the largest writers' organizations in the U.S.'

Wolfrunners (online) For women writers and artists working in the genres of science fiction and fantasy.

Women Who Write

Women Writers of the Desert

Worcester Writers' Circle - Members work covers a wide range of subjects.

Word for Word Writers' Group - A creative writing group based in North London, UK. Details of membership, activities and courses plus contact details and news of members.

WordCraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers

Write List For serious writers who want to be published.

Write or Die is a science fiction, fantasy and horror based free writing group that has been going since 1996 and meets in the Monroeville, Pennsylvania area.

Writer Mag - Writing Groups -- Children's, fiction, horror, journalism, mystery, nonfiction, plays, poetry, romance, science fiction, screenwriting.

Writers Against Writing - Writers group from Edinburgh. Anti mainstream, diverse, downbeat, new members welcome. Not striving towards publication. Based in Corstorphine, meeting regularly.

Writer's Center is more than just a writers group, with a writers and editors registry, workshops and a host of other resources on their web site and in their facility in the Washington D.C. area. Well worth a look see and consideration as to whether it could be useful to you.

Writers' Circles - Lists over a 1,000 writers' circles or groups in the UK.

Writer's Cramp (Seattle/Tacoma, Washington).

Writer's Garret is a full featured group with a broad range of services for writers in the north Texas area. check out their extensive web site for details both about their group and other events taking place in the north Texas area of interest to writers of all persuasions. The site is also the home for Twig - an online literary magazine that will publish selected prose and poetry by The Writer's Garret members only.

Writers Hangout

Writers Meetup Groups - International

Writers Union of Canada (TWUC): for novelists; good web site, many contests, etc.

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Zeugma online workshop and peer group for serious and skilled poets.