New Zealand Writers Groups

SpecFicNZ is the only writers group specifically for writers of speculative fiction in or from New Zealand.

However, there are many other local and internet writers groups, each with a different emphasis, that may benefit you as a writer.

We hope that you will check them out and lend your support.  And be sure to let us know if you have a group you’d like us to add to our list.

International Writers’ Workshop NZ (Auckland) – “We run workshops with well known NZ authors, 6-8 competitions, with judge feedback, a year, including the Kathleen Grattan Sequence of Poems with a prize of $1000.”

Christchurch Writers’ Guild – A community of Christchurch writers from all genres and publication backgrounds meeting the second Monday evening (7 pm) of each month at the Undercroft (beneath the University of Canterbury James Hight Library).

Kiwi Writers 2.0 – Kiwi Writers is a free, online, challenge and writing craft forum and a great place to meet other writers from New Zealand and hone yours skills.

Kiwi Write4Kids – Kiwi Write4Kids is an organisation for adults who like to write for children.  They support and promote New Zealand children’s writers.

Masters of Horror – Masters of Horror is a web-based community of horror and spec fic writers and enthusiasts started by Kiwi Lee Pletzers in 2003.

New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN) – Established in 1934 as the New Zealand P.E.N Centre, the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) is a membership based arts organisation representing approximately 1,300 writers nationally.

New Zealand Writers Guild – They represent and support New Zealand script writers.

Playmarket – New Zealand’s Playwright’s Agency & script advisory service.

Script to Screen – Developing the craft and culture of storytelling for the screen in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

South Island Writers Association –  SIWA is a Christchurch-based writing group that meets monthly.

New Zealand Poetry Society – The New Zealand Poetry Society is an incorporated non-profit organisation which aims to advance education by promoting, developing and supporting poetry and poets in New Zealand.

Romance Writers of NZ – Romance Writers of NZ was founded in September 1990 by Jean Drew and ten other enthusiastic writers in Auckland, New Zealand. Since then RWNZ has flourished and has now grown to over 260 members (both published and unpublished writers) from New Zealand, Australia, USA, UK and South Africa.

Tauranga Writers Group – Tauranga Writers is New Zealand’s longest-running self-help group for writers, established in 1967. They meet twice a month on the first Thursday at 7 pm and on the third Sunday at 2 pm. Their present venue is the Alzheimer’s Tauranga Rooms, 116 13th Avenue, Tauranga.

*For contact details of smaller, local, face-to-face writing groups that do not have websites, see this wonderful list at the New Zealand Society of Authors website.