Resources for Writers

Some of the members of Dunedin Speculative Fiction display their published novels. Location: Athenaeum Library, Octagon Dunedin

The Dunedin Speculative Fiction Writer’s Group was formed in 2018.

We are a proactive group whose purpose is to promote and support local writers of speculative fiction.


  • Is always open to writers working in speculative fiction, who are living in the Dunedin (New Zealand) region, and either published (Trad/Self/Indie but excluding Vanity), or have advanced writing experience,
  • but only by Invite via one of the Group’s Established Members,
  • or through first making contact by emailing:

Black Ink

A writing group that meets on Friday mornings once a month. We write and critique each other’s work with morning tea in between. PLEASE NOTE MEMBERSHIP is CURRENTLY FULL For further details please contact Keren Graham at

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

Dunedin Chapter of the Romance Writers of New Zealand

RWNZ is a friendly supportive group of romance writers who meet up once a month (usually the first Saturday of every month). We usually have a theme for each meeting, but our meet ups are relaxed and an opportunity to update fellow members on our works in progress and ask and give writing advice.

You do have to be a RWNZ member to attend meetings but please feel free to come along to one of our meetings to see if it’s for you.

Contact the convenor for more information: Samantha Burton


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  for more details.

Dunedin Writers Facebook group

If you’re a member of Facebook and a writer living in the Dunedin area please join us for info on local and national contests and other writerly fun as we find and share it via this Facebook group. Dunedin Writers

Dunedin Writers Workshop

Dunedin’s oldest writers group, offering 3 internal short stories competitions a year! A friendly group with face-to-face meetings held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, February to November, at 7:30pm, New members are very welcome. For more information please contact or visit the Dunedin Writers’ Workshop website

Octagon Poetry Collectiv
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

Otepoti Poetica

We seek new members to join our small friendly 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 2nd Monday of February to December, from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm at a member’s home in North Dunedin. For information please contact: Jenny at 021 475 199 or (03) 476 4909

The Waitaki Writers Group.
The Waitaki Writers Group.

Meetings are held in the lounge at St John Hall, Exe Street, Oamaru, 1.30  till 4 PM on the 2nd Monday of every month, except January.

Our members are both prose and poetry writers. All genres are welcome. Our only criterion for membership is that people should be serious about their writing. 

Meetings starts with a round of business, any writing-related personal news from members and an exchange of information about contests, publications seeking submissions and so forth. 

The main part of the meeting is critiquing. Most members take part, reading aloud up to 500 words of original writing.  Our aim is that each writer may be encouraged and assisted to produce writing of publishable standard.

After critiquing, we socialise over afternoon tea. We recognise that the group has an important social role to play in the lives of members, as writing can be a solitary occupation.

We produce a monthly Newsletter for members, which includes minutes of meetings,  writing hints, information and a Brag section, where news is shared about publications and contest successes.

Each year we hold in-house short story and poetry contests, in conjunction with the Oamaru Public Library, and the winners are announced and winning entries are read in a library ceremony. We also sometimes assist in running other events at the Oamaru Public Library, for whose hearty support we are always grateful.

Members find the encouragement and friendly atmosphere of the group to be very important in helping develop their writing, as well as the critiquing. Some who leave the group for other locations like to keep in touch by email and are fulsome in their praise of the role the group played in their lives.

For more info please get in touch with Secretary, Bruce Costello, email

If you belong to a writing group that you’d like to be added to this list, please email: