Writing Groups in Scotland

Name Location Meeting Information Website/Email
The Fiction Writers' Club Online

A Facebook group for writers to share ideas and work.

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WriteWords Online

A longstanding web forum with online writing groups and user feedback.

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Open Book Nationwide

Open Book organise and run weekly shared reading and creative writing sessions for a diverse range of community and public participants across Scotland. Please see website link for details.

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Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators
Nationwide

The SCBWI South East Scotland network holds regular meet-ups and teach-ins, where we swap information on writer’s craft, such as dialogue, character breakdown and plot development. They have regional contacts and events across the country.

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Books and Beans Poetry Group Aberdeen

The group meets at 7pm on the last Thursday of each month.

 
Grampian Association of Storytellers Aberdeen

Grampian Association of Storytellers (GAS) is a group whereby people from all walks of life come along to listen to stories, and tell stories orally.  We organise events, workshops and get-togethers, and provide professional storytellers.  GAS meets monthly.

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Lemon Tree Writers Aberdeen
The group meet at 11am on alternate Saturdays. 
 
 
North East Writers Aberdeenshire

North East Writers is a literature development agency aiming to support, promote and coordinate new writing in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, working in partnership with venues, publishers, writers' groups and individual writers based in the region. 

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Angus Writers' Circle Arbroath

Angus Writers' circle meets at 7.30pm on the first and third Wednesday of every month at the Rosely Hotel. The programme of meetings includes speakers, workshops and club nights when members read their work and crits are given. Currently not accepting new members due to numbers.

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Ayr Writers Club Ayr

The group welcomes new and established writers. There are speakers, workshops and informal read around nights.

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Deeside Writers Banchory The group meet on the third Tuesday of every month. 

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Spindrift Writers

Banff Please email for more information.

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Strathkelvin Writers' Group Bishopbriggs Strathkelvin Writers' Group aims to develop and encourage all forms of writing by its members: fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children's writing. 
Denny Writers Denny We are a Writers Group open to all no matter what age, gender or ability. Our meetings are held  on Thursdays at 1.30 pm to 3.30pm.
White Raven Writers Dumbarton Meetings take place in Dumbarton Library every Thursday from 1 - 3. We welcome serious writers who are looking to improve their craft by engaging in constructive dialogue on members’ work.
Crichton Writers Dumfries Crichton Writers meet once a month all year round on Thursday mornings on the Crichton Campus, Dumfries.  We operate largely as a peer-led group, using the considerable experience acquired over the 18 years the group have had work published and performed.
Nethergate Writers Dundee

The Nethergate Writers meet on the last Wednesday of every month, in the Dalhousie Building at Dundee University. We welcome all types of writers, from those who have been or are hoping to be published to those who just write for their own enjoyment.

Tyne and Esk Writers

East Lothian, Midlothian Tyne and Esk Writers comprises of eight writing groups, with around 100 members in total, in Midlothian and East Lothian. Website

Captain's Inkwell

Edinburgh

The groups meets at the City of Edinburgh Council's South Neighbourhood Office and Library [Gracemount Library] on Captain's Road every second Tuesday at 10-12pm. It's been going since 2013.

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Connect and Create

Edinburgh

A women only writing group (All women-only events are inclusive of Trans, Intersex women, non-binary and gender fluid people) on the first Saturday of every month at Edinburgh Central Library. It is currently fully booked with a waiting list, so will be readvertised in future when there are spaces.

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The Diggers Writers

Edinburgh The group meets at the Tourmalet Bar every Tuesday from 7.30 - 10pm to share, discuss and give criticism. The group is affiliated with The Workers' Educational Association. Email

Edinburgh Genre Writers

Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Genre Group is a collaborative, Milford-style writing workshop for published and unpublished Edinburgh writers interested in writing, critiquing and publishing commercial genre fiction.

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Edinburgh Writers’ Club

Edinburgh

We are a community of writers in the Edinburgh area and beyond, with an annual programme of competitions, workshops and expert speakers.  We meet every second Monday from September to May.

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Rogue Writers

Edinburgh

The group is a forum for anyone who is interested in writing, both readers and writers – new and experienced – to come and read their work and receive helpful criticism in a friendly environment.

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School of Poets

Edinburgh A Poetry group who meet on the second Tuesday of each month, 6-8pm at the Scottish Poetry Library (except for August and December).

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Scottish Arts Club - Writers' Group

Edinburgh

The Writers' Group meets on the last Wednesday at 7pm in the Studio. All are welcome, from new writers to published authors. Free for Members, £5 per session for non-Members.

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Scottish Poetry Library

Edinburgh

A variety of writing groups hold events at the SPL. Please visit their Events page for more information.

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Stranger Than Fiction

Edinburgh

A friendly group of non-fiction writers who meet upstairs in the Washbar at the top of the Mound on the third Thursday of each month at 7.30pm. 

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WHALE Poetry Group Edinburgh A poetry group at the WHALE Arts Centre, 11.30am - 1pm on the last Wednesday of the month.

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Write On! Edinburgh Free and open to all, this group is run by Health All Round, a charity and community health project. Thursdays 3pm – 4.30pm, at Tynecastle Community Wing.

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Elgin Writers' Club

Elgin

Meets on alternate Wednesday evenings usually in Elgin Library from March to December each year for those who wish to write for pleasure, and perhaps profit.  Workshops, competitions, great chat and general support and encouragement to get writing!

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Erskine Writers

Erskine

The group meets  on Tuesdays  from 1.30 - 3.30 pm at the Bargarran Community Centre. We welcome people who are interested to attend our meetings to see if we are what they require.

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Falkirk Writers Circle

Falkirk The Circle meet every Tuesday evening in the Greenpark Community Centre, Polmont, at 7.30pm.

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Black Isle Writers' Group

Fortrose A writing group with regular monthly events.

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Gorbals Writing Group Glasgow

A monthly writing group meeting on Saturdays at Gorbals Library.

Glasgow SF Writers Circle Glasgow

A fortnightly workshop for writers of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. 7.45pm every second Tuesday.

Glasgow Feminist Writers Glasgow

A monthly meeting, with feedback and discussion, for writers of prose and poetry who are feminist by belief, although feminist writing is, of course, welcome.

 

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Greenock Writers' Club

Greenock All welcome. You don’t have to be an accomplished writer to join our club. Our members are all at different stages and levels of writing. So whether your thing is poetry, short stories, writing articles or perhaps novels, please come along.

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Huntly Writers

Huntly Huntly Writers is open to anyone over the age of 18 years who is, or wants to be, actively engaged in creative writing. We are based in the market town of Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where we usually meet on a fortnightly basis.

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Highland LIT

Inverness

A literary group organising writers' events, open mics and writing groups. 

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Words Writing Café

Inverness

The Café runs once a month from 5pm-6.30pm upstairs in Waterstones, Eastgate Shopping Centre.

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Kelso Writers Workshop Kelso

We're a group of writers in various genres and of varying experience who meet together in Kelso, in the Scottish Borders (Scotland). We aim to encourage new writers to publish and improve existing writers' writing.

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Largs Writers Largs  Largs Writers Group meet every Monday from 10a.m - 12 noon in Largs Library, Allanpark Street. We are also affiliated with the local poetry group:
"Poems & Pints" meet on the second Tuesday of every month, 7 - 9 p.m.  in the Waterside Pub, Bath Street.
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Campsie Writers' Group Lennoxtown  An informal group where Authors and prospective authors can share ideas and learn new skills.  We meet in the Lennoxtown Library Hub on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month from 1.30 to 3pm from January to June and September to December.  To book a free place please contact Lennoxtown Library: Tel. 0141 7773151 Email
The Pen & I Nairn

A co-operative writers group that meets weekly on Tuesday mornings (apart from the school holidays) and offers a warm welcome to anyone who wants to write in a friendly, supportive atmosphere.

Peebles Library Writing Group Peebles

First Monday of the month at  10:30am-12:30pm.

Perthshire Writers Perth

A writing group with regular events, including critique nights.

Soutar Writers' Group Perth

The group reviews the draft work of its members and offers constructive criticism and support. Members may act as proof-readers for final drafts going to publication. Membership is by invitation only, please see website for details.

Borders Writers' Forum

St Boswells

A warm welcome to both established and beginner writers at 7pm every third Thursday of the month. See website for full details or email for up to date programme.

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Stevenston Creative Writing Group
Stevenston

A community group open to all engaging in a number of topics to explore creativity with words. The meetings are weekly - Friday (10-12) at Beattie Library and it is free to join in.

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The Novel Pool Stirling The group meets fortnightly on Thursdays at the Macrobert Centre to discuss and critique submitted work.

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Stornoway Writers' Circle

Stornoway Every Tuesday from 7-9pm at An Lanntair, welcome to anyone over the age of 16. No need to book, just turn up.

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Stromness Writing Group Stromness We are an informal, friendly group of writers who meet fortnightly to share writing exercises and feedback. The meetings are usually from 6.30pm - 8.30pm on Tuesday evenings.

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Troon Writers Troon We are a small group of enthusiasts who enjoy story writing and meet every second Thursday at Troon Library from 4.30 - 6.30 pm. Should you wish further information, please contact Troon Library on 01292 315352 or email.

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Uist Writers Group North Uist The Writing Group meets at Taigh Chearsabhagh, usually on the first Saturday of the month from 10.30 am – 12.30 pm. It is a very informal, friendly group of people who want to write for many varied reasons.

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West Lothian Writers West Lothian The group normally meet every second Tuesday to offer advice and support to each other.  

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This is not a complete list of writing groups in Scotland. If you can't see one in your local area we would recommend asking local libraries or community centres if they know of any.

If you would like to see your writing group listed on this page, please email lynsey.may@scottishbooktrust.com.