A guide to Canadian writing groups

Discover other writers in your community and get help with your writing journey.

Whether you write as a hobby or have loftier goals, you don't have to do it alone. Joining a writing group is a great opportunity to meet other writers, hone your craft and find a mentor.

The groups listed here are a sampling of what the Canadian literary community has to offer.  Are you part of a writing group that is open to new members and want to be on our list? Email us at cbcbooks@cbc.ca.

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British Columbia

Christianne's Lyceum of Literature and Art
What: An inclusive set of programs and writers' workshops
Where: Vancouver, B.C.
Who: Writers of all ages

New West Writers
What: Writing critique group
Where: New Westminster, B.C.
Who: Writers of all genres

Surrey Libraries writing groups
What: Writing groups for adults and teens
Where: Surrey, B.C.
Who: General public

Victoria Writers' Society
What: Participate in small, informal groups where writers present their works in progress and receive critical feedback. There are currently groups focused on short stories, novels, general fiction and creative nonfiction.
Where: Victoria, B.C.
Who: Members of the Victoria Writers' Society

British Columbia Association of Travel Writers
What: A group for B.C. travel journalists and writers
Where: British Columbia
Who: Meetups are open to the public

The Grind Writers' Group
What: Writers of all levels and genres
Where: Vancouver, B.C.
Who: General public

Heart & Mind Writing Group
What: Writers of all levels and genres
Where: Sicamous, B.C.
Who: General public

Alberta

Alexandra Writers' Centre Society
What: Community of emerging writers of all ages
Where: Calgary, Alta.
Who: General public

Imaginative Fiction Writers Association
What: Critique of written work, marketing advice, writing games and exercises
Where: Calgary, Alta.
Who: Members of the Imaginative Fiction Writer's Association

Parkland Poets
What: Community of poets who share their work
Where: Stony Plain, Alta.
Who: General public

Strathcona County Writers
What: Writers of all levels and genres
Where: Strathcona County, Alta.
Who: General public

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Writers Guild
What: Professional organization that offers development and workshops for all genres
Where: Saskatchewan
Who: Members

Manitoba

Interlake Writers Guild
What: Writing group for all genres
Where: Selkirk, Man.
Who: General public

Manitoba Writers' Guild
What: Professional organization that offers development and workshops for all genres
Where: Manitoba
Who: Workshops are open to both members and the general public

Ontario

Firefly Creative Writing
What: Writing workshops, coaching and retreats
Where: Toronto, Ont.
Who: General public

Memoirs Writing Group
What: Group discussions to help writers develop their writing voice with feedback to assist with the editing process
Where:  Brampton, Ont.
Who: Adult writers

OUTwrites Queer Writing Collective
What: queer-positive, sexually diverse group for all levels
Where: Toronto, Ont.
Who: General public

Sudbury Writers' Guild
What: Community-based writing group for all levels and genres
Where: Sudbury, Ont.
Who: General public

Toronto Public Library
What: Various groups and workshops focused on a variety of genres, including memoir, fiction and poetry.
Where: Toronto, Ont.
Who: General public

Toronto Writers Collective
What: Free writing workshops for underserved communities
Where: Toronto, Ont.
Who: Adult writers

Writers' Community of Durham Region
What: Professional organization that offers development and workshops for all genres
Where: Durham region
Who: Workshops are open to members and the general public

Quebec

Shut-up & Write/Tais-toi et écris Montréal
What: Community of writers who share their work, in any genre.
Where: Montreal, Que.
Who: General public

Quebec Writers' Federation
What: Professional organization that offers development and workshops for all genres
Where: Montreal, Que.
Who: Workshops are open to members and the general public

New Brunswick

Writers' Federation of New Brunswick
What: Professional organization that offers development and workshops for all genres
Where: New Brunswick
Who: Members

Prince Edward Island

PEI Writers' Guild
What: Professional organization that offers development and workshops for all genres
Where: P.E.I.
Who: Workshops are open to members and the general public

Nova Scotia

Evergreen Writers Group
What: Creative writing group comprised of poets, short story writers, novelists, and playwrights
Where: Dartmouth, N.S.
Who: General public

Word Nerds Teen Writing Group
What: Teen-oriented writing group
Where: Colchester-East Hants, N.S.
Who: Teen writers

Halifax Public Library Writers' Circle
What: Weekly meetings for support and inspiration at various library branches
Where: Bedford, N.S.
​Who: Adult writers

Yarmouth Write Away Group
What: Monthly writing group that welcomes all genres.
Where: Yarmouth, N.S.
Who: General public

Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia
What: Professional organization that offers development and workshops for all genres
Where: Nova Scotia
Who: Members

Newfoundland & Labrador

Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland & Labrador
What: Professional organization that offers development and workshops for all genres
Where: Newfoundland & Labrador
Who: Members

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