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Meet others via our online writing groups!
Face to face writing groups are returning soon but for now we have Zoom

Enter our writing competitions from the comfort of your home: Grieve and Newcastle Poetry Prize

Annual fee $49.50 (inc. GST) - concession also available
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3 female writers - members of Hunter Writers Centre Holly Karen and Linda
Christine Bramble at a Live Read Night
Anthony Wood, HWC member
Nicole Sellers Live Reading NAG

Member Benefits:

Share your work with writers and readers in your area

Discounts on our courses

Monthly newsletters

Free monthly writing groups: poetry, writing for children, speculative fiction, memoir and more

Publishing opportunities throughout the year.

Members’ only webpage with information about competitions, professional development, lit services and resources.

Mentorship program – advice on content, voice, structure of your work.

Regular live readings – come along and share your work

Social events for you to meet other writers and share experiences

Literary Resources sourced and recommended by HWC

Social Media groups to keep you connected

Every month:

Writing Courses each month

1st week each month:

Newcastle Art Gallery
Ekphrastic Live Reading – First Wednesday each month, 3-5pm
members and non-members welcome. Come along and meet us – participate or spectate
Creative WritingThursday evening, 4-7pm, Maitland
2nd week each month:
Poetry groupSaturday, East Maitland
Creative WritingThursday – an online group
3rd week each month:
Creative WritingSaturday, Belmont
Creative WritingFriday, East Maitland
Writing for Childrencurrently full
4th week each month:
Speculative Fiction writers (sci-fi, horror, dystopia etc) – Saturday, Wickham
Poetry GroupSaturday, Newcastle – currently full
Megan Buxton Ryan ONeill Kate Griffiths
Kathryn Fry - member of HWC
Three female members of Hunter Writers Centre Holly Bruce Reeze Dryden
Ross Gillett, winner of the 2018 Newcastle Poetry Prize
Creative Writing group HWC members
Audrey Molloy, 2nd Prize winner, NPP 2019

Complete the form below to become a member.

How it works:

  • As soon as your payment is confirmed you will receive an email to ‘activate’ your membership.
  • You will then receive a second email from ‘WordPress’ containing your username and password for login.
  • If you have not received these emails check your junk mail folder or contact us.
  • If you opt to pay by invoice, please allow 2-3 business days to receive your invoice.
  • Membership subscription is for 12 months. You will receive notification of renewal approx. 14 days prior to your anniversary date. You can opt out of renewal.

“I’ve learned a great deal from the course presenters and from listening to other members' writing.”

Christopher Hardwick, Writer

“The Newcastle Poetry Prize, co-ordinated by Hunter Writers Centre, is the jewel every poet would love to claim.”

Jean Kent, Poet, past Newcastle Poetry Prize judge and HWC member for 16 years

“Hunter Writers Centre has become the inspiration and anchor for all my writing ideas and projects. If you’re a writer, it’s the best $49.50 you’ll ever spend.”

Holly Bruce, Short story writer, winner of the Newcastle Herald short story competition 2017 & 2018

“After forty years working in advertising, joining HWC has made me appreciate how much writing is the richest and most rewarding creative pursuit.”

Graham Davidson, Writer and children's book illustrator

“Through Hunter Writers Centre I’ve met good writers and interesting people, often at the same time.”

Clark Gormley, Poet and performer

“Writing is often a solitary pursuit and the Hunter Writers Centre provides contact with other writers and a diverse range of opportunities to further your writing journey.”

Anthony Wood, Screen and prose writer

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