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Free Writing Groups and more!

July 28, 2015

If you are looking for a writing group in Toronto here are some options:Parent-Leadership-Clip-Art-Image-e1340741593900

Toronto Public Library offers dozens of writers groups and book clubs at branches across the city. There is also a wonderful program of author talks throughout the year. This fall, the line-up includes Lawrence Hill, Camilla Gibb, Salman Rushdie, Nino Ricci, Margaret Atwood and Ian Rankin. Tickets are free but you must book ahead and many of these talks sell-out!

The East End Writers’ Group has met monthly in the east end of Toronto since 2000. The Group usually meets on the last Wednesday evening of the month to critique work, and host guest speakers. For more information contact:  Sharon Crawford, samcraw@interlog.com. The group is planning a 15th anniversary celebration in October.

The Moosemeat Writing group meets every second Thursday evening in Toronto to discuss short stories, chapters from novels or other creative prose written by members. No fees. No poetry!

The Toronto Writers’ Co-operative offers regular weekly workshops at the Toronto Reference Library. Members range from published writers to ‘those who have a serious intention to write.” Established in 2006, the group also stages a literary cabaret, hosts guest authors and publishes an anthology of members’ works.

Toronto Writers’ Group, founded in 2010 has over 1,000 members. They host a monthly meeting for writers looking for support and feedback on novels, fiction, non-fiction, essays and short stories.

Toronto Romance Writers formed in 1986, has over 150 members who write historical, contemporary, futuristic, paranormal, romantic suspense, inspirational and more types of romance. Guests are welcome to attend regular monthly meetings. The first meeting is free, but there is a fee for subsequent meetings. See the events section and  Guest Policy.

Members of the Toronto Speculative Fiction Writers Group meet twice a month to critique members’ stories and novel chapters, and to talk about books, writing, and the publishing industry. They write in speculative genres including traditional fantasy, urban fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, horror, magic realism. The group is currently full, but you can apply for the wait list.

University of Toronto Creative Writing Group is open to students, faculty, alumni, and staff at U of T, as well as to other students studying in Toronto.

The Toronto Cold Reads Writer’s Group is an extension of the Toronto Cold Reads Series. The group supports the development of new work by professional (and emerging) film, television and theatre writers in Toronto. At TCR events, professional actors read portions of five or scripts in front of a live audience. See the facebook page for upcoming events and meet-ups.

Are there any more groups out there who are looking for new members?

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