Writing Group Listings

Writing groups (also called writers’ groups) are built on informal, reciprocal, & respectful peer-to-peer feedback on in-progress creative writing. These groups can help participants improve their own writing skill, develop the skills & language to provide feedback to other writers, broaden their literary networks, and better understand the writing & publishing landscape in their region.

The below listings—for writers seeking writing groups, and for writing groups welcoming new members—are provided by individual members of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS). Because writing groups are informal social arrangements, writers and writing groups cannot be vetted by WFNS. We strongly encourage all writers to correspond respectfully.

To have a listing removed, please contact communications@writers.ns.ca with the subject line “Writing Group Listings.”

Writers seeking groups

Sarah Carlson (website)

I moved to Nova Scotia this January and am looking to connect with a writing community. I am interested in having conversations around writing craft and publishing, writing retreats, and some critiquing. I write YA.

Meeting method: Flexible (remote/in-person)

Genres: Young Adult writing

Contact: sjcarlson@live.com

Anthony Thomson

Meeting method: Remote only (video chat, phone, or email)

Genres: Fiction (long-form mystery)

Contact: tony.thomson@acadiau.ca

Groups seeking writers

Bedford Writers Group (Facebook group)

Meets the second Wednesday of each month, currently via Facebook Rooms but hopefully again at the Bedford Public Library in the future. Request to join the Facebook page and read the two documents in the files section which have to do with roles and responsibilities. Writers of all levels are welcome.

Meeting method: Flexible (remote/in-person)

Genres: All

Contact: L. P. Suzanne Atkinson (lpsatkinson@eastlink.ca

Evergreen Writers Groups (website)

The Evergreen Writers Group meets in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia to discuss our writing ideas, read our latest efforts, offer constructive criticism, and help each other reach our creative writing goals. We have varied levels of writing experience and interests in almost every genre, from historical fiction and memoirs to mysteries and science fiction. Our current group comprises poets, short story writers, novelists, and photographic artists. We draw our members from the Halifax metropolitan area and normally alternate our twice monthly meetings between Evergreen House and the Alderney Gate Library. During the pandemic we’ve met online via Zoom.

Meeting method: Flexible (remote/in-person)

Genres: Poetry, Fiction (short-form, long-form, historical, romance), Non-fiction (short-form, long-form, memoir), Writing for children, Young Adult writing, Scriptwriting

Contact: Shirley Godfrey (shirley.godfrey52@gmail.com

Guysborough Writers (website)

Guysborough Writers welcomes writers of any style or form to attend biweekly meetings both in person or online, to read, discuss and critique original pieces of work. Poetry, short stories, novels, essays, memoirs—anything composed with the alphabet can be brought to the table. Guysborough Writers is organized and led by Lois Ann Dort, journalist and former coordinator of the Bangkok Women’s Writers Group.

Meeting method: Flexible (remote/in-person)

Genres: All

Contact: Lois Ann Dort (loisanndort@gmail.com)

Tufts Cove Writers’ Collective (Facebook group)

We are a new writers’ group in Dartmouth, named after the beloved smokestacks!

Meeting method: In-person only

Genres: Fiction (short-form, long-form)

Contact: Lindsey Harrington (lindseytheresa@gmail.com)

Yarmouth Write Away (Facebook group)

We are a welcoming group that has been meeting remotely this past year. Prior to this, our group met in person in the community room at Sobeys in Yarmouth. We meet on a monthly basis but take a hiatus for the summer months of July and August. Follow us on Facebook for upcoming (September) meeting details.

Meeting method: Flexible (remote & in-person)

Genres: Poetry, Fiction (short-form, historical), Nonfiction (short-form)

Contact: Janice Comeau (janicecomeau@eastlink.ca)

Submit a Listing

You must be a WFNS member to create a Writing Group Listing. Membership is open to anyone who writes.
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