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Writers Groups


  • Meet at: We are a small group meeting in each other's homes or at selected venues in and around Winchester on Friday mornings between 10 and 12 noon......this is flexible.
  • Subscription: provision of beverages and biscuits from time to time
  • Variety of writing represented: We embrace all forms of writing
  • Open to new members: Yes
  • Contact helen.ma.adams@googlemail.com

Waterside Writers

  • We meet at Marchwood Village Hall (fortnightly)
  • Subscription - £30 per term, guests £5 per visit (Treasurer: Tim Joy)
  • Activities - each week members read out their work for optional, constructive feedback. Following that, a member or guest speaker leads a session on a particular theme eg Observation, Imagery, Classic Plots. Our programme is based on members’ interests and our guest speakers are lecturers or published authors. (Programme Organiser: Claire Buckley)
  • Our Secretary, Georgina Lippiett admin@watersidewriters.net, organises our website and liaises with outside bodies and new members.
  • Variety of writing represented – all writing but primarily fiction and poetry.
  • New members – we welcome applications to join the group. Please contact Georgina first, then come along to one or two trial meetings before you commit to joining.
  • We are a welcoming group of enthusiastic writers who meet to provide advice and mutual support, whether writing for pleasure or with a view to being published.

Havant and District Writers’ Circle

  • Meet at - The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre (formerly Havant Arts Centre), East Street, Havant. PO9 1BS on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7.30 p.m.
  • Subscription - £10 per annum but diminishing if joining later in the year. Meeting fees are £2 for members and £3 for guests.
  • Activities – There is a varied programme including speakers, manuscript evenings and competitions.
  • Open to new members – Yes.
  • Contact – See website for details
  • Additional information -  www.havantwriters.co.uk

Pencils and What-not  

  • Meet at - Varying venues on the third Tuesday of the month.
  • Subscription - £2 a session.
  • Activities - Technical writing segment. Spotlight  discussions for circulated works. Personal Development Workshops. Special Events.
  • Open to new members - Waiting list
  • Additional information - Small, friendly writing group who meet to improve their writing skills and share knowledge and experience in the writing field. Several of our members have had local and national successes with their writing and we have recently launched our first anthology.
    See the website: www.pencilsandwhat-not.com

Hampshire Writers' Society

  • Meet at – the University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, on ten evenings in the year, from 7.30 (on the second Tuesday in the month)
  • Subscription - £30 a year (free to students)
  • Activities – There is an invited speaker at each meeting, discussion following the invited speaker’s talk, and a writing competition every month
  • Open to new members - Yes
  • Contact Barbara Large on 01962 841515 Barbara.Large@winchester.ac.uk, or Gary Farnell on 01962 827267 Gary.Farnell@winchester.ac.uk
  • Additional information – The Society has been formed as a spin-off from the Winchester Writers’ Conference, which meets once a year – now we’re able to meet once a month as well. 
    See the website: www.hampshirewriterssociety.co.uk

Solent Writers' Circle

  • Meet at - Lee-on-the-Solent social club on ten evenings per year (usually the third Tuesday in the month)
  • Subscription - £10 a year
  • Activities - Each meeting we read work on a set theme for (optional) feedback. Various talks and workshops, plus regular competitions are organised.
  • Open to new members - Yes.
  • Contact Lesley Taylor on 02392 525266 anntaylo2a9@gmail.com or Barbara Grosvenor on 02392 528845 barbara@grosvenor49.plus.com
  • Additional information - We're a small, friendly, informal group. Our aim is to help and encourage each other with whatever type of writing we enjoy.

Jubilee Writers

  • Meet at St Peter's Stables, Free Street, Bishops Waltham. Twice a month on a Thursday afternoon 2pm-4pm
  • Subscription - £30 per year
  • Variety of writing represented - Short stories, poetry, novels, children's stories, articles, sketches etc.
  • Activities - A theme is set for the following meeting when members read their work to the group. Information is given about current competitions. We also invite published authors once or twice a year to talk to us about their work and give advice on writing and getting work published.
  • Open to new members - We welcome new members but please contact us to check our current membership situation.
  • Contact - email Jan Magee jubileewriters@live.co.uk or telephone Roger on 07516 530251
  • Additional information - We are a small friendly group of enthusiastic writers ranging from absolute beginners to the experienced whose aim is to encourage and support members in their writing.

The Scribblers

  • Meet at Bramley, Hampshire, once a month. No set date, held at peoples convenience.
  • Subscriptions - None, everyone contributes a few nibbles or something to drink. If it become larger we may have to move to a bigger premises and then we would have to discuss subscriptions.
  • Variety of writing presented - Short stories, novels in progess, novellas, scripts and writing for TV, poetry and articles for magazines. Publishing writing on the internet as individuals, for example, fanzine writing and sci fi.
  • Activities - We set ourselves homework which is presented to the group and read out either by the individual, nominated person or a volunteer reader. Should new members have ideas they would like to contribute this would be made welcome.
  • Open to new members - Yes. 
    Contact - Terry Hopwood Jackson on hopart@tiscali.co.uk
  • Additional information  - We are a small and enthusiastic group of writers with varying interests and success with our writing with some group members having been published writers and others still establishing their writing styles and skills. We all encourage one another to try new writing styles and experiment with a commitment to listen and respect each others opinions as well as contribute positive and constructive ideas. Everyone is friendly and welcoming, so if you are blossoming yet blushing writer or more established you would be made most welcome to our group!

Fareham Writers

  • Meet at Wallington Village Hall once a month during the day and we also meet informally for an optional social pub lunch.
  • Subscriptions cover the cost of the Hall.
  • Variety of writing represented - Fareham Writers is a lively informal group of writers who enjoy writing and meeting together for mutual encouragement and support
  • Activities - We write short stories/articles/novels
  • Open to new members? We welcome applications to join the group
  • Contact via the website www.farehamwriters.co.uk.

West End Writers (Southampton)

  • Meet at a member's home 3rd Tuesday of the month, 7.45pm
  • Subscriptions - 50p each meeting towards expenses.
  • Variety of writing represented - Novels, short stories, poetry, non-fiction.
  • Activities - Encourage and promote writing through a varied programme of activities.
  • Open to new members? Yes, please get in touch.
  • Contact Diane Sparkes, email dianesp90@hotmail.com

Writing Buddies

  • Meet at The Frog and Parrot Public House, 166 High Street, Southampton, first Friday of the month, 2pm

  • Subscriptions - first meeting is free.  Membership: £15 per annum and £2 per meeting or up to three meetings at £5 each. 
  • Variety of writing represented - a meeting of published and amateur writers, for mutual support and assistance.
  • Open to new members? All are welcome to come along and join in this friendly and informal group
  • Contact via our blog http://pennyleggswritingbuddies.blogspot.com

Write On

  • Meet at The Art House, Southampton city centre, second Tuesday of the month and every other Sunday
  • Subscriptions: pay what you can towards the running of The Art House charity (£2 per person advisable)
  • Variety of writing represented - a meeting of published and amateur writers, for mutual support and assistance. To keep everyone inspired between meetings the Sunday sessions are facilitated, with set topics or exercises.
  • Open to new members? All are welcome to come along and join in this friendly and informal group
  • Contact Write On

Chandler's Ford Writers

  • Meet at members' homes Thursday evenings 7.45pm - 9.45pm
  • Subscriptions - None
  • Variety of writing represented - Novels, short stories, poetry, non-fiction articles.
  • Activities - We read and discuss work in progress and share information about writing competitions, events and matters of interest. Some weeks we carry out writing exercises or have a theme. We run the annual Virginia Warbey Poetry Prize. We also judge the Page of Prose competition for Winchester Writers conference.
  • Open to new members? Please contact us to find out the current situation.
  • Contact Claire Gradidge ·almejas188@hotmail.com or tel 02380 80269513
  • Additional information Some published writers, others aspiring or writing for pleasure

Petersfield Writers Workshop

  • Meet at a private home five minutes walk from Petersfield town centre. Evening group established about three years ago.
  • Subscriptions - £1 per session to cover refreshments.
  • Variety of writing represented - This includes novels, short stories, articles and poetry
  • Activities - For serious and published writers to have their work-in-progress or completed writing discussed in an informal and helpful group. We aren't only serious about writing but also about sharing ideas and making it an enjoyable evening.
  • Open to new members? New members would be very welcome.
  • Contact Leah tel 07834 316040
  • Website www.petersfieldwriteangle.co.uk

The Writers@Lovedean

  • Meet at Lovedean Village Hall, 6A Lovedean Lane, Lovedean, Waterlooville, Hampshire, PO8 9ST every Friday at 10am to 12.30pm
  • Subscriptions - £4 a session, first session free and if you miss a week there is no charge.
  • Variety of writing represented - We are a lively bunch of writers, who are all enthusiastic about our own various projects; including novels, short stories, children's literature and poetry.
  • Activities - (how your meetings operate, what the group gets involved in etc. max 50 words) The group read pieces they have written and discuss them constructively. As a group we look to produce a souvenir book every year. All our members are encouraged to get their work in the book.
  • Open to new members? New members always get a warm welcome.
  • Contact Charlotte tel 02392 632012, email charlotte-comley@oneuk.com
  • Additional information - An eclectic group from various backgrounds, and skill levels. Some just enjoy writing for the pleasure, some looking to get published.

New Forest Writers Group

  • Meet at Forest Arts, Old Milton Road, New Milton on first Monday of the month at 10.30am
  • Subscriptions - £2.50 on the day
  • Variety of writing represented - We have all types of writing; poetry, autobiography, articles, short stories, novels.
  • Activities - The group read pieces they have written and discuss them constructively. We also hold workshops around twice a year.
  • Open to new members? - We are always keen to have new members
  • Contact Adam Singfield, email newforestwriters@yahoo.co.uk

Winchester ACE (Adult Continuing Education)

  • Meet at ACE, Stoney Lane, Winchester, Mondays 3.15pm - 5.15pm and Tuesdays 9.30am - 12 noon and add Tuesdays 7pm - 9pm.
  • Subscriptions - Costs of courses vary, approximately £80 to £100 a term
  • Variety of writing represented - Poetry, prose and play writing, different genres, writing for pleasure and improvement.
  • Activities - Each week begins with a starter writing activity followed by sharing individual’s writing, usually done at home in response to the theme of the previous week’s session, allowing time for constructive criticism from the group. A further writing exercise during the session will take place if time allows.
  • Open to new members? - Yes
  • Contact Nicky Morris, tel 01962 886166, email nmorris@psc.ac.uk
  • Website www.psc.ac.uk/ace
  • Additional information - All levels of writers welcome, material is always fresh so the courses are open to continuers or beginners.

Southampton Writers Circle

  • Meet at Freemantle Community Centre in Randolph Street, Freemantle, Southampton, SO15 3HF
    First and third Wednesday in the month from September to May from 7.30-10pm.
  • Subscriptions - £15 or £2 visitors
  • Variety of writing represented - All areas of writing covered
  • Activities - We are a small group of writers with a passion for sharing and supporting each other in our writing experiences. Our programme include workshops, manuscript evenings and we arrange speakers on a regular basis. We hold three competitions each year, but also intend to introduce a new internal competition for members.
  • Open to new members? - Yes, we are seeking to expand the group, new writers are especially welcome.
  • Contact - Barbara Jackson (Secretary) email barjaxplume@yahoo.com. Tel 023 80 773015.

Gosport Writers’ Group

  • Meet at Gosport Discovery Centre, third Tuesday in the month, 6pm – 7pm.
  • Subscriptions - No subscription
  • Variety of writing represented - Novels, short stories, screenplays, poetry and song lyrics. Romance, Historical, Magic Realism, Crime, Children’s etc.
  • Activities - We operate a ‘revolving chair’ whereby we take turns in selecting a theme/subject for the following meeting. You don’t have to stick to this if working on a particular project and want a response. Bring max 1000 words to read. Regular author guests share their journey in writing; tips and advice.
  • Open to new members? - New members very welcome.
  • Contact Joanne Lintott, tel 01489 565796, email jjlintott@tiscali.co.uk
  • Additional information - Our aim is to offer constructive response to each others work and support writing goals and ambitions.

Basingstoke Writers’ Circle

  • Meet at London Street United Reform Church, London Street, Basingstoke, RG21 7NU, every fourth Tuesday of the month except December from 8pm – 10pm.
  • Subscriptions - First evening is free, thereafter £2.50. Membership is £10 per year from April.
  • Variety of writing represented - Fact and fiction, short stories, poetry, reports, lays, sonnets, novels, science in education – some published.
  • Activities - Discuss community projects like Open-Mic events. Set homework which is entirely voluntary. Encourage publishing, visiting other groups and hiring speakers; opening our doors to the public. Contributing members may share tips from conferences attended. Read work, comment, advise. We keep a scrap book spanning 20 years and an achievement book to enter published work.
  • Open to new members? - Yes
  • Contact Joan Sullivan (Community Relations Officer), tel 01256 326453, emailjoanalma@yahoo.co.uk
  • Additional information - Total membership at present 22. Caters for ages 16+. Easy access and facilities for disabled.

Rushmoor Writers

  • Meet at Elles Hall (Farnborough Community Centre), 7.30pm on Wednesday evenings every fortnight
  • Variety of writing represented - Non-fiction, fiction, plays, poetry, articles, strength in science fiction and fantasy and westerns.
  • Activities - No pre-circulation, members are encouraged to read from recently completed/work in progress, critique offered, occasional visiting speakers, several internal competitions through the year.
  • Open to new members? - Yes, aged 14+
  • Contact Chairman Martin Owton, tel 01276 479616, email Martin.Owton@gmail.com
  • Website rushmoorwriters.org


  • Meet at Titchfield Community Centre, Mill Street, Titchfield. 1st and 3rd Thursdays in each month.
  • Subscriptions - Annually £10. Weekly £2
  • Variety of writing represented - Prose, Short stories, Poetry, Articles
  • Activities - We have workshops at our meetings. Members take turns to set an assignment and to lead 'reviewing criticism' at the meeting.
  • Open to new members? - Yes
  • Contact Eileen Everitt, 36a Catisfield Lane, Fareham, Hampshire, PO15 5NP. 01329-849708.
  • Website www.wordwrightsoftitchfield.co.uk
  • Additional information - We have put on several poetry and prose afternoons and evenings in the village. We have published three anthologies of our work and a Jubilee Collection.

Important information

If any details need updating or you’d like to add your Writers Group in Hampshire to this listing please contact angela.hicken@hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk