AUGUST 2017

Our new President

 


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The SWWJ is very proud to announce that Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE, DL has accepted our invitation to become the Society’s new President. Floella is well known as an actress, broadcaster, writer and charity campaigner, and an enthusiastic supporter of a wide range of public and voluntary organisations, and we are sure she will be a wonderful asset to the Society. We very much hope that members will be able to meet her at one of our forthcoming events. Look out for a full interview with Floella in the Autumn issue of The Woman Writer. Meanwhile, the Summer issue is out now. Read all about it.

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The Society aims to encourage literary achievement, to uphold professional standards, to promote social contact with fellow writers and to defend the dignity and prestige of the writing profession in all its aspects.


The SWWJ is the UK's longest-established Society for professional women writers. Founded in 1894 by newspaper proprietor Joseph Snell Wood, the Society has grown to become an international association, and is affiliated to women's associations worldwide. In 2004, the Society took the decision to invite men who are published writers to join us as Associate Members. We also welcome aspiring writers and non-writing Friends from across the publishing industry and beyond.

In 2016 we were delighted to welcome Ann Widdecombe as our new Hon Life President, filling the position left vacant by Shirley Williams, who stepped down in 2014.

To learn more about the SWWJ, explore this site, check out our Social Media feeds (Facebook / Twitter), or download a copy of our 120th Anniversary Supplement.

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Membership Full details

 

SWWJ membership is open to professional writers anywhere in the world. Full and Associate Members must be proposed and seconded by two bona fide writing professionals who have personal knowledge of their work.

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Full Member


Full membership is open to women writers of all ages who are bona fide professional workers in literature, drama or journalism.

Associate Member


Men who are bona fide professional workers in literature, drama or journalism may join the Society as Associate Members.

Friend


Supporters of the Society and its aims, including aspiring writers and others engaged in allied forms of work.

Benefits of membership

The Woman Writer

Email newsletter

Website

Press Card

Events

Workshops

Regional Groups

Email Information Loop

Facebook and Twitter

In-house and Open Competitions

Manuscript Appraisal Service

Publishing

Welfare

...and more

 

Who's who

 

Hon. Life President

The Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe DSG

President

Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE, DL

Patrons

Sir Tim Rice, The Earl of Stockton, Lord Quirk, Simon Brett, OBE, Baroness Howard of Lympne (novelist Sandra Howard).

Honorary Members

Anne Fine, Lady Antonia Fraser, Victoria Glendinning, Jacqueline Wilson, Penny Vincenzi, Peter Lovesey.

Vice Presidents

Doris Corti, Valerie Dunmore, Joyce Elsden, Jocelyn Glegg, Sylvia Kent, Jennie Lisney, Jean Morris, Mary Rensten, Jean Marian Stevens.

 

Council Officers & responsibilities 2017
 

Chair: Barbara Field-Holmes

Vice-chair: Doreen Friend

Hon. Treasurer: Benita Cullingford

Hon. Secretary: Janice Grande

Marketing Co-ordinator: Rebecca Harding

Editor, The Woman Writer: Carol Cannavan

Press/PR/Newsletter: Doreen Friend

Twitter/FaceBook: Vivien Hampshire

Acting Membership Secretary: Val Dunmore

Events: Val Dunmore

Events (Speakers): Pamela Payne

Archives: Sylvia Kent

Welfare: Jennie Lisney

Competitions: Vivien Hampshire

Manuscript Appraisal Service: Vivien Hampshire

Book Reviews: Patricia Pound

Chawton House Liaison: Pamela Birley

Writer's Debut: Benita Cullingford

Website: Gwyneth Box

Minutes Secretary: Cecilia Pyke

 

Consultants
 

Marketing Consultant: Patrick Forsyth

Drama Consultant: Martin Cort


Associated organisations

 

The Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS)

The Writers' House, venue for Council meetings and some of our workshop days.

Chawton House Library

Internationally respected research and learning centre for the study of early women's writing from 1600 to 1830.

The National Liberal Club

Venue for many of our celebratory events and for Council meetings from 2018.

London Press Club

Long established organisation with links to SWWJ.

About SWWJ

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