Welcome to the website of the UK's longest-established Society for professional women writers. Founded in 1894 by newspaper proprietor Joseph Snell Wood, SWWJ 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.Our aims include the encouragement of literary achievement, the upholding of professional standards, and social contact with fellow writers and others in the field, including editors, publishers, broadcasters, and agents.Many of our meetings are held at The Writers' House, 13 Haydon Street, London EC3N 1DB. Regular events include workshops and visits to places of literary interest. Our annual Autumn Festival and Christmas get-together often feature big-name guest speakers, and our biennial residential Weekend Conference features talks, discussions, and workshops on a wide variety of topics. We also offer overseas trips of particular interest to writers.Outside London, Regional Groups hold meetings and social events. The Overseas Section helps to keep overseas members in touch with activities in the UK and with each other. Overseas Liaison Officer is Susan ElkinMEMBERSHIP INCLUDES:The Woman Writer, currently published five times a year. Editor: Barbara Field-HolmesThe Society's Press Card. (Full members only)Postal Critique Service run by members, for members. Optional access to our online markets, information email loops, and our Members-only online discussion forum.The opportunity to publish your work with SCRIPTORA (Full members only)Affiliated membership of The New Cavendish Club, and The London Press Club plus corporate membership with the British Federation of Women Graduates.