LATEST NEWS / March 8th, 2015

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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.

Our President, Victoria Wood, CBE, joined us for our landmark anniversary in 2014, commenting, “from pen and ink to Twitter, it's one hundred and twenty years of creativity and communication.”

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.

120th Anniversary Supplement



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

 

President

Victoria Wood CBE

Patrons

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

Honorary Members

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

Vice Presidents

Jean Bowden, Joyce Elsden, Jocelyn Glegg, Barbara Haynes, Jennie Lisney, Mary Rensten, Jean Marian Stevens, Valerie Dunmore, Jean Morris, Doris Corti.

 

Council Officers & responsibilities 2014/2015
 

Chair: Valerie Dunmore

Vice Chair: Barbara Field-Holmes

Hon. Treasurer: Benita Cullingford

Membership Secretary: Jennie Lisney

Editor, The Woman Writer: Barbara Field-Holmes

Press/PR: Doreen Friend

Twitter/FaceBook: Sue Avery

Events: Trudy Lewis

Speakers: Pamela Payne

Markets: Jean Morris

Overseas/Regions: Jean Morris

Archives: Sylvia Kent

Welfare: Jennie Lisney

Competitions: Vivien Hampshire

Poetry Coordinator: Gwyneth Box

Drama Coordinator: Martin Cort

Manuscript Appraisal Service: Vivien Hampshire

Book Reviews: Patricia Pound

Chawton House Liaison: Pamela Birley

Overseas trips: Joyce Elsden


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 Writers' Workshop

Offering free advice, editorial help, writing festivals, and workshops.

London Press Club

Long established organisation with links to SWWJ.

About SWWJ

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.

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