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.”
Full membership is open to women writers of all ages who are bona fide professional workers in literature, drama or journalism.
Men who are bona fide professional workers in literature, drama or journalism may join the Society as Associate Members.
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 Information Loop
Facebook and Twitter
In-house and Open Competitions
Manuscript Appraisal Service
Victoria Wood CBE
Sir Tim Rice, The Earl of Stockton, Lord Quirk, Simon Brett, Baroness Howard of Lympne (novelist Sandra Howard).
Anne Fine, Lady Antonia Fraser, Victoria Glendinning, Jacqueline Wilson, Penny Vincenzi, Peter Lovesey.
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
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.