Online in lockdown
Bestselling author and SWWJ member Jane Corry.
Although getting together in person has been impossible in recent months, we have been doing all we can to stay in touch with our members online, including ‘Zoom’ meetings for our overseas members, a relaxing live-streamed yoga session, and literary quizzes open to all. Our chairman, Rebecca Harding, has also been interviewing bestselling authors in her new ‘Up Close and Personal’ webinar series, which so far has given us three fascinating and inspiring conversations – with Jessica Fellowes, Jane Corry and Ken Follett. These were all shown ‘live’. If you didn’t get the chance to join us, all the interviews were recorded and are still available to watch free of charge. We have more webinars coming up soon. These are open to all members, and to anyone from the wider writing community. It’s quick and easy to register, and free to watch. Unlike a regular Zoom meeting, you can see them but, don’t worry, they can’t see you! You do however get the chance to ask questions, many of which will be put to the interviewee live on air. Please keep reading our facebook and twitter pages, and our new weekly members’ email bulletin, for all the latest news, catch-up links, and what’s happening next.Diary Latest News
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 2017 Baroness Floella Benjamin agreed to become our new President, following in the footsteps of the late and much missed Victoria Wood.
We are a non political, professional society for women writers and journalists. We recognise the professional skills of our members and we protect their interests in their professional work. We promote opportunities for women to write and to be heard, and we defend their rights to do so no matter what their race, religion or geographic location.
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.
Writers who have some published work or work in progress who do not qualify as full or associate members.
Bona fide writers who hold a valid student card.
Supporters of the SWWJ and its aims, including those engaged in or concerned with allied forms of literary or journalistic work, eg editors, publishers, agents, illustrators, photographers, librarians
Benefits of membership
Email Information Loop
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
In-house and Open Competitions
Manuscript Appraisal Service
The right to use the letters MSWWJ after your name
The Baroness Floella Benjamin, DBE DL
Sir Tim Rice, The Earl of Stockton, Simon Brett, OBE, Baroness Howard of Lympne (novelist Sandra Howard), Freya North.
Lady Antonia Fraser, Victoria Glendinning, Jacqueline Wilson, Peter Lovesey, Keith Taylor, Michelle Harriman, Penny Holroyde.
Pamela Birley, Doris Corti, Valerie Dunmore, Joyce Elsden, Barbara Field-Holmes, Sylvia Kent, Jennie Lisney, Mary Rensten, Jean Marian Stevens.
Council Officers & responsibilities 2020
Minutes Secretary: Vacant
Poetry consultants: Doris Corti and Dorothy Pope
The Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS)
Ensuring authors receive fair payment for copying and other secondary uses of their work.
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.