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. All applications are considered by Council.

To apply for membership, please download and complete the membership application form and send by email to the Membership Secretary or by post to Room 2, Aileen McHugo Building, Westmore Green, Tatsfield, Westerham, Kent TN16 2AG.

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Full Member

A woman writer who is a bona fide professional worker in literature, drama or journalism.

U.K. membership £55 p.a.
overseas membership £45 (sterling)

Associate Member

A male writer who is a bona fide professional worker in literature, drama or journalism. He may participate in all Society activities, but is not eligible to stand for Council.

U.K. membership £50 p.a.
overseas membership £40 (sterling)


Supporters of the Society and its aims. Friends include writers who do not yet meet the requirements for Full/Associate membership, as well as others engaged in allied forms of work, e.g. editors, publishers, agents, theatre directors, illustrators, photographers, librarians.

£30 p.a. (sterling)

Writer's Debut

A special one-year membership open to new and unpublished writers, including a full manuscript critique. £145 To apply, please download and complete the form and return it to the address shown with your fee.

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Benefits of membership


  • The Woman Writer

    Published four times a year, The Woman Writer is the Society’s in-house magazine. Contents include members’ news, articles of interest, genre-specific pages, reviews, market and competition information.

  • Newsletter

    To supplement the printed magazine and provide timely information about all Society news and activities, members receive a quarterly newsletter via email.

  • Press Card

    For Full and Associate Members, the SWWJ press card gives useful access for bona fide copy and research at exhibitions, conferences and events etc. across the country.

  • Events

    Our gatherings in Spring, Summer and Autumn and our Christmas celebration take place in London. They feature guest speakers, prize presentations and networking opportunities.

  • Workshops

    In different genres including journalism, fiction, novels, non-fiction, poetry and drama. Our Drama Coordinator is director, actor, writer and producer, Martin Cort.

  • Regional Groups

    Local meetings are held across the country, often with guest speakers or workshop elements.

  • Email Information Loop

    A facility that provides up-to-date market and other information and allows members to keep in touch and share their news.

  • Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

    For keeping in touch and publicising news, events and activities to the wider public. Note that there is also a News page on this website.

  • In-house and Open Competitions

    The Society organises competitions in all genres with cash prizes and prestigious trophies.

  • Manuscript Appraisal Service

    Advice and critiques are available across all genres from specialists among the Society members.

    Details here.

  • Publishing

    SCRIPTORA is the Society’s own assisted-publishing imprint. Manuscripts submitted for publication are subject to a rigorous selection process before acceptance.

  • Welfare

    The Society has a benevolent fund, which offers support to members in times of sickness or special need.

  • Post Nominals

    All full and associate members may use the letters MSWWJ after their name.

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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