Resources & Networking

“The qualities that we think make a brilliant writer are faith in and commitment to your talent: giving yourself the time to write and develop your craft, being a reader, taking up opportunities not only to get feedback but also to put your work out there.”

– Ruth Harrison, Director, Spread the Word 

 

Networks and Writer Development Charities

There are plenty of national and local networks and organisations which can offer you support and information as a writer, whether you’re just starting out or if you’re a seasoned author. These include:

Arvon Foundation: offers a range of residential creative writing courses, with bursaries available www.arvon.org

The Literary Consultancy: offers manuscript assessment and editorial advice, with bursaries available and an annual Free Reads scheme for writers on low incomes www.literaryconsultancy.co.uk

The Society of Authors: an organisation representing the interests of UK writers www.societyofauthors.org

Penguin Random House Writers’ Academy: online creative writing courses for beginners http://www.thewritersacademy.co.uk/

The Bookseller: latest publishing industry news www.thebookseller.com

Writer development charities across the UK provide high quality, low cost opportunities for writers to improve their craft and develop their careers. These charities include:

Spread the Word: London www.spreadtheword.org.uk

Commonword: Manchester www.cultureword.org.uk

New Writing South: covers South East region, based in Brighton www.newwritingsouth.com

New Writing North: covers North East region, based in Newcastle-upon- Tyne www.newwritingnorth.com

Writing West Midlands: based in Birmingham www.writingwestmidlands.org

Writing East Midlands:  based in Derby www.writingeastmidlands.com

Literature Works: covers South West, based in Exeter www.literatureworks.org.uk

Writers’ Centre Norwich: covers Eastern region, based in Norwich www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk

Literature Wales:  www.literaturewales.org/for-writers

Scottish Book Trustwww.scottishbooktrust.com

 

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  • list of UK agents can be found on the Association of Authors' Agents website
  • The Writers & Artists yearbook has a list of all literary agents in the UK - you can either buy a copy or borrow one from your local library

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