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Organisations

The Scottish Association of Writers

The Scottish Association of Writers is an organisation that has been promoting writing in Scotland since 1969. Every year, SAW holds an Annual Conference in March which can be attended by writers who are members of Clubs affiliated to the Association. At the Conference, where everyone is assured a warm welcome, there are competitions for a wide range of categories, guest speakers, workshops and evening events.

Federation of Writers

The Federation aims to support writers by making the whole process much easier to negotiate, from starting to write to publication. They can help you to find a writing group in your area, tell you where you can perform and help with the process of getting published. The Federation provides a place for writers to sell collections and anthologies at their events, when appropriate. www.writersfederation.org.uk

The Society of Authors

The Society of Authors has been serving the interests of professional writers for more than a century. Today it has more than 9,000 Members and Associates writing in all areas of the profession (from novelists to doctors, textbook writers to ghost writers, broadcasters to academics, illustrators to translators). Whatever your specialisation, you are eligible to join as soon as you have been offered a contract or you have published several articles or stories. www.societyofauthors.org

Scottish Book Trust

The Scottish Book Trust works with people throughout Scotland to promote the pleasures and benefits of reading and books. It runs the Writers Register and Writers in Scotland programmes. They advertise different opportunities for writers in Scotland. www.scottishbooktrust.com

Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is the national leader for Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries. They invest in talented people and exciting ideas. They make the arts available to people who might not otherwise have the chance to experience them, involve children and young people in the arts, open up the arts to a wider, more diverse audience and make sure every region of Scotland has the resources it needs to share its creative work. www.creativescotland.co.uk

BBC Writers’ Room

Responsive, proactive and an open door to writers, BBC writersroom is always looking at new ways to find and champion talent for all BBC platforms. If they think you have talent then they will do everything in their power to support and develop you for the long term. www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom

Swanwick Writers’ Summer School

The Writers’ Summer School, held at Swanwick in Derbyshire, has been captivating audiences for well over 60 years. Believed to be the oldest residential writers’ school in the world, the ‘magic of Swanwick’ is legendary. For one spell-binding week every August, over 200 published and unpublished writers across all genres gather together to renew old friendships and forge new ones. www.swanwickwritersschool.co.uk

Individuals

The Open Mouse

The Open Mouse began in the mid 1990s as a web page associated with Poetry Scotland, a broadsheet magazine, edited and published by Sally Evans in Callander, but is now a stand-alone site edited by Colin Will. He is an experienced poet, editor, tutor, reviewer and publisher. A wide variety of interesting poetry is updated at least monthly. www.theopenmouse.wordpress.com

Marianne Wheelaghan

Marianne Wheelaghan’s first novel is The Blue Suitcase, a historic fiction, inspired by her mother’s life and is the incredible story of a Christian teenage girl growing up in Nazi Germany. Her second novel, Food Of Ghosts, is a crime novel set on coral atoll in the middle of the Pacific. It was published in November 2012 and immediately became Blackwell’s bestseller. www.mariannewheelaghan.co.uk

Rosemary Gemmell

A freelance writer for many years, Rosemary Gemmell’s short stories and articles are published in UK magazines, in the US, and online and she has won several short story prizes over the years. Her first historical novel, Dangerous Deceit, was published by Champagne Books in Canada in May 2011 (as Romy), and Victorian novella, Mischief at Mulberry Manor, was published on kindle in December 2012. First tween novel, Summer of the Eagles, was published by MuseItUp Publishing in Canada in March 2012 (as Ros) and The Jigsaw Puzzle was released in April 2013. She blogs on writing and reading too. www.ros-readingandwriting.blogspot.co.uk

 

Members

Ann Burnett

Ann Burnett writes in a variety of genres: television and radio scripting, novels, short stories and articles, scripting for comics, and writes for both adults and children. She has an M.Phil degree from the prestigious Creative Writing course at Glasgow University. She has also tutored in creative writing at Glasgow University as well as for North Ayrshire Council and was a correspondence tutor for Writers’ News for several years. www.annburnett.co.uk

Michael Malone

Michael Malone has published over 200 poems in literary magazines throughout the UK, including New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotland and Markings. His career as a poet has also included a brief stint as the Poet-In-Residence for an adult gift shop. Don’t ask. Blood Tears, his debut novel won the Pitlochry Prize (judge: Alex Gray) from the Scottish Association of Writers. He has since published (Oct ’12) a non-fiction book about successful Scots – Carnegie Calls. His second crime novel, A Taste of Malice, was published in June 2013. He is a regular reviewer for the hugely popular crime fiction website www.crimesquad.com and his blog, May Contain Nuts can be found at www.mickmal1.blogspot.com/

LiterEight

LiterEight is a group of eight writers, all of whom live in Robert Burns country, Ayrshire, on the south west coast of Scotland. Some of them were born here; others have made it their home for many years. Like most writers, they have all been scribbling away for years while dealing with life challenges, families and careers. Each has her own favourite genre but the ethos of Ayr Writers’ Club – where they all met – is to hone writing skills in many different fields. www.litereight.co.uk

Blueprint Editing

Flora set up Blueprint Editing when she left the BBC in 2011, after having worked there for 11 years. She has editing experience in a range of genres; including crime, travel, political writing, fantasy, YA and historical romance. Blueprint’s current projects include editing a very funny chick-lit novel and an equally funny fantasy novel and proofreading a political blog. She offers a reduced rate to unpublished writers who are looking for agents or publishers and want to ensure their work has been professionally checked before submission. www.blueprintediting.wordpress.com

Nigel Ward

Nigel blogs on the walkhighlands website for those who are into mountains, walking or climbing and his blog can be found here. www.walkhighlands.co.uk/blogs/old%20danensian