Scotland’s Writing Community

Support Organisations

The Scottish Association of Writers

The Scottish Association of Writers (SAW) is an organisation that has been promoting writing in Scotland since 1969. Every year, SAW holds an Annual Writers’ 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. Any member of Ayr Writers’ Club is invited to attend the SAW weekend conference held at the Hilton Hotel, Cumbernauld.

Federation of Writers (Scotland)

The Federation of Writers (Scotland) aims to support writers by making the whole writing process much easier to navigate. 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. Additionally, the Federation provides a place for writers to sell and promote their work.

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 the Society just as soon as you have been offered a publication contract, or you have published several articles or stories.

Scottish Book Trust

The Scottish Book Trust works with people throughout Scotland to promote the enjoyments, and benefits, of reading books. It runs the Writers Register and Writers in Scotland programmes.

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, open 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.

BBC Writers’ Room

Responsive, proactive and an open door to writers, the BBC Writers’ Room is always looking at new ways to find and champion talent for all its 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.

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.

Club Members

Ann Burnett

Ayr Writers’ Club Honorary Member, 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.


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.

Nigel Ward

Former Ayr Writers’ Club President, Nigel Ward, has been regularly blogging on the Walk Highlands website for over ten years. Nigel’s passion for the outdoors forged with a passion for writing in late 2019, when he was awarded first prize in Mountaineering Scotland’s UK National Writing Competition for his memoir-style article, Learning the Ropes. A successfully bagger of all 282 of Scotland’s Munros, for those who are into mountains, walking, or climbing, you couldn’t find a better blog.

Learning the Ropes