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

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

The Society of Authors: an organisation representing the interests of UK writers

Penguin Random House Writers’ Academy: online creative writing courses for beginners

The Bookseller: latest publishing industry news

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:

London and the South East
Spread the Word
: London

Creative Future: nurtures under-represented artists and writers in their creative development including skills training, mentoring, exhibiting, promoting and publishing opportunities - covers South East region, based in Brighton

New Writing South: covers South East region, based in Brighton

Writers’ Centre Norwich: covers Eastern region, based in Norwich

South West
Literature Works: covers South West, based in Exeter

North East:
New Writing North: 
covers North East region, based in Newcastle-upon- Tyne

North West
Commonword: Manchester

Writing West Midlands
: based in Birmingham

Writing East Midlands:  based in Derby

Literature Wales:

Scottish Book

Find an agent

  • 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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