You don't have to stop being a writer if you start being a carer.
Are you a writer with caring responsibilities for someone with an illness or disability? If so, you might wish to join this new SoA group which aims to help keep you writing.
The Writers as Carers group is an online support group which helps SoA members who have caring responsibilities to share their thoughts, experiences and their writing.
There are lots of organisations, such as Carers UK and Carers Trust, who offer practical help and advice to carers. What makes this support group different, is that it offers support to professional writers, helping to keep them writing whilst fulfilling their caring responsibilities.
If you would like to join this support group, please email Anna Ganley.
Online discussion forum
The discussion forum below is an online space for members to connect without pressure to have to contribute, although members can share tips and advice, as well as their writing.
We also have a private Facebook discussion group. Please send a 'friend request' to the SofA Facebook page or email Anna Ganley if you'd like to join.
The Hangout Cafe
We are currently experimenting with the Google video-calling facility (otherwise known as Google Hangouts). We'll be setting up a monthly 'hangout' session, whereby members can drop-in anytime between the given times to chat with other members who are online. Depending on your computer or device, this could be either an audio or video call.
If you are interested in joining an online conversation, email Anna Ganley and she will send you the joining instructions for our first Hangout Cafe.
Google has its own step-by-step joining instructions to help you get started with Google Hangouts. We will be making our own video tutorial in due course.
In the meantime, if you wish to find out how Google Hangouts work, you can watch this short video from Google.