You don't have to stop being a writer if you start being a carer.
Are you a professional writer with caring responsibilities for someone with an illness or disability? If so, you might wish to join this SoA group which aims to help keep writers writing. Here's Jim Green to tell you more about the Group...
The Writers as Carers Group supports SoA members who also have caring responsibilities to keep in touch with their professional writing community, keep writing and help each other through difficult times.
There are lots of organisations, such as Carers UK and Carers Trust, who offer practical help and advice and support groups to carers. What makes this group different is that it offers support to professional writers, helping them to keep writing whilst fulfilling their caring responsibilities.
If you would like to join this support group, please email Anna Ganley.
Carers Week open afternoon at the SoA, Thursday 14 June, 2.30-4.30pm
In support of Carers Week (11-17 June 2018), we are holding an open afternoon for members of our Writers as Carers Group from 2.30-4.30pm on Thursday 14 June. The theme this year is the health and wellbeing of carers. Come and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of tea and cakes, a free hand massage, music and an opportunity to meet other carers. Find out more
Annual Summer Lunch, Saturday 30 June, 12-3pm
Members are invited to an informal London Lunch at The Lighterman (on Granary Square behind King's Cross station) from 12 noon on Saturday 30 June. Inspired by the industrial past of King’s Cross, and the Victorian Lightermen who worked on flat-bottomed barges, known as “Lighters”, on the canals and rivers of London - The Lighterman is a spacious bar and restaurant situated just behind King's Cross station overlooking the Regent's Canal. Find out more
Members pay for their own orders on the day, but please RVSP by Friday 22 June so that we can confirm numbers for our table reservation. Anna and Jim will be hosting this lunch, we hope you can make it, too.
The Writers as Carers discussion forum is an online space for members to connect without pressure to contribute, although members share tips and advice, as well as their writing.
We also have a private Facebook discussion group, which is very active. If you'd like to join this Group, please send a 'friend request' to the SofA Facebook page or email Anna Ganley.
Monthly Skype get-togethers
We run monthly online get-togethers using Skype, where members can chat with other members of the group online. Depending on your computer or device, this could be either an audio or video call. If you're interested in joining a group chat, email Anna and she will send you the joining instructions.
Writers as Carers Group Webinars
Jim Green asks what kind of webinars would members of this Group find useful? Please comment on the forum with your feedback and/or suggestions of topics.
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