Regional groups

The SoA has a number of regional groups based across the UK and abroad with the aim of bringing local members together. Most groups are small and run by volunteer member coordinators. 

Events are promoted to members via email and listed on the events section of this website. To receive email notification about any of the group meetings below, please email Sophia Jackson to be added to the relevant mailing list.

Setting up a regional group in your area

If you’re interested in setting up a group in your local area, please download our new guidelines for setting up a regional group or contact Sophia Jackson at the SoA.

Authors North

With over 1,000 members, Authors North events are organised by an SoA member of staff in liaison with a small committee of Authors North members. Authors North holds three day-long events (Spring, Summer and Autumn) for members living throughout the north of England. Find out more.

East Anglia Writers

East Anglian Writers, based in Norwich, was formed in the 1960s. We aim to bring together professional writers working or living in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. We have a membership from a wide variety of disciplines, and we hold a number of social and professional networking events throughout the year to break the isolation of writing and to help members promote their work. These include talks by publishers and agents, seminars on subjects relevant to authors, and get-togethers in local pubs and cafes.

Please get in touch with Alison if you are interested in joining the group and Charles for information on the Facebook group.

Cornish Chapter

Member Helena Paterson co-ordinates the activities of this regional group, which meets five to six times a year in Truro. For an insight into a typical gathering, view some of the Cornish Chapter profiles here. For further details contact Sophia Jackson.

Devon Writers Group

The Devon Writers Group has over 130 members from all corners of the county. The group meets quarterly (September/December/April/July) in rural pubs for an informal weekday lunch.

The venue moves east, west, north and south to make it easy for every author to have at least one meeting per year within travelling distance. The December meeting is usually in the vicinity of Exeter. Talks may be arranged for additional dates.

Member and meeting organiser, Yves Potter, encourages members to raise any particular ideas or issues for discussion with her prior to each meeting. 

For further details contact Sophia Jackson.

South West Writers Group (formerly Dorset)

Run by member Judith Spelman, the South West Writers Group meets three to four times a year for an informal lunch. For further details contact Judith Spelman.

Gloucestershire Lunches

Please join the Gloucestershire group Facebook page for details of future events. Meetings are typically lunches and often include a speaker and details are posted on the SoA events calendar and emailed to members living in the area. For further details contact Sophia Jackson.

Hertfordshire Writers Group

Member Jane O'Reilly organises informal meetings for other members living in the area on the second Tuesday of every month. For further details contact Sophia Jackson.

Novelists in London

Member Miranda Miller organises informal monthly meetings for novelists living in London. For further details contact Sophia Jackson.

SoA, Italy

This is an informal group of SoA members which has been meeting for some years now. The group includes writers from the far north to the far south of the country who meet approximately every six months in locations across Italy. If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Patricia Clough or visit www.englishwritersinitaly.com

SoA, Nice

This is a small group of diverse writers who meet for lunch the last Tuesday of every month. Whether you live locally, to and fro, or are visiting, we would be pleased to meet you. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Carol Howland, chow545137@aol.com

SoA, Spain

For further details, please contact Sophia Jackson.

SoA, Wales

Find out more by joining The Cwtch, a closed Facebook group for all SoA members resident or interested in Wales. Those resident in Wales will be automatically mailed notices and details of events, but do email Jo McCrum if you have not received a mailing or are an expatriate Welsh member who would like to subscribe. 

The group was established February 2018 by member Paula Brackston after an initial meeting in Abergavenny. Other events included: Aberystwyth University with Honno, the Welsh Books Council (host: novelist and creative writing tutor Liz Jones);  David Thorpe seminar on character and presentations with Graffeg and Literature Wales at arts venue Cornerstone, Cardiff (host: poet-in-residence Katherine Stansfield); a free Amazon Academy event at Celtic Manor Resort on 11 September, and a Social and Skills Share: Publicity on 4 October in Swansea's Volcano Theatre (Host: children's author Helen Docherty) 6.30-9pm, where we will discuss our work and share publicity tips. This event is open to non-members, so do share across your networks. The year will end with a freelance christmas lunch in Abergavenny (hosted by Paula Brackston). 

SoA members receive 20% off a subscription to New Welsh Review. Log into 'benefits' to gain the code.

Three Counties

Sue Purcell organises monthly lunches for members, taking place in the Guildford and Winchester areas, usually with a speaker. 

If you're interested in receiving email notifications about any of these group meetings, please contact Sophia Jackson to be added to the relevant mailing list.

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