Below are some organisations that are worth engaging with for many aspects of a writing career; from contract vetting and legal advice, to literary events and story development.
It’s a solitary life as a writer, which for some is one of the perks, but knowing where to turn to for that extra support when times are tough is vital. Here are some UK-based organisations Jamie regularly engages with or can recommend from experience. If you have any suggestions for others or would like to be listed, please get in touch.
The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (Jamie currently sits on the committee for the Guild’s London & SE region and has been a full member since 2010. They are the only TUC-affiliated trade union for writers of all crafts in the UK).
Regional Writer Development Agencies
Spread the Word – Greater London.
New Writing North – Cleveland, Durham, Humberside, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Yorkshire.
New Writing Cumbria – Cumbria.
Commonword – Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside.
Writing West Midlands – Hereford & Worcester, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands.
Writing East Midlands – Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire.
Writers’ Centre Norwich – Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk.
Literature Works – Avon, Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire.
New Writing South – Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, West Sussex.