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Francesca Howell

Francesca Howell

Francesca is the SoA's Head of Author Communities, leading on our community development and outreach programmes, which aim to engage and empower authors, poets, screenwriters, translators and illustrators, at all stages of their careers, throughout the UK.
Our growing network of local groups provides peer support and connection for authors. Why not start 2023 by joining your group?

A third of SoA members now have a group in their area, as more members have set up new local groups over the past year.

‘Our recently formed group has already become an important part of my life: it’s a great feeling to be in the company of people who understand the joys and challenges of being a professional writer.’

– Linda Buckley-Archer, Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells Group

What happens at a local group?

Our local groups are run by members for members. They are a chance to connect with local members through informal socials, topic-lead talks, workshops and more. Share your knowledge and advice with fellow authors and support one another.

With regular local events happening online and in person, now is great time to get involved in a group near you.  

‘Our local group is turning into a strong community of writers, generous and supportive of each other, offering a place where members feel really ‘heard’.’

 – Celia Rees, Warwickshire Group

Coming up this month  

Visit here to see our full local groups events listings.

My nearest local group

Find your nearest local group here.

Can’t see a group in your area? 

If there isn’t a group in your area, we can help you set one up. From gauging interest from local members, to putting you in touch with other group organisers, we’re here to support you. 

‘The support from The Society of Authors is great, a patient source of advice and encouragement and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to set up and run a group.’

– Suzanne Harris, Somerset Group

For more information or to let us know where you’d like to set up a group, email [email protected] and we’ll arrange a time with you to talk through ideas for your new group and answer your questions.

Illustrations by Katy Streeter: / Instagram: @katyillustreeter