Empowering authors since 1884.
The SoA is the UK’s largest trade union for all types of writers, illustrators and literary translators, at all stages of their careers. We have been advising individuals and speaking out for the profession for more than a century.
Members receive unlimited free advice on all aspects of the profession, including confidential clause-by-clause contract vetting, and a wide range of exclusive offers.
We campaign and lobby on the issues that affect authors and hold a wide range of events across the UK. Find out more about membership.
We administer many literary estates, the income from which helps fund our work.
About the SoA board
Our permanent team of professional staff
Join the staff team
An honorary body of up to 60 prominent SoA members
Our approach to inclusion across the organisation and SoA communities
Promoting professional behaviour, and tackling bullying, harassment and racism
Understanding the SoA structure and purpose
A brief history of the SoA