Local groups

We support a growing network of local groups across the UK and abroad, connecting members at regular meet-ups and events. Run by members for members, local groups are a great way to meet fellow authors in your area, share knowledge, support and inspire one another.

Whenever a new group is set up or an event scheduled in your area, we’ll email you to let you know. Due to Covid-19 restrictions local group activity is currently taking place online.

Find a group near you

Aberystwyth Group

Meet fellow authors in your area, share your work and discuss your current projects and publishing matters.

Informal online meet-ups every two months, usually from 5.15-6.45pm on the first or second Tuesday in the month. Meet fellow authors in your area, share your work and discuss your current projects and publishing matters. The group is very well-connected with links to Aberystwyth University, local arts organisations, and Wales-based publishers.

Meets Every two months

Bath Group

Informal lunches featuring guest speakers

The Bath Group was established started in 2018 and usually meet for lunch in central Bath. Events include practical talks by guest speakers with time to chat to fellow authors. The group will resume meeting when restrictions allow.

Meets Quarterly

Brighton & Worthing Group

Informal gatherings of local members to socialise, support and advise one another.

The Brighton and Worthing Group was established in November 2018 as an informal gathering of local members to socialise, support and advise one another. The group are currently meeting every two months online and hope to resume in person meetings.

Meets Every two months

Bristol Group

Informal online coffee morning

The Bristol Group was established in 2018 and currently hosting monthly online sessions for members to chat and connect. Sessions are informal, sometimes with a themed discussion or speaker. All members are welcome.

Meets Monthly

Canterbury and East Kent Group

Informal online sessions for authors to connect

Established in June 2021, the group are currently meeting online for informal sessions to network, share and learn from one another.

Meets Monthly

Children's Writers and Illustrators in Scotland

Connect with peers and network with industry professionals, to give and receive support amongst members.

The Children’s Writers and Illustrators in Scotland Group is a place to connect with peers and network with industry professionals, to give and receive support amongst members. Everyone in the group has the chance to share a bit of who they are, what they write, and what are their aspirations for the future. We encourage all members to help shape the group according to their own needs and expectations. Come join us for insightful panels, socials, and networking events.

Meets Quarterly
Contact: Local Groups

Chilterns Group

Informal online meet-up hosting themed discussions

The Chilterns Group was established in January 2021 and hosts monthly online meet-ups on Zoom. Sessions are informal and usually include a themed discussion in smaller groups using breakout rooms.

Meets Monthly

Cornish Chapter

Informal group meeting around five times a year - keen to encourage unpublished writers.

The Cornish Chapter is an informal group which meets around five times a year over lunch, sometimes featuring a guest speaker. We also have open forums on themes including agents and publishers and offer advice and support to one another. We will resume our meetings when restrictions allow.

Meets Quarterly

Cotswolds Group

New group hosting informal online sessions

This new group started in March 2021 and are currently meeting online for informal monthly sessions for members to . All welcome from the surrounding area. We hope to be able to meet up in person when restrictions allow.

Meets Monthly

Cumbria and Lancaster

Informal online sessions to connect and share advice

The Cumbria and Lancaster Group was established in October 2021 for members in the north west to share advice and support one another. The group are currently meeting on Zoom and host a range of themed discussions and informal sessions. All members welcome from the surrounding area!

Meets Monthly
Contact: Local Groups

Devon Writers Group

Informal online sessions to chat and connect

Established in 2010, Devon Writers Group host monthly online sessions for members to connect, chat and share advice. New members are always welcome!

Meets Monthly
Contact: Yves Potter

Dorset Group

New group hosting informal online sessions

This new group started in March 2021 and are currently meeting online for informal monthly sessions for members to meet fellow authors in the area. We are currently looking for volunteers to help run the group – please get in touch if you are interested.

Meets Monthly

Dumfries and Galloway Group

Informal online sessions and themed discussions

Established in June 2021, the group host monthly online sessions for SoA members to connect and share advice. Sessions usually include a themed discussion.

Meets Monthly

Dunfermline and West Fife Group

Friendly gatherings for informal chat, advice and support.

Established in June 2021, the group hosts a mix of online and in person informal meet-ups for authors to connect.

Meets Monthly

East Anglian Writers

Please get in touch if you would like to volunteer to help run the group

East Anglian Writers, based in Norwich, was formed in the 1960s. We aim to bring together professional authors working or living in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. The group is currently seeking a volunteer to help run the group and organise occasional events. Please get in touch if you are interested.

East Midlands Group

Please get in touch if you would like to volunteer to help run the group.

The East Midlands Group was formed in 2018 and usually meets online on the second Saturday of every month from 1pm. In the coming months, the group are hoping to start meeting in person too. The group runs informal sessions for members to share advice, experiences, questions and words of wisdom on all things literary.

Meets Monthly
Contact: Jim Green

Eastbourne, Lewes & Seaford Group

Informal online sessions for authors to connect

Established in November 2020, the group run a mix of online and in person informal sessions to network, share and learn from one another. Sessions include themed discussions and socials.

Meets Monthly

Germany Group

Online sessions for members across Germany

Established in November 2020, the group host monthly online sessions for SoA members across Germany to connect and share advice. Sessions usually include a talk from a member or themed discussion.

Meets Monthly

Glasgow Group

A friendly, easy going group keen to connect with as many local authors as possible

The Glasgow Group includes a mix of published and self-published authors in all kinds of genres through fiction, non-fiction, books for children, young adults and adults. Our primary focus is to support and encourage each other with our writing and by sharing our expertise and experience with each other. We meet once a month and rotate our venue between the South side, the West end and Zoom in order to make it easier for everyone to attend meetings.

Meets Monthly

Herefordshire Group

Informal meet-ups to chat and connect

The Herefordshire Group was founded in 2019 and has recently started to meet online for informal sessions to chat and connect. Meet fellow authors in your area, discuss your work and support one another.

Meets Every two months

Hertfordshire Writers

Meets on the second Tuesday of every month for an informal chat and occasional talks.

Hertfordshire Writers was founded in 2016. The group hosts a mix of in person in Hitchin and online on the second Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm. Meet-ups are informal and occasionally include a short talk and Q&A with a group member or themed discussion.

Meets Monthly
Contact: Jane O'Reilly

Ireland Group

Online meet-ups to connect authors across Ireland

The Ireland Group started meeting in September 2021 for informal, supportive online sessions for authors to connect, share and learn from one another. All members welcome!

Meets Quarterly

London Non-Fiction Group

SoA non-fiction writers get together for an informal chat to share their work and current projects.

The London Non-Fiction Group was founded in 2019 and are currently meeting online. SoA non-fiction writers get together for an informal chat to share their work and current projects, sometimes including a short talk and Q&A with a group member or external speaker. The group is friendly and supportive and new members are always welcome!

Meets Monthly
Contact: Emma Byrne

Manchester Group

Volunteer to run the group

Established in January 2020, the group host online monthly meet-ups for members across Manchester. Sessions usually feature a themed discussion, talk from a group member or external speaker. The group are currently looking for a volunteer to take over as organiser from February 2022 to continue meeting. Please get in touch if you’re interested.

Meets Monthly

Monmouth Group

An informal meet-up for authors in the area to discuss their work and share advice on publishing.

The Monmouth Group meets online on the first Friday of the month at 3pm. This is an informal meet-up for authors in the area to discuss their work and share advice on publishing. Members from the surrounding borders with Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire are welcome!

Meets Monthly

Nice

Informal sessions for authors to discuss their work

We represent a wide variety of writers, who formerly met for a monthly lunch at a Nice restaurant to discuss our work. For the time being, we are running monthly Zoom meet-ups. All members across France are welcome!

Contact: Carol Howland

North Derbyshire Group

Informal online meet-ups

This new group hosts informal online sessions for members across the area to chat, connect, share advice and support one another.

Meets Quarterly

North East Group

Informal online meet-ups

The North East Group was established in November 2018 and has recently started to meet online. This group hosts informal online sessions for members across the area to chat, connect and share advice.

Meets Monthly
Contact: Sarah Jackman

North Wales Group

Informal online sessions to chat and connect

This new group runs informal online sessions for authors across North Wales to connect and share advice, sometimes featuring a themed discussion or talk. All welcome!

Meets Monthly
Contact: Daniel Whelan

Novelists in London

A friendly, informal group for fiction writers to get together, discuss their projects and support one another.

Novelists in London is a friendly, informal group for fiction writers to get together, discuss their projects and support one another. We usually meet once a month in The Plough pub in Bloomsbury, but are currently meeting online.

Meets Monthly
Contact: Simon Cann

Oxfordshire Group

Informal meet-ups to chat and connect

Established in October 2020, the Oxfordshire Group host an informal online session once a month for members to chat and connect with authors in the area. The group are starting to meet in person from summer 2021 and will continue with online meetings.

Meets Monthly

Paris Group

Informal discussions for SoA members in Paris

Formed October 2021, we’re a micro-group with macro experience & talents including all forms of writing and translation. Editors welcome too. We meet monthly for face to face discussion in English in a café or public space according to the season. Meetings are informal but always pertinent (the rambling club is on a different day!). Don’t worry – if you’re in the business of words, you’re always pertinent. We host themed discussions on our community, industry news, professional skills, demands/offers, collaboration.

Meets Monthly

Putney Group

Informal online meet-up for authors in south west London

Established in August 2020, the Putney Group host a monthly online meet-up for authors in south west London to meet, share ideas and support one another. Sessions are informal and sometimes include a themed discussion.

Meets Monthly

Scottish Islands Group

Informal online meet-ups to stay connected

The Scottish Islands Group started in September 2021 and runs monthly online sessions on the last Tuesday of the month at 7pm for members to connect, learn and support one another. Members welcome from all scottish islands including Orkney, Shetland, and the Inner and Outer Hebrides.

Meets Monthly

Scottish Non-Fiction Group

Informal sessions to discuss the business of writing, the publishing industry and share advice

This new group began in April 2021 and hosts monthly online sessions for non-fiction authors from across Scotland to discuss the business of writing, the publishing industry and share advice. We hope to meet in person in the future but will continue online sessions so as many authors from across Scotland can join.

Meets Monthly

Shropshire Group

Please get in touch if you would like to volunteer to help run the group

The group began meeting in March 2021 and host regular online sessions for members across Shropshire to connect, share advice and support one another. The group is in need of a volunteer to run sessions for the group to continue meeting. Please get in touch if you are interested in helping out.

Meets Monthly

Somerset Group

Informal meet-ups for authors across the area to connect and support one another

Established in March 2021, the Somerset Group hosts monthly online meet-ups for authors across the area to connect and support one another. Sessions often include a themed discussion or member-led talk to share advice and learn new skills. The group will continue online sessions to be as inclusive as possible and welcome new members.

Meets Monthly

South West Writers Group

Volunteer to help run the group

South West Writers Group is seeking a new organiser to take over running quarterly informal lunches at The White Hart Hotel in Salisbury. Events usually feature a talk from an author or industry speaker followed by lunch. If you are interested in running South West Writers, please get in touch!

Meets Quarterly

Surrey Group

Monthly lunches in the Guildford and Haslemere area.

The group host a mixture of online and in person sessions to connect and discuss your work. We meet for lunch in the Guildford and Haslemere area, usually with a speaker from the group. Members pay for their own food and drink and guests are welcome.

Meets Monthly
Contact: Justine John

Tufnell Park Writers

Friendly gatherings for informal chat, advice and support.

Tufnell Park Writers meets online on the first Wednesday of every month from 7pm for an informal and friendly gathering where writers support, inspire and advise each other. We have themed discussions and occasional talks from members and industry figures. We hope to return to regular meetings at the Lord Palmerston pub in Tufnell Park, London.

Meets Monthly

Warwickshire Group

Informal sessions featuring talks and themed discussions

Established in April 2020, the Warwickshire Group meet bi-monthly – online at present, but will meet in-person in Kenilworth, Leamington Spa and Warwick on rotation. Events feature a themed discussion or talk. Sessions are informal for members to make connections and share advice on writing.

Meets Every two months

West Midlands Group

Informal online meet-ups and discussions.

The West Midlands Group start to meet online in December 2021 and get together once a month for an informal chat with authors in the Birmingham and Worcester area.

Meets Monthly

Writers of Essex

Quarterly informal meet-up for writers of all kinds and all genres.

Come along and meet fellow authors in your area, discuss your current projects and ideas, and chat about the highs and lows of writing. The group are currently meeting online but hope to resume meeting in the café area at Colchester Library and Community Hub.

Meets Quarterly
Contact: Sarah Banham