Student membership


If you’re a student on a course of at least one academic year’s duration that will help you become any kind of writer, illustrator or literary translator, you can take advantage of our discounted Student membership. We’ll continue to discount your fees for up to 5 years from the date that you join.

Click here if you’d like your membership to include public liability insurance.

Once we’ve received your order, we’ll ask you to download a form to take a few more details about your career to help you get the most out of your membership.

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Empowering authors
since 1884

The Society of Authors is the UK trade union for all types of writers, illustrators and literary translators.

We help you at all stages of your career, with:

  • Professional advice
  • Professional development
  • Community of authors (online and at events)
  • Exclusive offers (including insurance and discounts on books)
  • Campaigning and lobbying
  • And more.

Why join as a student?

We speak out for the profession and advise individuals from the very start of their careers. We support emerging and professional authors of all kinds, from illustrators and scriptwriters to novelists and poets, and from literary translators and travel writers to graphic novelists and journalists.

As a member, whether you are learning your craft or already established, we’ll help you with unlimited advice, contract vetting, helplines and professional training, discounts on books, insurance and more.

You’ll also become part of our growing community of professional authors, with year-round opportunities to network with your peers both online and at our events and workshops across the UK.

Above all, we’re here to support you throughout your career, whether that’s with career guidance, finances, contractual issues or health and wellbeing. We can help point you in the right direction.

In authors’ words

Here’s what some of our 11,000 members say about us

“A subscription to the Society is the greatest investment a writer can make.” Philip Pullman, President of the SoA

“The Society of Authors has been an invaluable source of support for me … offering opportunities for professional development, contact with other writers and – no less crucially – a sense of community.” Helen Mort

“The moment I knew that I had grown up as a writer was when I joined the SoA” Philip Gross

“The Society of Authors works SO hard on our behalf. Any authors who aren’t yet members, this is why you should be!” Lucinda Hawksley

“What you provide goes far beyond a ‘service’ – you are someone the author can talk to when s/he feels badly let down by the publishers.” Manuela Cook

“The Society of Authors has taught me everything I know about the publishing business and made me a lot of friends along the way.” Shoo Rayner

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