Bringing Writers Together

The Federation aims to support writers by making the whole process much easier to negotiate, from starting to write to publication. We can help you to find a writing group in your area, tell you where you can perform (if that is your wish) and help with the process of getting published.

We recognise that writing groups can be quite isolated, and aim to offer them opportunities to meet by mounting seminars and workshops on key themes. The Federation provides a place for writers to sell collections and anthologies at our events, when appropriate.

We aim to:

  • Organise performance events
  • Develop a rolling calendar of writing events
  • Maintain a directory of writing groups
  • Issue a regular newsletter
  • Support people in the development of their writing

The Federation of Writers (Scotland) Committee members 2017-2018

Executive Convenor: Anne Connolly  I am Irish, a former teacher and most recently an independent advocate for older people in long-term care. I like to sing, sew, potter in a wild garden, wander regularly, drink gallons of tea and enjoy an interesting whisk(e)y. Photography is an abiding interest and the fun of being a granny trumps everything. My work has been widely published including on the beautiful Corbenic Poetry Path near Dunkeld. “Love-in-a mist” and “A Ravel of Yarns” are my collections from Red Squirrel Press.
Membership Sec: Marie-Therese Taylor
Minutes Secretary: Jenifer Harley
Treasurer: Mark Wightman
Publicity Convenor-FB: Final Scott
Publicity Convenor-web: Ruth Aylett (web)
Education Convenor: Ailie Hunter
Assistant Education Convenor: Lesley Traynor
Events Convenor: Rose Ann Fraser Ritchie
Committee Members:
  Anne Clarke  Anne Clarke, who writes as A C Clarke, has been at various times Minutes Secretary, Events Convenor and Membership Secretary. She currently holds no official position on the Committee but is an ordinary member, though she does have responsibility for the Newsmail and for organising the annual competition. She is a published poet and her fifth full collection, A Troubling Woman, has just come out from Oversteps Press.
 Janet Crawford (with special responsibility for FWS in Falkirk area)
 Trisha Heaney
 Vincent Maguire
 Rona Fitzgerald*
Finola Scott*
 Neil Leadbetter*
Sheila Templeton*

*Member of the New Voices Press Editorial Board and de facto member of the Committee.

The Federation of Writers (Scotland) patrons:

 Carol Ann Duffy Liz Lochhead
 Magi Gibson Tom Leonard
 Dave Anderson Carl MacDougall
 Donny O’Rourke Janet Paisley
 Rosemary Ward Bashabi Fraser
 Zoe Strachan  Christine de Luca

3 responses to “About

  1. I have a poem, Seam, in one of your anthologies. My first novel has just been published which is called Running On Sand and is set in Norfolk. II would like to give the link to your website and the anthology on my website which is currently being developed and should be finished in a week or two. Would this be okay and is there any standard procedure I should follow? The publicists for the book are palamedes.co.uk

    Kind Regards


    • Gerda,
      Apologies for months and months passing before I noticed your comment – I am a relatively new webmaster and failed top realise I needed to check regularly. The answer is No, we don’t put all the members and their details on the site. This would be a target for spammers and bots and our members would not thanks us for it! Ruth


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