How to access support and advice from contracts to funding opportunities.
There are excellent organisations, both national and with local branches, with a wealth of resources for writers at varying stages of their career. Experts from ALCS, the Royal Literary Fund and the Society of Authors explain what they can do for you. Followed by a Q&A.
About the featured organisations
The Society of Authors (SOA) is the trade union for all types of writers, at every stage of their careers. Members receive unlimited free advice on all aspects of the profession including contracts. The SoA campaign and lobby on the issues that affect authors, hold a wide range of events and administer grants and prizes to support and celebrate writers at different stages.
The Royal Literary Fund (RLF) is a British charity that has been supporting authors since 1790. It acts as a benevolent fund for professional published authors offering grants to help support writers in need. It has an education programme and also showcases writers and shares useful resources. It is funded exclusively by bequests and donations from writers and others who wish to help writers.
The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) is a not-for-profit organisation started by writers for the benefit of all types of writers. Owned by its members, ALCS collects money due for secondary uses of writers’ work. It is designed to support authors and their creativity; ensure they receive fair payment and see their rights are respected. It promotes and teaches the principles of copyright and campaigns for a fair deal. It represents over 117,000 members, and since 1977 has paid over £600million to writers.
Who is this event for?
Most suitable for intermediate level but open to all
About Writers’ Week
Writers’ Week offers discussions, talks and information sessions on how to navigate our work as writers, what we write about, and the support we need for our writing lives to thrive. See the full schedule and information about a weekly ticket here.