Welcome to SAW


Contact Jen Butler ( ) to register for the 46th Annual Conference 27th ~ 29th March 2015.

Submit your Conference Competition entries.

Scholarship & Novel length entries ~ Friday 28th November 2014
General & Special categories ~ Friday 16th January 2015


Mission Statement - The Scottish Association of Writers has been providing excellence in writing since 1969. Our continued Aim, is to develop the range of services to Writing Groups, Members and those currently unaffiliated. This will be achieved through the development of new provision, through better, more integrated and challenging opportunities, online & paper resources and better organised Events and Conferences.

The Work We Do

Conference - Every year, SAW holds an Annual Conference (in 2015 this will be over the weekend of 27th - 29th March in Westerwood Hotel & Conference Centre, Cumbernauld), attended by writers who are members of Clubs affiliated to the Association.

Satellite Events- Since Autumn 2013, we will mount 2 satellite Writing and Learning events with attendant competitions, Write Down South in June, and Write Up North in October each year or one per year determined by funding considerations.

Write Down South - On June 21st 2014 we held a Learning Day event titled 'Write Down South' in the Robert Burns Centre in Dumfries, including 3 competitions. The event proved to be popular and we hope to build on the success next year.

Write Up North - On October 25th 2014 we will repeat the highly successful 'Write Up North' in the Town House Inverness, including 3 competitions. Key Speaker and Workshop host will be Bob Davidson from Sandstone Press, who we know attendees will be pleased to hear. We are taking registrations for this event now Contact

Wider Programme - The Association is developing a much wider range of responses, all year round, to support Writing Groups and we hope you will find this website a good starting place to find out more.

Our thanks go to Viking Direct who donated some stationery materials for our use in the Association.


The World of the SAW



A list of Writers Groups currently affiliated can be found on the Clubs page. If your Group would like more information about joining the Association, contact the Affiliation Secretary   

At all of our events, where everyone is assured a warm welcome, there are competitions for a wide range of categories, guest speakers, workshops and details of further opportunities to engage with the Association.

The SAW Outreach Team has made inroads, visiting affiliated clubs and clubs considering membership, spreading the word about our programme, through Association affiliation.

The Scottish Association of Writers has a fine tradition, but we want it fit for the 21st Century. We are investing in new vision, which is an ongoing process and we want it to involve you.




The SAW has helped and is supported by writers such as Margaret Thomson Davis, Catherine McPhail, Alex Gray, Gillian Philip and current Honorary President Alanna Knight

New Ideas

In 2013/14 the SAW are introducing several new ideas details of which can be found on the SAW Calendar page and in the SAW Newsletters.


History of the Association - The Association has a proud history and in this You Tube video you will get a real feel of the success of our activities and programme.