Welcome to SAW


CONFERENCE DATES 2016 : Friday 18 - Sunday 20 March
We are pleased to offer you the 2016 Conference Prospectus which can be downloaded from this website or from the SAW facebook page. The Prospectus is full of excellent information about the competitions and the range of workshops and facilities at Westerwood Hotel and Conference Centre. Details of how to register and book your hotel place are also explained.

SUBMISSION DATES : 8th January 2016 is the last submission date for the shorter competitions.

Fiona McFadzean is our Competition Secretary (competition@sawriters.org.uk )
Cathie Devitt is our Club Development Secretary (development@sawriters.org.uk )
Jen Butler deals with Conference registration (secretary@sawriters.org.uk )




Mission Statement - Scottish Association of Writers has been providing excellence in writing since 1969. Our continuing Aim, is to develop the range of services to Affiliated Writing Groups, Members as well as those Clubs 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.

Work Undertaken by the Association

Conference - Every year since 1969, the Scottish Association of Writers has held an Annual Writers’ Learning and Workshop, Conference. In 2016 this will be over the weekend of 18th to 20th March in Westerwood Hotel & Conference Centre, Cumbernauld. Over 15 competitions covering all major genres, feed into the Conference and entrants are drawn from writing clubs affiliated to the Association, from all over Scotland.

Outreach - The Council realises that to fulfil its obligation to reach out to writers all over Scotland it should visit clubs and literary organisations, to bring news of the services offered and to listen to the needs, wants and desires of writers, to see if we might provide a more tailored response.

Satellite Events - Since Autumn 2013, we have mounted ‘Open’ satellite Writing and Learning events, with attendant competitions. In 2015 this included Write Down South in Wigtown, and Write Up North in Inverness. It is hoped to mount a satellite event each year, or two when funding considerations allow us.

Write Down South & Write Up North are Open events which encourage involvement from members and unaffiliated writers and groups.

Club Development - The Association has commenced developing a much wider range of all year round responses, to support Writing Groups and individuals. On this Association website we place resource information for individual writers and groups.
In particular Writing Groups will find useful resources and opinion papers on the ‘Resource’ page of the Website, covering issues such as a standard constitution, copyright and fundraising. Individual writers will find a home with useful material and ideas on the ‘Writers’ Ink’ page of the Website including information on sister organisations and personal development.

Strategy and Development - The Association is continually developing its programme of activities and listens to as many sources of comment and advice as possible. To this end the Association has developed a Strategy Document which is available in a downloadable format on the website.


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



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 Club Development Secretary - development@sawriters.org.uk

All of our events provide an assured and warm welcome, at the Conference we offer competitions for a wide range of categories, engage guest speakers, provide workshops and disseminate 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.

Fit for the 21st Century - 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 Catherine McPhail, Alex Gray, Gillian Philip, Margaret Thomson Davis and current Honorary President Alanna Knight MBE.

New Ideas

In 2016 the SAW will introducing several innovations 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 2013 You Tube video you will get a real feel of the success of our activities and programme.