Welcome to SAW


The 46th Annual Conference is now in the past, but what an excellent Conference it was, the Council described by adjudicator Linda Gillard as 'magnificent' really pulled it out the bag, by producing a slicker, and more inclusive programme, Gala Dinner, AGM, Competition Award Ceremony and Alternative Programme with Workshops etc. Nothing is perfect, but Workshop leader Shirley Blair even mentioned us in her blog on D C Thomson's 'The People's Friend' site at http://www.thepeoplesfriend.co.uk/fiction/fiction-editors-blog/2015/march/30/back-from-saw/ The work towards the programme of activities which the SAW now engages, begins again after the Conference, so please join with me in wishing the SAW Council every success in the coming year. Marc R Sherland - President




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 Writers’ Conference. In 2016 this will be over the weekend of 18th to 20th March in Westerwood Hotel & Conference Centre, Cumbernauld. This popular event is attended by writers who are members of Clubs affiliated to the Association.

Satellite Events - Since Autumn 2013, we have mounted satellite Writing and Learning events, with attendant competitions. In 2014 this included Write Down South in Dumfries, and Write Up North in Inverness. It is hoped to mount a satellite event each year, or two if funding considerations allow us.

Write Down South - We are currently looking at the financial viability of this event for autumn 2015. 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, with Cathy MacPhail our Key Speaker and workshops offered by Rab Wilson and others. We hope to build on this success in 2015.

Write Up North - We are currently aiming to offer this event, to be staged in Inverness, on Saturday 17th October 2015. More details will be forthcoming shortly.
On October 25th 2014 we repeated the highly successful ‘2013 Write Up North' in the Town House Inverness, including 3 competitions and Workshops. The Key Speaker and Workshop host was Bob Davidson from Sandstone Press, who attendees were pleased to hear. This is an event well worth repeating. Competition winner information can be found on our Competition Page.

Wider Programme - The Association is developing a much wider range of all year round responses, to support Writing Groups and we hope you will find this website a good starting place to find out more. In particular Writing Groups will find useful resources and opinion papers on the ‘Resource’ page of the Website. Individual Writers will find a home with useful material and ideas on the ‘Writers’ Ink’ page of 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 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.