The Society of Authors is the UK trade union for writers, illustrators, scriptwriters and literary translators. We've been advising individuals and speaking out for the profession since 1884.
With over 11,700 members and 25 staff, the SoA provides unlimited, free advice on all aspects of the writing profession, including the confidential, clause-by-clause vetting of publishing agreements, publications and a wide range of benefits.
We empower authors through campaigning, professional training, events, conferences, regional and special interest groups and community networks. We also manage around 15 charities which provide prizes and grants to writers, and we manage over 50 literary estates.
The SoA is an organisation where everyone can grow and develop, and it's also a great place to work. Our working culture is collaborative, friendly and supportive. We’re located in bright, modern offices on Bedford Row at the heart of vibrant Bloomsbury
Equity, diversity, and inclusion are at the core of our values. We are an organisation that aims to tackle structural discrimination and prejudice. Part of this commitment means we are looking to increase diversity in our organisation at all levels. We therefore strongly encourage applications from a broad range of social, cultural, educational and underrepresented backgrounds.
We're a member of London's thriving Knowledge Quarter
and a London Living Wage Accredited Employer offering our staff attractive benefits, including:
- Flexible working practices
- Generous annual leave
- Generous employer contributions to a stakeholder pension plan
- Death-in-service benefit
- Private healthcare options
- Interest-free annual travel card loan
- Cycle to work scheme
- Ongoing development opportunities
Join us to make a positive difference for writers, illustrators, scriptwriters and literary translators.
There are no current vacancies.
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Volunteer with us
As a member of the Society of Authors there are lots of ways you can get involved. From volunteering on our Management Committee or on a Special Interest Group Committee, through to running a local group in your area.
If you're interested in getting involved with the work of the Society of Authors, get in touch with us.
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