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Writers as Carers Group

You don't have to stop being a writer if you start being a carer.

SOA_col_Carers_cmyk.pngAre you a professional writer with caring responsibilities for someone with an illness or disability? If so, you might wish to join this SoA support group which aims to help keep writers writing.

Our Writers as Carers (WaC) Group supports SoA members who also have caring responsibilities to keep in touch with their professional writing community, keep writing and help each other through difficult times.

There are lots of organisations, such as Carers UK and Carers Trust, who offer practical help and advice and support groups to carers. What makes this group different is that it offers support to professional writers, helping them to keep writing whilst fulfilling their caring responsibilities.

Members of our group have different caring roles, responsibilities and experiences, but they all have one thing in common: they're professional writers.

If you would like to join this group, please email Anna Ganley.

Here's the group's founding member, Jim Green, to tell you more...


Due to the nature of the group, members mainly connect via online discussions using Facebook and Skype, although we do get together for an annual summer lunch and the occasional event. Details of any events will be listed on this page and emailed to members of the group.

Online discussions

The Writers as Carers discussion forum is an online space for members to connect without pressure to contribute, although members share tips and advice, as well as their writing.

We also have a private Facebook discussion group, which is very active. If you'd like to join this Group, please send a 'friend request' to the SofA Facebook page or email Anna Ganley.

Monthly Skype get-togethers

We run monthly online get-togethers using Skype, where members can chat with other members of the group online. Depending on your computer or device, this could be either an audio or video call. If you're interested in joining a group chat, email Anna and she will send you the joining instructions.

Writers as Carers Group webinars

Jim Green asks what kind of webinars would members of this Group find useful? Please comment on the forum with your feedback and/or suggestions of topics.


Need a bit of a breather? Our Authors' Contingency Fund can help.

Posted: 10 March 2017

Would special equipment or simply taking a taxi now and again make your life easier? Is your computer letting you down, or would you value some occasional domestic help?

The Authors’ Contingency Fund and the Francis Head Bequest offer one-off grants to professional authors who would benefit from some financial support to help them back on their feet professionally. We currently have a surplus, so please do think of applying.

For further information and an application form can be found our our Grants page or you can contact Bryony Hall at the SoA on 020 7373 6642 to have a chat about applying.                                                                        

Featured blog

Posted: 05 July 2016

Member Caroline Gallup has been inspired to share the story of her writing and caring life on her blog, Dog Days and the Buddha.