Writers as Carers Group

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

Are you a professional writer with caring responsibilities for someone with an illness or disability? If so, you might wish to join this SoA group which aims to help keep writers writing. Here's Jim Green to tell you more about the Group...

SOA_col_Carers_cmyk.pngThe Writers as Carers 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.

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


Carers Week open afternoon at the SoA, Thursday 14 June, 2.30-4.30pm

In support of Carers Week (11-17 June 2018), we are holding an open afternoon for members of our Writers as Carers Group from 2.30-4.30pm on Thursday 14 June. The theme this year is the health and wellbeing of carers. Come and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of tea and cakes, a free hand massage, music and an opportunity to meet other carers. Find out more

Annual Summer Lunch, Saturday 30 June, 12-3pm

Members are invited to an informal London Lunch at The Lighterman (on Granary Square behind King's Cross station) from 12 noon on Saturday 30 June. Inspired by the industrial past of King’s Cross, and the Victorian Lightermen who worked on flat-bottomed barges, known as “Lighters”, on the canals and rivers of London - The Lighterman is a spacious bar and restaurant situated just behind King's Cross station overlooking the Regent's Canal. Find out more

Members pay for their own orders on the day, but please RVSP by Friday 22 June so that we can confirm numbers for our table reservation. Anna and Jim will be hosting this lunch, we hope you can make it, too.

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.

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Creative Future Literary Awards for Under-represented Writers

Posted: 06 February 2018

Founded in 2013, the Creative Future Literary Awards are the UK’s only national writing competition and high profile awards ceremony for under-represented writers.

They showcase talented writers who lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, identity or other social circumstances.

Prizes are awarded for both poetry and short fiction, including £1,000 of cash prizes & professional writing development support. Winners are selected by a panel of industry experts.

Eligibility criteria includes being a carer, and it's a UK wide scheme. 

Applications are invited from April 2018. How to apply

Check out the Creative Future website for full details.

Carers UK Creative Writing Competition 2017

Posted: 15 June 2017

The Carers UK creative writing competition is inviting applications on this year's theme: 'This was not in the plan’.

Also, for the first time, this year Carers UK are also welcoming photographs on the theme of 'This is Caring'.

Send your entries in by 31 July.

For full information about the competition, visit their website.

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 Sarah Baxter 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.

Carers UK

Posted: 05 July 2016


You can buy copies of the Carers UK writing anthologies for £3 per book (Carers UK members) or £5 (non-members). If the two books are bought together it’s £4.80 for members and £8 for non-members.

It's free to join Carers UK so do think about signing up if you are not already a member. You will then receive a monthly email newsletter covering issues related to caring, be able to access their online forum, receive Caring magazine four times per year and be able to attend and vote at their AGM and Summit.