SoA in Scotland

The SoA in Scotland is a regional group of the Society of Authors. If you have a Scottish postcode you are automatically added to the SoAiS when you join the SoA.

If you have not been added but would like to join, please contact the SoAiS secretary, Niall Slater.

The SoAiS organises a varied and busy calendar of activities through a committee of volunteers. Activities of the Group are reported in the SoA's quarterly magazine, The Author.

Member benefits

SoAiS members can take advantage of a number of exclusive benefits, such as events and special discounts.


The SoAiS is a network member of Publishing Scotland, and together the two organisations have produced a good practice covenant between authors and publishers in Scotland. The SoAiS is also represented at meetings of the Literature Forum and the Scottish Parliamentary Cross Party Group on Culture and Media.

The SoAiS has partnerships with:

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Pullman speaks out for school libraries in Scotland

Posted: 01 February 2016

Our president, Philip Pullman spoke out in support of our campaign to make school libraries mandatory by urging Scottish politicians to save closure-threatened school libraries.


New vision set out for scotland's public libraries

Posted: 02 June 2015

A strategy has been drawn up to approach the future of public libraries in Scotland: Ambition and Opportunity: A Strategy for Public Libraries in Scotland 2015 - 2020.

Read more from the Scottish Libraries and Information Council (SLIC) >>


Publisher/Author Accord

Posted: 05 January 2015

A Voluntary Code has been created as a joint initiative by the Society of Authors in Scotland and Publishing Scotland to improve relations between authors and publishers.

Read the Voluntary Code >>

NUJ training courses

Posted: 01 January 2015

The National Union of Journalists runs a Scottish Union Learning project, funded by the European Social Fund, to help members update their skills and face the challenges of a changing media industry. They offer funded courses in a variety of media related subjects to help journalists widen out their employment choices, or to switch to freelance careers post-redundancy.

Are you in the same position? Perhaps your traditional sources of income have dried up in recent years and you are looking to diversify or upgrade your skills. If so, the NUJ may be able to help.

They offer a variety of both writing and technical courses.

If you would like to know more, please email NUJ Project Worker Catherine Deveney or give her a call on 01381 621094. You will be under no obligation, but she can give you more information about courses and put you in touch with people in your area who can help.

Books from Scotland The Best of Scottish Books
Creative Scotland Unlocking potential, embracing ambition.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Celebrated annually in Scotland's capital city during August.
Playwrights' Studio, Scotland Scotland's only arts organisation exclusively dedicated to the long-term support, development and promotion of Scotland's playwrights.
Help! I need a publisher! Nicola Morgan, the Crabbit Old Bat, is an award-winning author of around 90 books. She gives crabbitly honest advice to determined writers.
Publishing Scotland The network for trade, training and development.
Scottish Book Trust Inspiring readers and writers.
Scottish PEN Defending the freedom of writers and readers.
Scottish Poetry Library Bringing people and poems together.
Scottish Storytelling Centre A vibrant arts venue on Edinburgh's Royal Mile showcasing Scotland's culture.
Scottish Writers' Centre Bringing together writers working in Scotland.
Society for Editors and Proofreaders - Glasgow Providing editorial services to publishers, companies, government agencies and other bodies and individuals.