About Us

Bringing Writers Together

The Federation aims to support writers by making the whole process much easier to negotiate, from starting to write to publication. We can help you to find a writing group in your area, tell you where you can perform (if that is your wish) and help with the process of getting published.

We recognise that writing groups can be quite isolated, and aim to offer them opportunities to meet by mounting seminars and workshops on key themes. The Federation provides a place for writers to sell collections and anthologies at our events, when appropriate.

We aim to:

Organise performance events

Develop a rolling calendar of writing events

Maintain a directory of writing groups

Issue a regular newsletter

Support people in the development of their writing


Chair: – Jenifer Harley

Minutes Secretary: – Howard Singerman

Treasurer: – Mark Wightman

Office Holders and Trustees:

Joint Events Lead: – Lesley Traynor, Rose-Ann Fraser Ritchie

Membership Secretary: – Marie-Therese Taylor

Competition Secretary: – A C Clarke

Publicity Team:

Marcas Mac an Tuairneir- Facebook

Sue Burnside- Website

A C Clarke – Newsmail

Education and Development

Education Convenor: – Ailie Hunter

Asst Education Convenor: – Lesley Traynor (ref encouraging young writers)

Gaelic Co-ordinator: – Marcas Mac an Tuairneir

New Voices Press:

Anthology Lead – Janet Crawford

Anthology Admin – Sue Burnside

Anthology Publish/Distribution – Jenifer Harley

Anthology Editor – Alan Macglas

English Prose – Emma Mooney

English Poetry – Neil Leadbeater

Scots Poetry – Sheila Templeton

Ambassadors :

Etta Dunn

Marc Sherland

Anne Connolly

The Federation of Writers (Scotland) patrons:

Carol Ann Duffy

Liz Lochhead

Magi Gibson

Christine de Luca

Dave Anderson

Carl MacDougall

Donny O’Rourke

Janet Paisley

Rosemary Ward

Bashabi Fraser

Zoe Strachan

More about us

Our finances https://federationofwritersscotland.com/fws-finances-february-2021/