The Society of Women Writers and Journalists – SWWJ is the UK’s longest-established Society for professional women writers.
Founded in 1894 by newspaper proprietor Joseph Snell Wood, the Society has grown to become an international association, and is affiliated to women’s associations worldwide.
“The Society is committed to the future of the writing profession and realises the need to continue to evolve and keep abreast of technological advances and changes in reading habits.”
During its first three years, the Society was managed by its founder. One early event which provided publicity and encouraged many women to apply for membership was a reception with Sarah Bernhardt.
Although originally founded as a society for women journalists, over the years, the names of prominent men such as Sir Harry Brittain and George Bernard Shaw have been associated with the SWWJ as speakers at Society events and in other supportive roles.
In 1951, the Society became The Society of Women Writers and Journalists, a change in name which reflected an expanding remit. More recently, in 2004, following discussion amongst the membership, it was agreed that male writers should be welcomed as Associate members. SWWJ’s friends include workers in many associated professions, including theatre, publishing, education and art.
Well-known writers of all genres have been among the Society members, including Richmal Crompton, Ursula Bloom, Margery Allingham, Dr. Marie Stopes, Catherine Cookson, Lady Violet Astor, Vera Brittain, Clemence Dane and Nina Bawden.
For more information:
you can visit the Society’s website https://www.swwj.co.uk/
or send an email at email@example.com
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