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Marc has just returned from a holiday in Germany, visiting his sister Ruth and through her, meeting her friends, Thomas and Cora in the former East German area of Thoringen. Whilst, visiting they went to the World Heritage site of Wartburg a castle high on a mountainous hill. The same castle where the persecuted Martin Luther took refuge under the protection of Frederick the Wise.
Marc said of this visit "It's quite a feast for the eyes, being built on 11th Century foundations, but having successive additions through the centuries and being given a substantial refit in the 'Arts & Crafts' style of the late 19th and early 20th century. We were waiting for the English speaking guide to arrive, when a woman some distance away asked in English, if we knew where the group should wait. I called out that she had found the correct group and afterwards we got talking. I'd never met her before, but in conversation she told me she was a Scottish writer, from around Kelso, researching a historical novel, and I replied that I was a writer too and gave her my SAW card."
She reacted immediately. "You're Marc Sherland, I donít believe it, we're due to meet up when I return to Scotland.Ē
It turned out to be Margaret Skea, Chair of Borders Writers' Forum, who the SAW Outreach Team met formally on 20th April. Her shock, Marc's surprise at such a coincidence! It's a small but interconnected world, and the SAW makes the writers' network so much more effective.

News just in.....following a fantastic Outreach visit the BWF intend to affiliate.

Make sure you book up for Write up North in Elgin on Saturday June 17th and also take part in the Solstice Competitions - submissions due 24th June.




Newsletter - We produce a regular newsletter throughout the year, crammed with useful information about the world of creative writing. Past newsletters can be found on the NEWS Page of this website. Should you want to contribute please send your ideas to our Publicity Secretary publicity@sawriters.org.uk

Conference - Since 1969 in every year, the Scottish Association of Writers has held an Annual Writers’ Learning and Workshop, Conference. In 2017 this will be over the weekend of 17th to 19th March in Westerwood Hotel & Conference Centre, Cumbernauld. Workshops led by leaders in the field and Competitions covering all major genres, feed into Conference and entrants are drawn from writing clubs affiliated to the Association, from all over Scotland.
Should Clubs want to set up a Savings Club there is a downloadable template on the Resources Page of this website.

Mid-Term competitions - In recent years, we have mounted ‘Open’ mid-term competitions to encourage wider participation. In 2016 we are offering mid-term Solstice Competitions comprising the Westerwood Trophy short story competition, a flash fiction competition and the James Muir Trophy poetry competition.

Write Up North - In June 2016 we are offering an Open Learning Day event in Arbroath, in conjunction with Angus Writers on the theme of Myth. This is an open event to encourage involvement from members and unaffiliated writers and groups.

Outreach - The Council realises that to fulfil its obligation to reach out to writers all over Scotland it should visit clubs and literary organisations, to bring news of the services offered and to listen to the needs, wants and desires of writers, to see if we might provide a more tailored response.

Club Development - Club development is a key strand of our Mission. The Association is developing a much wider range of all year round responses, to support Writing Groups and individuals. On this Association website we place resource information for individual writers and groups.
In particular Writing Groups will find useful resources and opinion papers on the ‘Resource’ page of the Website, covering issues such as a standard constitution, copyright and fundraising. Individual writers will find a home with useful material and ideas on the ‘Writers’ Ink’ page of the Website including information on sister organisations and personal development.

Strategy and Development - The Association is continually developing its programme of activities and listens to as many sources of comment and advice as possible. To this end the Association has developed a Strategy Document which is available in a downloadable format on the website.

Writers’ Clubs - A list of Writers Groups currently affiliated can be found on the Clubs page. If your Group would like more information about joining the Association, contact the Club Development Secretary - development@sawriters.org.uk

Fit for the 21st Century - We warmly welcome writers to all our events. The Scottish Association of Writers has a fine tradition, but we want it fit for the 21st Century. We are investing in new vision, which is an ongoing process and we want it to involve you.

New Ideas

In 2016 the SAW will introducing several innovations details of which can be found on the SAW Calendar page and in the SAW Newsletters.

History of the Association - The Association has a proud history and in this You Tube video (made in 2013) you will get a real feel of the success of our activities and programme.

The SAW has helped and is supported by writers such as Catherine McPhail, Alex Gray, Gillian Philip, Margaret Thomson Davis and current Honorary President Alanna Knight MBE.