SAW Calendar 2017


Since 1969 in every year, the Scottish Association of Writers has held an Annual Writers’ Learning and Workshop, Conference. In 2018 this will be over the weekend of 23rd to 25th 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.

Write Up North

17th June 9.45am-3pm, Laich Moray Hotel, Elgin Cost £30 or £37 with Lunch. Please forward registration form to Jen Butler.

Summer Solstice

Closing date for entries is 24th June. Winners presented at The Westerwood Hotel in September.

There are 3 open competitions available:

Westerwood Short Story (1500-2000 words)

James Muir Poetry (poem no longer than 40 lines, theme ‘ Wild Life’)

‘Autumn Voices’ – For entrants 60 and over, any form of prose, life writing, fiction, short stories. Maximum 2000 words. This competition is part of the Autumn Voices project conducted by author Robin Lloyd-Jones.

Submissions to £5 per entry

Swanwick, The Writers’ Summer School

12-18 August Swanwick Writers’ Summer School offers a wealth of classes, courses and workshops and the opportunity for valuable discussions and feedback from fellow writers. Email or call 01290 552248 for further information.

49th Annual Conference

23rd-25th March 2018 at The Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld. With the thoroughly rewarding experience of the 2017 conference fresh in our minds, it's fair to say that anyone who takes the opportunity of attending the annual SAW conference finds it to be an enjoyable and valuable experience. Why not begin looking ahead to next year’s event? Book to register by contacting To attend, Westerwood Accommodation and Delegate Rate – call Louse at the Westerwood Hotel on: 01236 869 741

Club Outreach Visits

Visits to affiliated clubs and those considering membership are an essential part of the work of the SAW and form a major part of our Club Development Strategy. We have had some very successful visits to date which have given clubs the opportunity to put faces to council members and to pose questions to our outreach team on a variety of aspects of Association business. We welcome all opportunities to meet with club members and representatives in this way and to form close working relationships. To book an outreach visit simply contact our Outreach and Club Development Secretary John Moody at We look forward to seeing you!

SAW 100 Club

The SAW 100 Club is a straightforward way of supporting the work of the Association by joining this simple lottery for just £12 per annum. Every penny goes to support the projects and work of the association and to underpin the conference costs. Winners are listed in our newsletter, on the SAW Facebook page and will also be notified by Susan McVey.

We are always delighted to have new 100 Club Members, why not complete the registration form and be part of it?

Here are our winners for the last year:

May 2017 – Helen Stokes

June 2017 – Ann Burnett

April 2017 – Chris Ravenhall

March 2017 – Ian R Turner

February 2017 – Ann Burnett

January 2017 – Eric Thompson

December 2016 – Olga Wojtas

November 2016 – Olga Wojtas

October 2016 – Morag Oag

September 2016 – Stephen Eric Smyth

August 2016 – Joan Fleming

July 2016 – Jen Butler