About The West Country Writers’ Association
The West Country Writers’ Association is an association of published and aspiring authors in any field of writing who live in or write about the West Country. As the mission statement says, it brings together people with a common interest, to share ideas, form friendships and make contacts. It is not a campaigning or promotional organisation, but it tries to bring writers in touch with other people who share their concerns.
What does it do?
The main event each year is a conference. It takes place in the spring in a hotel in different towns or cities somewhere in the West Country; a region that extends from Worcester to Penzance and Barnstable across to Salisbury.
The conference has varied in its format each year – over sixty years, in fact, since the Association’s inception in 1951! We endeavour to adapt the content to reflect current times and changing trends. It usually consists of talks from authors and people who work in publishing, panel discussions on items of professional interest to writers, and a book exhibition with the opportunity to sell members’ books. In the past it has taken place over a weekend and included an annual luncheon or dinner and visits to places of interest, together with an AGM for members. Visit the conference page of this website for details.
Throughout the rest of the year, smaller gatherings held at local pubs or members’ homes around the region. We also publish a newsletter for members and to embrace modern technologies, this is generally an e-newsletter now.