Literary Magazines



Mslexia the magazine for women who write. Mslexia is an independent publishing company that provides information and inspiration for published and unpublished women in the UK and beyond.

Litro Magazine is a free monthly literary magazine that publishes new, original short fiction that excites them and offers a creative alternative to disposable papers.

Courses and Writers' Workshops


Writers' Summer School (Swanwick) is the world’s oldest residential week-long writers’ conferences. Established in 1948, it offers a week of workshops, courses and talks exploring writing from fiction to non-fiction, plays to poetry, and for all ages and genres.

The Arvon Foundation runs residential creative writing courses which aim to challenge, inspire and transform your writing.


The Winchester Writers' Festival  has been running for more than 30 years. The Winchester Writers' Festival offers a wide range of courses, workshops and one to one appointments for the aspiring or established writer.


Writing for Children with Alan Durant - a residential course in France run by successful Children's Author Alan Durant.


The Complete Creative Writing Course has a range of courses to suit your individual needs, from Fiction Writing to Children's Writing and Screenwriting courses.

Literary Festivals

Literary Festivals - Here you will find details of well over a hundred (and growing) literary festivals taking place throughout England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

Writers' Groups


See our extensive directory of Writers' Groups on our sister publication The New Writer's website 

The Society of Womens Writers and Journalists was founded in 1894 by newspaper proprietor Joseph Snell Wood. Since then SWWJ has grown to become an international association, and is affiliated to women's associations worldwide. In 2004, the Society took the decision to invite men who are published writers to join as Associate members.


The aims include the encouragement of literary achievement, the upholding of professional standards, and social contact with fellow writers and others in the field, including editors, publishers, broadcasters, and agents.



The Hampshire Writers' Society


The Hampshire Writers' Society welcomes all writers in Hampshire to join this new society, which will reach out to the broadest community, interacting with a unique and growing sector of aspiring writers, identifying new writers and engaging young people by encouraging an interest in both writing creatively and critically. 


The Founding of the Hampshire Writers’ is a developmental project of the Winchester Writers’ Conference, now in its 31st year at the University of Winchester. It aims to provide a broad range of professional knowledge exchange activities for hundreds of aspiring and published writers of all ages and cultures living in Hampshire. These will include talks by well known authors, poets, playwrights, literary agents, commissioning editors and industry specialists, as well as panels, discussions and performances.


The meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of each month beginning in September.

An annual fee of £25 would be paid by all members. Visitor’s fee £5.00 per meeting.

Refreshments will be provided at a nominal cost.

A specific writing competition would be a feature for each meeting

You can download an application form HERE