The Society of Women Writers NSW Inc
The Society of Women Writers emerged from a meeting between four distinguished women journalists back in 1925.
The purpose of the meeting was to establish a society bringing together women writers across NSW with a desire to promote knowledge of literature and to encourage Australian women writers by creating opportunities for social contact.
Membership was open to ‘women actively engaged as journalists, authors and playwrights, and recognised contributors of articles paid for by newspapers and magazines; or, such women not now so engaged, who have a literary record of worth and distinction’.
By 1970, their aims had expanded to organising seminars, conferences and writing competitions across Australia. The pioneers behind the Society forged connections across many women's institutions, setting up strong foundations for the Society that has emerged today.
The Society maintains the popular literary luncheons introduced in the 1920s. Held at the beautiful State Library of NSW, luncheons include inspiring guest speakers, members' news and some keynote speakers you will no doubt be familiar with.
On offer with membership are mentor packages, competitions, opportunities to apply for awards and residencies, and a variety of workshops.
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Introduction by Fiona C Lloyd