Covid 19 virus

View a Welsh-language version of this page.

For information about WGGB Head Office arrangements, including services to members during the pandemic, plus details of UK-wide sources of funding and support with health, mental health, work and more, go to our central Covid-19 information page.

To get in touch with our Wales branch email wales@writersguild.org.uk

Useful websites for writers in Wales

Following joint pressure from WGGB and the other creative unions, the Welsh Government has released £3.5m more Covid funding – for latest detail on the Freelancer Fund please visit the Welsh Government website.

The Creative Wales website is a good central hub of information on Covid-19, featuring up-to-date details of emergency support for creatives, links to Public Health Wales and the Welsh Government’s website with latest details of Covid-19 restrictions. View it here.

Business Wales has a central Covid-19 hub with up-to-date information on the Cultural Fund Grant, including The Freelancer Grant. View it here.

The Arts Council of Wales has details of the National Lottery-funded Connect & Flourish Fund designed to encourage collaborative proposals between organisations, individuals and creative professionals to begin the process of re-imagining how creators can sustain themselves and discover different ways of working post-Covid. Grants range from £500 to £150,000 and up-to-date information can be found here.

What Next? Cardiff/Cymru was Wales’ first Chapter, established in 2014 and now online. They meet regularly to enable people involved in the arts to actively advocate the value of the work they do and make connections with people from other sectors. Find out more here.

CULT Cymru is a learning project led by Bectu in partnership with WGGB, the Musicians’ Union and Equity, offering workshops and networking events to members of those unions. Find out more.

Literature Wales, the national company for the development of literature, has a News section on its website, with details of competitions, professional development, funding and other opportunities for writers. View it here.

Clwstwr aims to put innovation at the core of media production in South Wales, moving Cardiff’s thriving screen sector from strength to strength. It provides funding via a number of Calls aimed at driving R&D activity. Find out more.

How to get involved

The WGGB Covid info page has details of the union’s UK-wide campaigning work on behalf of writers during the pandemic, plus details of online activism and how you can get involved.

WGGB Wales branch news

Read a letter sent to Welsh Government Ministers by WGGB, Bectu, Equity, the Musicians’ Union and CULT Cymru on 22 October 2020 calling for increased funding for the Freelancers Fund and cultural recovery in general.

We will be keeping this page updated with the campaigning and lobbying work of our Wales branch, so do bookmark and keep checking back.

Shutterstock.com/NadezdaMurmakova