A-Z of useful links
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A membership organisation that represents the interests of all writers and safeguards their intellectual property rights. Collects revenues due to writers. The website has a useful section on copyright.
Arts Council England
Champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. The website has an extensive Advice & Guidance section and full details on how to apply for funding.
A charity that runs five-day residential creative writing courses and retreats in rural writing houses. UK residents who cannot afford the full course fee are encouraged to apply for one of Arvon’s grants or awards which are allocated on the basis of financial need.
BBC – My Web Way
BBC website providing accessibility help, enabling computer users to make the most of the Internet whatever their ability or disability.
Develops writers and writing talent. Script Room is an open door to unrepresented writers from across the UK to submit scripts with the promise that at least the first 10 pages will be read. Targets underrepresented voices through schemes focusing on minority voices and organises events, workshops, master classes and Q&As. The website has lots of resources, including blogs, a Scrip Library and Writers’ Lab.
British Council – Film
List of regional film agencies including Film London and Northern Film and Media.
British Film Institute
Promotes greater understanding, appreciation and access to film and moving image culture across the UK. Also awards Lottery funding to film production.
Citizens Advice Bureau
The Citizens Advice Bureau’s Adviceguide website provides round-the-clock access to advice on a number of issues including rights at work, health and safety, discrimination and self-employment.
Dedicated to the growth of the creative industries, this not-for-profit organisation mobilises public and private resources.
Public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland. Distributes funding and there is a useful section on the website.
Empowers the creative industries to develop skills and talent. Diversity is a key focus and woven into all projects and funding. Website provides a useful Find a Course section.
Coalition which aims to kick-start a dialogue with EU policymakers about the economic and cultural contribution made by creators and the cultural and creative sectors in the digital age. The Facts and Figures section of the website has an infographic on the contribution of Europe’s creative sector to growth and jobs.
Provides training, advice and support to people in the creative industries in Wales. The website has details of discounted training for union members, including WGGB.
Campaigns to defend writers and readers in the UK and around the world whose human right to freedom of expression is at risk. Presents four annual awards and hosts numerous events. The PEN Atlas section of the website features literary dispatches from around the world.
Campaigning for equal representation for actresses, for audiences, for all on UK stage and screen by 2020. Achieving equal representation for writers is a central part of ERA’s work – find out how you can get involved on their website.
European Writers’ Council
Federation of 50 organisations of professional writers and literary translators in 34 countries. Aims, objectives, statements and newsletters can be found on the website.
Federation of Entertainment Unions
Participating unions include WGGB, Equity, NUJ and the Musicians’ Union. Offers free training to all members of those unions, via workshops and online training. You can register on the website. The website also includes useful downloads and video tutorials.
Federation of Screenwriters in Europe
A network of national and regional associations, guild and unions for writers for the screen in Europe.
Ffilm Cymru Wales
Supports Welsh or Welsh-based film writers, directors or producers with development and production funding, industry assistance and mentoring opportunities.
Gov.uk – Working for Yourself
Government guide to working for yourself, including how to register as self-employed.
Health and Safety Executive
Aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. Website has lots of useful advice and information, including a Health and Safety Toolbox.
HMRC Starting Your Own Business e-learning course
How to register for self-employment, maintain business records, pay tax and National Insurance, and more.
Independent Theatre Council
Represents, supports and develops the professional performing arts in the UK.
International Game Developers Association
Largest non-profit organisation in the world serving all those who create videogames. Website has events, news, calendar and resources.
Intellectual Property Office
The official Government body responsible for intellectual property (IP) rights. The website has a useful Intellectual Property and Your Work section.
International Affiliation of Writers Guilds (IAWG)
International body representing guilds of professional screenwriters, including WGGB. Aims to further the cause of screenwriters worldwide by lobbying governments to adopt writer-friendly legislation, and through collective action, mutual support and common representation.
International Authors Forum
Forum for discussion where authors’ organisations can share information and take action on issues affecting authors worldwide.
National Association of Writers in Education
Aims to put creativity at the heart of education. The website has details of all the latest job opportunities and events for writers throughout the UK.
National Union of Journalists
Trade union for journalists representing a broad range of media professionals. The website has a useful section on rights and fees.
New Writing North
A resource for writers, or those interested in literature events and activities, who live in the North of England.
New Writing Scotland
An annual volume publishing poetry and prose from both emerging and established writers. The website has details of how to submit work.
New Writing South
Hub in the South East of England dedicated to inspiring, nurturing and connecting all kinds of creative writers across the region and beyond.
Advice on copyright and intellectual property for the creative sectors. Website features a useful Knowledge Bank plus there are FAQs, factsheets, podcasts and videos.
Public Lending Right
Aims to provide published authors with an easy route to register for UK and Irish PLR, a legal right to payment from Governments in both countries each time their books are borrowed from public libraries.
Society of Authors
Trade union for professional writers. Administers a number of grants and prizes for writers and full details are available on the website.
Society for Editors and Proofreaders
Professional organisation featuring useful directory of editors and proofreaders to help you find these services.
The Literacy Consultancy
The UK’s first and leading editorial and manuscript assessment service. There is also a mentoring service and lots of useful information on the website. Operates the Free Reads Scheme of bursaried manuscript assessments for writers from low-income households.
The Poetry Society
A charitable organisation that represents British poetry both in the UK and abroad and provides support and information through events, publications, promotions, prizes and education.
Trades Union Congress
The national trade union centre in the UK, representing the vast majority of organised workers. The website has lots of useful information, including rights at work, health and safety and equality issues.
Supports theatre and performing arts organisations and individuals.
Union Network International (UNI) – Media and Entertainment Industries
UNI is a global union based in Switzerland representing more than 20 million workers from over 900 trade unions in the fast-growing sectors of skills and services. The Media and Entertainment Industries section of the website gives information on this area.
Writers’ Centre Norwich
A national centre for writing which works with writers and readers and diverse communities on a number of projects and events. The website has a useful What’s On calendar of events and courses.
Writing West Midlands
The literature development organisation for the West Midlands. The website features lots of useful information plus a calendar of events.