Writers in Oxford: Who We Are

Writers in Oxford is the society for Oxford and Oxfordshire’s published writers and authors. Founded in 1992 it now has over two hundred members spread across the city and county (although if you live a little way beyond you are still welcome to apply). It is run on an entirely voluntary basis by a small elected committee.

Being part of Writers in Oxford gave me an immediate introduction to a friendly
community of like-minded writers … [with] a mix of talks, networking, social
evenings – and occasional job offers. 

Robert Bullard
Robert BullardWriter, copy editor and writing coach

The aim of Writers in Oxford is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, engagement with other writers (networking and sharing experiences) and enjoyment of talks, outings, walks and other social events with a broadly literary flavour of relevance to all kinds of writers. We welcome applications from new members, following the procedure on the Join Us page.

Writers in Oxford has played a crucial role in my development as a writer. Since joining I’ve attended many useful and interesting events, developed my professional network and made great friends, too.

Mariah Whelan
Mariah WhelanPoet, teacher and interdisciplinary researcher from Oxford

Writers in Oxford has a close relationship with the Society of Authors – and holds a joint annual party; but SoA provides legal and financial advice to authors, whereas the focus of WiO is more on local social contact.

The fact that The Oxford Writer is still going strong, along with the organisation itself, is a tribute to the group it is organised for, and proves that, as a way of bringing writers together to form a supportive community for each other, it has been vital.

Jenny LewisAnglo-Welsh poet and playwright who teaches poetry at Oxford University