The South African Writers’ Circle was founded in September 1960 by journalist, Fay Goldie, and thirteen enthusiastic amateur and professional writers. Its objective was then, and still is, to promote the art of writing and the interests of its members. The initial group met at London House in Smith Street (now Anton Lembede Street), and they called themselves the Durban Writers’ Circle. The name of the Circle was changed in 1985 to the South African Writers’ Circle, to recognise its national membership, and for some time they met in Westville. Now, however, all meetings are conducted using on-line platforms, which enables members from beyond the Ethekwini region to participate.
Membership of the Circle is open to all who are interested in writing, whether already published or not. This includes professional writers.
To join the SAWC, please go to the “Membership” tab.
Newsletter: Write Now
Members receive eleven newsletters per year, containing information on the general writing scene, national and international competitions, and articles on writing techniques.
Look for a recent issue in the “Blog” pages
We run regular on-line meetings where we feature a guest speaker, discuss various aspects of writing and hold workshops. Whether you are a seasoned writer, just starting out, or looking to hone your skills, we’d love you to become a member.
The SA Writers’ Circle is one of the few associations in South Africa which runs a monthly members-only competition, covering popular genres. We also run an annual short story competition which is open to all. See our “Competitions” tab for more details.