A Survey of What UK Writers Need to Work
90 years ago, Virginia Woolf said that to be a writer, a woman needed money and a room of her own. In 2019, we want to know what writers – at different stages of their careers, from different backgrounds, and from across the UK – need today in order to flourish professionally.
An independent survey commissioned by the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society's (ALCS) in 2018 found that on average a writer earns £10,500 a year for their writing, down from the equivalent of £18,000 in 2005. Is money the thing writers most need to work? And is financial support more important for a second work or production than at the beginning of your career? Is the existence of public libraries more important to a writer as they're starting out than the endorsement of peers? Is the most important thing of all having somewhere to write from?
We want you, writers, to tell us what you need to thrive.
Is this survey for me?: This is for writers who currently earn some income from writing or seek to do so. Wherever you are in your writing career, whether you've just started and never been published or if you're a world-renowned writer with 30 titles or productions to your name. If you think of yourself as a writer, are aged 16 or older and are resident in the UK, we want to hear from you.
This should take no longer than ten minutes to complete and as a thank you for your time, you can choose to enter a prize draw to win a £20 National Book Token. Your information will be held securely and will only be used for research purposes by the Royal Society of Literature and The Audience Agency who are evaluating this survey on our behalf.

The RSL will publish findings of this research on Dalloway Day, 19 June 2019.
The Royal Society of Literature is leading this research in consultation with writer development organisations across the UK, including: Arts Council England, Arts Council Northern Ireland, Creative Scotland, Literature Wales, Literature Works, National Centre for Writing, New Writing North, New Writing South, Scottish Book Trust, Scottish Poetry Library, Society of Authors, Spread the Word, The Literary Consultancy, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, Writing East Midlands and Writing West Midlands.

This research is funded by ALCS
Your data will be stored and processed by The Audience Agency on behalf of the Royal Society of Literature for the purposes of research and development. Everything you tell us will be kept confidentially and your responses will be anonymous and will not be used to identify you in any way. The Audience Agency operates within the General Data Protection Regulation and Market Research Society guidelines.
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