About us

Our passion is history.  We are authors, publishers and agents of historical writing, both fiction and non-fiction and we have created this Association, the website, the forum and our various literary events and dinners in order to provide professional and social support to our members, and to create opportunities on line and in person for our members to meet with readers, re-enactors and historians of all ages and eras who share our fasciation with, and absorption in, all things historical.

If you're a published author, a publisher or an agent, please consider joining us: criteria are laid out below. If you're a reader, come along to our events and literary festivals, and, of course, join our forum: this is our gateway to the best of historical writing: fiction and non-fiction: If you care about history, this is the place to start.


In early October 2010, a group of writers and publishers joined together to form the Historical Writers' Association – the HWA.

This grew from the belief that we as historical writers need to have the same kind of professional body run by professional writers for professional writers (and their agents and publishers and booksellers) to sustain, promote and support each other and our work in the way that the Crime Writers' Association provides professional and social support for its members.

To that end, we designed this website, with a forum for members to discuss all aspects of their work. At our first anniversary,we were delighted to welcome Michael Morpurgo OBE as our inaugural President. Michael is one of our nation's foremost writers, a former children's laureate and recipient of the OBE for his services to literature. We could not ask for a better figure at our helm to take us into our second year.

At the first anniversary, we also announced the inception of our first Prize  - the HWA/Goldsboro Crown for Debut Historical Fiction (now the HWA Crown for Debut Historical Fiction), of which there have now been two winners: Robert Wilton and M L Stedman. 

In 2013, we significantly increased the scope of our activities. We were delighted to be partners in both the Thames Valley History Festival and, in October, the inaugural Harrogate History Festival. Both events were major successes, and we hope to be involved in both of them again in 2014. During October and November we organised dozens of events in libraries and book shops for our members, as part of our ambition to become a trusted partner of these essential institutions.

We also created Galleria, our online magazine, created and edited by Robert Low.

In 2014, we took over full management of what is now the HWA Crown for Debut Fiction: the shortlist will henceforth be announced at the AGM in June, and the winner at the Harrogate History Festival in October.

Finally we continue to organise dinners and drinks evenings for our members, and also to increase our online presence ever further.

If you're a writer and would like to join, our 'Aims of Association' are as follows:

The Historical Writers' Association: an association of both historical fiction and non-fiction who have work published by recognised publishers, plus their agents and publishers. Membership shall be limited to those authors who have work published in the last 5 years, although others may be admitted at the discretion of the committee.

The Association exists to promote, sustain and raise the profile of historical writing. Membership of the association will be granted to all writers, agents and publisher staff who, in the opinion of the HWA committee, have demonstrated, either through their writing or their role in bringing such material into print, their commitment to this ideal.

For the avoidance of doubt, 'historical' shall be defined as being beyond 35 years from the point of application

Thus we are open to writers of fiction and non-fiction alike – anyone who makes a living out of publishing books in which the core matter is historical – plus their agents and publishers, and booksellers.

If you think you'd like to join us, or know someone who does, please mail our Membership Secretary on: tony.riches@btinternet.com giving your name, details of your recent books and your publisher.

Annual subscriptions stand currently at £65 per annum, if paid by BACS or Standing Order, £70 if paid by Paypal or cheque.

We look forward to meeting you online, in the flesh and in the pages of our books

The HWA Committee

Manda Scott - Chair

Lloyd Shepherd - Treasurer

Tony Riches - Membership Secretary

Ben Kane

Rob Low

Imogen Robertson

Liz Fremantle

Vanora Bennett




The HWA has formed a mutual association with the Society of Authors whereby our members receive special deals on joining the other organisation.

SoA members who wish to join the HWA can do so at a discount of 25% on their first year’s subscription. Please visit http://www.societyofauthors.org/organisation-membership and log in as a member to find the offer code, then apply to the HWA by the usual route (contact Tony Riches) and be prepared to give your SoA ID number.
HWA members who wish to join the SoA receive fifteen months for the price of twelve in the first year of joining (subject to eligibility criteria). To receive the code to take advantage of this offer please contact Tony Riches . You can join the SoA online and find further details at www.societyofauthors.org.