A series of AGM motions will, if passed, establish a group of related bodies including:
- A charity that will carry on the benevolent work of the Writers’ Guild Welfare Fund, but also enhance the status of writers by arranging educational and cultural events such as seminars, showcases and awards.
- A new collecting society to receive payments for online use of television programmes – such as iPlayer and video-on-demand – and distribute the money to writers.
- The Books Co-op, which will help members to produce and market self-published books, concentrating on print-on-demand and ebooks.
- A new trustee company, with the existing trustees as directors, to take responsibility for the Guild’s finances, assets, premises and its responsibilities relation to the new companies.
The AGM takes place on Friday 4 June 2010 from 10.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. at the Free Word Centre, 60- Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA. As required by Guild rules, details of the meeting and proposals have been posted to every member, along with the Summer 2010 issue of UK Writer magazine.
Documentation for the AGM is also available online at the Guild website.
We hope there will be a strong turnout of members to discuss these far-reaching proposals, and to hear this year’s guest speaker — Nick Yapp, author of The Write Stuff, the new history of the Guild marking its 50th anniversary.
Please note that as a cost-saving measure we will not be serving lunch at this year’s AGM, but there is a good cafe in the Free Word Centre plus numerous eating places nearby.