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Resources for writers and freelancers during Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Practical resources and tips for writers and freelancers affected by Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Last updated: 31 March 2020

During these uncertain times, we know that sharing useful information is essential. When we hear of resources, funds and opportunities to support freelancers, writers and people with creative careers, we’ll share them here.

Funding and finance information

Society of Authors Contingency Fund

The Society of Authors have worked with various other bodies and organisation to extend their contingency funds to writers affected by Covid-19. Writers don’t have to be a Society of Authors member to apply.

Society of Authors Contingency Fund

Royal Literary Fund

Published authors can also apply to the Royal Literary Fund if they are experiencing financial hardship.

Royal Literary Fund

Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland has repurposed Open Project Funding and introduced a Bridging Bursary to help support creatives financially.

Open Project Funding

Scottish Welfare Grant – Crisis Fund

Freelancers, writers and anyone who finds themselves in difficulties may wish to find out more about the Crisis Fund.

Crisis Fund

Universal Credit

Anyone who has suffered from a loss of income or who is uncertain about how they will pay their bills may be eligible for Universal Credit.

Universal Credit

Disability Arts Online Commissions

A new commissions pot for disabled artists who are being impacted by the loss of income caused by Covid-19.

Disability Arts online commissions

Live Literature

If you’re an author who has been booked for Live Literature events, you can find out more about our Live Literature policy on Coronavirus.

Live Literature statement on Coronavirus

Creative Industries Federation

In an effort to help members of creative industries band together and share information and amplify needs, Creative Industries Federation is offering free membership for six months.

Creative Industries Federation

Mental health and wellbeing

NHS: Look after your mental health at home

Staying at home and away from loved ones and colleagues can be tough, the NHS have released some advice to help you take care of your mind as well as your body.

NHS mental health and wellbeing

Self-care tips for writers and freelancers

Earlier this year we asked Laura Jones of 404 Ink to share some of her tips for looking after yourself as a freelancer and we think her advice is useful for many people who’re now unexpectedly working from home.

Self-care for writers and freelancers

Yoga for writers

We’re fans of all sorts of ways to stay active as writers and Adriene is one of our favourite online yoga instructors. This short video is specifically for writers but there are many more.

Yoga for writers


LGBTQ communities across the country are coming together to show each other solidarity, support and provide lifesaving services and Stonewall is acting as a hub.


Sharing books and reading online

Host a virtual book launch

If you’re launching a book and wondering how to spread the news now that physical events are restricted, check out our tips for hosting an online book launch.

Host a virtual book launch

Find writing opportunities

We will be putting even more time into sourcing and sharing the writing opportunities that are currently open – many editors are also looking for things to read and do right now!

Opportunities for writers

Stay in touch

We’ll be active on all of our social media accounts so please do stay in touch and share your writing tips and favourite reads.

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