Member Toolkit

Guilds were formed in the Middle Ages to band together craftsmen and the professions to protect and support their members. The Guild of Food Writers may not have such a long history as The Worshipful Company of Drapers or indeed Tinsmiths but our function is much the same.  

 
You may have joined for recognition of your professional status or for networking opportunities - these are valid and sensible reasons - but there is much more on offer to members.

 

Take time to explore the Members' Area of this website by logging into your own Member area. You should find many of our Member benefits listed in the new Member's Area section of the main menu that appears once logged in. If you don't know your username and password or you struggle with any aspect of your Member area on the website, contact our administrator Kim Furnell. 

 

You will be able to consult The Pay Review Survey which is invaluable when pitching for work - it covers a very wide range of things which members might find themselves doing. Details of a free Tax Helpline available to members are listed there as is information on who to contact for information on insurance you may need if doing demonstrations, holding classes or catering. 
 
Whilst we currently do not have a specific arrangement with solicitors,  I am urgently seeking another firm which can offer a service on a similar basis as before. In the hiatus, please feel free to email me in strictest confidence and, with my decade+ long experience as Professional Issues Secretary, I will endeavour to assist.
 
The Guild regularly holds workshops which are not about food but more to do with the business side of what we do - they may not sound as enticing as some but they are well worth investigating.  Are you registered with ALCS or PLR to receive your secondary royalties and monies from book loans? Did you realise you can earn money from articles you wrote up to five years ago? Want to know about self-publishing or pitching? There's a workshop for those too and videos of previous workshops are available.  
 
Do also consult the list of Member Discounts available - it could save you a chunk of money.
 
And those networking opportunities? We are now moving back into full swing post Covid, do come out and join us. Meet new friends and colleagues and share information. 

And finally, please don't forget to consult our FAQS for more information about your Guild membership, and everything we offer.