The Swanwick Writers Association Summer School was held an annual writers’ conference at the Hayes Conference Centre near Swanwick, Derbyshire. Founded in 1948, and the first time in the summer of 1949, it is believed that the school be the oldest independent writers in the world. Established as a charity and run on a non-profit basis, it was inspired by the London Writers Circle. Early celebrities who appeared included in the School, Vera Britain , LP Hartley , Hammond Innes and Arthur C. Clarke The first chairman was Cecil Hunt , a chairman of the London Circle Writers Association. Early delegates including the Booker Prize nominee, Barbara Pym , one of the novels, No Fond Return of Love, inspired partly by Swanwick itself. Associated with the school for more than fifteen years as a member, host and lecturer Booker Prize Winner Paul Scott . He referred to the role Swanwick play in creative writing in his published essays.
Over the years Swanwick has played an important role in the social development of writing