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'I find it hard to network due to shyness but do it anyway and it's getting easier.' Survey respondent

Hermits and networkers 

‘Are you a hermit?’ was one of our most popular surveys, with 2,660 women writers taking part. We found that 10% are self-confessed hermits who prefer to write alone and 35% are firmly plugged into their local literary scene, going regularly to workshops, courses and literary events.

'I am in contact with former classmates from a creative writing course, and we critique each other's work, so we are continuing the class, but for free.' Survey respondent

In between were many women who would like to be more involved with other writers, but find it difficult because of where they live, because of childcare or health issues, because of lack of time or low income – or simple shyness. 

If that sounds like you and you’d like to meet other writers from the comfort of your own home, explore what’s on offer at the Mslexia Salon

Let us know if you’d like to take part in future research