The BWWA seeks to bring more women/womxn from the margins to the center of literary history by promoting scholarship on and the teaching of long 18th- and 19th-century British women writers in diverse global and cultural contexts. The Association works to accomplish this broad activist goal in interconnected ways:
- by organizing an annual professional conference, called the British Women Writers Conference (BWWC), where scholars share new work on women writers;
- by developing a community of scholars from multiple literary periods, disciplines, and with varying experience and rank;
- by providing generous mentorship and support to graduate students and early-career scholars studying women writers; and
- by fostering feminist pedagogy and rewarding mentoring relationships that shape the future of the field.
The BWWA promotes feminisms grounded in activism and intersectionality, and it pledges to work toward social justice for and with writers, past and present, who are Black, people of color, LGBTQIA+, people living with disabilities, and of other marginalized identities.