The Association originated as a completely private initiative in December, 1984, when individuals from five of the colleges of the University of Wales (Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, Lampeter and Swansea) met at Swansea to discuss the establishing of an organisation to promote the study of Welsh writing in English. Since that beginning, the Association has been expanded to include scholars in the field to Trinity College, Carmarthen, University of Glamorgan and the Open University.
The work of the association includes several important series of publications; the pioneering academic journal originall entitled Welsh Writing in English: a Yearbook of Critical Essays (Vols 1-11) and since Volume 12 (2008) renamed Almanac: Yearbook of Welsh Writing in English (financially supported by the Welsh Books Council); and an annual conference (attended by a mixed audience of academics and the lay public, usually totalling some fifty to eighty people). These conferences have featured contributions from scholars from the USA, Scotland, England, Ireland as well as Wales, and have regularly included readings from such distinguished writers as R.S. Thomas, Emyr Humphreys, Dannie Abse, Menna Elfyn, Robert Minhinnick and Tony Curtis.
Membership of AWWE is open to all. An AWWE conference is held annually and is open to all.
The AWWE publishes a peer reviewed Yearbook of Welsh writing in English, Almanac, which is published by Parthian Books. Almanac: Yearbook of Welsh Writing in English
Chair (Katie Gramich, Cardiff), Secretary (Tony Brown, Bangor), Membership Secretary (Charlotte Jackson, Swansea) and Web Officer (Kirsti Bohata, Swansea).