There are writers groups for every niche
and every specialty. Some local, some national. Some hold meetings and
conventions, others are online networking only. Still others offer
resources for writers and their readers. Most offer support and a sense of
connection in your writing endeavors.
Christian Fiction Writers
ACFW is an organization geared
toward meeting the needs of new and seasoned authors alike, as well as
offering a venue for readers of Christian Fiction to learn more about
their favorite authors and discover the vast array of choices available
from the Christian Fiction market in general.
American Medical Writers Association
The mission of the American Medical Writers Association
is to promote excellence in medical communication and to provide
educational resources in support of that goal. Through an extensive
educational program, various publications, and unparalleled opportunities
for networking, AMWA encourages and enables its members to extend their
The American Screenwriters Association (ASA) is the
world's leading professional association organized for educational
purposes, including the promotion and encouragement of the art and craft
Society of Journalists and Authors
The American Society of
Journalists and Authors helps professional freelance writers advance their
writing careers. Members share candid data on writing rates, publishing
contracts, editors, agents and more.
of Writers and Writing Programs
Since 1967, AWP has supported
writers & writing programs around the world. They now support over
28,000 writers at over 400 member colleges & universities and 120
writers' conferences and centers.
The voice of American writers.
Chicago Writers Association
The Chicago Writers Association is a Creative writing
community of dedicated writers from Chicagoland. CWA members are both
professional, published authors, and those committed to joining their
ranks. They focus their efforts on both necessary aspects of the
professional writer: 1.
Perfecting our craft; and 2. Getting our work into the stream of commerce.
Writers of the World
Children's Book Council
The Children's Book Council, Inc.
is the nonprofit trade association of publishers and packagers of trade
books and related materials for children and young adults.
Forward Motion for Writers
Forward Motion, a site where you can
connect with others interested in sharing both the joys and the insanity
of writing. Forward Motion is filled with people working at various stages
of their careers—from those who have been repeatedly published to
others starting their first manuscripts. Members write in
various genres, and people at the site are working on everything from
multi-book series to occasional bouts of poetry.
Historical Novel Society
Promotes all aspects of historical
Horror Writers Association
Organization of professional writers of fiction and
non-fiction pertaining to or inspired by the traditions, legends,
development, and history of horror and occult. It's members are together
for their mutual benefit in an earnest effort to further a more widespread
publicity, promotion, distribution, readership and appreciation of the
literature of horror and occult.
Independent Writers of Chicago
IWOC is a nonprofit professional association of
freelance writers who work primarily throughout the Chicago metropolitan
International Association of Business
The International Association of Business Communicators
provides a professional network of more than 15,000 business communication
professionals in over 70 countries.
International Food, Wine, and Travel
The International Food, Wine and Travel Writers
Association (IFWTWA) is a global network of people involved in the
hospitality and lifestyle fields and the people who promote them by
informing others about them.
International Thriller Writers
Organization of professional authors from around the
world. Here you can learn more about them, their work, and the sources
from which they draw their inspiration.
JacketFlap is the world's most comprehensive children's
book resource and social networking web site for people in the children's
book industry. Over 2,200 published authors and illustrators are members,
as well as many librarians, agents, editors, publicists, booksellers and
News, views, resources, and perspectives of science
fiction, fantasy, and horror.
Midwest Travel Writers Association
Midwest Travel Writers Association (MTWA) is an
organization of travel professionals, including writers, photographers and
travel publicists from the 13 Midwestern states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa,
Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota,
Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin).
Mystery Writers of America
MWA is the premier organization for mystery and crime
writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime
writers, and folks who just love to read crime fiction.
National Association of Science Writers
The NASW’s mission is to foster the dissemination of
accurate information regarding science through all media normally devoted
to informing the public. Over the years, its officers have included both
freelancers and employees of most of the major newspapers, wire services,
magazines, and broadcast outlets in the country.
National Association of Women Writers
The National Association of Women Writers (NAWW) was
founded in 2001. They have over 3000 members worldwide and help connect
and educate their members through books, CDs, tele-events, physical
chapter events and much more.
The North American Association
of Travel and Lifestyle Writers
This society is made up of professionals who are
actively engaged in journalism, as publishers of trade publications,
editors, staff writers of consumer or trade publications, book authors,
and freelancers in print and broadcast media. These professionals possess
a dedication to objectivity in their work and to constant endeavor to
raise the intellectual level of world tourism and the physical level of
destinations and attractions.
North American Travel Journalists
The North American Travel Journalists Association is the
premier professional association of writers, photographers, editors, and
tourism professionals dedicated to redefining professional development
for the travel industry.
Outdoor Writers Association of
OWAA is an international, professional association of
outdoor communicators, outdoor companies and outdoor industry service
Poetry Society of America
Whether you write poetry, read poetry, or simply want to
widen your literary horizons, the Poetry Society of America has readings,
seminars, and competitions intended to challenge and inspire.
Romance Writers of America
Romance Writers of America is dedicated to advancing the
professional interests of career-focused romance writers through
networking and advocacy. The association represents almost 10,000 members
in 144 chapters offering local or special-interest networking and
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of
SFWA has brought together the most successful and daring
writers of speculative fiction throughout the world, and has grown in
numbers and influence until it is now widely recognized as one of the most
effective non-profit writers' organizations in existence. Over 1200 sf and
fantasy writers, artists, editors, and allied professionals are members.
Sisters in Crime
Sisters in Crime is an international
organization of readers and writers dedicated to raising awareness of
women's contributions to the mystery genre.
Small Publishers Association of North
SPAN is dedicated to advancing the interests and
expertise of independent publishers and authors through educational
opportunities and discounted services.
Society of Children's Book Writers and
The SCBWI acts as a network for the exchange of
knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents,
librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for
young people. There are currently more than 19,000 members worldwide, in
over 70 regions, making it the largest children's writing organization in
Society of Technical Communication
STC is an individual membership organization dedicated
to advancing the arts and sciences of technical communication. It is the
largest organization of its type in the world. Its 14,000 members include
technical writers and editors, content developers, documentation
specialists, technical illustrators, instructional designers, academics,
information architects, usability and human factors
professionals, visual designers, Web designers and developers, and
translators - anyone whose work makes technical information available to
those who need it.
Western Writers of America
Western Writers of America, Inc., was
founded in 1953 to promote the literature of the American West and bestow
Spur Awards for distinguished writing in the western field. The founders
were largely authors who wrote traditional western fiction, but the
organization swiftly expanded to include historians and other nonfiction
authors, young adult and romance writers, and writers interested in
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