Organizations and Associations

No man (or woman) is an island. We benefit from rubbing elbows with like-minded individuals. To that end, I offer you the following organizations and associations in the event that you want to reach out and touch someone. Who knows? You might grow a lifelong relationship! This list is always growing, so feel free to share your organization's info so I can add it. Thank you.

Academy of American Poets This organization came into being in 1934 and has championed the art of poetry and poets. It has a member base of over 8,000 and is a recipient of grants from the National Endowment of the Arts. It is one of the most important non-profits for poetry in the country.

Poetry Society of America The nation's oldest organization dedicated to poetry, it's mission is to bring poetry to a larger audience and expand the cultural boundaries. Past members have included: Marianne Moore, Langston Hughes, and Robert Frost. Current members include: Rita Dove, Louise Gluck, and John Ashbery.

 

American Christian Fiction Writers This organization is "The Voice of Christian Fiction". They hold three contests throughout the year for published and unpublished authors.

Mystery Writers of America From their website - "Mystery Writers of America is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre. MWA is dedicated to promoting higher regard for crime writing and recognition and respect for those who write within the genre. We provide scholarships for writers, sponsor MWA Literacy programs, sponsor symposia and conferences, present the Edgar® Awards, and conduct other activities to further a better appreciation and higher regard for crime writing."

Horror Writers Association HWA is a nonprofit organization of writers and publishing professionals around the world, dedicated to promoting dark literature and the interests of those who write it. "HWA was formed in the late 1980’s with the help of many of the field’s greats, including Dean Koontz, Robert McCammon, and Joe Lansdale."

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Founded in 1965, SFWA is an organization for published authors and industry professionals in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and related genres. SFWA membership is open to published authors, artists and other industry professionals, including graphic novelists. To apply for membership you must first take a questionairre.

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is a non-profit organization and one of the largest existing organizations for writers and illustrators. It is the only professional organization specifically for those individuals writing and illustrating for children and young adults in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia. They have over 80 chapters worldwide.

Historical Novel Society Founded in 1997 in the UK, the membership quickly grew so that they also opened a base in the USA. They welcome writers from all over the world, and, their magazine, The Historical Novels Review is published four times a year.

Romance Writers of America From their website, "Romance Writers of America® (RWA) is a nonprofit trade association whose mission is to advance the professional and common business interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy and by increasing public awareness of the romance genre."

 

National Writers Union This is an advocacy group fighting for the rights of all writers. In keeping with its mission to defend writers’ rights and improve writers’ economic conditions, the NWU, through the collective efforts of its members, is able to provide a host of resources, benefits, and services to those who join them. From their website, "The NWU, Local 1981 commits itself to representing the interests of the full range of writers in the US. in all genres, media and formats. These include writers of diverse cultures, ethnicities, politics, religions and racial identities; writers of all ages and all sexual/gender orientations; writers with disabilities; and writers at all levels of economic and commercial success."

National Association of Independent Writers and Editors >This group focuses on career building and creating multiple streams of income. They are committed to the success of their members. When you become a member you will enjoy MANY benefits - too numerous to list here - check it out. Highly recommended!

The Authors Guild The Authors Guild exists to support working writers and their ability to earn a living from authorship. They have different levels of membership and offer many good resources and benefits.

The International Women’s Writing Guild Founded in 1976, this organizatoin is a great resource for women who write. The group is dedicated to forwarding the cause of women writers from all countries. A "thriving and diverse group of women writers, an expanding international community, who cares about developing each of our voices and our craft." They have a lot of good things going on specifically to champion the cause of women writers all over the globe.

National Endowment for the Arts The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.

Writers Guild of America (East) A labour union championing the needs of film and television writers. They are focused of the East Coast, USA

Writers Guild of America (West) Sme as above, West Coast

Catholic Writers Guild The Catholic Writers' Guild is a group of writers, artists, editors, illustrators, and allied dedicated to building a vibrant Catholic literary and artistic culture. From their website, "We do this by encouraging each other to create, publish, perform, and share our work; by reflecting upon core Catholic values (i.e., those in accordance with the teaching of the Magisterium) in art; and by networking among ourselves and with others within the faith and literary communities."

Pacific Northwest Writers Association "As a nonprofit organization, PNWA takes community involvement to heart! We pride ourselves in introducing young authors to the world of writing. We do this by bringing published authors into classrooms, hosting a free annual writing event for kids (ages 8-12), and supporting the nationally recognized King County Library system. We also encourage new writers each year through scholarships to the PNWA Writers Conference. Over the years, we’ve been fortunate to have been supported in our endeavor by members through a portion of membership dues and by the actions of volunteers."

 

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