Read below to find organizations that will support your writing and publishing needs, whatever they may be.
WHAT: According to their website, “the American Society of Journalists and Authors is the nation's professional organization of independent nonfiction writers.”
FOR: Professional, published writers of nonfiction. Find out if you qualify here.
PERKS: 68-year-old organization with over 1,200 members. Online databases, newsletters, and message boards. Awards programs for excellence in nonfiction. Discounts on major subscriptions.
WHAT: According to their website, "AWP provides support, advocacy, resources, and community to nearly 50,000 writers, 550 college and university creative writing programs, and 150 writers’ conferences and centers. Our mission is to foster literary achievement, advance the art of writing as essential to a good education, and serve the makers, teachers, students, and readers of contemporary writing."
FOR: Writers and authors.
PERKS: Access to publication the Writer's Chronicle. Access to members-only website content such as the Job List, Writer's Calendar, Directory of Members. Writer to writer mentorship program.
WHAT: According to their website, “the Authors Guild is the nation’s oldest and largest professional organization for writers. Since its beginnings over a century ago, we have served as the collective voice of American authors. Our members include novelists, historians, journalists, and poets—traditionally and independently published—as well as literary agents and representatives of writers’ estates.”
FOR: Professional authors and writers, including freelance and self-published writers, who earn an income from their work. Find out if you qualify here.
PERKS: The nation’s oldest and largest professional organization for writers. Access to seminars, events, and other educational and networking opportunities. Online connections to author authors within the organization. Legal services, such as reviews of agency and publishing contracts.
WHAT: According to their website, "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."
FOR: Horror writers or aspiring horror authors.
PERKS: Networking resources such as conventions, meetings, and extensive online resources. Mentor program for new horror writers. Comprehensive contact information for agents who specialize in horror.
WHAT: According to their website, "We’re a global community of women with diverse backgrounds who share core common values," working on enriching women writers through resources and community.
FOR: Women writers and aspiring women writers.
PERKS: Regional writing intensives. Week-long conferences. Digital village of resources and information.
WHAT: According to 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."
FOR: Published and unpublished writers in the mystery genre.
PERKS: 71-year-old organization with thousands of members. Regional chapters where you can connect with other writers. Manuscript critique and mentorship programs. Newsletters and educational opportunities.
WHAT: According to their website, "National Novel Writing Month believes in the transformational power of creativity. We provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page."
FOR: Authors and writers.
PERKS: Supportive community and structure for month-long writing goals. Progress tracker for writing. Online pep talks and forums.
WHAT: According to their website, "the only labor union that represents freelance writers working in all genres, formats, and mediums."
FOR: All types of writers working in print, electronic, and multimedia formats.
PERKS: Access to informative webinars. Contract and grievance help. Community of 1,300 freelance writers to draw on for advice.
WHAT: According to 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.”
FOR: Lovers of the romance genre who are 18 or older. RWA is great for published and unpublished writers who love the romance genre—including YA romance!
PERKS: Network of over 10,000 members from across the globe. Local and online chapters where you can connect with other writers. Contests for published and unpublished authors. Conferences for connecting with fellow writers and industry leaders. Access to newsletters, educational materials, and subscriptions on topics and products related to the romance genre. Home of the RITA Awards.
WHAT: According to their website, “SFWA is an organization for published authors and industry professionals in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and related genres.”
FOR: Authors, artists, editors, and other industry professionals who meet the following eligibility requirements.
PERKS: Community with other science fiction and fantasy writers. Assistance with book promotion. Assistance with contracts and legal matters. Access to educational materials, especially for new and aspiring authors. Home of the Nebula Awards.
WHAT: According to their website, "She Writes is the largest community for women writers at every stage of their writing lives, working in every genre and representing every generation, all around the world. We are committed to supporting, encouraging, and educating writers, providing them with a place that is both inspirational and practical."
FOR: Women authors and writers.
PERKS: Community of 30,000 members active online. Database of articles and useful online content.
WHAT: According to their website, “the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is a non-profit, 501 (c)3 organization which is 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.”
FOR: Aspiring and published children’s book authors and/or illustrators.
PERKS: The largest children’s writing network in the world with over 20,000 members. Regional chapters where you can connect with other writers. Awards and grants for published and unpublished authors. Conferences for connecting with fellow writers and industry leaders. Access to “The Book,” a living compilation of literary agent and book reviewer directories, helpful articles for aspiring writers, and more.