Writers Associations provide many benefits for members, including newsletters,
competitions, media mailings, networking, writing resources and support.
There is, of course, a cost involved with these benefits so investigate
carefully to see which association is best suited to your needs.
This listing is for informational purposes only and is not an endorsement
by eBook Crossroads.
Writers Associations Directory
Academy of American Poets
Founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers
and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry. The largest
writers association in the country dedicated to the art of poetry, the Academy
sponsors programs nationally.
American Christian Fiction Writers
"To encourage writers of Christian fiction, develop their skills,
educate them in the market and be a fellowship for writers of
like interests." Benefits include critique groups, writing courses,
free advertising of upcoming books, awards, and many other resources.
American Crime Writers League
Formed in the late 1980s by a group of writers who wanted a private forum
to exchange ideas and interact with other writers.
American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA)
Founded in 1948, the American Society of Journalists and Authors is the
nation's leading writers association of independent nonfiction writers.
Asian American Journalists Association
The mission of AAJA is to encourage Asian Pacific Americans to enter the
ranks of journalism , work for fair and accurate coverage of Asian Pacific
Americans and to increase the number of Asian Pacific American journalists
and news managers in the industry.
Australian Society Of Authors
The ASA was developed "to promote and protect the rights of Australia's
authors and illustrators". This writers association provides a contract advisory service,
runs mentorships for new and emerging writers and offers advice about writing,
copyright and publishing.
The Authors Guild is a professional organization for published authors and
freelance writers that provides support and services for the improvement of
contracts and royalty statements, protection of authors' rights. The Guild
also lobbies on the national and local levels on behalf of all authors on
issues such as copyright, taxation, and freedom of expression.
British Crime Writers Association
Organization offers support for published writers of detective novels, suspense,
spy fiction, thrillers, legal tales, private-eye novels, true crime and related
genres. Membership is open to authors of all nationalaties.
Canadian Authors Association
"The CAA is Canada's national writing association. If you are looking for the type of
support only a large national writers association can give you combined with the
friendliness of local branches then the CAA is for you. "Writers Helping
Writers" is more than a motto -- it expresses our commitment to beginning
and established writers alike."
Canadian Society of Childrens Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP)
"For over twenty years, CANSCAIP has been instrumental in the support and
promotion of children's literature through newsletters, workshops, meetings
and other information programs for authors, parents, teachers, librarians,
publishers, and others."
The Electronic Literature Organization
"Our mission is to facilitate and promote the writing, publishing, and
reading of literature in electronic media."
Fellowship Of Australian Writers
The "FAW is active on behalf of writers in areas such as government policy,
literary awards, professional advice, representation of writers' rights and
the promotion of literature".
Historical Novel Society
Promotes all aspects of historical fiction by providing support and opportunities
for new writers, a community for authors, readers, agents and publishers and
information for students, booksellers and librarians,
HTML Writers Guild
"The (HWG) was founded in 1994 as the world's leading educational
organization for Web developers, with over 150,000 members in more than
160 countries world-wide. In 2001 the Guild joined with the International
Webmasters Association to form IWA-HWG, the premier association for the
growth and development of the Web profession."
International Women's Writing Guild
The Guild describes itself as being 'a network for the personal and
professional empowerment of women through writing' Among other projects
that they sponsor include a Calendar of Events throughout the year and an
Annual IWWG Conference.
Military Writers Society of America
"An association of authors, poets, and artists, drawn together by the
common bond of military service. Most of our members are active duty
military, retirees, or military veterans."
Mystery Writers Of America
A writers association "for mystery writers and other professionals in the
mystery field. MWA watches developments in legislation and tax law,
sponsors symposia and mystery conferences, presents the Edgar Awards, and
provides information for mystery writers. Membership in MWA is open to
published authors, editors, screenwriters, and other professionals in the
National Association of Independent Writers and Editors
The NAIWE is a professional association that embraces both commercial and
literary writers and editors. The association links independent professionals
with the information, support, and resources they need to build a thriving business.
National Writers Association
The NWA "provides education and an ethical resource for writers at all levels
of experience." This organization sponsors annual contests, offers contract reviews,
manuscript critiques, research findings relevant to writers, editing services,
a professional freelancers directory and more to members.
The National Writers Union
"The National Writers Union is more than just another writers association
- it is the only labor union that represents freelance writers in all
genres, formats, and media".
Native American Journalists Association
"The Native American Journalists Association serves and empowers Native
journalists through programs and actions designed to enrich journalism and
promote Native cultures." This writers association offers fellowships,
scholarships, workshops and more.
"Novelists, Inc. keeps its members connected, communicating,
and well-informed while striving to better the status of fiction writers."
New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc)
"The New Zealand Society of Authors is open to writers of every genre, published
or unpublished. PEN NZ Writers Association supports writers through advocacy and
representation, providing programmes and services and our affiliation to
Poetry Book Society, UK
Founded by T.S.Eliot to promote a love and understanding of contemporary poetry,
the PBS today, is a unique membership organization which exists to update people
around the world with the best new poetry being published in the UK and Ireland.
Poetry Society Of America
The oldest poetry writers association in the US, offering support for all poets from
professionals to unpublished writers.
Romance Writers Of America
"RWA provides its members with the wonderful opportunity to share experiences
with other writers, to gain insights into publishing, as well as the art
and craft of writing, and to meet industry professionals. Together, we are
a strong and determined voice; a voice for romance with the media, and a
voice for writers to the publishing industry."
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
"SFWA(SM) 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 association in existence."
Sisters In Crime
The by-laws state that the purpose of Sisters in Crime is "to combat
discrimination against women in the mystery field, educate publishers and
the general public as to inequities in the treatment of female authors,
raise awareness of their contribution to the field, and promote the
professional advancement of women who write mysteries."
Small Publishers, Artists, and Writers Network provides opportunities for
everyone involved in publishing. SPAWN encourages the exchange of ideas,
information, and other mutual benefits. This site offers you information
on writing and publishing. It also offers links to research sources,
publishers, printers, and the media.
Western Writers Of America
A writers association that actively helps its members promote their books
and articles, and aggressively promotes the literature of the American west,
which it considers this country's unique contribution to world literature.
Writers Guild Of America
"The WGA represents writers in the motion picture, broadcast, cable and
new technologies industries."
Writers Guild Of Canada
This writers association provides industry standard writing contracts, ensures
contracts comply with the collective agreements, pursues royalties and resolves
disputes on working conditions, payments and writing credits.