Here’s a great list of writers associations, writers groups, and organizations for writers! Many local writers organizations have affiliations with national groups, but some writing groups stand alone within their communities. If you want to find national writing associations, look no further! If you’re interested to find local writing groups, check out this great list we’ve compiled of writing groups by state.
Writing organizations offer wonderful resources for writers. Some writers associations or organizations are free; others charge membership fees. These fantastic writers associations can help you find a literary agent, arrange meetings with editors, go to writing conferences, learn craft techniques, and keep up with changes in the publishing industry.
Before you join a writers association or organization, be sure to ask a lot of questions to make sure that the group is appropriate for you!
Writers Associations: Organizations For Writers Of Fiction (Novels, Stories, Books)
American Christian Fiction Writers — A writers association for writers of Christian novels and stories.
Historical Novel Society — A great association of writers of historical fiction. Offers community, networking opportunities (agents, editors, publishers, booksellers), and more.
Novelists, Inc. — A professional writers organization for multi-published book authors.
Mystery Writers Of America — An organization for writers of mystery novels, as well as editors, screenwriters, and other professionals associated with the mystery genre.
Romance Writers Of America — The trade organization for writers of romantic fiction.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America — SFWA offers many resources for writers of speculative genres. A very vibrant and active writers association.
Sisters In Crime — A writers organization dedicated to the professional advancement of women who write in the crime and mystery genres.
Western Writers Of America — A writers association for authors whose work focuses on the American West.
Welcome To The NEA: Or, How To Get Money For Writing Stuff — One of the most consistently magnanimous supporters of the arts in America is the National Endowment for the Arts, which has numerous—and generous—grants available in all areas of the arts, including literature. Learn more about the NEA.
Women’s Fiction Writers Association — An inclusive organization of writers creating layered stories in which the plot is driven by the main character’s emotional journey.
Nonfiction Writers Associations And Organizations
American Society Of Journalists And Authors (ASJA) — For independent nonfiction writers and freelancers.
Asian American Journalists Association — A writers organization for new and veteran journalists who are Asian Pacific Americans.
National Association Of Memoir Writers — For writers of all levels who are writing memoir, personal essays, and nonfiction.
Native American Journalists Association — A writing organization for Native American journalism. Offers many opportunities for professional advancement.
Nonfiction Authors Association — Their primary focus is helping their members with educational resources and community support for marketing nonfiction books.
Poetry: Organizations For Poets
Poetry Society Of America — An association of writers who love poetry in all forms. Welcomes published and unpublished poets.
Academy Of American Poets — Regularly sponsors national poetry events and poetry publications in order to advocate poetry. Membership dues for this writing association help pay for programs.
Writers Associations: General And Specific Interests
Association of Writers And Writing Programs — For writers and teachers affiliated with college and university writing programs.
Authors Guild — A professional organization for writers, great for keeping up with the changing face of the publishing industry and issues related to copyright protection.
The Catholic Writers Guild — For writers of all kinds who share the Catholic faith.
Cat Writers Association — A community for writers who specialize in cats.
Dog Writers Association of America —A community for writers who specialize in dogs.
Erotica Readers And Writers — An association of writers and readers of erotic writing.
Islamic Writers Alliance — Members include “published and aspiring writers, editors, artists, publishers, journalists, playwrights, Web designers, retailers, and marketing consultants.”
The National Writers Union — A freelance writers union for authors in all genres: This group is a trade organization that advocates for the rights of authors.
International Association For Journal Writing — A writers association that focuses on journaling and creative expression.
International Women’s Writing Guild — An association of women writers developed for networking and offering mutual support.
Military Writers Society Of America — An organization for writers, poets, and artists who focus on military service. Encourages memoir writing, writing as therapy, and education about publishing.
National Association Of Independent Writers And Editors — From the website: This writers association includes “novelists, copywriters and copyeditors, writing coaches, proofreaders, magazine writers, writing teachers, business writers and editors, academic writing evaluators, writers of literature for children, fiction editors and other specialists.”
National Writers Association — A writers association for all levels and genres that offers some professional services, such as contract review and critique.
Pacific Northwest Writers Association — A Northwest writers association “to develop the writing talent through education, accessibility to the publishing industry, and participation in an interactive, vital writer community.”
PEN America Center — An organization with global reach that defends the right to expression through the written word.
Small Publishers, Artists, And Writers Network — (SPAWN) An inclusive writers group for independent-minded writers, publishers, printers, and members of the media.
Society of Children’s Book Writers And Illustrators — An association for writers of books for children.
Texas Association Of Authors — The only organization in Texas whose focus is to promote the authors within the great state of Texas itself. Texas Authors leverages the knowledge and expertise of many different authors to help promote others within the world of reading and writing.
Women’s National Book Association — A national organization of women and men who work with and value books.
Writers Guild Of America — Two writers organizations (east and west) that represent writers in motion pictures, broadcasting, and other media.
More! Find A Local Writing Group, Association, Or Organization
Want to find a local writing group? A writers association that meets close to home? Finding the right group may be easier than you think! If you want to find more writers associations, here’s where to start:
Your local library. Librarians know a lot about local writers organizations and groups. Your neighbors may be writing and you don’t even know it. Stop by your local library’s circ desk and ask about local writing groups or clubs.
Your local bookstore. Many independent bookstores host groups of creative writers, who gather for critique, feedback, and support. Support your local bookseller and connect with like-minded writers!
Meetup.com. This website (or another like it) can help you connect with writers who share your interests. As always, take precautions when joining any new group!
This list of writers associations and organizations has been a labor of love to writers who want to connect with others and advance their careers!
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