10 Best Organizations for Writers
Here is our list of 10 best organizations for writers. Join these organizations if you can, they have a great deal to offer writers. These are not in any particular order. Some of these sites will be better for you than others.
Writing is a lonely profession, many times, organizations give writers a chance to be around others who share a common lonely experience.
We want to make this disclaimer: we have not joined and are not members of all of these groups. Please do more research before joining!
This is also part of our 102 Best Sites for Writers. Look for more coming soon.
1. Horror Writing Association
This is a terrific organization of professional writers. They offer many programs that help horror writers. They even have a “mentoring” program for young writers. If you write horror you should be a member.
2. Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association of America
This organization has members who give great advice to one another. They have very good resources for Science Fiction and Fantasy. Please take a look at their Why Join SFWA.
3. Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
This organization is very good at helping Children’s authors navigate the world of publishing. They offer grants and other programs for writers.
4. The Author’s Guild
You must be a published writer to join, but members enjoy many perks. They even have free contract review! Take a look.
5. American Society of Journalists and Authors
These guys deal with non-fiction writers. This is a very lonely section of the writers population. Non-fiction writers and journalist can enjoy many benefits of this society. Take a look at their Why Join ASJA page.
6. Romance Writers of American
Lonely Romance writers can find companionship on this site. They even have an online community. Check out their services.
7. The National Writers Union
This group is for freelance writers. Check out their Members Benefits page.
8. National Association of Writers
They have been helping writers connect with each other since 1998. They are growing and may have a chapter in your state.
9. The International Women’s Guild
Here is a writing guild specifically built for women writers. Take look at what they offer.
10. National Novel Writing Month
This is different than the other organizations on the list. It is a group of writers, but they have a single goal. Every November (national novel writing month) they push their members to write a novel. If you write fiction, this can be a great thrill to try to push yourself as much as you can to write something great in only a month. Check them out.
st.magnus chibuike Nkemjika says
I am st.magnus chibuike Nkemjika, writer of epic
Is poetry society of america anywhere close to the list
Eleanor Prom says
If You Only Knew
To make this journey after the suicide of my husband, I learned not to have loved is not to have lived.
It also taught me the importance of being resilient while facing the challenges that came my way as a single parent, raising seven children ages four to fourteen.
I came to write this book because in 1975 two psychology professors suggested that I should put my pen to paper and tell my story. It was then I said, “Let’s wait until the youngest one is eighteen.” He is now fifty-two. My crusade is not my own, nor is it just to tell Ellie’s woes. It is for all widowed people who think or feel repressed with no way out.
Some of the names are changed in order to protect the dignity and privacy of others, as I felt tortured by the degree of ignorance many of them exhibited during the first year after my husband’s suicide.
It is not my goal to blame or embarrass anyone. I want to make something redemptive of my experience. Though my pain has healed, the memories will always be a part of me. I want to do this by sharing them in some way with others. If others experience similar events, reading my book may provide encouragement and possibly help them to say, “If she can do it, so can I.”
I want to inspire people to do small things in great ways with their lives. Small things done in a great way can make a difference in our society. That is the priceless experience of going it alone. If hearing my story were to help change the attitude of just one life, get one person to achieve and contribute, then my mission is successful.
SE Hudnall says
Why is the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association of America in strike-through? Is this an editing error or a change of opinion?
Alan K says
Good list. I signed up for a couple and found that I can make Social contacts to help me with my career. Thanks!
Kathleen Cook says
Your list is very valuable, but I think you missed one of the best ones. The Arizona Authors Association (arizonaauthors.org) has several virtual events, such as their quarterly Zoom Book Fairs, in which authors can spend five minutes discussing their latest books. This service is free to members, who also receive a full-page ad for any of their new book releases in the bi-monthly newsletter (also free to members). They also get a quarter page ad for free for their articles published. There’s a lot of value there and membership won’t break the bank at only $45 per year. We currently have well over 100 authors, some of them appear on the New York Times Best Seller List as well as in PBS specials. In addition, if you have an established authors’ organization, they will consider sharing links. Check it out!