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Local/Regional Organizations
There are literally hundreds of state and regional groups for writers -- far too many to list! To locate a group in your area, try doing a Google search for "writers group [your state]". Or check these lists:

ForWriters.com: Groups
http://www.forwriters.com/groups.html
National/international groups are listed first; scroll down for local groups.

Writer's Groups and Author Associations
http://www.bookmarket.com/writers.htm

General Organizations
The American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA)
http://asja.org

Arts Council of England
http://www.artscouncil.org.uk

Authors Guild
https://www.authorsguild.org
Criteria for full membership: a book or three short stories or articles. Member benefits: Authors Guild Bulletin, the Author's Registry, contract advice, legal information, member weblinks, health insurance, etc.

Association of Authors' Representatives
http://aaronline.org/
The primary organization of literary agents, with FAQs, a "canon of ethics," and a list of members.

Canadian Authors' Association
https://canadianauthors.org/national/

Freelancers Union
https://www.freelancersunion.org/

International Association of Aspiring Authors
http://www.associationofaspiringauthors.com/

International Women's Writing Guild
http://www.iwwg.org/

National Association of Independent Writers and Editors
https://naiwe.com/

National League of American Pen Women
http://www.nlapw.org/
"The NLAPW offers a place for women artists, writers, composers and choreographers to and enrich their professional lives through networking, professional development, exhibits, concerts, publications and service to the community." Not limited to writers!

National Writers' Association
http://www.nationalwriters.com/page/page/1963103.htm

National Writers Union
https://nwu.org
Criteria for full membership: a book, a play, three articles, five poems, a short story, or an equal amount of nonfiction. Member benefits: American Writer, job hotline, grievance committee, libel and health insurance, press pass, local chapters, member weblinks, publication rights and contract advice, etc.

Novelists Inc.
https://ninc.com/
"Ninc is the only writers organization devoted exclusively to the needs of multi-published novelists."

Poets & Writers
https://www.pw.org/
"The nation's largest nonprofit literary organization serving poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers."

Professional Writers Association of Canada
https://pwac.ca/

Women's National Book Association
http://www.wnba-books.org/

The Writer's Union of Canada
https://www.writersunion.ca

Children's Writing
CANSCAIP
https://www.canscaip.org
Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators, and Performers

Children's Book Council (CBC)
http://www.cbcbooks.org
Information on writing children's books, submission guidelines, tips for writers and illustrators, and links to authors' and illustrators' home pages.

Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI)
https://www.scbwi.org
The only professional organization dedicated to serving people who write, illustrate, or share a vital interest in children's literature.

Christian Writers
American Christian Fiction Writers
https://www.acfw.com/

Heart of America Christian Writers Network
http://www.hacwn.org/

Inscribe Christian Writers Fellowship
http://inscribe.org

Word Guild
https://thewordguild.com
Canadian organization of Christian authors.

Editing, Business, and Technical Writing
American Medical Writers Association
http://www.amwa.org/
Provides conferences, certificate programs, and a freelance directory of medical communication services.

American Society of Business Publication Editors
http://www.asbpe.org/

Association for Business Communication
http://businesscommunication.org/

Editorial Freelancers Association
http://www.the-efa.org/

Editors Association of Canada
http://www.editors.ca

Professional Association of Resume Writers
http://www.parw.com/index.html

Professional Editors' Group (South Africa)
http://www.editors.org.za/

Professional Editors' Network
http://www.pensite.org/

Society for Technical Communication (STC)
http://www.stctoronto.org/

Genre Organizations
American Crime Writers League
http://www.acwl.org/index.html
"A professional organization restricted to currently active writers published in the United States in the field of crime fiction and true crime."

British Science Fiction Association
http://www.bsfa.co.uk/

Carl Brandon Society
http://carlbrandon.org
"The mission of the Carl Brandon Society is to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the production of and audience for speculative fiction."

Crime Writers Association
http://www.thecwa.co.uk/
British mystery writers' organization; includes extensive list of author-member websites.

Crime Writers of Canada
http://www.crimewriterscanada.com

Erotica Readers & Writers Association
https://www.erotica-readers.com/erotica-authors-resources/

Horror Writers Association
http://horror.org
Criteria for full membership: a novel or three short stories sold to professional markets. Member benefits: monthly market newsletter, member only anthologies, meetings at World Horror Conventions, regional meetings, chat rooms, newsgroups, etc.

International Association of Crime Writers
http://www.crimewritersna.org/

Mystery Writers of America
http://mysterywriters.org
Awards: Edgars. Criteria for full membership: a novel, several short stories or screenplay. Member benefits: The Third Degree newsletter, local chapters, regional meetings, national conference (Bouchercon), grievance committee, member weblinks, etc.

Romance Writers of America
https://www.rwa.org
Awards given: RITA and Golden Heart. Criteria for full membership - a published novel. Benefits: Romance Writers Report, chat rooms, newsgroups, member weblinks, local chapters, national convention, health and life insurance, etc.

Romance Writers of Australia
http://romanceaustralia.com/

Romantic Novelists Association (UK)
http://www.rna-uk.org/

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA)
http://www.sfwa.org
Awards given: Nebula and Andre Norton. Criteria for full membership: a novel or three short stories sold to professional markets. Member benefits: The Bulletin magazine and The Forum newsletter, chat rooms, newsgroups, member links, emergency medical fund, legal fund, grievance committee, meetings at WorldCon and regional conventions, etc.

SF Canada
http://www.sfcanada.org/

Sisters in Crime
http://www.sistersincrime.org
Membership: writers, fans, editors, booksellers, etc. Working to "combat discrimination against women in the mystery field." Benefits: writers' resources, member links, bookseller information, local chapters, a catalogue of member's writing, etc.

Western Writers of America
http://westernwriters.org
Awards: Spurs. Criteria for full membership: three books, thirty articles or a screenplay. Member benefits: Roundup Magazine, national convention, member weblinks, etc.

Women Writing the West
http://www.womenwritingthewest.org
Membership: writers, fans and others promoting the Women's West, one "that speaks to the diversity of women of all cultures and all time periods." Benefits: writers' resources, a national conference, a newsletter, the Willa awards, a catalogue of member's writing, etc.

Ghostwriting
Association of Ghostwriters
http://associationofghostwriters.org

Journalism
American Society of Newspaper Editors
http://asne.org/

Association of Food Journalists
https://www.afjonline.com
This organization includes both freelance food journalists and those on staff at newspapers, magazines, and internet services.

Criminal Justice Journalists
https://crimjj.wordpress.com/

National Press Photographers Association
https://nppa.org/

National Society of Newspaper Columnists
http://www.columnists.com

Society of Environmental Journalists
http://www.sej.org/

Society of Professional Journalists
http://www.spj.org/

Nonfiction - Topical
Association of Food Journalists
http://www.afjonline.com
This organization includes both freelance food journalists and those on staff at newspapers, magazines, and internet services.

Cat Writer's Association
http://catwriters.com/wp_meow/
For writers in any field relating to cats: fiction, nonfiction, scripts, audio, etc.

Dog Writers Association of America
https://dogwriters.org/
For writers in any field relating to dogs: fiction, nonfiction, scripts, audio, etc.

Garden Writers' Association
http://www.gardenwriters.org/?p=index.html

International Association of Culinary Professionals
https://www.iacp.com
This organization includes food writers, cookbook authors, cooking school owners, chefs, caterers, teachers, food stylists and photographers; one section is devoted to Food Writers and Editors.

International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association
http://ifwtwa.org/
This organization consists of professional food, wine and travel journalists in 28 countries; travel and hospitality industry organizations are associate members.

The National Association of Science Writers
https://www.nasw.org

Outdoor Writers of America
http://owaa.org/

Public Safety Writers Association
http://policewriter.com/wordpress/
The organization is open to writers who are members of the public safety family -- police officers, civilian police personnel, firefighters, fire support personnel, emergency personnel, security personnel, others in the public safety field as well as those who write about public safety issues.

Poetry & Greeting Cards
Academy of American Poets
https://www.poets.org/
A membership site for poets, including contests, publicity, and advertising.

League of Canadian Poets
http://poets.ca/

Poetry Society of America
http://www.poetrysociety.org/psa/

Poets & Writers
http://www.pw.org/
"The nation's largest nonprofit literary organization serving poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers."

Publishing
The American Book Producers Association
http://abpaonline.org/
A trade group for book packagers. The site includes an extensive membership list.

Association of American Publishers
http://publishers.org/
"We are America's premier publishers of high-quality entertainment, education, scientific and professional content."

AAP PreK-12 Learning Group
http://publishers.org/our-markets/prek-12-learning
Formerly an independent organization, now a subdivision of the Association of American Publishers.

APSS - The Association of Publishers for Special Sales
http://community.bookapss.org/
Formerly SPAN. Now run by Brian Jud, "The APSS mission is to become known as the premier source of information, education and help for publishers of high-quality content published in printed, electronic or audio form for sale to consumers, non-bookstore retailers and non-retail buyers.

Council of Literary Magazines and Presses
http://www.clmp.org
Offers an extensive online member directory, and also a larger directory for sale.

Independent Book Publishers Association
http://www.ibpa-online.org/
Organization for self-publishers and small presses.

Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network (SPAWN)
http://spawn.org
Offers a monthly newsletter, e-book store with writing-related books, and archives of back issues of newsletters with articles on writing, publishing and web topics.

Scripts and Screenwriting
Australian Writers Guild
https://awg.com.au/

British Film Institute
http://www.bfi.org.uk/
Information on the UK film industry.

The Dramatists' Guild
https://www.dramatistsguild.com/
"The only professional association which advances the interests of playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists writing for the living stage."

Playwrights Union of Canada
http://www.playwrightsguild.ca/

Writers Guild of America
http://www.wga.org
Criteria for full membership: a screenplay sold or film-related literary work done for a Guild signatory. Member benefits: Written By magazine, member weblinks, insurance, pension, credit union, script registration, strike fund, etc.

Writers Guild of Canada
http://www.writersguildofcanada.com/

Writers' Guild of Great Britain
https://writersguild.org.uk/
"The Writers' Guild of Great Britain supports writers across media including books, film, online, radio, theatre, TV and videogames."

Travel Writing
British Guild of Travel Writers
http://bgtw.org/

International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association
http://ifwtwa.org/
This organization consists of professional food, wine and travel journalists in 28 countries; travel and hospitality industry organizations are associate members.

The Society of American Travel Writers
http://www.satw.org/

International Organizations
Arts Council of England
http://www.artscouncil.org.uk

Australian Writers Guild
http://www.awg.com.au/
Screenwriting guild.

British Film Institute
http://www.bfi.org.uk/
Information on the UK film industry.

British Guild of Travel Writers
https://bgtw.org/

British Science Fiction Association
http://www.bsfa.co.uk/

Canadian Authors' Association
http://canadianauthors.org/national/

Canadian Poetry Association
http://canadianpoetryassociation.webs.com/

CANSCAIP
http://www.canscaip.org
Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators, and Performers

Crime Writers Association
http://www.thecwa.co.uk/
British mystery writers' organization; includes extensive list of author-member websites.

Crime Writers of Canada
http://www.crimewriterscanada.com

Editors Association of Canada
http://www.editors.ca

League of Canadian Poets
http://poets.ca/

The National Association of Writers' Groups (UK)
http://www.nawg.co.uk/

Playwrights Union of Canada
http://www.playwrightsguild.ca/

Professional Editors' Group (South Africa)
http://www.editors.org.za/

Professional Writers Association of Canada
http://www.pwac.ca/

Romance Writers of Australia
http://romanceaustralia.com/

SF Canada
http://www.sfcanada.org/

Society for Technical Communication (STC) (Canada)
http://www.stctoronto.org/
Articles, links, and other resources for technical writers and communicators.

Word Guild
http://www.thewordguild.com
Canadian organization of Christian authors.

Writers Guild of Canada
http://www.writersguildofcanada.com/
Screenwriting guild.

Writers' Guild of Great Britain
https://www.writersguild.org.uk/
"The Writers' Guild of Great Britain supports writers across media including books, film, online, radio, theatre, TV and videogames."

The Writer's Union of Canada
http://www.writersunion.ca

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