NATIONAL & REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Associated Writing Programs
Mail Stop 1E3
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030
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 amplify the voices of writers and the academic programs and organizations that serve them while championing diversity and excellence in creative writing.
Community of Literary Magazines and Presses
154 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
CLMP ensures a vibrant, diverse literary landscape by helping small literary publishers work better. We communicate the art of literary publishing to readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, educators, funders and other literary stakeholders, and work to bring all of these communities together. CLMP carries out this mission so that essential literary voices from all corners can make their way from writers to readers.
440 Bartow Avenue
Kennesaw, GA 30144
To connect creatives across the state of Georgia and beyond, to uplift marginalized voices, facilitate accessibility within the community, and connect writers so that they can learn from each other.
The Horror Writers Association 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.
International Women’s Writing Guild
P.O. Box 810
New York, NY 10028-0082
IWWG’s mission is to build a vibrant global literary arts community that empowers women writers through learning experiences that foster personal and professional growth.
925 SW Washington Street
Portland, Oregon 97205
Literary Arts is a community-based nonprofit with a mission to engage readers, support writers, and inspire the next generation with great literature. Our programs create opportunities for readers and writers of all ages and walks of life to engage with books and stories. Join us and explore our programming in concert halls, in classrooms, in our community space, and on the radio.
LitNet is a coalition of literary organizations from across the United States that works to promote the importance of the literary arts in American culture, build the capacity of the literary field, and broaden funding for the literary arts.
MWA is the premier organization for mystery and crime writers, professionals allied to the crime-writing field, aspiring crime writers, and folks who just love to read crime fiction.
National Writers Union
113 University Place
New York, NY 10003
The NWU is the only labor union that represents freelance writers working in all genres, formats, and mediums. With the combined strength of more than 1,300 members in 12 local chapters , the NWU works to advance the economic status and working conditions of writers.
North Carolina Writers Network
PO Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120
The North Carolina Writers’ Network connects, promotes, and serves the writers of this state. We provide education in the craft and business of writing, opportunities for recognition and critique of literary work, resources for writers at all stages of development, support for and advocacy of the literary heritage of North Carolina, and a community for those who write. The North Carolina Writers’ Network believes that writing is necessary both for self-expression and a healthy community, that well-written words can connect people across time and distance, and that the deeply satisfying experiences of writing and reading should be available to everyone.
Pen (Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists, Novelists)
NY, NY 10003
PEN has grappled with the challenges to literature and freedom for nearly one hundred years, beginning just after World War I to the buildup and eruption of World War II, then throughout the Cold War and the fall of the Soviet Union and into today’s more nuanced climate worldwide. It has responded to modern history’s most dramatic turns, and its activists and advocates have included the most celebrated intellectuals of each era as well as countless, tireless and dedicated global members fighting to ensure that the right to write, speak, read and publish freely is forever at the heart of our global culture.
PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible. Founded in 1922, PEN America is the largest of the more than 100 centers worldwide that make up the PEN International network. PEN America works to ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to create literature, to convey information and ideas, to express their views, and to access the views, ideas, and literatures of others.
444 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-4034
Poetry Society of America
15 Gramercy Park West
New York, NY 10003
The Poetry Society of America places poetry at the crossroads of American life. The PSA transforms public spaces into sites for imaginative encounters with poems, engages diverse and often underserved communities, amplifies the voices of poets around issues of common concern, and honors their aesthetic contributions to our lives.
Poets & Writers
72 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012
M-F 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Founded in 1970, Poets & Writers is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers. Our mission is to foster the professional development of poets and writers, to promote communication throughout the literary community, and to help create an environment in which literature can be appreciated by the widest possible public. P&W’s programs include its eponymous magazine; a dynamic, information-rich website; financial support for readings and other literary events; and sponsorship of several notable writing prizes and awards.
Romance Writers of America
3707 FM 1960 West
Houston, TX 77068
Romance Writers of America® 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. RWA works to support the efforts of its members to earn a living, to make a full-time career out of writing romance—or a part-time one that generously supplements their main income.
Founded in 1965, SFWA is an organization for published authors and industry professionals in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and related genres. Our purpose is to promote, advance, and support science fiction and fantasy writing in the United States and elsewhere, by educating and informing the general public and supporting and empowering science fiction and fantasy writers.
1800 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, South Arts is a nonprofit regional arts organization empowering artists, organizations, and communities, and increasing access to arts and culture. In partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the State Arts Agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, with additional funding from other public and private donors, South Arts supports artists and organizations through a rich and responsive portfolio of grants, fellowships, and programs.
Western Writers of America, Inc., was founded in 1953 to promote the literature of the American West and bestow Spur Awards for distinguished writing in the Western field. The founders were largely authors who wrote traditional Western fiction, but the organization swiftly expanded to include historians and other nonfiction authors, young adult and romance writers, and writers interested in regional history.
Writers in the Schools Alliance
1414 Sul Ross Street
Houston, TX 77006
The Writers in the Schools Alliance (WITS Alliance) is a professional network of literary arts education programs and individuals who serve K-12 students and provide professional development for their teachers. Members, whether individuals or organizations, engage children in the joy and power of reading and writing through long-term writer-in-residency programs in their classrooms. Intensive literary arts instruction enhances the public school environment and gives children the opportunity to develop effective communication and critical thinking skills. As a result students are empowered both emotionally and academically and are better prepared for the future.