National Organizations for Writers

Academy of American Poets

Supports American poets at all stages of their careers and fosters the appreciation of contemporary poetry through nationally sponsored programs.

American Crime Writer’s League

Online idea exchange founded by a group of writers.

American Society of Journalists and Authors

Organization for freelance writers.

Asian American Writers’ Workshop

Resource for writers, readers and publishers on literature written by Asians living in America.

The Associated Writing Programs

Serves writers, writing programs and writers conferences and centers since 1967.

Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers

Fosters appreciation of the value of literary studies and of a common literary culture.

Author’s Guild

Society of published authors advocating for fair compensation, free speech and copyright protection.

Black Writers Alliance

Online resource to educate, inform, support and empower aspiring and published Black writers.

Horror Writers Association (HWA)

Worldwide organization of writers and publishing professionals dedicated to promoting the interests of writers of horror and dark fantasy.

International Women’s Writing Guild

Network for the personal and professional empowerment of women through writing.

Lambda Literary Foundation

The Lambda Literary Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender literature.

Mystery Writers of America, Inc.

Professional organization of mystery and crime writers in all categories: fiction, screenplays and staged plays and nonfiction.

National Book Critics Circle (NBCC)

NBCC, founded in 1974, consists of nearly 700 active book reviewers, interested in communicating with one another about common concerns.

National Writers Association

Organization serving readers, writers, film producers, agents and editors.

National Writers Union

Trade union for freelance writers working in U.S. markets.

Novelists, Inc.

Coalition of multi-published writers of popular fiction dedicated to serving the professional needs of its members.

PEN American Center

Fellowship of writers to advance literature, to promote the culture of reading, and to defend free expression.

Poetry Society of America

Sponsors readings, seminars, and competitions intended to challenge and inspire readers and writers of poetry.

Romance Writers of America

Provides networking and support to individuals seriously pursuing a career in romance fiction.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.

Organization of writers of speculative fiction and other forms of genre fiction.

Sisters in Crime

International organization of readers and writers dedicated  to promoting the professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry.
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Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Professional organization dedicated to serving the people who write, illustrate, or share a vital interest in children’s literature.

Small Publishers, Artists, and Writers Network (SPAWN)

Provides opportunities for authors, illustrators, graphic designers, photographers, editors, self-publishers, and others involved in the process of publishing to exchange ideas and information.

Teachers & Writers Collaborative

Brings writers and educators together in collaborations that explore the connections between writing and reading literature and that generate new ideas and materials.

Writers Guild of America

Union representing writers in the motion picture, broadcast, cable and new media industries.