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Groups - USA National

 

Here are selected links to national writers' groups in the United States. Writers' groups in specific states will be added over time.
  • Writers Relief List of Writers Associations - This is an extensive list of American writers groups. The national ones have been listed below, but there are many generalized and specific interest groups that have not. (cat writers, dog writers, erotica writers, etc.) Check out this listing if you're looking for a topic specific group.

 

  • Academy of American Poets - sponsors the annual Walt Whitman Award among other things.
  • American Christian Fiction Writers - this group's focus is on advancing Christian fiction. Though an American group, its 2600 member come from around the is world.
  • American Society of Journalists and Authors - a professional organization of independent non-fiction writers, ASJA has been helping writers since 1948 with professional development, workshops, marketing information and more. It has over 1200 members. Writers must meet certain standards to be eligible to join.
  • Asian American Journalists Association - this non-profit educational and professional association has 21 chapters across the US. The group promotes diversity in American journalism and accuracy of reporting on Asian matters.
  • Meetup - Meetup is a fantastic website if you want to join a group of people with similar interests. For writers groups in your area, simply click on the link, change the distance and location in the search bar to your specifications (e.g. within 50 miles of New York), type writers or writing into the search bar and click the magnifying glass icon.
  • Mystery Writers of America - this group "is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre". They sponsor the annual Edgar Awards.
  • Native American Journalists Association - NAJA "serves and empowers Native journalists through programs and actions designed to enrich journalism and promote Native cultures".
  • National Association of Memoir Writers - the association offers workshops, twice monthly teleseminars and specialized resources for memoir writers.
  • Poetry Society of America - founded in 1910, the PSA is America's oldest poetry organization. Their mission is to promote poeetry and support poets with a variety of programs and awards.
  • Romance Writers of America - RWA promotes the interests of romance writers through education, networking and awards. They have over 10,000 members including both published and unpublished writers.
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America - a professional organization for sci-fi and fantasy writers. Former members include Isaac Asimov, Anne McCaffrey, Ray Bradbury and Andre Norton.
  • Sisters in Crime - their mission is to "help women who write, review, buy, or sell crime fiction". The group was founded in 1986 and has chapters across the United States as well as one in Toronto, Canada.
  • Western Writers of America - this organization was founded in 1953 to promote the literature of the American West. It sponsors the annual Spur Awards.

 

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