40+ Writers Organizations to Know About

No matter what kind of writing you’re into, peers can be useful. Check out these organizations for online resources, career and legal aid, conferences, writing groups, and more.

General Writers Organizations 

Alliance of Independent Authors

An association for authors who self-publish with seminars and events specific to the self-publishing industry. Visit the site

American Society of Journalists and Authors

“ASJA’s mission is to be the voice and career resource for independent, entrepreneurial, professional nonfiction writers.” Visit the site

Association of Writers and Writing Programs

Per their website, “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.” Their conference is the place to be to learn more about the contemporary literary scene. Visit the site

Authors Alliance

A membership organization offering educational initiatives for authors of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, musicians, and journalists. They offer workshops and publications, such as handbooks on rights reversion and intellectual property.  Visit the site

Authors Guild

A members-based advocacy organization for authors. Robust online resources. Visit the site

Freelancers Union

Benefits of this union include deals on health, dental and life insurance, retirement plans, and discounts on freelancing services. Another benefit? An in-the-know freelancing community! Visit the site

The National Writers Union

The only labor union that represents freelance writers working in all genres, formats, and mediums. Visit the site

Pen America

An international community of writers, editors, translators, and readers who are working to defend free expression, support persecuted writers, and promote literary culture.

Visit the site


VIDA is a feminist nonprofit whose mission is creating transparency around the lack of gender equality in the literary community and amplifying marginalize voices. Visit the site


Organizations for Specific Communities

Anarchist Writers

Appalachian Writers

Asian American Journalists Association

Black Publishers and Writers Association

Disability Visibility Project

Lambda Literary (for LGBTQ writers)

Military Writers Society of America

Native American Journalists Association

Education Writers Association (journalists who cover education)


Organizations for Specific Genres

Academy of American Poets

Association for Women in Sports Media

Erotica Readers and Writers Association

International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association

Mystery Writers of America

National Association of Memoir Writers

National Association of Science Writers

National Sports Media Association

Nonfiction Authors Association

The Poetry Foundation

Poetry Society of America

Romance Writers of America

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America

Society of American Travel Writers

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Sports Journalists Association (UK)

Western Writers of America

Writers Guild of America (Represents TV and film writers) East and West

Horror Writers

Organizations Based on Specific Locations

Writers’ Trust of Canada

Gold Coast Writers (Australia)

Southeastern Writers (Southeast U.S.)

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