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If you’re an author, chances are you’ve given some thought to joining writing organizations, if you haven’t already. The question is: Which organizations are the best to join. Here is a list to point you in the right direction:
This organizations specializes in nonfiction writers. It is open mainly to freelance writers. It represents “freelancers’ interests, serving as spokesman for their right to control and profit from uses of their work in the new media and otherwise.”
According to the organization, it advocates “for the rights of writers by supporting free speech, fair contracts, and copyright. We create community and we fight for a living wage.” The organization is open to published novelists, poets, historians and journalists.
This organization is aimed at freelance writers and editors. The goal is to support writers and editors throughout all stages of their career and foster both their creativity and their business savvy.
The association grants scholarships to aspiring writers through its foundation. It has chapters in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, Virginia, Colorado and Hawaii.
The union hosts a database of users, potential clients can peruse. Membership is open to large variety of writers including novelists, bloggers, poets, screenwriters and ghostwriters. Editors are free to join as well.
The union’s mission is to “to promote and protect the rights, interests, and economic advancement of members; to organize writers to improve professional working conditions through collective bargaining action; and to provide professional services to members.”
A group for “multi-published” authors, the goal is to connect authors, demystifying the publishing industry and share knowledge.
The goal of this organization is to provide “information, resources and opportunities for anyone involved in or interested in publishing, whether they are an author, freelance writer, artist or own a publishing company.”
In addition to these, there also are numerous genre specific writing organizations.
This is by no means a complete list. If you have any writing organizations in mind that you think should be on the list, let me know.
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