Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Writing Groups

Hey all! For Inside The Publishing World Wednesday, I thought I'd tell everyone about my writing groups. I could not have gotten published without them. Some of them are regional, so look around your area for similar finds.

1. The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

"The SCBWI acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people. It serves as a consolidated voice for professional writers and illustrators the world over.  As a unified body, the SCBWI acts as a powerful force to effect important changes within the field of children's literature, promoting new copyright legislation, equitable treatment of authors and artists, and fair contract terms.  There are currently more than 22,000 members worldwide, in over 70 regional chapters writing and illustrating in all genres for young readers from board books to young adult (YA) novels, making it the largest children's writing organization in the world."- from website.

2. Pacific Northwest Writers Association (PNWA)-

"Our mission is to develop the writing talent from pen to publication through education, accessibility to the publishing industry, and participation in an interactive, vital writer community."- from website.

3. LDS Storymakers- - A guild for LDS/Mormon authors.

"We are dedicated to increasing the quality of LDS literature and to offer support and encouragement to all published LDS authors." -from Website.

4. American Night Writers Association- (ANWA)

"The purpose of our Association is to encourage, assist, educate, and motivate members to write, and if they desire, to publish their work. LDS women writers, from beginners to published authors, are invited to join."- from website.

5. Whidbey Island Writers Association- (NILA) -

"NILA fosters writers, publishers, editors, and agents nation-wide by offering local writing classes and retreats, an annual writers conference, a low-residency master of fine arts program in creative writing or publishing and editing, a literary magazine, and more." -from website.

6. Association of Writers and Writing Programs- (AWP)-

"AWP provides support, advocacy, resources, and community to nearly 50,000 writers, 500 college and university creative writing programs, and 125 writers’ conferences and centers. Our mission is to foster literary achievement, advance the art of writing as essential to a good education, and serve the makers, teachers, students, and readers of contemporary writing." -from website.

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