"There is a strange paradox about writing novels. It is simply this: there is no occupation in the universe that is lonelier, and at the same time depends more radically on a community, a commonwealth of other writers....As lonely as is the craft of writing, it is the most social of vocations."
~ Walker Percy, Signposts in a Strange Land

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
~ Seneca

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Local and regional writers organizations (U.S. based, by state)

Looking for a local writers association, community, group, guild, or league? Or for a national or international group with local branches? Listed here are official local and regional groups, but sometimes the most effective local groups for writers and/​or editors are informal groups. For freelancers, such a group is one way to alleviate cabin fever.

One group of magazine writers, editors, and book authors, for example, began meeting once a month for networking sessions, and the group grew to about 50 people. The group invites guest authors to give 20-minute talks, after which members network. Members bring dishes to share, no fees are charged, and members find work through the networking.

Another, smaller, group meets the same day and place every week, after office hours, just to schmooze, vent, gossip, give and ask advice. Some groups meet to critique each other’s work. Some meet to discuss special-interest topics (such as Victor Block's group in DC, which discusses travel writing). See Kathryn Lance's description of the Tucson Women Writers, posted here as a model of how you can start your own local group.

If you don’t know of any such group where you live, start one. It’s comforting to have a local support group with which to vent, brag, query, bitch and moan, and exchange shop talk. Meanwhile, the larger organizations provide a place to make connections and learn about your craft. Sometimes their strength lies in practical features such as health insurance. (Disability insurance is harder to come by for writers; insurance firms think a writer wants to stay home and write the great American novel.) On the whole, you get a lot more out of a group if you are active and visible. You are unlikely to get referrals or make friends if you just sit and wait for things to come to you. If you make friends with people AND you do good work, and your name comes to mind when opportunities arise, then belonging to a group can work for you, both personally or professionally, if the group is a good fit for your skills and personal preferences.

You'll find more local and regional organizations listed under science writers and under specialty writing (where you will find many regional sports and writing organizations, including groups such as Southern Bowling Writers). Also, many, if not most, national organizations, have local chapters, so if you find a national organization that suits your interests, check to see if there are local chapters. And if you don't find something local, check out online communities (and critiquing groups) for writers and editors.


REGIONAL GROUPS

• Appalachian Author's Guild
• Eastern Ski Writers Association , part of the North American Snowsports Journalists Association
• The Fellowship of Southern Writers (based in Chattanooga, TN)
• Midwest Travel Writers Association (MTWA, based in St. Charles, IL)
• New England Science Fiction Association, Inc. (NESFA)
• New England Science Writers (NESW)
• Northwest Independent Editors Guild (NIEG)
• Northwest Science Writers Association (NSWA)
• Pacific Northwest Writers Association (PNWA)
• Science Writers Association of the Rocky Mountains (SWARM)
• Society of Midland Authors (SMA, represents published authors from 12 states in the Midwest. Gives annual awards for the best books by authors from the region and hosts lectures and panel discussions, which you can listen to online (broadcast by WBEZ). Also on Facebook.
• Society of Southwestern Authors (with chapters and members in Arizona and Texas). Its newsletter.
• Southeastern Writers Association (based in Georgia, SWA comprises writers from twelve Southern and Mid-Atlantic states). Blog: The Purple Pros
• SouthWest Writers. Check its newsletter archives and its critique groups .
• Women Writing the West
• Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF)
• Western Writers of America (WWA) (promotes the literature of the American West and bestows Spur Awards for distinguished writing in the Western field)
• Many States: Resources for Writers (WriteByNight)
• All states: Writers Groups by State (Freelance-Zone.com)
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ARKANSAS

• Arkansas Press Association (APA)
• Arkansas Writers (a regional guide to writers and writers' groups)
• Fiction Writers of Central Arkansas (FWCA) ("Where the ink meets the paper."
• Northwest Arkansas Writers Workshop
• Ozark Creative Writers (holds a friendly writers conference)
• White County Creative Writers (Arkansas)
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CALIFORNIA

• Bay Area Editors' Forum (BAEF), strong organization in San Francisco Bay area
• California Chicano News Media Association (CCNMA, Latino Journalists of California--for journalists, media professionals, employers and students
• California Writers Club
• City Guide to Los Angeles (Carolyn Kellogg, Poets & Writers, 7-18-11)
• East of Eden Writers Conference (always held in Steinbeck Country--Salinas, California--sponsored by South Bay Writers (Santa Clara Valley branch of the California Writers Club)
• Greater Los Angeles Writers Society (GLAWS) and onFacebook
• Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC)
• Los Angeles Press Club
• Los Angeles Writers Calendar
• Northern California Science Writers Association (NCSWA)
• Northern California Publishers and Authors (supporting independent publishing)
• Organization of Black Screenwriters Writers Group (OBS WG)
• Porchlight San Francisco's live storytelling series. Once a month, six people from different backgrounds tell ten-minute true stories without using notes or memorization. "Past storytellers include some of the area's most entertaining school bus drivers, mushroom hunters, politicians, socialites, sex workers, musicians, authors, systems analysts, and social workers."
• Publishers and Writers of San Diego (PWSD)
• Romance Writers of America (SoCal branches)
• San Diego Professional Editors Network (SD/​PEN).
• San Diego Writers/​Editors Guild (meet 4th Monday of each month)
• San Francisco Writers Grotto (The Grotto) (an office for the creative, self-employed people who by definition don’t need to punch a clock. From its beginnings, it’s been a place where narrative artists–writers, filmmakers and the like–welcome the discipline of structure in their work lives, and build a community of peers)
San Francisco Writers Workshop, moderated by Tamim Ansary, author of • West of Kabul, East of New York. Here's Frances Dinkelspiel's story about the group (SFGate, 6-4-13).
• Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles (Illustrators United)
• South Bay Writers (Silicon Valley's premier writing group, a branch of California Writers Club)
• Southern California Writers Association (meets third Saturday of each month, in and around Huntington Beach)
• The Southwest Manuscripters (Torrance and Hermosa, CA), "longest active writers organization west of the Rockies"
• Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW)
• The Writing Salon (classes, San Francisco area)
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CANADA


(I know, Canada is not a U.S. state; I include this for friends in Canada and list it among states so people hunting in alphabetical order can find it.)
• Aboriginal Multimedia Society of Alberta (AMMSA), which has a Community Access page.
• Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC, all-Canada, formerly Periodical Writers Association of Canada)
• Quebec Writers' Federation (QWF)
• Saskatchewan Writers Guild (SWG)
• SF Canada (Canada's National Association of Speculative Fiction Professionals
• Six Nations Writers (Six Nations of the Grand River).
• Toronto Writers' Centre
• The Western Association of Aboriginal Broadcasters (WAAB)
• Writers' Federation of New Brunswick (WFNB)
• Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS)
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CONNECTICUT

• Central Connecticut Writers Group
• Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association (CAPA)
• Elizabeth Ayres Center for Creative Writing
• Institute of Children’s Literature
• Long Ridge Writers Group (West Redding)
• Ridgefield Writers Conference
• Westport Writers' Workshop
• Yale Writers' Conference
• Northern Connecticut Writers Workshop (meetup group meets every other week in Somers, CT)
• Wesleyan Writers Conference
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DELAWARE


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As the Eraser Burns (MD/​DE/​WV Region, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, SCBWI)
• Creative Writing Center of Delaware (Lewes)
• Delaware Poetry Review
• Delmarva Christian Writers' Fellowship
• Dreamstreets (publishes fiction/​ creative non-fiction, essays and literary criticism)
• Eastern Shore Writers Association (meets in various parts of the Delmarva Peninsula). Here's a 1992 article about it.
• Rehoboth Beach Writers' Guild
• Writing Is a Shore Thing (news for writers in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia)
• The Written Remains (an alliance of writers, mostly it seems of fiction, whose events include a 250 Plus Facebook Page for Writers, encouraging members to write at least 250 words a day)
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FLORIDA

• Ancient City Romance Writers (St. Augustine). Romance Writers of America also has chapters in Homosassa, Jacksonville, Lake Helen, Orlando, Miami/​Ft. Lauderdale/​Palm Beach, Melbourne, Naples/​Estero/​Fort Myers, and Tallahassee.
• City Guide to Miami, Florida (P. Scott Cunningham, Poets & Writers, 11-4-11)
• Florida Writers Association (local FWA writers groups in Amelia Island, Avon Park, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Bradenton, Brandon, Brooksville, Casselberry, Celebration, Daytona Beach, Fleming Island/​Orange Park, Hallandale Beach, Havana, Jacksonville, Kissimmee, Lady Lake, Lakeland, Longwood, Maitland, Melbourne, Mount Dora, Ocala, Orlando, Oxford, Palm Beach, Palm City, Palm Coast, Pembroke Pines, Pone Vedra Beach, Port Orange, Sanford, Sarasota, Sebring, St. Augustine, St. Lucie County--Treasure Coast, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Wellington, and Wesley Chapel)
• Gulf Coast Writers Association, Inc.
• Mystery Writers of America, Florida chapter
• Panama City Writers Association
• Space Coast Writers' Guild (Melbourne)
• South Florida Writers Association
• Tallahassee Writers Association (TWA)
• Tampa Writers Alliance
• Treasure Coast Writers Guild
• Writers' Network of South Florida
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HAWAIʻI

• Center for Autobiographic Studies
• Hawaiʻi Actors Network (of interest to screenwriters)
• Hawaiʻi Book Blog
• Hawaiʻi Island Writers Association (HIWA).
• Hawaiʻi Island Writers Group
• Hawai`i Pacific Review (Hawai`i Pacific University's online literary magazine)
• Hawai‘i Writing Project (HWP)
(University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa), provides literacy-related teacher professional development to K-16 educators across the Hawaiian Islands
• Pacific Writers' Connection (encourages and supports creative, nature, environment and place-based writing programs)
• Kauai Backstory (a venue for rigorous writing with a view about Kauai)
• More Hawaiian writers resources and organizations.
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Idaho


• Idahope Writers (Christian Writers in the Treasure Valley)
• Idaho Writers & Readers Rendezvous (conference in Boise in spring)
• Idaho Writers Guild (all genres)
• Idaho Writer's League
• Writing North Idaho (umbrella for local groups -- the craft and business of writing and the literary life)
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Illinois

• Association for Women Journalists in Springfield, Illinois (AWJ Springfield)
• Center for Writing Studies (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
• Central Illinois Writers Group (on Facebook)
• Chicago-Area Writers Resources (maintained by Writers Workspace)
• Chicago Dramatists
• Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP)
• Chicago Writers Association
• City Guide to Chicago (Zach Dodson, Poets & Writers, 7-18-11)
• DuPage Writers Group
• Illinois Woman's Press Association
• Independent Writers of Chicago (IWOC)
• Naperville Writers Group
• Newtown Writers (Chicago-based, supporting LGBT writing for over 30 years)
• Northside Freelance Network (a collaborative resource and community-building tool for current and fledgling freelancers and solopreneurs, serving Chicago's far northeast side and near North suburbs). See Facebook group
• Southern Illinois Writers Guild
• The Writers Workspace (a membership-based work and meeting space for writers of all genres, in Chicago)
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INDIANA

• Central Highlands Writers' Group (Facebook page) -- I hope this is in Indiana!
• First Friday Wordsmiths (Facebook page)
• Hoosier Ink, Indiana chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW)
• Magic Hour Writers (for writers dedicated to creating books for children of all ages)
• Midwest Writers Workshop (Muncie, Indiana)
• NW Indiana Poetry Society (Facebook page)
• Southern Indiana Writers Group (meetings held in extreme south of Indiana)
• Write-On Hoosiers, Inc.
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IOWA

• City Guide to Iowa City (Jan Weissmiller, Poets & Writers,5-1-12)
• The Examined Life Journal (seeking works related to health and the human condition in all its myriad definitions)
• Iowa Center for the Book, which among other things posts the helpful How to Begin and Lead a Book Discussion Group
• Iowa Poetry Association • The Iowa Review
• Iowa Romance Writers
• Iowa Scriptwriters Alliance , which links to a pretty big group of Iowa Film Festivals/​Events
• Iowa Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
• Iowa Writers’ Workshop (a two-year residency program at the University of Iowa which culminates in submission of a creative thesis -- a novel, a collection of stories, or a book of poetry -- and the awarding of an MFA degree). See the workshop's summer programs. Here's Poets & Writers on Iowa City. The " Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the first creative writing program in this country, had been there since 1931. The fame of the program was already well established: Wallace Stegner had received one of the first degrees in 1932 and was followed over the years by Flannery O’Connor, Donald Justice, Philip Levine, John Irving, James Tate, and T. C. Boyle, to name just a few."
• Saturday Writers A Des Moines group of writers of a fiction in various genres (science fiction, urban fantasy, mystery, psychological suspense, contemporary, romantic comedy, non-fiction) and lengths (novels, novellas, short stories).
• Sisters in Crime (Iowa workshop of reader and writers who promote women crime writers)
• The University Club
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KANSAS

Kansas City organizations may serve writers in both Kansas and Missouri

• Great Plains Writers Group (writers of memoir, autobiography, and personal essays meet weekly in a bookstore in Lawrence, Kansas
• Kansas Authors Club (Wichita, Facebook page)
• Kansas City Writers Group (workshop and critique groups)
• Kansas Poets (links to other poetry-related sites and organizations in Kansas)
• Kansas Writers Association
• Kansas Center for the Book
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KENTUCKY

• Eagle Creek Writers Group
• The Fishbowl, official blog of the Lexington Fiction Writers Group
• Kentucky Author Forum (four times a year a candid, uninterrupted hour of conversation is taped by Kentucky's public television for national distribution to PBS member stations. Watch archived video of Great Conversations online.
• Kentucky Independent Writers (professional writers seeking to help each other prosper as published authors)
• Kentucky Literary Newsletter
• Kentucky Outdoor Press Association
• Kentucky State Poetry Society
• Kentucky Women Writers Conference (women mentoring women since 1979)
• Kentucky Writers' Day (Frankfort, KY--organized by the Kentucky Arts Council)
• Louisville Romance Writers
• Owensboro Writers Group
• PenHouse Retreat Center (in the Kentucky home of Normandi Ellis)
• Poezia poetry and prose writing groups, with meetup groups in Lexington, KY
• Southern Kentucky Book Fest (held in Bowling Green, KY)
• Tates Creek Writers Group
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LOUISIANA

• Baton Rouge Writers Workshop (a meetup group)
• Bayou Writers Group
• City Guide to New Orleans (John Biguenet, Poets & Writers 2-27-12
• Fantasy on the Bayou (a February conference for fantasy writers, held in New Orleans)
• The Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective (Facebook page)
• Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association
• Louisiana Press Association
• The Louisiana Sport Writers Association
• North Shore Literary Society) (in Mandeville, LA)
• Pen to Press Writers' Retreat
• Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society . This nonprofit arts organization’s biggest projects include Words and Music (a literary feast in New Orleans), The William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, and The Double Dealer literary journal and student intern program
• The Poetry Alliance (Baton Rouge, holds an Eclectic Truth Poetry Slam & Open Mic)
• Screenwriters Down South (a Baton Rouge meetup group)
• St. Tammany Writers Group (short piece about a private critique group for poetry and short fiction)
• The Southern Review (an esteemed literary journal)
• Tennessee Williams/​New Orleans Literary Festival (held in March, and a poetry contest, fiction contest, and one-act play contest are held during the summer)
• Writers' Guild of Acadiana (guest speaker the last Tuesday of one month alternates with member reading night the next month, in Lafayette, LA)
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MAINE

• City Guide to Portland, Maine (Ron Currie Jr., Poets & Writers) 3-20-12
• Maine Crime Wave (a conference new in 2014, held at the University of Southern Maine, in Portland, MA)
• Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance (supporting Maine's writers, publishers, and literary professionals)
• Off the Coast (Maine's international poetry journal)
• Stonecoast Writers' Conference (University of Southern Maine)
• Words From the Frontier: Poetry in Maine (a lively sound-rich radio program featuring poetry, produced for WMPG, Greater Portland Community Radio at the University of Southern Maine)
• Maine Fellowship of Christian Writers
• Writers Conference at Ocean Park (five-day poetry and prose conference: "Chautauqua-by-the-Sea")
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Maryland


See also groups listed under Washington, DC, which often meet in, or draw writers from, Maryland.
• Baltimore Writing Hour (a weekly writing group)
• Black Writers' Guild of Maryland, Inc. (based in Baltimore)
• Books Alive! (annual conference about book writing and publishing, sponsored by Washington Independent Review of Books)
• City Guide to Baltimore (Jen Michalski, Poets & Writers, 4-8-13)
• CityLit Project (based in Baltimore, organizes literary events, writers workshops)
• Eastern Shore Writers' Association (Wye Mills, Maryland, for writers from across the tristate Delmarva Peninsula), holds Bay to Ocean Writers Conference in February
• Fire & Ink (supports gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender writers of African descent or heritage, through activities such as publishing)
• Maryland Writers' Association (meets in Annapolis, sponsors critique groups all around the state. See Facebook page.
• Mystery Loves Company Bookstore (Oxford, MD)
• Silver Spring Writers Meetup Group
• The Writer's Center (based in Bethesda, MD, the WC holds workshops in Arlington, Leesburg, and McLean, VA, too). Offers many excellent workshops and holds literary events in its Bethesda building (refurbished summer of 2014)
• Writer's Group of Western MD (a meetup group in Hagerstown)
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MASSACHUSETTS


• Amherst Writers & Artists emphasizes the AWA method, described by Pat Schneider in Writing Alone and with Others
• Barred Owl Retreat (a writing and retreat center home just outside the city of Worcester, Massachusetts in the town of Leicester)
• Cape Cod Writers Center holds a conference
• City Guide to Boston (Ifeanyi Menkiti, Poets & Writers, 7-18-11)
• Dune Hollow Writers (based in Orleans)
• Exotic Pen Writers (of Harvard Square) (a meetup group)
• Four stories (One evening, four urban narratives)
• Grub Street (this popular writers center offers writing seminars, workshops, and conferences, publishes a newsletter, The Grub Street Rag, and sponsors the The GrubStreet National Book Prize ($5,000 to three rotating genres: fiction, nonfiction, or poetry--for a second, third, etc., but not first, book).
Muse and the Marketplace , a three-day literary conference sponsored by Grub Street and designed to give aspiring writers a better understanding of the craft of writing fiction and nonfiction, to prepare them for the changing world of publishing and promotion, and to create opportunities for meaningful networking.
• New England Newspaper & Press Association (NENPA)
• The New England Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (serves all of New England, not just Massachusetts)
• New England Writing Workshop
• Straw Dog Writers Guild (a literary hub for writers, readers, and literature-lovers in Western Massachusetts)
• Worcester Writers Group (a meetup group)
• The Writers' Room of Boston, Inc. (a secure, affordable work space and an engaged community to emerging and established writers in downtown Boston)
• Ploughshares (this award-winning literary magazine publishes poetry, fiction, essays and memoir)
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Michigan


• Detroit Writers' Guild
• Michigan Literary Network (on BlogTalkRadio)
• Michigan Writers (a community)
• Michigan Writers (a blog only)
• Mid-Michigan Prose and Writing Group (a meetup group)
• Motown Writers Network (based in Detroit -- same as Michigan Literary Network?)
• Southeast Christian Michigan Writers
• Springfed Arts (Metro Detroit Writers)
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MINNESOTA


• Lake Region Writers Network (LRWN, serves writers in west central Minnesota)
• Lake Superior Writers (based in Duluth)
• The Loft Literary Center (a literary arts center)
• Midwest Fiction Writers (for romance writers in Minneapolis area)
• Minnesota Christian Writers Guild
• The Minnesota Science Fiction Society, Inc. (Minn-SiF)
• The Playwrights' Center (supports playwrights and promotes new plays)
• Quint City Poets (Facebook page)
• Screenwriters' Workshop (script groups, annual workshops, staged readings, table readings, seminars)
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MISSOURI


Kansas City organizations may serve writers in Kansas and Missouri
• Heartland Romance Writers (Kansas City). Missouri seems to attract (or nurture) romance writers.
• Heartland Writers Guild
• Heart of America Christian Writers Network (HACWN, Kansas City--formerly Kansas City Christian Writers Network, but the circle has expanded)
• Indigo Ink (St. Louis association for African American writers). Meets twice a month. No website.
• Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society (KaCSFFS)
• Kansas City Writers Group (workshop and critique groups)
• Lebanon Poets' Society
• Midwest Children's Authors Guild (MWCAG, formerly Juvenile Writers of Kansas City)
• Mid-South Writers Group of Missouri (a critique group in Cassville)
• Missouri Literary Festival
• Missouri Romance Writers of America (St. Louis/​Metro-East chapter)
• Missouri Writers' Guild (has chapters throughout the state)
• Other Missouri Writers Groups (Missouri Writers' Guild links)
• Ozarks Romance Writers
• Ozarks Writers League (OWL, holds quarterly conferences)
• Sisters in Crime (greater St. Louis area)
• St. Louis Writers Guild
• The Writers Place (Kansas City, lots of writers workshops)
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MONTANA


• Authors of the Flathead (writers helping writers)
• The 406 Writers' Workshop (six-week evening classes and weekend intensives in Missoula)
• Missoula Writing Collaborative
• Montana Arts
• Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Western Music Rendezvous (in Lewiston)
• Montana Romance Writers
• Montana Story Keepers (promotes and preserves oral and written histories through sharing and gathering, conducting multigenerational programs, and collaborating on educational and community events
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NEBRASKA

• Nebraska Center for Writers (an online resource for writers of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction)
• Nebraska Press Association
• Nebraska Writers Guild (holds a fall conference)
• Nebraska Writers Workshop (free weekly meetings in a Ralston Public Library)
• Romance Writers of the Heartland (meets in Omaha)
• Writers' Workshop (in Lincoln)
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NEVADA


• Henderson Writers’ Group (hosts a Las Vegas conference)
• High Sierra Writers (formed in 2012 from two writing groups in northern Nevada -- Unnamed Writers’ Group and Writers of the Purple Sage)
• Nevada Writer's Resources List (Nevada Arts Council)
• Oasis Writers Group (for writers in the Pahrump, NV, area
• Writers of Southern Nevada • Writers of the Purple Sage Publishing Consortium (a newly formed group of writers in northern Nevada and northeast California who set out to educate themselves on the very confusing and frustrating world of publishing)
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NEW HAMPSHIRE


• New Hampshire Writers Project (hosts Writers' Night Out, a free writers' meetup in Concord, the first Monday of the month)
• Poetry Society of New Hampshire
• Frost Place Museum and Poetry Program (in Franconia, at Robert Frost's old home)
• Center for the Book (Franconia). See its links to NH's literary community
• New Hampshire Humanitiess Council
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NEW JERSEY


• Althea Ward Clark Reading Series at Princeton
• Delaware Valley Poets (DVP)
• Ink. (supports readings, visiting writers and an arts festival at The College of New Jersey.
• Meetup groups in various NJ settings
• Monmouth Writers (Howell, NJ), with a second Saturday critique group at Howell Library)
• Murphy Writing Seminars (writing retreats at the Jersey Shore)
• The Nassau Literary Review
• New Jersey Romance Writers
• Poetry and Prose Getaway (Atlantic City in January)
• Poetry Center (at Passaic County Community College)
• Raritan, a quarterly literary, artistic, political, historical, sociological, even scientific, review
• South Jersey Writers Group (a meetup group with its own blog)
• Sprint Writers Conference (William Paterson University)
• Walt Whitman House. Visit the humble dwelling of the "Good Gray Poet," Walt Whitman
• Women Reading Aloud (dedicated to the power of the writer’s voice)
• The Writers Circle (creative writing workshops in several New Jersey locations)
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NEW MEXICO


• Blue Mesa Review (the University of New Mexico's literary magazine, which accepts previously unpublished work in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book reviews, interviews,, graphic novels, and cover art.
• The Drunken Boat (features poets and poetry)
• Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico (a haven for a haven for painters, poets, sculptors, writers, playwrights, composers, photographers and filmmakers -- grantees get three months of rent-free and utility-paid housing in which to work)
• La Sociedad para las Artes offers literary readings to improve the connection between town and gown, and a Writers-in-the-Schools (WITS) program, a creative writing arts program to support an impoverished school system with one of the lowest literacy scores in the country.
• New Mexico Book Foundation (serving all book professionals, including book creators, writers, editors, publishers, illustrators, librarians, booksellers, book designers, typesetters, printers, literacy advocates, agents, reviewers, and avid readers)
• Puerto del Sol (New Mexico State University's journal of new literature -- innovative poetry, prose, drama, criticism, and artwork)
• A Room of Her Own (an arts program for women writers and artists)
• The Santa Fe Writers Project (a literary awards program and an online literary journal)
• SouthWest Writers
• Taos Summer Writers' Conference (an annual week-long conference that offers workshops in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and screenwriting)
• The Tupelo Press “Perfect Ten” Writing Conference for poets--takes place at Truchas Peaks Place in Truchas, New Mexico between Taos and Sante Fe, in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
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NEW YORK


• Amateur Writers of Long Island (Huntington, NY meetup group)
• The Authors Guild (a national organization with few to no local chapters)
• City Guide to New York City (T Cooper, Poets & Writers 8-21-11)
• Eastern Shore Writers Association
• East Village Women Writer's Group
• Hudson Valley Writers' Center
• Hudson Valley Writers Guild
• Latino Authors and Writers Society
• Long Island Writers' Guild, Inc.
• New Dramatists (playwrights)
• New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ)
• NYC Writers Circle (literary salon and meetup group)
• New York State Sportswriters Association
• New York State Writers Institute (Albany)
• NY Writers Coalition
• New York Writers Workshop
• Playwrights of New York (PoNY)
• Science Writers in New York (SWINY)
• Women's Media Group (WMG). A New York-based nonprofit association of women prominent in various fields of media (especially book publishing, print journalism, electronic and online publishing, television and film). Membership by invitation only; if you aren't prominent enough to be invited to join, find a member who will bring you to one of their interesting lunches. From their history: "In the early 1970s, several women, friends and publishing colleagues, began meeting for lunch every now and then to talk about their jobs, their lives, their plans and hopes for the future. By the autumn of 1974, the group of five -- Judith Daniels, Elizabeth Crow, Joni Evans, Eden Lipson and Carol Rinzler -- decided the time had come to form a club. In the beginning the club grew exponentially as each of the five founders invited colleagues to join in on discussions of forming a club of like-minded women in the communications industry."
Various other women's media groups have sprung up, and if they will tell me about themselves, I will gladly list them. (Maybe they prefer to fly under the radar?)
This week a friend in Denver wrote, "the women in the Boulder Women's Media group are amazing," so I'll start there, although their main website doesn't appear to be ready yet: Boulder Media Women. BMW's freelance directory includes writers, editors, photographers, journalists, filmmakers, graphic artists, web designers, TV producers, screenwriters, publishers, agents, PR specialists, and others.
• The Writers Room provides over 200 writers with a quiet, affordable place in which to work.
• Writers&Books (community literary center in Rochester, NY)
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NORTH CAROLINA



• Anson County Writers' Club
• Book 'Em North Carolina (Buy a Book and Stop a Crook!)
• Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors (free annual public event held in Winston-Salem, with a focus on youth and adult literacy.
• Carolina Mountains Literary Festival in Burnsville NC
• The Carolina Quarterly (poetry, fiction, art, essays, and reviews)
• Carolinas Writers Conference (April in Wadesboro, NC)
• Cave Wall Pres, LLC (publishes poetry and black-and-white artwork)
• Charlotte Writers’ Club
• Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming (on hiatus because of budget cuts, but still post literary events on Facebook)
• The Greensboro Review (publishes poetry and fiction)
• The Jargon Society (dedicated to finding, bringing together, and focusing upon overlooked and underrated aspects of American and British culture.
• Netwest Mountain Poets and Writers
• North Carolina Film Office (FilmNC)
• North Carolina Center for the Book (check out its programs
• North Carolina Haiku Society
• North Carolina Literary Review (publishes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by and interviews with NC writers, and articles and essays about NC writers, literature, and literary history and culture)
• North Carolina Literary Map (click on a county and learn which books and authors are associated with it)
• North Carolina Literary Trails (Georgann Eubanks' two guidebooks: to literary trails in the NC mountains and in the NC Piedmont)
• North Carolina Poetry Society
• North Carolina Writers' Network
• Poetry Alive! offers an accredited week-long summer residency program for educators on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Asheville
• Queen City Writers Conference (October, in Charlotte)
• Spring Literary Festival (Western Carolina University)
• Screenline, a screenwriters group that meets in Raleigh
• Southern Documentary Fund . See FAQs about fiscal sponsorship.
• Union County Writers Club
• Winston-Salem Writers (for artists, poets, and writers of fiction, essays, and reviews -- offers programs, workshops, critique groups, open mic nights, web-based writing, contests, writers’ nights out, and a newsletter
• Writers Week (University of North Carolina at Wilmington)
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NORTH DAKOTA


• Center for Writers (for North Dakota State University undergraduates)
• Fargo Writers
• Fargo Moorhead Writers Group (a meetup group in Moorhead, MN, for people interested in fiction writing, poetry, screen or script writing)
• Floodwall (University of North Dakota's journal of literary fiction, poetry, and criticism)
• Lake Region Writers' Yahoo Group (communicates on Yahoo, meets in Devils Lake, ND)
• Lake Regions Writers Network (find information about writers meetup groups in the the lake regions of North Dakota and Minnesota)
• Lake Region Writers Conference (held in October)
• Read North Dakota (finds and promotes books by North Dakotans, or about the state and its people, and promotes statewide literary events
• The Red River Valley Writing Project, a local site of the National Writing Project, brings together teachers in eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota to learn about the teaching of writing.
• UND Writers Conference (a free annual conference bringing writers and readers from all over to Grand Forks, ND)
• UND Writing Center (where students, faculty, and staff can talk about their work in progress with a writing consultant)
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OHIO


• Antioch Writers' Workshop (for writers of fiction, creative nonfiction and memoir, and poetry)
• Central Ohio Fiction Writers (chapter of Romance Writers of America)
• Cleveland State Writing Center
• Dayton Christian Writers Guild Inc.
• Downtown Writers Network
• Greater Canton Writers’ Guild
• Greater Cincinnati Writers League
• Hamilton Writers Guild (Hamilton, "The City of Sculpture")
• The Inkstone (a greater Columbus novel writing group)
• International Writers Association (IWA)
• Ohio Writers' Guild
• Organizations for Writers and Illustrators (Ohio Center for the Book)
• Skyline Writers (a writers' group in the Cleveland area--meets in Parma)
• Thurber House
• Western Ohio Writers Association (WOWA, Dayton-based)
• Wick Poetry Center (Kent State University)
• Y-City Writers' Forum (Zanesville)
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OKLAHOMA

• Cimarron Review
• Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry
• Oklahoma Center for Poets & Writers
• Oklahoma Center for the Book, among other things, sponsors the Oklahoma Book Awards
• Oklahoma City Writers meets the third Saturday of the month.
• Oklahoma Film & Music
• Oklahoma Writers & Authors
• Oklahoma Writers' Federation Inc., a federation of writers groups, holds an annual writing contest and an annual conference
• Oklahoma Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, a professional development network that serves teachers of writing at all grade levels, pre-K through university, and in all subjects.
• Red Dirt Writers Society
• Scissortail Creative Writing Festival (East Central University, in April celebrates authors of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction
• Tulsa NightWriters (writers of every genre, from romance to science fiction, and some members also write screen plays, stage plays and murder mystery dinners.
• World Literature Today (an American magazine of international literature and culture, published at the University of Oklahoma, Norman). WLT also sponsors the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature , and the Puterbaugh Festival of International Literature and Culture
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OREGON

• Attic Institute (offers local and online writing workshops and classes for creative writing teachers)
• Back Fence PDX (in southeast Portland, a cousin to The Moth in NYC, hosts events at which seven performers tell true, original, unmemorized, ten-minute stories based on a theme)
• Central Oregon Writers Guild
• City Guide to Portland, Oregon (Lee Montgomery, Poets & Writers, 7-18-11)
• Independent Publishing Resource Center, upstairs from Reading Frenzy, an unusual nonprofit self-publishing center)
• Loggernaut Reading Series (a monthly coffee-shop event featuring local and visiting poets and writers)
• Mountain Writers Series (a literary center that started as a community college reading series--it offers writing workshops and special event readings at various venues)
• Oregon Authors, among other things, maintains a list of Oregon authors.
• Oregon Center for the Book
• Oregon Writers Colony ( Rockaway Beach, OR)
• Portland Arts & Lectures brings the world’s most celebrated writers, artists, and thinkers to our community
• Portland Women Writers
• Powell's City of Books (may be the biggest independent bookstore in the world -- a reader’s first stop in Portland)

• Willamette Writers
• Willamette Writers Conference
• Writer's Dojo (a shared creative office and center of excellence for serious writers)
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PENNSYLVANIA

• Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group
• Penn State Science Writers (chapter of National Association of Science Writers)
• Pennwriterss (authors, editors, and booksellers -- offers critique groups, local area workshops and meetings, online courses, listservs, social networking groups, and annual conference)
• PARSEC (Pittsburgh's premier science fiction & fantasy organization)
• Philadelphia Writers' Conference
• Philadelphia Writers Meetup Group
• Pittsburgh Writers Meetup Group
• Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (Western Pennsylvania chapter). Eastern Pennsylvania chapter has a Facebook page.
• Western Pennsylvania Writing Project (engages teachers in their own writing and professional development)
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RHODE ISLAND

• • Block Island Poetry Project
• Bryant Literary Review (an international magazine of poetry and fiction)
• Camp Necon aka Northeastern Writers' Conference, July, Portsmouth, RI (horror, fantasy, and speculative fiction, graphic novels, and other media) draws authors, editors, artists, and fans . Here's Greg Norris's reminiscence of camp, part 1 and part 2.
• The Ocean State Review
• Ocean State Summer Writing Conference (June, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting)
• The Providence Athenaeum (a unique independent, member-supported library and cultural center)
• Rhode Island Center for the Book (devoted to promoting personal and community enrichment by celebrating the art and heritage of reading, writing, making, and sharing books)
• Rhode Island Festival of Children's Books & Authors (October)
• Rhode Island Freelancers Forum (Facebook page)
• Roger (the literary magazine of Roger Williams University, publishes fresh and energetic poetry and prose)
• The Writers' Circle, Inc. offers workshops and publishes an online literature and arts magazine that features fiction, nonfiction, book chapters, memoirs, plays, poetry, art and photography.
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SOUTH CAROLINA


• Book Your Lunch (a luncheon series in Greenville, with talks by writers from a range of genres, from mysteries to cookbooks)
• Columbia Writers Alliance (workshops, critique groups)
• Crazyhorse (literary magazine that offers prizes and publication for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry)
• Emrys (a writing room, a reading room, open mic, a journal and a press)
• Hub City Writers Project (nourishing writers, creating readers--writing instruction, book launches ).
• Island Writers' Network (meets first Mondays, September through May)
• Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts (LILA), a Charleston-based literary outreach organization, promoting writers and readers at every stage of development
• Piccolo Spoleto Festival (a two-week arts festival in Charlotte)
• Poetry Society of South Carolina
• Slam Charlotte (this poetry slam team has won several U.S. titles)
• South Carolina Book Festival
• South Carolina Literary Review (Clemson University Digital Press)
• South Carolina Writers' Workshop (SCWW--a conference, critique groups, support for writers at every level)
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SOUTH DAKOTA

• Bearlodge Writers (this Wyoming group also draws South Dakota writers)
• Black Hills Writers Group (featuring a monthly topic and technique)
• Dakota Writing Project (teachers' organization at the University of South Dakota that focuses on improving the teaching of writing and improving learning at all grade levels and in all subject areas). Also offers a summer creative writing camp for high school students.
• Sioux Falls Writers Group (a meetup group)
• South Dakota Authors Association
• South Dakota Center for the Book
• South Dakota Festival of Books , sponsored by the South Dakota Humanities Council
• South Dakota Review
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TEXAS

• Abilene Writers Guild
• Brazos Writers
• City Guide to Austin, Texas (Oscar Casares, Poets & Writers, 10-19-11)
• Dallas Area Writers Group (DAWG)
• Dallas Screenwriters Association
• DFW Writers Workshop
• East Texas Writers Guild(Tyler, TX)
• El Paso Writers' League (Facebook page)
• Final Twist Writers (Houston-area organization for writers and aspiring writers of fiction)
• Houston Writers Guild
• Northeast Texas Writers' Organizations (NETWO), which holds an annual short story contest
• North Texas Speculative Fiction Network
• Nuestra Palabra (Latino Writers Having Our Say)
• Panhandle Professional Writers
• Poetry Society of Texas
• San Antonio Writers' Guild (SAWG)
• San Gabriel Writers' League (Georgetown, TX)
• Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers of San Antonio
• Trinity Writers Workshop (a North Texas critique group)
• West Houston/​Texas Writer's Group (a meet-up group)
• White Oak Writers (serious writers gather in the Heights and Oak Forest area of Houston for genre specific critique)
• Woodlands Writers Guild
• Writers' League of Texas (with chapters all over). See links to more Texas writing groups.
• Writers on the Storm (Woodlands, Texas Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers)
• Writers Retreat Workshop (Purple Sage Ranch, Bandera, TX--sponsored by Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization)
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VERMONT


• Burlington Writers Workshop (a meetup group)
• City Guide to Burlington, Vermont (Edie Rhoads, Poets & Writers, 9-9-12)
• League of Vermont Writers
• Vermont Writers discussion group (Laurel Decher moderates discussions of fiction)
• Write Action ( a community-based, grass-roots writer’s organization formed in 1999 “to strengthen a community of writers in Brattleboro and the surrounding area")
• The Writer's Center (White River Junction)
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VIRGINIA

• Arlington Writers Meetup Group
• Chesapeake Bay Writers Club (a chapter of the Virginia Writers Club)
• Hampton Roads Writers
• James River Writers (book writers and lovers in Richmond, Virginia--holds annual conference)
• The Muse (Norfolk writers center)
• The Northern Virginia Writers Club (based in Vienna, VA)
• Poetry Society of Virginia (based in Williamsburg)
• Virginia Writers Club has local chapters: Appalachian Authors, Blue Ridge Chapter, Chesapeake Bay Writers, Hampton Roads chapter, Hanover Writers Club, Northern Virginia Chapter, Richmond, Riverside Writers (for the city of Fredericksburg, counties of Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George, Caroline, Louisa, Orange and all surrounding areas), Traveler chapter (meetings held in Chester), Valley Writers (Roanoke and surrounding areas).
• The Writer's Center (based in Bethesda, MD, the WC holds workshops in Arlington, Leesburg, and McLean, VA, too)
• Writer House (based in Charlottesville)
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Washington, DC and environs

Writers from the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, and Maryland often belong to an organization near all three of them (by car or Metro)
• American Independent Writers (AIW, originally and for decades Washington Independent Writers, WIW) was in Chapter 11 and now appears to be defunct.
• Books Alive (a lively newish conference about books and book writers, sponsored by Washington Independent Review of Books)
• Busboys and Poets
• DC Advocates for the Arts
• DC Area Literary Translators (DC-ALT), a network for literary translators in the Washington, D.C., area
• DC for writers (Carolyn Parkhurst, for Poets&Writers)
• DC Science Writers Association (DCSWA, pronounced duck-swa)
• Folger Shakespeare Library
• Gridiron Club (Wikipedia entry). Prestigious journalistic organization whose 65 active members represent major newspapers, news services, news magazines and broadcast networks. Membership, by invitation only, traditionally offered to Washington newspaper bureau chiefs. Helen Thomas became the first woman member, in 1975. Lack of transparency (no press coverage) leads to D.C.'s Gridiron Club on the griddle, again (Dylan Byers, Politico, 3-8-13)
• Kramerbooks & Afterwords (a literary landmark near Dupont Circle)
• The National Book Festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress, held every summer. You can watch webcasts online or listen to podcasts.
• Poetry Out Loud (an annual national recitation contest, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation). High school students from all fifty states participate.
• Politics & Prose Bookstore (a bookstore that hosts a gazillion wonderful writer-speakers)
• Speakeasy DC (true stories told live)
• Split This Rock (alling poets to a greater role in public life and fostering a national network of socially engaged poets)
• Story League (D.C.’s place to discover who has the funniest true stories to tell)
• Washington Biography Group (WBG) , meets monthly on Monday evenings during the school year, for discussions about various aspects of life story writing often. Holds two social gatherings a year.
• Washington Press Club Foundation (an expansion of the Women’s National Press Club, which was formed when women weren't allowed to become members of the Gridiron Club or the National Press Club)
• Writers meetup groups in and around DC
• Writers Room DC (shared workspace for writers, near the Tenley Circle Metro)
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WASHINGTON STATE


• Cheat River Review (publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and cover art)
• Pacific Northwest Writers Association (PNWA)
• Plateau Area Writers Association
• Skagit Valley Writers League
• Spokane Authors and Self-Publishers
• Whidbey Island Writers Association (WIWA), supported by the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts (NILA)
• Women in Digital Journalism (Seattle-area editors, writers, and producers in new media)
• The Writer's Workshop (Seattle)
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WEST VIRGINIA

• Kestrel (Fairmont State University's literary magazine publishes fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction)
• National Writing Project at West Virginia University (uses technology to support writing and preparing teachers across the curriculum for meaningful writing instruction aligned with the Common Core Standards)
• West Virginia Book Festival
• West Virginia Center for the Book
• West Virginia Humanities Council (offers grants and fellowships and sponsors Little Lecture series, with podcasts online)
• West Virginia Writers, Inc. , whose blog is here. Sponsors an annual conference and an annual competition, and lists small writers groups around the state These are also listed by WV Division of Culture and History.
• West Virginia Writers Workshop
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Tucson Women Writers is a small, private group of professional women writers in and around the Tucson (AZ) area. The group was started as a listserv in 2001 by a Tucson freelancer, as a way to help ease the occasional loneliness of freelancing and to share information with other like-minded writers. Over the years, the group has grown a bit, but with new members and dropouts tends to stay at around twenty members. This seems to be an ideal number, allowing everyone to get to know everyone else, yet providing a critical mass of expertise.

New members are usually found through word of mouth. Once a new member is proposed by any member, she will be accepted provided that no one (privately) objects to her within a week. The founder of the group has always put an emphasis on inviting people who are published and actively seeking publication, to eliminate mere wannabes. We are all happy to help newcomers, but that is not the purpose of the group, which instead is to provide virtual companionship, to share information, and to interact with fellow professionals with whom you can commiserate or share good publishing news.

The listserv is our primary means of communicating with each other, but we also meet in person every couple of months, for a luncheon or a happy hour. It’s always fun to put faces to names, though some members never or rarely participate in the face-to-face meetings.

In the seven years I’ve been a member I’ve found TWW to be a valuable part of my professional and virtual social life. I’ve learned a lot about local and national markets, and enjoy reading about the triumphs and awards of fellow members. I would never hesitate to ask a question, and do my best to provide assistance when I myself have answers. There is by happenstance an emphasis on travel writing in TWW, but writers of all sorts are members. Though I’m semi-retired as a writer, I am very clear that writers are MY PEOPLE, among the most generous and articulate on the planet. TWW is an exemplar of this spirit, and I think could serve as a model for any small group of writers who wish to band together.

~Kathryn Lance
http:/​/​www.klance.com
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A GREAT READ
Blog roll, too
and communities of book lovers
Best reads and most "discussable"
Fact-finding, fact-checking, conversion tables, and news and info resources
Recommended reading
long-form journalism, e-singles, online aggregators
BOOK AND MAGAZINE PUBLISHING
New, used, and rare books, Amazon.com and elsewhere
Blogs, social media, podcasts, ezines, survey tools and online games
How much to charge and so on (for creative entrepreneurs)
And finding freelance gigs
Blogs, video promotion, intelligent radio programs
See also Self-Publishing
Indie publishing, digital publishing, POD, how-to sources
Includes original text by Sarah Wernick
WRITERS AND CREATORS
Multimedia, cartoons, maps, charts and so on
Plus contests, other sources of funds for creators
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Literary and commercial (including genre)
Writing, reporting, multimedia, equipment, software
Translators, indexers, designers, photographers, artists, illustrators, animators, cartoonists, image professionals, composers
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Groups for writers who specialize in animals, children's books, food, gardens, family history, resumes, sports, travel, Webwriting, and wine (etc.)
Writers on offices, standing desks, rejection, procrastination, and other features of the writing life
ETHICS, RIGHTS, AND OTHER ISSUES
Contracts, reversion of rights, Google Books settlement
Plus privacy, plagiarism, libel, media watchdogs, FOIA, protection for whistleblowers
EDITORS AND EDITING
And views on the author-editor relationship