Organizations for Writers

ASSOCIATED WRITING PROGRAMS - Membership organization offers job listings, conference listings, and The Writer's Chronicle newsletter.

AUSTIN BAT CAVE - Writing and tutoring center that helps children aged 6 through 18 develop their creative and expository writing skills.

AUSTIN CREATIVE ALLIANCE - The mission of the Austin Creative Alliance is to advance, connect and celebrate Austin’s arts, cultural, and creative communities in order to nourish and strengthen the character, quality of life, and economic prosperity of our region.

AUSTIN CREATIVE WRITING GROUP - A long-standing critique group that focuses on improvement in both writing and critique. They meet on alternate Wednesdays from 7pm to around 9pm, currently at Central Market at Lamar & 40th. They have frequent socializing after meetings and occasional Writing Marathons and guest speakers.

AUSTIN POETRY SOCIETY - The Austin Poetry Society encourages the reading, writing, and appreciation of poems. They exist to bring poets and poetry lovers together to meet and support each other.

AUTHORS GUILD - Membership organization for published writers offers a contract-review service, bulletin, and legal advice.

BADGERDOG - Writing programs for ages 8 to 18 through the Austin Public Library Foundation.

DALLAS SCREENWRITERS ASSOCIATION - A non-profit organization providing monthly meetings featuring some of the best guest speakers in the industry, scene readings, workshops, seminars, networking opportunities and so much more.

DFW WRITERS' WORKSHOP - Organization of North Texas wri­ters of all gen­res and expe­rience levels working to pro­duce pro­fes­sio­nal qua­lity wri­ting sui­ta­ble for publi­ca­tion. DFW Writers' Workshop achieves this by pro­vi­ding read and cri­ti­que ses­sions, edu­ca­tio­nal acti­vi­ties, and net­wor­king oppor­tu­ni­ties.

EDITORIAL FREELANCERS SERVICE - EFA members are editors, writers, indexers, proofreaders, researchers, desktop publishers, translators, and others who offer a broad range of skills and specialties. The free online freelancer directory offers clients instant access to the assortment of publishing professionals who make up EFA membership. The free EFA job listing service offers clients another way to find the right freelancer for the job

GEMINI INK - Gemini Ink is an organization in San Antonio that works to build community through literature and the related arts. Gemini's programs include four components: University Without Walls, Writers in Communities, Dramatic Reader's Theater, and The Autograph Series, which are free readings by internationally respected authors produced each spring and fall.

- The Highlights Foundation is a nonprofit organization which sponsors programs throughout the year to help children's writers and illustrators hone their skills. Their website also has writing tips from experts in the field of children's literature, a lineup of upcoming workshops, as well as information about financial aid.

HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY - With headquarters in the US and UK, the HNS is dedicated to writers of historical fiction with numerous volunteer opportunities, and home to their magazine, Historical Novels Review. 

HOUSTON WRITERS GUILD - Houston Writers Guild holds weekly critique meeting devoted to helping members polish manuscripts for publication. Members write commercial fiction which covers genre novels, including mystery, romance, historical, women's interests, science fiction, memoir, and young adult. Also the Houston Writers Guild sponsors writing contests and writing conference workshops.

INPRINT HOUSTON - The mission of Inprint is to inspire readers and writers in Houston. Inprint Houston is a nonprofit organization founded in 1983, and their programs and events provide something for everyone and play a vital role in Houston's rich and diverse cultural life.

MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA - MWA is an organization founded in 1945 for mystery and crime writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and mystery genre fans. They sponsor MWA Literacy where they help to rebuild libraries around the US, as well as numerous other symposium, awards, and events annually.

- The NLAPW is a professional organization for women artists, composers, and writers, founded in 1897. They have branches across the country offering seminars, workshops, contests, grants, art exhibits, readings, concerts, and outreach programs.

NATIONAL WRITERS UNION - The National Writers Union is the only labor union that represents freelance writers. The NWU has more than 1,200 members in 13 chapters with the support of the United Automobile Workers. They work to advance the economic and working conditions of all writers. Members directly benefit from the many services the Union offers while actively contributing to a growing movement of professional freelancers.

SCRIPTWORKS - ScriptWorks is a playwright development and service organization with membership in Austin, Texas, and around the country. We exist to support dramatic writers by providing opportunities at all stages in the writing process — from inception through production. ScriptWorks supports the whole writer, not just an isolated project, and dedicates itself to career advancement as well as artistic growth.

- SPANnet is a community of authors and publishers working to learn and teach writing, marketing, book, production, and many other skills vital to business success.The mission of SPAN is to provide benefits that make their members more successful authors and publishers. SPAN members self publish books, and are also authors, writers, independent publishing companies, and nonprofit publishers.

SOCIETY OF CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS - SCBWI is a non-profit founded in 1971 by a group of Los Angeles-based children's writers. It is one of the largest existing organizations for writers and illustrators. It is the only professional organization specifically for those individuals writing and illustrating for children and young adults in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia. The SCBWI has regional branches and 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.

- TCTELA works to advance the literacy growth of all Texas students by developing a network of professionals, providing research-based professional development, and transforming public understanding of the connection between teacher knowledge and student learning.

- The Texas Institute of Letters is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to stimulate interest in Texas letters and to recognize distinctive literary achievement.

TEXAS LIBRARY ASSOCIATION - TLA is the largest state library association in the U.S. Its 7,000+ members are employed in all types of libraries (academic, public, school, and special). TLA's membership also includes library vendors and citizens who support libraries as trustees, members of Friends of the Library organizations, and library users.

Texas Mountain Trail Writers; The Texas Mountain Trail Writers is a writers group located in the Big Bend of Texas (Alpine, Marfa, Ft. Davis). They meet monthly from September - May, hold an annual spring writers’ retreat, and publish a yearly journal of members’ writings. Membership includes writers of all levels and all genres. More information on their website

WORDSPACE - WordSpace is a non-profit North Texas literary organization dedicated to supporting indigenous literature and connecting the best of world literature to local readers. Throughout the year WordSpace presents author readings, workshops, concerts and salons. Its mission is to promote the use of imaginative language and its creators working in traditional and experimental forms.

WRITERS GARRET - The Writer's Garret is a nonprofit literary center based in Dallas offering a variety of programs to the North Texas region, including classes and workshops for adults, and creative writing programs for community organizations and schools.

WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA - The WGA is a labor union composed of the thousands of writers who write the content for television shows, movies, news programs, documentaries, animation, and Internet and mobile phones (new media) that keep audiences constantly entertained and informed. The WGA's primary duty is to represent their members in negotiations with film and television producers to ensure the rights of screen, television, and new media writers. Because of the WGA’s long-term efforts, writers receive pension and health coverage, and their financial and creative rights are protected.