Writer’s Connections

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How to Find a Writers Conference

There are all kinds of writers conferences. Google is the best way of finding them. Be sure to look for conferences that are right for your book. Don’t sign up for the Romance Writers of America conference if you’re writing a middle grade historical novel.

If you’ve never been to a writers conference, pick a small, local one for your first time, even if the right editors or agents won’t be attending. You’ll learn a lot. But if you’re ready to pitch your book, look for conferences that have the right editors and agents there. The conference website will list the editors and agents under faculty and staff. You can often find small conference by Googling the name of your city or state and the words “writers conference.”

You can also look for writing organizations that you’re part of to see if they’re having a conference. Organizations like RWA (Romance Writers of America), ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), and SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) have their own conferences and so do many other organizations.

 

 

About Professional Organizations 

 

A great way to meet other writers is to join a professional organization for writers. There are hundreds, and you don’t have to join them all. I’m a member of three: two national and one state. Here’s a short list of national organizations that I recommend, but be sure and look for ones in your state as well, since that will help you find other writers that live near you. 

 

Academy of American Poets: www.poets.org

 

American Christian Fiction Writers: www.acfw.com

 

Association of Christian Writers in the UK: www.christianwriters.org.uk

 

American Crime Writers League: www.acwl.org

 

Australian Society of Authors: www.asauthors.org

 

British Crime Writers’ Association: www.thecwa.co.uk

 

Canadian Authors Association: www.canauthors.org

 

Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators, and Performers: www.canscaip.org

 

Christian Writers Guild: www.christianwritersguild.com

 

Crime Writers of Canada: www.crimewriterscanada.com

 

Fellowship of Australian Writers: www.writers.asn.au

 

Fiction Writers Connection: www.fictionwriters.com

 

Historical Novel Society: historicalnovelsociety.org

 

Horror Writers Association: www.horror.org

 

Military Writers Society of America: www.mwsadispatches.com

 

Mystery Writers of America: www.mysterywriters.org

 

Poets & Writers: www.pw.org

 

Poetry Society of America: www.poetrysociety.org

 

Romance Writers of America: www.rwa.org

 

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America: www.sfwa.org

 

Sisters in Crime: www.sistersincrime.org

 

Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators: www.scbwi.org

Western Writers of America: westernwriters.org