Jill Williamson | Where Adventure Comes to Life

Jill Williamson | Where Adventure Comes to Life

Writer’s Connections

Jill Williamson on January 18, 2012

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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

American Crime Writers League: www.acwl.org

American Society of Journalists and Authors: http://asja.org

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

Australian Society of Authors: www.asauthors.org

The Author’s Guild: https://www.authorsguild.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

Willamette Writers: http://willamettewriters.org (Near Portland, Oregon)

The Writer’s Guild of America: http://www.wga.org 

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