When the idea of writing morphed into a dream to get published, I quickly realized I had a lot to learn. I sought out writing organizations that would provide the opportunity to meet other, hopefully like-minded, writers.
What I discovered is that there are a lot of writing organizations. Some niche focused, some general. All had great things to offer. But none were focused on what I needed as an aspiring author of women’s fiction.
Then someone recommended an online chapter under Romance Writers of America that was dedicated to women’s fiction. I couldn’t believe my luck!
In the two years since joining, I’ve met amazing writers—multi-published authors (can we say fan girl squees?), debut authors and aspiring writers, treading water just like me. I met my fabulous critique partners, learned heaps about publishing, and gained the confidence to go after my dream.
As many of our readers will remember from a post Laura Drake wrote for Writer Unboxed in December, RWA decided to refocus the specialty chapters so that they better align with its mission to serve career focused romance writers. While that decision was right for RWA and the many romance writers under their umbrella, it left a lot of us feeling homeless.
See a Need, Fill a Need
In my house, we watch a lot of animated movies. The other day we were watching Robots and one line stuck in my head. The slogan for master inventor Bigweld (played by Mel Brooks) is “see a need, fill a need.”
The need is for an organization dedicated to women’s fiction. Whether the stories are contemporary or historical; literary or commercial; include a dash of romance, a heap of romance or none at all; the stories all have one common thread—they are about a woman’s emotional journey.
A new organization—Women’s Fiction Writers Association—is being launched to fill the need. It will be an inclusive community of career-focused women’s fiction writers with networking, education and support at every step in their career path.
Why? Because being part of a supportive community brings dreams down to earth.
Finding that Perfect Fit
Below are a few of the organizations that I know of. I’m sure there are more out there so if I’ve missed some, please post the details in a comment.
- Savvy Authors
- Novelists, Inc.
- Liberty States Fiction Writers
- Romance Writers of America
- Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
- The Writer's Center
- The International Women's Writing Guild
- Sisters in Crime
- The Authors Guild
- Historical Novel Society
- Mystery Writers of America
- National Association of Independent Writers and Editors
- National Writers Association
- Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators
- Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
- Western Writers of America
- Horror Writers Organization
- Carteret Writers
And, of course, if you’re interested in learning more about the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, please leave a comment and we’ll respond.
Note: Writers In The Storm is not endorsing any of the above organizations, this list is meant as a reference only.
So? What do you think? Do you need the support of a group, or do you go it alone? Do you know of any groups we missed?