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CATEGORY: Literary Service Organizations

The Alabama Writers’ Forum promotes and facilitates the practice of literary arts through its services to writers and the general public. With individual and corporate associates statewide, the Forum represents diverse voices of today’s writing talent.

Contact

Jeannie Thompson
Director

Address

Alabama State Council on the Arts
201 Monroe Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-1800
334-242-4076 Ext. 233
334-240-3269

Links

www.writersforum.org

Founded in 1900, the American Booksellers Association is a not-for-profit organization devoted to meeting the needs of its core members of independently owned bookstores with retail storefront locations through advocacy, education, research, and information dissemination. The ABA actively supports free speech, literacy, and programs that encourage reading. The association also hosts the annual ABA Convention in conjunction with BookExpo America each Spring, and sponsors BookSense, the national integrating marketing campaign.

Contact

Ann Christophersen
President
info@bookweb.org

Address

828 South Broadway
Tarrytown, New York 10591
[New York State]
800-637-0037
914-591-2720

Links

www.BookWeb.org

The mission of The Association of Writers & Writing Programs is to foster literary talent and achievement, to advance the art of writing as essential to a good education, and to serve the makers, teachers, students, and readers of contemporary writing.

Contact

David Fenza
Executive Director
awp@gmu.edu

Address

George Mason University
Mailstop 1E3
Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444
703-993-4301

Links

www.awpwriter.org

Founded in 1967, CLMP serves one of the most active segments of American arts and culture: the independent publishers of exceptional fiction, poetry and prose. Literary magazines and presses accomplish the backstage work of American literature: discovering new writers; supporting mid-career writers; publishing the creative voices of communities underrepresented in the mainstream commercial culture; and preserving literature for future readers by keeping books in print. Organizational strength and good business practices are as necessary to the survival of these publishers as their editorial work is to the vitality of American letters. As the service organization to these publishers, CLMP guides literature through the business of publishing.

Contact

Jeffrey Lependorf
Executive Director
info@clmp.org

Address

154 Christopher Street
Suite 3C
New York, New York 10014-2839
[New York State]
212-741-9110
212-741-9112

Links

www.clmp.org

Georgia Writers Association is a nonprofit organization that works across the state to encourage and strengthen the proficiencies of writers in both the creative and the business aspects of the writing life. GWA does this through an array of speakers and programs at regular meetings and through workshops, conferences, seminars, retreats, contests and other events; by the formation of Pods, (satellite groups) and other forms of support groups; and by the bi-monthly publication of Georgia Writers News/Mag.

Contact

Geri Taran
Executive Director
director@georgiawriters.org

Address

1266 West Paces Ferry Road
Suite 217
Atlanta, Georgia 30327-2306
678-407-0703
678-407-9917

Links

www.georgiawriters.org

The IWWG, founded in 1976, is a network for the personal and professional empowerment of women through writing and open to all regardless of portfolio. As such, it has established a remarkable record of achievement in the publishing world, as well as in circles where lifelong learning and personal transformation are valued for their own sake. The Guild nurtures and supports holistic thinking by recognizing the logic of the heart?the ability to perceive the subtle interconnections between people, events and emotions- alongside conventional logic.

Contact

Hannelore Hahn
Founder/Executive Director
Dirhahn@aol.com

Address

P.O. Box 810 Gracie Station
244 East 86th Street
New York, New York 10028-0082
[New York State]
212-737-7536
212-737-9469

Links

www.iwwg.com

The purpose of the Knoxville Writers’ Guild is to facilitate a broad, inclusive, and egalitarian community among area writers; to provide a forum for information, support, and sharing among writers; to help members improve and market their writing skills; and to promote writing and creativity in the wider community through education, publication,and sponsorship of writing-related public events.

Contact

Julie Auer
Board President
esulliv2@utk.edu

Address

Knoxville Writers’ Guild
P.O. Box 10326
Knoxville, Tennessee 37939

Links

www.knoxvillewritersguild.org

The Lane Literary Guild has supported the literary arts since 1984. The Guild: sponsors the Windfall Reading Series and other local literary events; offers workshops/critique groups to members; publishes the Writer’s Access newsletter, which features articles on upcoming Windfall Series readers, a calendar of local literary events, member news, and notices of regional workshops and contests.

Contact

Cecelia Hagan
Series Coordinator

Contact 2

Tim Whitsel
Series Coordinator

Address

P.O. Box 11035
Eugene, Oregon 97440
541-485-2278
541-485-2478

Links

www.laneliteraryguild.org

Established with a $45,000 NEA Education and Access grant, Litline hosts or provide links to the home pages of over 200 literary presses and magazines and non-profit literary organizations. Designed to expand the audience for serious literature in America, Litline is provided as a free service to the field.

Contact

Address

Illinois State University
Campus Box 4241
Normal, Illinois 61790-4241

Links

www.litline.org

https://litnet.org

Founded in 1975, Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance is a nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to promote the value of literature and the art of writing by building a community of publishers, writers, and readers of all ages within Maine.

Contact

Sarah Cecil
Executive Director
info@mainewriters.org

Address

1326 Washington Street
Bath, Maine 4530
207-386-1400
207-386-1401

Links

www.mainewriters.org

Acknowledging the signal importance of reading and writing to citizens of all ages and backgrounds?and the profound gap between the literary community and readers living in underserved communities?the Foundation’s Trustees established The National Book Foundation to raise the cultural appreciation of great writing in America. Since then, the Foundation has sought to fulfill this mission in two ways. Through The National Book Awards?the nation’s preeminent literary prize?the Foundation recognizes books of exceptional merit written by Americans. Through its unique outreach programs featuring National Book Award authors, communities participate in the writing life of the nation by reading and writing together.

Contact

Neil Baldwin
Executive Director
nationalbook@nationalbook.org

Address

95 Madison Avenue
Suite 709
New York, New York 10016
[New York State]
212-685-0261
212-213-6570

Links

www.nationalbook.org

The National Writers Union is more than just another writers’ organization?it is the only labor union that represents freelance writers in all genres, formats, and media. [The Writers Union believes that] as freelancers we may value our autonomy, but we are united in the fact that we work independently. We face the same challenges, file the same income tax forms, and often suffer the same frustrations. Whether you’re a journalist, a book author or a technical or business writer?whether you write poetry or miscellaneous copy?the NWU is already working to improve your professional life.

Contact

Chris Zik
Executive Director
nwu@nwu.org

Address

113 University Place
6th Floor
New York, New York 10003
[New York State]
212-254-0279
212-254-0673

Links

www.nwu.org

Founded in 1985, the nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is one of the largest statewide literary service organizations in the country. The Network connects, educates, and promotes writers at all stages of development, from beginners to pros, through workshops, conferences, competitions, a critiquing service, and a summer writers-in-residence program. Its Center for Business and Technical Writing provides on-site workshops tailored to the specific needs of North Carolina companies.

Contact

Cynthia Barrett
Executive Director
mail@ncwriters.org

Address

P.O. Box 954
Carrboro, North Carolina 27510
919-967-9540
919-929-0535

Links

www.ncwriters.org

The Northwest Playwrights Guild is a non-profit organization established in 1982 to serve the needs of playwrights in the northwestern region of the United States and Canada.

Contact

Address

P.O. Box 1728
Portland, Oregon 97207

Links

www.nwpg.org

PEN American Center, the largest of nearly 130 Centers worldwide that compose International PEN, is a membership association of prominent literary writers and editors. As a major voice of the literary community the organization seeks to defend the freedom of expression wherever it may be threatened, and promote and encourage the recognition and reading of contemporary literature.

Contact

Michael Roberts
Executive Director
pen@pen.org

Address

568 Broadway
Suite 401
New York, New York 10012-3225
[New York State]
212-334-1660
212-334-2181

Links

www.pen.org

Poets & Writers, Inc. is the primary source of information, support, and guidance for creative writers. Founded in 1970, it is the nation’s largest nonprofit literary organization. Poets & Writers Magazine, the organization’s flagship publication, is the leading journal of its kind for creative writers. Along with essays on the literary life and interviews with contemporary writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, the magazine publishes articles with practical applications for both emerging and established writers.

Each year, through its Readings/Workshops Program, P&W sponsors more than 1,000 literary events?on average three events per day?throughout New York and California, as well as in Chicago and Detroit. As a co-founder of the Literary Network, Poets & Writers continues to champion the cause of freedom of expression and advocates on behalf of writers for public funding of literature and the arts.

Contact

Elliot Figman
Executive Director
admin@pw.org

Address

72 Spring Street
Suite 301
New York, New York 10012-4019
[New York State]
212-226-3586
212-226-3963

Links

www.pw.org

San Diego Writers Cooperative is a group of San Diego writers who meet regularly to share and discuss our writing. The Cooperative also helps promote the local writing community through contests, a local directory and calendar of upcomings events open to all.

Contact

Gwyn Henry
Executive Director
info@sandiegowriters.org

Address

P.O. Box 34384
San Diego, California

Links

www.sandiegowriters.org

Small Press Distribution is a non-profit literary arts organization located in Berkeley, California. The mission is to nurture a cultural context in which the literary arts are valued and sustained, and we accomplish this mission by providing wholesaling services to independent presses and through our public programs and advocacy efforts. SPD believes that the written word, in its most eloquent form, deserves the broadest possible distribution.

Contact

Laura Moriarty
Assistant Director
spd@spdbooks.org

Address

1342 Seventh Street
Berkeley, California 94710-1409
510-524-1668
510-524-0852
Orders: 800-869-7553

Links

www.spdbooks.org

Teachers & Writers Collaborative was founded in 1967 by a group of writers and educators who believed that writers could make a unique contribution to the teaching of writing. A nonprofit organization, T&W provides workshops for over 30,000 students per year in the New York tri-state region and publishes an impressive catalogue of creative writing titles. T&W also sponsors an educational radio show, Everything Goes? a free after-school spoken word program, Urban Word NYC, and a literacy initiative for teen mothers, Read to Me.

Contact

Bruce Morrow
Associate Director
info@twc.org

Address

5 Union Square West
New York, New York 10003-3306
[New York State]
212-691-6590
212-675-0171

Links

www.twc.org

Contact

The Academy was founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry.

To fulfill this mission, the Academy administers many important programs, including:

  • Poets.org, our award-winning website, which provides a wealth of content on contemporary poetry and receives 400,000 unique visitors each month
  • National Poetry Month (April), established by the Academy in 1996 and now the largest literary celebration in the world
  • Online Poetry Classroom, which provides free poetry lesson plans and other tools to teachers
  • Poetry Audio Archive, a recorded collection of nearly 500 Academy readings dating back to the 1960s
  • High School Poetry Workshops for New York City students
  • and American Poet, our biannual journal and literary magazine.

In addition, the Academy administers the most important collection of poetry awards in the United States, including the Wallace Steven Award, the Walt Whitman Award, and College Prizes at nearly 200 schools across the country. Through its awards program, the Academy awards well over $200,000 each year to individual poets.

The Academy is supported by nearly 8,000 dues-paying members, as well as private foundations, corporations, and government sources such as the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Contact

Tree Swenson
Executive Director
info@poets.org

Address

588 Broadway
Suite 604
New York, New York 10012-3250
[New York State]
212-274-0343
212-274-9427

Links

http://www.poets.org

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 64,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information. ALA offers professional services and publications to members and nonmembers, including online news stories from American Libraries and analysis of crucial issues from the Washington Office.

Contact

Address

50 East Huron Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
800-545-2433
Washington Office
1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite #403 Washington, DC 20004-1701 Phone: (800)-941-8478 Fax: (202) 628-8410

Links

www.ala.org

AUP, an organization of nonprofit scholarly publishers is dedicated to the support of creative and effective scholarly communications. Through professional development opportunities, cooperative programs and information resources, AAUP helps its members fulfill their common commitment to scholarship, the academy and society.

Contact

Peter J. Givler
Executive Director
aaupinfo@aaupnet.org

Address

71 West 23rd Street
Suite 901
New York, New York 10010
[New York State]
212-989-1010
212-989-0275

Links

www.aaupnet.org

The Authors Guild is the nation’s oldest and largest professional society of published authors, representing over 8,000 writers. The Guild and its parent organization, the Author’s League of America, have achieved much for individual authors through the collective power and voice of their members?from improvement of contracts and royalty statements, to protection of author’s rights under the first amendment, to the redress of damaging tax inequities.

Contact

Letty Cottin Pogrebin
President

Address

31 E 28th Street
10th Floor
New York, New York 10016
[New York State]
212 563 5904
212 564 5363

Links

www.authorsguild.org

The Writers’ League of Texas promotes the art of writing by supporting writers in their artistic and professional goals. WLT is the second largest regional writing group in the nation and it is dedicated to helping writers take their art to the highest level. It works with anyone who loves the written word, from the novice just dipping a toe in the literary waters for the first time, to the seasoned pro trying to navigate the rapids of the publishing world. League members have won the Pulitzer, the Edgar, the Agatha, and the Spur.

Contact

Helen Ginger
Executive Director
helen@writersleague.org

Address

1501 West Fifth Street
Suite E2
Austin, Texas 78703
512-499-8914
512-499-0441

Links

www.writersleague.org