National Writing Associations


There are a wide variety of national writers organizations that you can join and most are divided out into the main genre. Most of the state and local chapters require you to be a member of those before you can join theirs.

Romance Writers of America (RWA) is a nonprofit trade association whose mission is to advance the professional and common business interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy and by increasing public awareness of the romance genre.

Membership Benefits
Membership Dues Assistance – Perseverance Fund

Annual dues are $99 for General and Associate members; a $25 processing fee will apply to all new and reinstating members. Membership dues and fees are nonrefundable.

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This organization has lots of Chapters in the state of Florida look in the county section for the ones in North Florida.


Here we celebrate all things YA— readers, writers, authors, books, and conventions. We share information, hold online classes, and support each other on the road to publication and beyond. Networking opportunities and a strong, active membership make YARWA a powerful force in the young adult writing community.

To join YARWA, you must be a member in good standing of our parent organization, Romance Writers of America. Once you’ve received your RWA membership number, we can process your YARWA membership.
Membership runs Sept to Aug – New Members $25, Renewing Member $20

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SFWA is an organization for published authors and industry professionals in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and related genres. Founded in 1965, SFWA informs, supports, promotes, defends, and advocates for its members. We host the prestigious Nebula Awards at our annual SFWA Nebula Conference, assist members in legal disputes with publishers, offer the Speakers Bureau, administer grants to SFF community organizations and members facing medical or legal expenses.

SFWA Membership is open to authors, artists, editors, and other industry professionals who meet our eligibility requirements.
Active member dues are $100.00 USD annually. Eligibility linked to verifiable income from published works. See website for Details.
Associate dues are $90.00 USD annually. Eligibility linked to verifiable income from published works (less stringent). See website for details.

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The website lists no local chapters or Affiliates anywhere in the U.S. but we have a local SFF group in North Florida look at the county listings about.


A nonprofit organization of writers and publishing professionals around the world, dedicated to promoting dark literature and the interests of those who write it. We sponsor the annual Bram Stoker Awards for superior achievement in horror literature.

Dues were increased to $69 effective 1 January 2013
Supporting members’ dues are $48 from 1 January 2013
Family membership dues are $85 from 1 January 2013

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No North Florida Chapter and only Florida Chapter is mostly through Facebook. There are a couple of writing groups on MEETUP.Com but they are located in southern and central Florida.
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ACFW’s mission is to advance Christian Fiction by inspiring writers to join with God in the creative process, training them in the craft, and educating them in the publishing industry.

ACFW offers Writing courses, Critique groups, The premier Christian Fiction Conference: August 25-28 in Nashville, The fellowship, and encouragement of other authors and Prayer partners.

First-year membership dues for ACFW are $65 (Renewals are $45).

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No Official North Florida Chapters Closest Chapter is in Longwood, FL

Welcome to the Nonfiction Authors Association (NFAA), a vibrant community for authors to connect, exchange ideas, and learn about book publishing and promotion. Our primary focus is to provide our members with educational resources and community support for nonfiction books including business, self-development, health and fitness, memoir, history, how-to, creative nonfiction and reference books. Started May 2013

How you can benefit from Authority membership:

Become part of a community whose members have similar goals and a variety of experiences to share.
Join in on our monthly publishing Q&A “Spark” calls to get your questions answered and learn from what others are going through.
Participate in our online forum to ask and answer questions and learn about the industry from your peers.
Receive weekly marketing “homework” (a prompt emailed to you to help you keep the marketing wheels in motion).
Download reports, templates, checklists, worksheets and other content from our database, with new content, added weekly.
Participate in our twice-monthly educational teleseminars and access our database of recordings from past teleseminar events.
Receive discounts from our partners including Office Depot, PR Newswire, and ProfNet.
Receive discounts off our annual Nonfiction Writers Conference and our year-round Nonfiction Book Awards program.
Participate in local chapters (where available) across the U.S. and in Canada.
Receive a member badge for your website and get featured in our member directory with a free profile.

They have two levels of Membership:
Basic – Free of Charge and you get listed in the NFAA Member Directory, 2+ Monthly Live Access to Educational Teleseminars and a Member Badge for Your Website
Authority Level is $19/Month or $190 for a year and you get the above listed in the Benefits section.

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North Florida doesn’t have a local chapter. Only one is in Orlando.


An inclusive organization of writers creating layered stories that are driven by the main character’s emotional journey. We are a volunteer-run organization dedicated to providing a community for career-focused women’s fiction writers via networking, education, and continuing support for career growth.

Member Benefits Include:
*Numerous forums with active discussions on craft, industry, the writing life, and women’s fiction books
*Critique training, followed by placement within a critique group
*Mentorship program (coming 2017)
*Quarterly newsletter
*Online workshops led by industry experts
*Resources, including online toolboxes for every level in a writer’s journey to publication and beyond
*Annual writers’ retreat with nationally-recognized authors, industry professionals, and acquiring agents and editors
*Online pitch opportunities with acquiring agents and editors

To become a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, please complete the member application form. Annual dues are $48, payable at the conclusion of the registration process.

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No local/State Chapters Listed on the website


Western Writers of America, Inc., was founded in 1953 to promote the literature of the American West and bestow Spur Awards for distinguished writing in the Western field. The founders were largely authors who wrote traditional Western fiction, but the organization swiftly expanded to include historians and other nonfiction authors, young adult and romance writers, and writers interested in regional history. Western Writers of America annually honors writers for distinguished writing about the American West with the Spur Awards.

Our benefits include:

*Our annual convention (June) brings members, publishers, editors, and agents together to transact business, renew friendships, attend panels, and participate in tours
*Spur Awards and banquet, where WWA honors the recipients of the organization’s coveted top awards (held at the convention)
*WWA actively helps its members market their work, and aggressively promotes the literature of the American West, which it considers this country’s unique contribution to world literature
*WWA authors’ member-only online bookstore
*Star Speakers Bureau, where members can list their details for speaking at events
*Roundup magazine, where members books can be reviewed

WWA is open to any published writer whose subject matter deals with the American West. Generally, a writer must have published one book or several magazine articles to qualify for Associate Membership, or have three books and numerous articles for Active membership. Active/Associate Membership Fee is $75 annually

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Mystery Writers of America is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre. MWA is dedicated to promoting higher regard for crime writing and recognition and respect for those who write within the genre. We provide scholarships for writers, sponsor MWA Literacy programs, sponsor symposia, and conferences, present the Edgar® Awards, and conduct other activities to further a better appreciation and higher regard for crime writing.

Benefits to join include issues of The Third Degree, national newsletter, discounts on various items including books, local chapter membership, access to discussion groups, mystery writer loan fund and mentorship to name but a few.

You do NOT have to be published to join our organization. We welcome everyone who is interested in mysteries and crime writing to join MWA. Our membership term is July 1st through June 30th. Dues are currently $115/per term. If you join MWA during January-March, your dues will be pro-rated upon renewal. If you join during April-June, you will automatically be paid for the next term.

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Only has regional Chapter Groups although the entire state of Florida is considered a region they only have information on meetings for Central and South Florida


Our mission is to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers.

Benefits of membership include a Quarterly newsletter, regional chapters discount for members of Writer’s Policy Academy, a link on the website for authors, networking, mentoring and fun.

An ACTIVE member is a paid-up Sisters in Crime, Inc. member who does not have a business interest in promoting the purposes of Sisters in Crime, Inc. This includes, but is not limited to, fans and readers.
Active, Annual Dues: $40
2 Year Member Active, Dues: $80
Lifetime Member Active, Dues: $400

A PROFESSIONAL member is a paid-up Sisters in Crime, Inc. member who is one of the following: an author pursuing a career in mystery writing, a bookseller, a publisher, a librarian, an editor or one who has a business interest in promoting the purposes of Sisters in Crime, Inc.
Professional, Annual Dues: $50
2 Year Member Professional, Bi-Annual Dues: $100
Lifetime Member Professional, Dues: $500

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The local Florida Chapter is listed under Duval County

1st Year Membership is $95 and annual renewal is $80
SCBWI members have access to a host of professional development events, marketing and promotional opportunities, online and print resources, and awards and grants.
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Has a Florida Regional Chapter with roving meetings closest being in Gainesville, Florida

Last Updated 01/28/2018