Professional Organizations and Conferences for Authors

Writing can be a solitary act, but there’s a community out there for every genre and special interest. Joining an organization tailored to your genre or attending a genre-specific conference can help hone your craft as a writer. Other perks include author advocacy, peer review partners, and resources and workshops to advance your skills.

The following is a list of professional organizations and educational conferences for authors. I’ve done the research, so you don’t have to!

Note: There are organizations and conferences for all genres. This is not a comprehensive list; only a list curated for the genres I edit.

Romance Author Professional Organizations and Conferences

Professional Organizations:

  • Romance Writers of America (RWA) – With more than 100 in-person and online chapters, membership includes access to published and unpublished author resources, webinars, awards programs, local chapter meetups (at an extra membership charge), and a yearly in-person conference (at an extra fee for attendance).
  • Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) – UK-based organization of 1,000+ members, focused on romance, commercial, and women’s fiction. Membership includes access to an award program, special events, and learning resources.
  • Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) – Community of 1,000+ authors who identify as romance authors or have other driving elements that focus on the woman’s journey. Membership includes access to author retreats, workshops, webinars, contests, and writing resources.

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Science Fiction and Fantasy (SFF) Author Professional Organizations and Conferences

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General Fiction Professional Organizations and Conferences

Professional Organizations:

  • The Authors Guild – For published authors looking for a community and a voice. Member benefits include legal aid, seminars, a resource library, and insurance coverage.
  • NaNoWriMo – Also known as National Novel Writing Month, this organization supports writing fluency and education. Every November, authors are challenged to write 50,000 words.
  • Mystery Writers of America – For mystery and crime writers, this organization has regional chapters with regular meetings and newsletters.

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