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of America (RWA) – With more than 100 in-person and online chapters, membership includes access to published and unpublished author resources, webinars, awards programs, local chapter meetups (at an extra membership charge), and a yearly in-person conference (at an extra fee for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.


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

Professional Organizations:


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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