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California Writers Club
From their website: "California Writers Club, founded in 1909, is one of the nation’s oldest professional clubs for writers. We are a 501c3 nonprofit educational corporation with eighteen branches in California. Our organization is dedicated to educating writers of all levels and disciplines in the craft of writing and in the marketing of their work. The Club has more than 1,300 members.
Our branches hold regular meetings with informative speakers and opportunities for networking with your fellow writers and publishing industry pros through our workshops, contests, seminars, and conferences. Join us and improve your writing and build your career."
Canadian Authors Association
From their website: "The Canadian Authors Association (CAA) is a national organization with a local presence dedicated to promoting a flourishing community of writers across Canada and to encourage works of literary and artistic merit."
Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators, and Performers
From their website: "The Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP) is a group of professionals in the field of children's culture with members from all parts of Canada. As a National Arts Service Organization, CANSCAIP supports and promotes children's literature through online forums, newsletters, workshops, meetings and other information programs for authors, illustrators, performers, parents, teachers, librarians, publishers and others. CANSCAIP has over 400 professional members and over 600 associate members—teachers, librarians, parents, publishers, emerging creators and others—who are interested in aspects of children's books, illustrations and performances."
Cassell Network of Writers
From their website: "We've been linking professional writers and editors with those who need content and editorial services since 1982 … so we know our members … and can give you old-fashioned personal attention … whether you're an editor, a creative director, a business owner or professional, or an individual needing help with your memoirs.
And, if you're a freelance writer or editor, our Network offers you the latest market information, marketing tips, business-building strategies, and valuable networking help."
Cat Writers' Association, Inc.
From their website: "The Cat Writers' Association, Inc. (CWA) is an organization of professionals writing, publishing and broadcasting about cats. Our members include writers, editors, publishers, artists, public relations specialists, broadcasters and others. CWA is extremely proud of our member authors and their publications. A newsletter, MEOW, is published quarterly and available to members only. We also have a very informative CWA Mailing List to promote professional communication among those online members of CWA. Our slide presentation will give you a quick overview of CWA.
CWA has initiated a Mentoring Program for its members as yet another advantage of their membership. The purpose of the program is to provide counseling guidelines and a structured process for members to find mentors, while the main goal is for individuals to get one-on-one advice on various professional writing matters."
From their website: "Founded in 1995, CineStory is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It is dedicated to nurturing new screenwriting talent through its annual screenwriting contest, retreat, and fellowship. These programs are aimed at writers with a high level of craft who are ready to enter the industry.
CineStory is based in Los Angeles with a retreat center in Idyllwild, California, but the contest and etreat are open to international screenwriters."
Crime Writers' Association – British
From their website: "The main aims of Crime Writers’ Association are to promote the crime genre and to support professional writers. The CWA has been providing social and professional support for its members for more than half a century, as well as running the prestigious Dagger Awards."
Crime Writers of Canada
From their website: "We are the national professional association for mystery and crime writers in Canada!"
Crime Writers of Canada(CWC) is a national non-profit organization for Canadian mystery and crime writers, associated professionals, and others with a serious interest in Canadian crime writing. Our mission is to promote Canadian crime writing and to raise the profile of Canadian crime writers with readers, reviewers, librarians, booksellers, and media.
The CWC has sponsored Canada's Arthur Ellis Awards for Crime and Mystery Writing since 1984."
Criminal Justice Journalists
From their website: "Criminal Justice Journalists, a non-profit, member supported organization was founded in 1997. Our goal is to improve the quality and accuracy of news reporting on crime, law enforcement, and the judicial system. In January 2001, CJJ affiliated with the Jerry Lee Center of Criminology of the University of Pennsylvania. The center was founded by Jerry Lee, president of WBEB-FM in Philadelphia, and is headed by criminologist Lawrence W. Sherman."
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