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Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America
From their website: "SFWA is a professional organization for authors of science fiction, fantasy and related genres. Esteemed past and present members include Isaac Asimov, Anne McCaffrey, Ray Bradbury, and Andre Norton.
SFWA informs, supports, promotes, defends and advocates for its members. We host the prestigious Nebula Awards, assist members in legal disputes with publishers, and administer benevolent funds for authors facing medical or legal expenses. Novice authors benefit from our Information Center and the well-known Writer Beware site."
Sisters in Crime
From their website: "Sisters in Crime (SinC) is an international organization founded in 1986 to promote the professional development and advancement of women writing crime fiction.
Today, SinC is made up of more than 3,000 members in 48 chapters worldwide — authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers, librarians, and others who love mysteries."
Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network
From their website: "The Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network (SPAWN) provides information, resources and opportunities for everyone involved in or interested in publishing, whether you are an author, freelance writer, artist or you own a publishing company.
SPAWN also encourages the exchange of ideas, information, and other mutual benefits. On this website you will find information on writing, marketing, and publishing. It also offers links to research sources, publishers, printers, and the media."
Society of American Business Editors and Writers
From their website: "Members of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Inc. have joined together in the common pursuit of the highest standards of economic journalism, through both individual and collective efforts. Recognizing that economic freedom is inextricably linked to political freedom, and that an informed citizenry can ensure that these freedoms are sustained, it is the Society’s mission as an independent, not-for-profit organization to encourage comprehensive reporting of economic events without fear or favoritism and to upgrade skills and knowledge through continuous educational efforts."
Society of American Travel Writers
From their website: "Founded in 1955, SATW is a professional association whose purpose is to: promote responsible journalism; provide professional support and development for our members; encourage the conservation and preservation of travel resources worldwide."
Society of Children's Writers and Illustrators
From their website: "Founded in 1971 by a group of Los Angeles-based children's writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is a non-profit , 501 (c)3 organization which is one of the largest existing organizations for writers and illustrators. It is the only professional organization specifically for those individuals writing and illustrating for children and young adults in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia.
The SCBWI acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people. It serves as a consolidated voice for professional writers and illustrators the world over."
Society of Professional Journalists
From their website: "The Society of Professional Journalists is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty.
To ensure that the concept of self-government outlined by the U.S. Constitution remains a reality into future centuries, the American people must be well informed in order to make decisions regarding their lives, and their local and national communities.
It is the role of journalists to provide this information in an accurate, comprehensive, timely and understandable manner."
Society of Technical Communication
From their website: "The origin of technical communication has been attributed to various eras: Ancient Greece, the Renaissance, and the mid-twentieth century. However, the professional field was firmly established during the First World War, growing out of the need for technology-based documentation in the military, manufacturing, electronic, and aerospace industries.
In the United States, two organizations concerned with improving the practice of technical communication were founded on the East Coast in 1953: the Society of Technical Writers and the Association of Technical Writers and Editors. These organizations merged in 1957 to form the Society of Technical Writers and Editors (STWE).
One of the Society's primary missions has been to prove technical communication's relevance and importance in the world. In 2009, the Society successfully lobbied the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics to recognize Technical Writer as a profession. In 2010, the Society began a year-long project to transform the organization and to prepare for the next fifty years of growth for the profession. This is an exciting time to be a technical communicator!"
Songwriters Guild of America
From their website: "Not yet published but feel driven to write music? This is the place to hone your skills and prepare your songs to be published! As a professional songwriter (or an heir), you need to protect your copyrights, pitch your catalog and collect on royalties. We can help. Our work in Washington on behalf of songwriters has resulted in increased royalty rates, tougher laws against piracy and education about the tough times faced by first-order creators."
Western Writers of America
From their 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.
Today it has over 600 members who write everything from mainstream fiction to local history. Its annual convention occurs each June. For the convention, members, guests, editors, and agents gather together to renew friendships, do business, attend panels, go on field trips, and conduct the organization's business. Each convention concludes with the Spur Awards banquet, the moment when the WWA honors those who win the coveted awards.
WWA actively helps its members promote their books and articles, and aggressively promotes the literature of the American West, which it considers this country's unique contribution to world literature."
Writers Guild of America
From their website: "The WGA represents writers in the motion picture, broadcast, cable and new technologies industries."
Writers Guild of Canada
From their website: "Working for Canadian Screenwriters: The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) represents more than 2,000 professional English-language screenwriters in Canada. These are the creators who write the distinctly Canadian entertainment we enjoy on our televisions, movie screens, radios and digital platforms."
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