Science Fiction writers groups offer wonderful resources for writers. Some writers groups or organizations are free; others charge membership fees. The can help you find a literary agent, arrange meetings with editors, go to writing conferences, learn craft techniques, and keep up with changes in the publishing industry.
Before you join any writers groups or organizations, be sure to ask a lot of questions to make sure that the group is appropriate for you!
Here’s a great list of Science Fiction writers groups, associations, organizations and events!
SFWA is a professional organization for writers in these genres. Past distinguished members have included the famous Science Fiction writers Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury. In addition to hosting the prestigious Nebula Awards, the SFWA provides online discussion forums and educational and informational resources for all things science fiction and fantasy.
Like the SFWA, the BSFA provides an online community for writers along with useful information such as major UK science fiction event calendars as well as complimentary SF magazine subscriptions for paid members. The association also hosts its own annual awards.
The ASFA offers a number of annual awards as well as access to useful sci-fi writing resources.
This is a bilingual (English/French) association, for speculative fiction writers whose work falls under a wide range of genres. The association provides a useful resource list and a frequently updates a feed of the latest in Canadian Science Fiction news.
Is for the study of Speculative Fiction writing and film. In addition to providing information on upcoming events and conferences, the website provides information about several publications for aspiring Science Fiction writers.
Attending an event can provide great insights into what readers are currently looking for and will give you plenty of ideas for your next (or first) novel.
Promotes excellence in Speculative Fiction – a broader genre encompassing hard science fiction, epic fantasy and several other subgenres. The foundation offers the latest Speculative Fiction news and grants for aspiring writers.
A writers association for writers of Christian fiction novels and stories.
A professional writer’s organization for multi-published book authors.
A professional organization for writers, great for keeping up with the changing face of the publishing industry and issues related to copyright protection.
A writers association for all levels and genres that offers some professional services, such as contract review and critique.
A Northwest writers association “to develop the writing talent through education, accessibility to the publishing industry, and participation in an interactive, vital writer community.”
Others Writers Groups
Want to find a local writing group? A writers association that meets close to home? Finding the right group may be easier than you think! If you want to find more writers associations, here’s where to start:
Your local library. Librarians know a lot about local writers organizations and groups. Your neighbors may be writing and you don’t even know it. Stop by your local library’s circ desk and ask about local writing groups or clubs.
Your local bookstore. Many independent bookstores host groups of creative writers, who gather for critique, feedback, and support. Support your local bookseller and connect with like-minded writers!
Meetup.com. This website (or another like it) can help you connect with writers who share your interests. As always, take precautions when joining any new group!
This list of writers associations and organizations has been a labor of love to writers who want to connect with others and advance their careers!
I’m sure I’ve missed some writers groups. Comment here with any association, organizations, groups or event sites I missed that we should know about.
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