Kris is off this week, attending to her official duties for the upcoming Edgar(R) Awards ceremonies. Awards season is traditionally a time of anticipation and excitement for writers. The ceremonies present a rare opportunity for us to emerge from behind our glowing screens, don beaded gown or black tie, in order to honor and socialize with our peers.
In addition to handing out awards, professional associations can support and add value to any writer’s career. Here’s a roundup of some of the leading associations for writers:
Mystery Writers of America
MWA, which presents the Edgar(R) Awards, is a well-established association for crime writers in the United States. MWA works to raise the the level of recognition for writers who write in the crime genre, while educating its members about their rights and interests.
International Thriller Writers
As the title suggests, ITW is an association of writers who create thrillers. Emphasis is placed on finding ways for bestselling authors to pass their knowledge of the writing craft to mid-list and debut writers. ITW presents its yearly Thriller Awards at its annual conference in New York City.
Sisters In Crime
The stated mission of Sisters in Crime is to “promote the professional development and the advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry.” There are SinC chapters all over the country.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
SFWA, which hosts the Nebula Awards, “informs, supports, defends, and advocates” for its membership of science fiction and fantasy writers. High-profile members of the past include Ray Bradbury, Anne McCaffrey, and Isaac Asimov.
Romance Writers of America
RWA seeks to enhance the professional interest of romance writers through networking and advocacy. It presents annual awards for both published books and unpublished manuscripts.
Horror Writers Association
HWA promotes the interests of “dark literature”, and those who write it. HWA presents the annual Bram Stoker Awards(R) for achievement in horror literature.
Are there any groups I’ve overlooked? Which professional associations do you belong to? How have those associations helped your development as a writer?
And congratulations to all the nominees for the Edgar this year!