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Writers' Organisations

Organisations which help Writers

International Association of Conscious and Creative Writers

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United States

The International Association of Conscious & Creative Writers (IACCW teaches a combination of soul and craft through Conscious Writing which opens the way for writers to discover their authentic voice - on the page and in the world.  Read more

Royal Society of Literature

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United Kingdom

This British site may seem rather formal (stated aim ‘to sustain and encourage all that is perceived as best whether traditional or experimental in English letters, and to strive for a Catholic appreciation of literature’), but has a lively series of lectures and discussions involving distinguished authors. Also administers literary prizes. http://www.rslit.org/index1.html

Historical Writers' Association

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Novelist Manda Scott has recently formed the Historical Writers' Association as a forum for writers and to promote the genre. The internet-based group already boasts around 100 members including authors, agents and editors, is open to writers of historical fiction and non-fiction.

Academy of American Poets

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The website of the wonderful Academy, which was founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry. Any poet or poetry lover would find it worth a visit.

Canadian Authors' Association

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The national writers' organisation. A useful site, with plenty of information for authors on resources, copyrights, contracts, writing markets, publisher contracts and research

New Zealand Society of Authors

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New Zealand

Association working to improve the situation for New Zealand writers. Members' contracts service, bookselling and offers website services. www.authors.org.nz

HTML Writers Guild

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United States

For anyone interested in web design and writing, with around 123,000 members worldwide. Provides a network, information and support, including online tutorials. In August 2001 merged into the International Webmasters Association (IWA) to for the world's largest association of Internet professionals.

PEN

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United Kingdom

Supported by eminent writers, this is the English branch of International Pen, which has centres in nearly 100 countries. It fights for freedom of expression and against political censorship. It campaigns for writers harassed, imprisoned and sometimes murdered for their views. http://www.englishpen.org/

Alliance of Independent Publishers

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The only non-profit association for the self-publishing writer. Started by Orna Ross as a response to her own experience of leaving trade publishing to try the independent route, this global organisation offers guidance and helpline, connection and collaboration and a host of benefits and incentives.

Playwrights Union of Canada

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Canada

Useful advice, particularly in book entitled Strategies: The Business of being a Playwright in Canada. www.puc.ca

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