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Literary Organizations


There are many literary organizations that can help writers in a variety of ways. Poets & Writers offers a number of resources that can be useful to writers, including Poets & Writers Magazine; pw.org; the Readings & Workshops program, which funds writers in New York State, California, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, New Orleans, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Tucson; and Information Services, which provides answers to questions writers may have about publishing. Information Services also edits and maintains The Directory of Poets and Writers.

There are both regional and national literary organizations that help writers by providing them with resources, technical assistance, grants, awards, readings and workshops. The Academy of American Poets supports poets at all stages of their careers. PEN American Center defends freedom of expression and offers grants to writers and translators. The Authors Guild is a national membership organization that provides advice on contracts. The National Writers Union is a labor union representing freelance writers.

Other Resources

You can find other literary organizations by conducting an online search, contacting your local librarian, checking with the creative writing or English department of a local college or university, and browsing in the resource sections of bookstores.

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  • vertabeary says...

    Hello there.  I am a 57 year old Poet. I have been writing since I was 15 years old.  I am coming out of the writing closet with a bang.  I have wonderful reviews and my poetry is discribed as accessible.  I call myself the Rogue Poet because I follow no rules and I try to make my poetry very easy to unstand and honest.  Looking forward to getting involved. 

  • Jaded1170 says...

    I'm 51 as well.... I've been writing poetry since I was 15... started in my parents' attic by candle-light  lol  Yes, people read my poetry and I get really positive responses from half and my favorite response: "It's got merit, but it just seems too inaccessible." from the other half.

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