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Cultivating Your Craft in the Digital Age: Networking

Published on Saturday, June 12, 2010 by

Writers need to network using social media tools as much as anyone in our web-connected world.  In order to compete in today’s market a writer should understand how these tools can improve his/her writing and connections. Some of these sites are as follows:

Writerface.com: WriterFace is an online social networking community and marketplace designed to help writers anywhere in the world; connect with their readers; market themselves in their chosen language, and sell their work.

A review of Writer Face shows that it provides writers with information on groups which are genre specific, marketing tips and ideas, other writers, and significant publishing events.  WriterFace also provides an opportunity for you to design your own social networking site.

The Linkedin-Ning Site for writers provides a site which “connects writers, artists and musicians with each other. We are a giant, ongoing novel, with humor and drama, pictures, music and video, stupid jokes and pathos and genuine friendships, and most of all supreme creativity.”

ABC Tales looks like another great site to share what your write, get feedback and tips on writing from other writers. They state the following:  Welcome to probably the most exciting story and poetry site in the world. The site where you can explore and develop your creative writing skills, get support from our editors, publish your short stories and poems online, get feedback and writing tips and meet fellow writers, all for free.

There are also writers associations such as the Romance Writers of America site.   They state that they are:  dedicated to advancing the professional interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy.

The association represents more than 10,000 members in 145 chapters offering local or special-interest networking and education.

Mystery Writer’s of America is a site which: is the premier organization for mystery and crime writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and folks who just love to read crime fiction.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America: a professional organization for authors of science fiction, fantasy and related genres.

Horror Writers Association: exists to promote and protect the careers of professional horror writers and those seeking to enter their ranks, while at the same time using its best endeavors to raise the profile of the horror genre in the publishing industry and among readers in general.

International Thriller Writers: “To bestow recognition and promote the thriller genre at an innovative and superior level for and through our Active Members; to provide opportunities for mentoring, education and collegiality among thriller authors and industry professionals; and to grant awards for excellence in the thriller genre.” ITW By-laws: Article II, Purposes, Section 2.

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators 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.

Academy of American Poets/Poet.org The Academy is a nonprofit organization with a mission to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry. Poets.org is one of several programs presented by the Academy of American Poets.

British Crime Writers Association: The main aims of Crime Writers’ Association are to promote the crime genre and to support professional writers. The CWA has been providing social and professional support for its members for more than half a century, as well as running the prestigious Dagger Awards.

Canadian Writer’s Association states that “if you are serious about your writing you will want to become a CAA member to obtain the greatest benefit and access to the wide range of services and networking that is available only to our members.”

Federation of British Columbia Writers: the Federation is the voice of writers in BC—supporting, developing, informing and promoting writers while fostering a community for writing throughout the province. Along with established and emerging writers, the Federation of BC Writers includes those who have an interest in the works of our talented authors and in the resources and programs we offer.

Fellowship of Australian Writers: founded in 1928, is a non-profit making voluntary organisation which aims to bring together all those interested in writing for their mutual professional, cultural and social benefit, and to provide information and advice to them. The membership includes writers working in diverse fields. While FAW (Vic) Inc. is based in Victoria, the competitions and publishing opportunities advertised in its regular magazine The Australian Writer are open to all Australian writers.

The International Women’s Writers Guild: essentially supports women writers.  The benefits are numerous and are listed on the website.

Associations provide writers with affiliations with other writers who have similar interests, connections and professional support.   Being a member of an association may establish regional ties with other writers who can help you get published.

One Response
    • I have been contemplating spending the money to join one or two of the national writing associations. I just haven’t figured out yet which ones would best suit my needs at this point. I will stick with Virtual Writers as my main association for the moment.

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