American Copy Editors Society (ACES)

Their introduction reads: “Some may think of us as grammar geeks, punctuation freaks and syntax-obsessed snobs. In reality, we are an international members’ alliance of editors working at newspapers, magazines, websites, traditional media outlets and Fortune 500 companies, as well as freelance editors, students and their professors.” Offers discussions, programs, events, a job bank.  $75/year for full membership.

American Medical Writers Association

Purpose: To promote excellence in medical communication and to provide educational resources in support of that goal. Offers educational programs, conferences, directory of services, certificate programs, job hotline. $170/year.

American Society of Journalists and Authors

ASJA information on the business, on fee rates, special interest groups, etc. Various health insurance plans. To qualify for members, you must have written six full-length, bylined articles, or two or more nonfiction books; non-fiction audio/video scripts and articles for major Web journals count. There is a $50 application fee and a one-time initiation fee of $50; membership dues are $210/year.

Authors Guild

A guild for working writers, nonfiction & fiction. Members  receive free book contract reviews, discounted health insurance rates in some states, low-cost Web site services and a quarterly print bulletin. There are a variety of qualifications, depending if you are a book author, a freelance writer or a self-published writer. First year dues are $90; sliding scale thereafter (most members continue to pay $90).

Editorial Freelancers Association

Organization for editors, writers, indexers, proofreaders, researchers, desktop publishers, translators, and others who offer a broad range of skills and specialties. Offers job listings, client outreach, networking, health insurance, legal and accounting services.  Should be full- or part-time freelancer. Guest status is free, but doesn’t include many of the membership benefits. Membership cost $145/year. There is an application processing fee of $35.

Freelancers Union

Advocacy organization for freelance workers. Offers health, liabilty and other insurance (depending on where you live), job search, promotional assistance, networking events, retail discounts. Free membership.

Internet Press Guild

An organization that promotes quality journalism on the Web, the IPG is mainly made up of tech journalists and centers on an active email discussion group (which often includes tips on job availability). To join, you must submit eight articles from an online or print publication, be on an online masthead, or cover the Internet for the general media. There is a one-time $10 fee.

Web site for anyone who creates or works with content.  Some resources are available free on the site, including job listings; premium services available by joining AvantGuild for an annual fee $55. Includes  “How to Pitch” articles,  discounts on courses and on Lexis Nexis,  other services.

National Association of Science Writers

NASW fights for the free flow of science news. Member resources include job bank, e-mail aliases, Web site hosting, workshops, mentoring, health insurance. Applicants should submit five science-related articles written for a non-expert audience and the names of two sponsoring members. Annual fees of $85 for U.S. membership, $90 for Canadian membership, $100 for other foreign memberships, $35 for U.S. student memberships, $40 for foreign student memberships.

National Writers Union

NWU (UAW local 1981) calls itself “the only labor union that represents freelance writers.” Offers a job hotline, contract assistance, grievance assistance. To qualify for members, you should have published a book, a play, three articles, five poems, a short story, or an equal amount of other copy (including unpublished). Annual dues based on your annual writing income; minimum $120.

National Book Critics Circle

A non-profit organization consisting of about 600 active book reviewers who are interested in honoring quality writing and communicating with one another about common concerns. Annual membership meeting, newsletter, tips and guidelines. $50/year for freelance critics, $85 for members with staff positions at institutions that support their membership and $70 for those at institutions that pay for multiple memberships.

New England Science Writers

Regional organization sponsored by NASW. Offers local info, networking, courses.  $20/year.


Not precisely an organization, but a good place to try for networking, questions, ideas, etc.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

SFWA offers a variety of resources and services for professional science fiction/fantasy writers, including model contracts, forums, and the Nebula awards. Membership requirements are either three paid sales of short works to qualifying publications, one paid sale of a book to a qualifying publisher, or a full-length produced dramatic script with acceptable credits. Dues are $90/year for active writers and $80 for associate writers (who haven’t yet qualified for active membership). SFWA also sponsors the extremely useful Writer Beware site, which offers warnings and advice about literary fraud, scams, and other nefarious schemes.

Society for Technical Communication

Professional society for technical writers and publishers. Local chapters around the U.S.; offers educational opportunities, networking, a job bank and advocacy. Annual membership is $157.50 plus $25 per chapter and $10 per SIG. There are adjusted membership rates for citizens of eligible countries.



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