Organizations for Writers

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas (formerly 826 Seattle)

BFI logoNonprofit Writing and Tutoring Center 826 Seattle is dedicated to helping youth, ages 6 to 18, improve their creative writing skills. They are a chapter of a national program and offer after-school tutoring, workshops, field trips, in-school support, and publishing. They welcome volunteers. Check out their website here.

Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America (GSRWA)

GSRWAGSRWA meets the first Saturday of every month, a great way to pump you up and reacquaint you with your muse. The Greater Seattle chapter is dedicated to promoting excellence in romantic fiction by helping writers become published in the romance genre and provide a place where writers (both published and unpublished) can come for growth, support, inspiration and education. Many GSRWA members are on the NYT Best Sellers list. Their popular Emerald City Writers’ Conference is currently the largest romance writing conference on the west coast. For more information, visit here.


HedgebrookLocated on beautiful Whidbey Island near Seattle, Hedgebrook offers one of the few residency programs in the world exclusively dedicated to supporting the creative process of women writers and bringing their work to the world through innovative public programs. They offer programs to connect writers with readers and audiences of all ages.

Mystery Writers of America, Northwest Chapter

MWA MWA is the premier organization for mystery writers and other professionals in the mystery field. MWA/NW meets the second Saturday of each month, except July and August. Meetings are open to anyone (no membership required) and held at various locations in the Greater Seattle area.

Pacific Northwest Writers Association

PNWAPNWA's mission is to develop writing talent through education, accessibility to the publishing industry, and participation in an interactive, writer community. Regular membership is only $65/year & student memberships are only $25/year. 
Since 1955, this organization has been dedicated to helping writers connect to other writers, publishers, agents, and editors across the country. PNWA is premier writers association in Seattle and holds an annual conference, monthly meetings, and annual contest. Visit their website for more info.

Seattle7 Writers

Seattle 7 WritersThis is a collective of Pacific Northwest authors who want to create connections between writers, readers, librarians, and booksellers. They conduct workshops and fundraising events throughout the Seattle area. For more information, click here.

Seattle Free Lances 

Seattle Free LancesFounded in 1921, Seattle Free Lances is Seattle's oldest association for professional writers. A rolodex of freelance and contract talent. Click here to read all about it!

Sisters in Crime

Sisters in Crime3600 members in 48 chapters world-wide, offering networking, advice and support to mystery authors. The membership includes authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by a shared affection for the mystery genre and as support for women who write mysteries. To learn more, visit their website.

The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators

scbwiThe SCBWI acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people. For more info, march on over here.

University of Washington School of Professional and Continuing Education 

UW Whether you’re looking to change careers, advance in your current one or pursue a personal interest, UW Professional & Continuing Education can help. They offer many nonfiction and fiction writing classes for beginners through advanced, all designed with the needs of busy adults in mind. Click here for more info.