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fiction by helping writers become published in the romance genre and provide a place where writers (both published and unpublished) can come for growth, support, inspiration and education.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.

Hugo House, Seattle

Hugo House is a place where you can read words, hear words, and make your own words better. Hugo House is a place for writers, with a concentrated focus on helping anyone who wants to write. They offer readings, classes, book launches, workshops, teen programs, consultations with professional writers, and much more.

1634 11th Avenue, Seattle, WA

Jack Straw Writers Program

The Jack Straw Writers Program was created in 1997 to introduce local writers to the medium of recorded audio, to develop their presentation skills for both live and recorded readings, to encourage the creation of new literary work, and to provide new venues for the writers and their work.

Each year twelve writers/writing teams are selected by a curator out of dozens of applicants, based on artistic excellence, diversity of literary genres, and a cohesive grouping of writers. The program features voice and presentation training, in-studio interviews, public readings, a published anthology, and podcasts. Live readings are recorded, and selected portions are produced for podcasts and radio broadcast.

 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.


Seattle Arts & Lectures

Seattle Arts & Lectures presents acclaimed writers who foster diverse ideas, the imagination, and a love of reading and writing. Programs include literary arts and poetry series, special events, poetry, SAL U, and Writers in the Schools.

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.