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WWW is honored to be awarded the Colorado Creative Industries Colorado Creates Grant which supports our programs, services, and activities.

WWW is pleased to announce
The WILLA Literary Awards,
The DOWNING Journalism Awards and The LAURA Short Fiction Award finalists.

The Winners and Finalists were honored at the 2023 Virtual Conference on October 13, 2023.

The WILLA Literary Award Winners and Finalists
The DOWNING Award Finalists
The LAURA Short Fiction Award Finalists


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President’s Message
WWW 2024 President, Gayle Gresham

Gracious. Generous. Determined.

Three words that come to mind when I think about the Women Writing the West members I’ve known over the years.

I’ve come to know people best by attending WWW conferences. New writers with an idea for a book sit across the banquet table with New York Times best-selling authors during meals at conferences. City-dwellers ask ranchers questions. Old friends visit and include newcomers. And the room echoes with stories of the West.

It doesn’t matter what genre a person writes, where they live, or which side of the fence they are on concerning any subject; encouraging words flow and friendships grow.

How did this all start?

Thirty years ago, authors Sybil Downing and Jerrie Hurd met for lunch to discuss how to promote their upcoming books and reach a wider audience.

Could they form an organization for women who wrote about the West while promoting women’s contributions to the West?

They shared the idea with women writers at the Western Writers of America Convention in El Paso, Texas. A small group met again in Casper, Wyoming to incorporate and launch the organization. Women Writing the West filed articles of incorporation in Colorado on November 19, 1994.

61 women, men, authors, literary agents, publishers, a television writer and producer, and the Women of the West Museum paid $100 to become Founding Members of Women Writing the West.

Women Writing the West became an internationally recognized organization and set the standard in writing, inspiring and honoring the stories of Western women.

The Women Writing the West 30th Anniversary Conference will be held October 10-12, 2024 in Denver, Colorado. The theme, “Through A Woman’s Eyes,” honors both the perspective of women writers and the stories of the women of the West. Workshops related to the theme will focus on craft and marketing. Special recognition will be made to the Founding Members who were recently bestowed Lifetime Memberships by the 2023-2024 Board of Directors.

If you are a writer whose work is set in the West, whether you are published yet or not, whether you write the stories of women or the stories of men, we invite you to become a member of Women Writing the West. And join us in Denver!

WWW is a supportive and welcoming community of writers and other writing professionals who share a passion for the stories of the Women’s West, and will happily answer questions, lend their expertise, and will sympathize, motivate and celebrate with you on your writing journey.

An annual conference featuring respected writers, agents, publishers and other book professionals, plus camaraderie and just plain fun. Past locations include Albuquerque, Denver, Seattle and Tucson.

The annual WILLA Literary Awards (open to anyone), the DOWNING Journalism Award (open to anyone) and the LAURA Short Fiction Awards (open to members only) and LAURA Journal.

A way to connect with other writers of the Women’s West through our active online community, including the WWW email group, Facebook page, Twitter feed, and blog. Get answers to questions about research, writing, promotion, marketing, and giving talks and presentations.

Learn how other writers work and keep up with publishing industry news. Find support, encouragement and inspiration in a welcoming setting.

Links to members’ websites, a blog featuring writing by members on the Women’s West, along with monthly member email newsletters.

Why Women Writing the West?

Join Us!

ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Featuring respected writers, agents, publishers and other book professionals, plus camaraderie and just plain fun. Past locations include Albuquerque, Denver, Seattle and Tucson.

EXCLUSIVE BENEFITS

Conference discounts, Members Only section includes Member Directory, link to your website, and more. Also, Social Media links and email group.

APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP, OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP, ONLINE

Memberships run on a one-year basis.

GET THE MOST FROM YOUR WWW MEMBERSHIP

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• Participate in the online community: JOIN the private member-only email group, SHARE your writing news through the Facebook page, and the WWW Blog, CONTRIBUTE to other WWW Social Media via TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, and PINTEREST.
• Attend the annual conference to meet face to face, talk with agents and publishers, and be inspired by speakers and panels.

• Enter your books in The WILLA Literary Awards, your short stories in The LAURA Short Fiction Awards and your nonfiction published articles in The DOWNING Journalism Awards.
• Share a link to your website.
• Join other members in your area for organized gatherings or simply meet for coffee.
• Volunteer to help—learn new skills and make friends.
• And have fun!