Women Writing the West is an organization of writers and other professionals who write and promote writing about the West with emphasis on the experiences of western women and girls. We invite you to join our writing community. Membership is open to all persons, worldwide.

To Get the Most Out of Your WWW Membership:

  • Participate in the online community: Read and respond to posts on the listserv; share your news and writing through the Facebook group and on the blog. Follow the Twitter feed and check out member books and event photos on Pinterest.
  • Attend the annual conference to meet face to face, talk with agents and publishers, and be inspired by speakers and panels.
  • Advertise your books and your work in the annual catalog.
  • Enter your book in the WILLA Literary Awards and your short stories in the LAURA Short Fiction Awards.
  • Sign up for the speakers' bureau and 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

Apply for membership, or renew your membership, online.

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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.

An annual Catalog of Members' Books, distributed to libraries, bookstores, and handed out at major book festivals. Our marketing efforts can greatly extend your own.

A way to connect with other writers of the Women's West through our active online community, including the WWW listserv, 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.

A speakers' bureau and links to members' websites. A blog featuring writing by members on the Women's West, along with member news.


Memberships run on a calendar-year basis, extending through December 31st. New members accepted after September 1 will have their memberships extended through the following year.