Looking for writing classes or ways to connect with other writers in your area? We’re gathering information on writing organizations across Washington state. Some opportunities are fee-based, but many are free or low cost.
Take a look at what we have here, and if you have additions, please email us at [email protected].
Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN) Writers Studio: offers classes, studio space, and free events for writers of all genres and levels of experience.
Cascade Writers: community of writers and readers of various skill levels and genres; workshops and programs.
Clarion West: Workshops and annual conference for speculative fiction writers)
Eastside Romance Writers: An affiliated chapter of the Romance Writers of America. Monthly programs.
Emerald City Romance Writers: Chapter of the Romance Writers of America.
Hugo House: Classes, events, youth programs, and free resources.
Inland Empire Chapter of RWA (Spokane) : Chapter of the Romance Writers of America.
Inland Northwest Writers Guild: Networking, support and meetups.
KCLS: The North Bend Library hosts the Iron Horse Writing Group on a monthly, drop-in basis. The Duvall Library hosts the Duvall Writing Group the last Wednesday of each month. KCLS also hosts a variety of programs programs in November for NaNoWriMo, including weekly write-in sessions all November at the Woodinville Library.
Mystery Writers of America – Northwest Chapter: For mystery writers and others in the field in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska.
National Novel Writing Month: Free registration to participate in NaNoWriMo in November; find local write-ins and resources via national website.
Northwest Science Writers Group: Science writing for the general public.
Olympia Poetry Network: Membership in the Olympia Poetry Network is open to anyone with an interest in advancing the cause of poetry in the South Sound area.
Pacific Northwest Writers Association: Monthly programs, literary contest, annual conference.
Palouse Writers Guild (Moscow/Pullman): Networking resource that supports writers’ groups; author readings, workshops, writing contests, and conference attendance.
Plateau Area Writers Association (Enumclaw): Quarterly meetings and programs, writing and critique groups, local/regional projects, and anthology.
Rivers of Ink: Supporting and empowering writers in the Mid-Columbia region.
Seattle7Writers: Programs and events for emerging and established writers.
Seattle Writes: Free classes, workshops, write-ins and podcasts for writers at Seattle Public Library locations.
Sno-Isle Libraries: Events under the heading Writing & Poetry.
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators / Inland Northwest: Programs, retreats and conference for adults writing for children and teens.
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators of Western Washington: Programs, retreats, and conference for adults writing for children and teens.
Spokane Fiction Writers Group: Monthly meetings, presentations, and discussion; opportunities for collaboration and social interaction.
Spokane Writers Conference: Annual conference sponsored by Spokane County Library District.
Village Books’ Writers’ Corner: Open writing groups and writing workshops, as well as an assisted self-publishing program and consignment options for writers.
Wordherders: Monthly meetings to discuss writing topics; multiple genres; networking (southeast Washington).
Write in the Harbor: Regional writers’ community in Gig Harbor; hosted by Tacoma Community College.
Write on the River: Community of writers, workshops and conference (Wenatchee).
Check with your local library, community college continuing education courses, and at meetup.org for opportunities to grow as a writer and connect with other writers.