Old-fashioned typewriter, Royal brand, with blank paperLooking 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].

African-American Writers’ Alliance (AAWA) Seattle: a diverse and dynamic collective of writers of African descent provides an informal and supportive forum for new and published writers. 

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)

Emerald City Romance Writers: Dedicated to promoting excellence in romantic fiction by educating and inspiring romance writers.

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.

Caution sign that says "Novelists at work"National Novel Writing Month: Free registration to participate in NaNoWriMo in November; find local write-ins and resources via national website.

(Nearly) Silent Writing Club: This clubs meets at Browsers Bookshop in Olympia on the first Thursday of the month from 4-5:30 p.m.

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 InkSupporting and empowering writers in the Mid-Columbia region.

Seattle7Writers: Programs and events for emerging and established writers.

Seattle EscribeEl mayor grupo de escritores hispanohablantes del noroeste de los Estados Unidos.

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.

South Sound Speculative Fiction Writers: A group for writers of speculative fiction that live in the South Sound (Thurston, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pierce counties). The writing group is a weekly meet-up on Tuesdays on Slack (no audio or visual, just text). Their aim is to help each other grow, learn, and succeed at our publishing goals. They’re open to beginners and pros as long as they live in the South Sound area and write speculative fiction (fantasy, horror, sci-fi, slipstream, steampunk, Afrofuturism, etc.).

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).

Write on the Sound: writers’ conference (WOTS), attracts presenters and participants from all over the Northwest, the U.S. and Canada.

Additional resources

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.