American Photographic Artists,
established in 1982, represents the interests of professional
photographers, promotes the highest standards and ethics in
the photographic and advertising community, provides educational
resources, and fosters an environment conducive to achieving
success in the industry.
American Society of Journalists and Authors,
Inc. is the United States' leading organization of independent
writers of magazine articles, trade books, and other forms
of nonfiction writing.
American Society of Media Photographers,
Inc. was established in 1944 to protect and promote the
interests of professional photographers who earn their living
by making photographs for publication, and it is the world's
leading organization of its kind.
The Authors Guild, Inc. which represents
almost 8,000 published authors in many different genres, reviews
members' publishing and agency contracts, intervenes in publishing
disputes and lobbies on behalf of all authors.
The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. is the only national professional association devoted to representing
the interests of playwrights, composers and lyricists in the
United States, and has over 6,000 members.
Garden Writers Association of America provides garden writers with authoritative information on
writer's issues, new horticultural research and industry developments,
distributes model contracts and provides legal assistance
to members, and works to further the interests of members.
Graphic Artists Guild is a national union
of illustrators, designers, production artists and other creatives
who have come together to pursue common goals, raise industry
standards, and improve the ability of visual creators to achieve
The Horror Writers Association is the peak body for writers of horror, dark fiction and occult fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Founded in 1985, it has 1100 members and provides a wide range of outreach, literacy and member services, as well as giving the iconic Bram Stoker Awards.
Mystery Writers of America promotes
and protects the interest and welfare of mystery writers,
promotes literary recognition of the genre by sponsoring the
Edgar Awards, encourages literacy and future readership, and
advances the development of writers.
National Association of Science Writers,
Inc., founded in 1934, fosters exellence in science writing
and the free flow of science information and promotes the
professional interests of its approximately 2300 members.
The National Press Photographers Association, founded in 1946, is dedicated to the advancement of visual journalism, its creation, practice, training, editing and distribution, in all news media and works to promote its role as a vital public service. NPPA encourages visual journalists to reflect high standards of quality in their professional performance and in their personal code of ethics. NPPA vigorously promotes freedom of the press in all its forms. To this end, NPPA provides continuing educational programs and fraternalism without bias, as we support and acknowledge the best the profession has to offer.
The National Writers Union, the only
union for freelance writers, advises members on contracts,
represents members in grievances with the publishing industry
and lobbies for legislation to strengthen authors' rights
in copyright and other laws.
Novelists, Inc., a professional organization
composed of over five hundred writers of popular fiction,
provides professional advice to its writers, investigates
new problems and issues and advocates for changes that are
in the members' interests.
Romance Writers of America, Inc., the
national association for authors who write romantic fiction,
promotes the genre of romance to readers, booksellers, librarians
and the media, and represents 2,800 published authors.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers
of America, Inc. is charged with informing science fiction
and fantasy writers on professional matters, protecting their
interests, and helping them deal effectively with agents,
editors, anthologists and producers in non-print media.
Sisters In Crime was founded to combat
discrimination against women in the mystery field, educate
publishers and the general public as to inequities in the
treatment of female authors, raise the level of awareness
of their contribution to the field, and promote the professional
advancement of women who write mysteries.
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators is the only organization in the country devoted to assisting
and furthering the careers of children's book authors and
Society of American Travel Writers, now in its 50th year, is a tax-exempt professional association whose purpose is to promote responsible journalism, provide professional support and development for our members, and encourage the conservation and preservation of travel resources worldwide. Our members include writers, photographers, editors, electronic media and journalists, film lecturers, broadcast/video/film producers and public relations representatives.
Society of Illustrators was founded
in 1901 to promote the art of illustration: past, present
and future. It is headquartered in an 1875 vintage carriage
house on Manhattan's Upper East Side. The Museum presents
exhibits year round in theme, juried and one-person shows.
The Scholarship programs for college-level art students have
awarded over $1.5 million since 1980. Other educational programs
include lectures, an archives and career guidance.
Songwriters Guild of America was formed
in 1931 to advance, promote and benefit the profession of
songwriters or their estates through the collection of members'
royalties from publishers, the auditing of writer accounts,
notification and filing of members' copyright renewal applications,
administration of members' publishing rights, and legal and
Text and Academic Authors Association, Inc. supplies information to authors of text and academic material
regarding their professional interests as authors and educators,
protects their rights in areas of copyright and contracts,
and promotes, coordinates and assists in improving the general
working conditions of creators of academic intellectual property.
Western Writers of America, Inc. is
an organization of freelance writers of Western fiction and
nonfiction who banded together to lift the standards of their
products, gain more effective and widespread promotion and
publicity and foster a greater understanding of the mutual
problems and efforts of its members.