Western Writers of America, Inc., was founded in 1953 to promote the literature of the American West and bestow Spur Awards for distinguished writing in the Western field. The founders were largely authors who wrote traditional Western fiction, but the organization swiftly expanded to include historians and other nonfiction authors, young adult and romance writers, and writers interested in regional history.
Today it has over 650 members who write everything from mainstream fiction to local history. Its annual convention occurs each June. For the convention, members, guests, editors, and agents gather together to renew friendships, do business, attend panels, go on field trips, and conduct the organization’s business. Each convention concludes with the Spur Awards banquet, the moment when the WWA honors those who win the coveted awards.
WWA actively helps its members promote their books and articles, and aggressively promotes the literature of the American West, which it considers this country’s unique contribution to world literature.
Literature of the West for the World describes the collective product of WWA members. Western literature ranges far and wide across Western America. From traditional western fiction to penetrating historical analysis, from yesterday to today, from mysteries to biographies, from romance to short stories, from screen writing to documentary writing, from poems to songs.
Western literature is of the spirit, our spirit, the spirit of America. It is unique, ever developing and ever changing, as we uncover new facts, deal with new issues, seek more understanding, and offer more and more for readers to enjoy.
The “Western” – as a term – is, in and of itself, misleading to some. Western literature is today as well as yesterday. Western literature is the motivation of people to succeed in lands greater than themselves. The “Western” is full of souls filled with concern, fear, joy and desire.
The “Western” is history, adventure, mystery, romance and more. It is yesterday, today and tomorrow. In a phrase, it is the literature of America’s soul. In fact, the “Western” is America’s only unique brand of literature, now enjoyed throughout the world.
Readers enjoy stories set in the West, whether they are about the challenges of today or the confrontations of yesteryear. They like the great tests brought by the land itself, vital and grand. They like memorable characters dealing with real life brought by some of America’s finest storytellers. They like the absorption into intrigue and adventure, into learning and love, into twists of plot and personality.
Readers like the West as it really was – and really is. Making Western literature profitable for you as a writer – and a member of Western Writers of America.
2014-2016 Sherry Monahan
2012-2014 Dusty Richards
2010-2012 Robert J. Conley
2008-2010 Johnny D. Boggs
2006-2008 Cotton Smith
2004-2006 Rita Cleary
2002-2004 Paul Andrew Hutton
2000-2002 Loren D. Estleman
1998-2000 Mike Blakely
1996-1998 Preston Lewis
1994-1996 W. C. Jameson
1992-1994 Dale L. Walker
1990-1992 Nancy Hamilton
1988-1990 David Dary
1986-1988 Francis L. Fugate
1985-1986 Judy Alter
1984-1985 Richard C. House
1983-1984 Don Coldsmith
1982-1983 Natlee Kenoyer
1981-1982 Will C. Knott
1980-1981 Leon C. Metz
1979-1980 Paul Bailey
1978-1979 C. L. Sonnichsen
1977-1978 Roberta Cheney
|1976-1977 Mel Marshall
1975-1976 Robert McCaig1974-1975 Jeanne Williams
1973-1974 Don Worcester
1972-1973 Elsa Barker
1971-1972 William R. Cox
1970-1971 Wayne C. Lee
1969-1970 Eric Allen
1968-1969 Gordon C. Baldwin
1967-1968 Brian Garfield
1966-1967 Thomas Thompson
1965-1966 William R. Cox
1964-1965 Charles N. Heckelmann
1963-1964 William O. Turner
1962-1963 Elmer Kelton
1961-1962 Bill Burchardt
1960-1961 Nelson Nye
1959-1960 Frank C. Robertson
1958-1959 S. Omar Barker
1957-1958 Thomas Thompson
1956-1957 Bill Gulick
1955-1956 Steve Frazee
1954-1955 Noel Loomis
1953-1954 Nelson Nye
For further information about WWA write Executive Director Candy Moulton, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Officers and Appointees
President: Sherry Monahan, email@example.com
Vice President: Kirk Ellis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary-Treasurer: Candy Moulton, email@example.com
Board Members: Jon Chandler, William Groneman III, Nancy Plain
Past President: Dusty Richards, firstname.lastname@example.org
Elections: Tom Clagett
2015 Convention: Candy Moulton, email@example.com
Spur Chair: Quackgrass Sally, firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership: Bill Markley, email@example.com
Subscriptions: Candy Moulton, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact the WWA Office at email@example.com
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