Membership

“When I joined the Western Writers of America in 1983 I had no idea what I was getting into.  Yes, they provide useful and informative panels.  Yes, I’ve met editors and publishers who have made my career possible.  But here’s what I love most about WWA: the people.  They’re smart, funny, supportive, knowledgeable, and passionate about our country’s history.  The late-night conversations in the bar alone are worth the price of admission.”—Lucia St. Clair Robson

“Simply stated, I would not have a literary career without WWA. Because New York publishers, editors, and agents flocked to WWA conventions I was able to acquire agents and sell my work. Many of the deals for my sixty-plus novels published by Forge, Ballantine, Fawcett, Doubleday, Walker and Company, M. Evans, Pinnacle, and New American Library, were cut at WWA conventions, often in the coffee shops or hotel bars. Of course I also met publishing publicity people who were also helpful. I met legendary novelists who generously gave me a helping hand and offered me advice and contacts and encouragement.”—Richard S. Wheeler

“The opportunities to meet editors, writers, and publishers who can provide you with valuable contacts, leads on research, or markets for your writing are all good reasons to join and become involved in Western Writers of America. Then there is the chance to take part in marketing your skills and your work at industry trade shows, special event venues, and through online resources. For me, though, the best reason of all is that through WWA I’ve met my closest friends. The fact that I’ve been able to make the connections that enable me to write for a living and expand into new fields—such as film production—is a very good secondary reason to join WWA.”—Candy Moulton


“I joined WWA in 1989 because I felt the urge to mix with other writers, not just those who wrote narrative nonfiction history like I, but those who pursued careers in other genres. In particular, I wanted to get to know writers of fiction and profit by the interchange WWA afforded for such relationships. Of course, I also wanted a Spur, which I did win, along with a Wister Award for Lifetime Achievement. That was 1994, and I hope my lifetime is not nearly over. But the real value has been the friendship and professional exchanges with people whose goal, regardless of genre, was the same as mine—writing good readable prose.”—Robert M. Utley

“Becoming a member of WWA is one the best things I have ever done. While there are many perks and opportunities, like having met my publishers and promoted my books, the best part is the people. I have gained so many new friends and colleagues who have enriched by life in so many ways. Being a western writer is great, but being a WWA writer makes it extra special!”—Sherry Monahan

“WWA has proven enormously valuable to me in terms of landing contracts that keep me employed at one of my favorite pursuits: writing about the American West.  The networking and public relations aspects of the organization also help me promote the works I have already completed.  But, most importantly, WWA has introduced me to many people whom I consider among the closest friends I have made in my lifetime.”—Mike Blakely

“When I joined WWA, I thought I might learn to improve my craft, hoped I could sell a few books, and figured I might make some friends. I never dreamed, though, how much I would learn, certainly I never expected the book sales that have come about, or, especially, the depth of those friendships. This business is highly competitive, and what constantly amazes me is how helpful writers in Western Writers of America are. I certainly wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of WWA.”—Johnny D. Boggs

“I can say that in many ways, joining WWA changed my life.  My interest in the West was intensified, my connection with western writings was amplified, and friendships which might never have developed gratified my sense of being.”—“Cowboy” Mike Searles

“I joined WWA after writing my first Western Historical Romance many years ago.  I had always loved the West.  I came from a family of cowboys and pioneers, and married a Western man, L. J. Martin, who also wrote novels of the West.  It was with great joy that in joining WWA, we got to meet other Western writers and historians.  We’ve met agents and editors, people who helped our career, but more importantly, we’ve made wonderful friends.  If you love the West, joining WWA is a must for writers.”—Kat Martin

“Membership in Western Writers of America was a watershed moment in my life, both professionally and socially.   I don’t know of any organization that works harder to help its members succeed than WWA.   And I don’t know of any group of people that care more about each other than WWA people.”—Cotton Smith

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