Wednesday, October 26, 2011

100 Sites for fiction writers: #73 - Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America

This is an ongoing series looking at websites that can be of help to fiction writers with their craft and career.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America

For those who might not be familiar with the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), it is a professional organization for writers. The focus is upon writers who work in the speculative genres of fantasy and science fiction, but in truth, the organization helps writers of all genres in many ways.

The SFWA hosts the Nebula Awards, and can act as an advocate for its members, as well as potentially helping with legal concerns.

The membership guidelines for the SFWA are not overly strenuous, but for beginners they can be a bit daunting. Still, even if one is not a member, the SFWA website offers plenty of help and information.

Now, I can read the minds of those writers who are not interested in science fiction and fantasy. Each and every one of you is asking yourself, "Yeah, but what can the SFWA and its site do for me?" That's a good question, and the answer is, "Lots!"

Beginning writers should probably start with the Information Center on the site. Here can be found tips about the craft and business of writing, as well as advice and information about contract and copyright issues. More knowledge and news can be garnered from the SFWA blog.

At the site, one can also keep up with the SFWA Calendar of events. Perhaps most importantly, the SFWA hosts the main link for the watchdog organization known as Writer Beware, which helps writers watch out for scams and such.

Even if you have little or no interest in speculative fiction, please do not be so prejudiced as to not check out the SFWA site. There is much here for writers, beginners and pros alike, and you would be missing out if you did not look into this site.

1 comment:

Charles Gramlich said...

I have checked out the website a few times. Definitly good stuff.