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BAWA - Brookland Area Writers & Artists

BAWA is a group dedicated to creating community and fostering mutual support among writers and artists in the Brookland area of Northeast DC. They host art showings and readings around Brookland as well as monthly group meetings at Java Head Cafe.


Beltway is a quarterly on-line journal of poetry by authors who live or work in our nation's capital. The poetry and accompanying imagery are top quality. The site also includes past editions, a calendar, and links to other poetry resources.

Children's Book Guild

The Children's Book Guild is a permanent association which includes writers, artists, librarians, teachers, editors, publishers, and distributors dedicated to promoting top quality writing and illustrations for children. All members must be active authors who have recently published children's books. The group sponsors events open to the public and offers speakers for schools and other public functions.

DC Poetry

DC Poetry attempts to document some of the history of alternative or non-mainstream poetry activity in DC. The site primarily promotes three ongoing reading series, Ruthless Grip, in your ear, and Bridge Street Books. It includes upcoming events and writing by authors who have read at these series.

Dolores Kendrick

Dolores Kendrick has been DC's poet laureate since 1999. As the city's second poet laureate, she has held readings around the city, participated in local talk and radio shows, and has been commissioned to write a poem for a downtown sculpture. Her books, including The Women of Plums: Poems in the Voices of Slave Women and CDs have won numerous awards and honors.

Federal Poets

The Federal Poets is the oldest continuously active poetry group on the Washington D.C. area. Poets gather monthly to discuss read, analyze and discuss their poetry. The chief aims of this organization are to improve the members poems by the exchange of constructive criticism and to increase their exposure through publication and readings.

Playwright's Forum

The Playwrights Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to the artistic development of talented playwrights from the Washington D.C. area. They offer workshops, readings, lectures, classes, and mentorship opportunities. The Forum also hosts a conference and publishes volumes consisting of member work.

Washington Independent Writers

Washington Independent Writers is the largest regional writer's organization in the country. The group assists with professional development for writers with all levels of experience. They provide news and resources for their members as well as opportunities for social and intellectual exchange.

Washington Romance Writers

Washington Romance Writers is the DC affiliate of the Romance Writers of America. The national association strives to foster excellence in romantic and women's fiction. Locally, the group's goals are to advance its members' professional interests, to provide them with opportunities to hone their craft, and to act as a clearing house for information about the women's fiction market and the publishing industry.

Washington Science Fiction Association

The Washington Science Fiction Association is the oldest science fiction club in the greater Washington area. Its members are interested in all types of science fiction and fantasy literature as well as related areas such as fantasy and science fiction films, television, costuming, gaming, filking, convention-running, etc. This is an association created more for the fans than the creators of science fiction.

Writer's Way

Writer’s Way is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of creative writing in the DC area. They offer weekly creative writing workshops for the general public and under-served communities, public readings, and a journal. The programs are open to both fiction and non-fiction writers.

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