About the Guild

With more than 12,000 members, the Authors Guild is the nation’s oldest and largest professional organization for published writers.

Our Mission Is to Support Working Writers

  • We advocate for the rights of writers

    Because free speech, freedom of expression and copyright protection are critical to a healthy literary culture.

  • We fight for fair contracts and a living wage

    Because writers should be able to earn a living through their work.

  • We create community

    Because writers at every stage in their career can help and learn from each other.

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Who We Are

The Authors Guild is the nation’s oldest and largest professional organization for published writers. Since our founding, we have served as the collective voice of American authors, and have long supported the rich and diverse literary culture of our country. Our members include novelists in all genres and categories, nonfiction writers, journalists, historians, poets, and translators. The Guild welcomes traditionally-published authors as well as self-published, independent authors.

We advocate on behalf of working writers to protect free speech, freedom of expression and authors’ copyrights; fights for fair contracts and authors’ ability to earn a livable wage; and provides a welcoming community for writers and translators of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and journalism. Our educational and charitable arm, the Authors Guild Foundation, offers free programming to teach working writers about the business of writing, as well as organizing events that highlight the importance of a rich, diverse American literary culture and the authors that contribute to it.

Member Benefits

Legal Services

Navigate the legal aspects of writing with the help of our experienced lawyers, including contract reviews, copyright questions, dispute intervention, and more.

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Web Services

Manage your online presence with our web services for members, including our exclusive website-building software.

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Insurance and Discounts

Get help with Marketplace coverage, find liability insurance, and save with discounted products and services to support you and your writing business.

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Writers Community

Meet fellow members and discuss the business of writing in our online forum.

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Regional Chapters

Get involved and find the support of a local writing community in your area.

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Educational Events

Learn the business and legal side of writing with our recorded webinars and panels.

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Become a Member

The Authors Guild has membership levels for writers at every stage of their career. Visit our Membership page to learn which level is right for you and join today.

The Authors Guild Foundation

The Authors Guild Foundation, the educational and charitable arm of the Authors Guild, offers free programming to teach working writers about the business of writing and organizes events that highlight the importance of a rich, diverse American literary culture.

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