BENEFITS

Members of our branch are entitled to all of the following:
1. Free admission to all events and presentations of the branch throughout the year.
2. A free subscription to our monthly newsletter, The Valley Scribe
3. Reduced membership dues if already a member of another CWC branch
4. Free membership in one or more of the critique groups maintained by our branch (subject to space availability)
5. Free press releases upon publication of a new work, or republication of an older work in a new medium

REQUIREMENTS

A. Membership categories are active, emeritus, life, patron, honorary, courtesy, associate, and associate non-writing literary professionals, student, and supporting. Information about memberships other than active and associate shall be provided to interested parties upon request.

B. Definitions for this section:
  1. General circulation shall be interpreted as distribution of at least 1,000 copies.
  2. A publisher of standing shall be interpreted as a business entity that derives its income from publishing literary, academic, or technical works. Each branch shall appoint an Accreditation Committee that considers and approves material submitted by potential active or associate members and submits approved membership applications to the state membership chair. The branch shall send the central board its share of initiation fees and annual dues with each application.
C. Each branch considers and approves applications for advancement from associate to active category and informs the state membership chair of all such membership changes.

D. ACTIVE MEMBERS are writers who produce fiction, nonfiction, poetry, plays or other creative writing of quality and meet the following minimum production requirements:
  1. A fiction writer, nonfiction writer, poetry writer, and/or a photojournalist shall have had a book published by a publisher of standing within the past ten years, or a book currently under contract, or publications or acceptance within the past three years of not less than three stories, articles or columns in a periodical or periodicals of general circulation.
  2. A writer of stage plays, screenplays, radio plays, television plays, or videos, shall have had a publication, performance, production, or production in development within the past 10 years.
  3. A branch may consider a self-publisher or writer who publishes his material under his own imprint eligible for membership. The branch Accreditation Committee shall use the following criteria to judge the submitted material:
  4. a. Professional presentation of writing style
    b. Professional presentation as to graphics
    c. Plans for distributing published materials
    d. In addition, the branch Accreditation Committee shall reserve the right to determine if the quality of the publication meets the high standards of professional writing. This evaluation deals only with the standard of writing and not with the genre or content.

  5. A branch may consider a self-publisher or writer who publishes his material electronically for membership. The branch Accreditation Committee shall use the following criteria to judge the submitted material:
  6. a. Professional presentation of writing style
    b. Professional presentation as to graphics
    c. In addition, the branch Accreditation Committee shall reserve the right to determine if the publication’s quality meets the high standards of professional writing. This evaluation deals only with the standard of writing and not with the genre or content.

E. ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIPS shall be accorded to those persons who qualify by submission of writing material that is approved by the branch Accreditation Committee as clear evidence of acceptable writing quality.

APPLICATION FORM AND DUES

For general information:
CLICK HERE to email our Membership Chair

For dues information:
CLICK HERE for dues information


We would love to have you join us!

To submit an application form:
CLICK HERE for Application Form (Mail-in only)

Our Membership Chair will get back to you as soon as possible with our determination of your membership category and instructions for entering the Members Only section. There you will find our Member's Profile Form; please complete it and send it back so your listing will be complete.

Welcome aboard!