Returning and current members, please log on to renew your membership.
If you are joining as a new member, continue reading to access the membership application.
You are eligible for membership if you have published a book, a play, three articles, five poems, a short story, or an equal amount of newsletter, publicity, technical, commercial, government, or institutional copy. You are also eligible for membership if you have written an equal amount of unpublished material and are actively writing and attempting to publish your work.
You do not have to live in the United States or be a U.S. citizen to join the NWU. If you write for U.S. publishers, publications, employers, or clients, the NWU welcomes you.
Dues in the National Writers Union are based on your annual writing income, as follows:
|Annual Writing Income||Full- Year||Half-Year|
|Less than $5,000||$120.00||$60.00|
|$45,001 and above||$340.00||$170.00|
To join online, paying by credit card or check, please fill out the Online Membership Application
When you join the NWU, you will be assigned to one of 17 local chapters across the country, according to where you live. You also choose to belong to any of three genre-based divisions, each working on issues relevant to that genre.
Paper Membership Application:
To mail in a paper membership application,click here for a printable application.
Membership in the National Writers Union is open to all qualified writers, and no one shall be barred or prejudiced within the union on account of age, disability, ideology, literary genre, nationality, race, religion, or sexual orientation.