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Membership benefits include monthly seminars, networking, a monthly branch newsletter, password protected areas of the website, discounts at CWC related events and a bimonthly CWC Bulletin.
There are two categories of membership, Active and Associate:
- Fiction, Nonfiction or Poetry:
Have a book published within the past ten years or have a book currently under contract; or publication or acceptance within the past three years of three stories in a periodical or periodicals of general circulation. General circulation is distribution of at least one thousand copies.
Generally the same as for fiction, nonfiction or poetry, except including material submitted for consideration should contain photographs and text of evident quality.
An applicant for membership as a writer of plays must have publication within the past five years in book form of at least one play by a publisher of standing or production of scripts as follows:
- Stage performance within past five years, or
- Screen production within past five years, or
- Radio: Three shows within past five years, or
- Television: Three productions within five years.
- Literary Occupations:
Editors, feature writers, columnist or regular bylined reporters may be considered eligible for membership, provided the work is the writer’s professional occupation.
- Self Publishers:
Self Publishers or Electronic Publishers, whose material has been published under their own imprint, will be judged at the discretion of the branch accreditation committee. The material will be judged on professional presentation of writing style and graphics, and plans of distribution.
- Electronic Publishers:
Electronic Publishers whose material fits the criteria above, will be reviewed at the discretion of the branch accreditation committee. The material will be judged on professional presentation of writing style and graphics.
- Writers who do not meet the above qualifications may submit samples of “work in progress”, including any project, published work, and/or contest entries. Genres may be mixed.
- Associate membership also includes non-writing literary professionals, including agents, booksellers, publishers, producers, directors and book illustrators.