Writing can be an exceedingly
lonely business. Writing includes long
hours of staring at a computer screen. Hopefully, the words fly from
your thoughts to your fingers onto the screen. Even then, it’s just you
and your laptop.
So what’s a writer to do?
ACFW provides several ways for
writers to connect with others who
understand the unique and challenging pursuit of writing. ACFW offers
its members many opportunities, including these.
ACFW has twenty-five chapters scattered across the United States and
one for members outside of the United States. Through chapters you have
the opportunity to meet other writers. Some are farther along the road
to publication, some are a few steps behind, and still others are right
next to you. Through chapter meetings and e-mail loops, you will learn,
commiserate, and celebrate. Most of all, you’ll be part of a community
of people who understand the challenges.
2) Genre E-mail Loops: ACFW offers genre-related e-mail loops for
children’s fiction, historical, romance, romantic suspense, speculative
fiction, suspense, women’s fiction, and young adult. In each group, you
can interact with other writers who are interested in the same genres
as you. Loop members share research sites, tips, questions, and genre
information. E-mail loops are a great way to focus on the exact type of
book you are writing. If you write in more than one genre, you can join
Maybe your area of the country doesn’t have a chapter yet. Don’t
despair! ACFW has broken the county into nine areas called zones. Each
zone has a loop and is a great way to celebrate and encourage one
another. It’s also the perfect place to put out a call for other
writers in your area so you can meet and possibly start your own
If this writing journey has you
worn down and you need some friends
to come alongside you, look no further than ACFW. With approximately
2,500 members, someone is near you.