Emerging Writer Membership from The Authors Guild
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For the first time , the Author’s Guild is opening its membership to non-professional writers.
The new Emerging Writers Membership from the Authors Guild provides an exciting opportunity for committed writers of any age to join the Authors Guild. Developed in partnership with Electric Literature, the Emerging Writers membership does not require prior publication or literary earnings to enroll, but still boasts many of the same benefits as traditional Authors Guild Membership, including marketing and social media training, liability insurance, and website hosting. Additionally, the membership promises access to seminars, workshops, and networking events programmed specifically for emerging writers.
Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Vice President of the Authors Guild commented in the Authors Guild’s press release, "this is what I needed back when I was an emerging writer: the advice of people who'd been there before me, letting me know where to step, and, more importantly, where not to."
Despite the universality of its relevance, the Emerging Writers Membership was born out of contemporary concerns. As EL Executive Director noted in the press release, today’s writers build their careers in different ways, relying on freelance work, personal web publications like Medium and Tumblr, and social media to gain an audience and income. The Emerging Writers Membership will help guide a new generation of writers to utilize the democratizing tools of self-publication and the internet to their advantage. Authors Guild President Roxana Robinson commented, “we’re now able to give writers support as they enter the professional world, even before they’ve published a first book.”