National Federation of Press Women

National Federation of Press Women

Find Your Writing Niche:

Christmas and Holiday Gift Ideas

Join In, Join Up

People will be asking you for gift suggestions now, and here is one for writers, especially beginning writers: membership in a writers’ group. The groups mentioned below aren’t strictly “press” and aren’t just for women, so check out their Web sites to see where you fit.

I was pressured into joining Illinois Woman’s Press Association ( when I lived in that state because my editor was very active and “kind of” required her staff to join in. It’s one of the best decisions as a writer I ever made.

IWPA is an affiliate of National Federation of Press Women (, so I joined that group as well. When we moved to North Carolina I became a member of North Carolina Press Club, ( also an affiliate of NFPW.


  • Contact with other writers
  • Contact with editors and publishers
  • Writing contests, both state and national, in a multitude of categories
  • Annual state and national conference
  • New friends across the U.S.

Membership dues and requirements vary, so a lot depends on your interests and your benefactors’ budgets, but serious writers belong to recognized state and national organizations.

Check to see if your state is an affiliate of NFPW. If not, consider organizing one.

Next time: Romance Writers

Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I published three ebooks in 2020: Women and Adversity, Honoring 23 Black Women; Women and Adversity, Recognizing 23 Notable Mothers; and Women and Adversity, Saluting 23 Faithful Suffragists to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. These books are meant to be study guides for all students from grade school through college to help in choosing topics for assignments and to learn more about these noteworthy women. Go to, and to learn more.

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