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Sisters In Crime We are 3400 members in 48 chapters world-wide, offering
networking, advice and support to mystery authors. We are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians
bound by our affection for the mystery genre and our support of women who write mysteries. Sisters in Crime was founded by
Sara Paretsky and a group of women at the 1986 Bouchercon in Baltimore.
Our mission statement is simply this:
combat discrimination against women in the mystery field, educate publishers and the general public as to inequities in the
treatment of female authors, raise the level of awareness of their contributions to the field, and promote the professional
advancement of women who write mysteries."
NATIONAL WRITERS ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION
National Writers Association Foundation exists to enhance the future of writers by fostering continuing education through
awarding scholarships and providing no or low cost workshops and seminars. A non-profit organization, we provide education
and an ethical resource for writers at all levels of experience.
Late in 1998, the National Writers
Association made an exciting advancement for future writers and authors with the granting of 501 (c)(3) status to the National
Writers Association Foundation. The establishment of this foundation means NWAF will be able in the future to provide low
or no cost workshops and seminars for writers as well as two scholarships to the NWAF Conference and ultimately two $1,000
In the past two years, NWAF was able to provide Conference scholarships to a gifted young
writer from Connecticut and a disabled nonfiction award winner from Colorado to meet with editors and agents at the 2003 and
2004 NWAF Conferences.
Through the funds raised from a Victoria Tea in March, the Foundation provides a scholarship
for talented writers and young adults to attend the NWAF Conference, who might not be able attend this beneficial event. Foundation
Board members--in conjunction with the National Writers Association--are actively seeking monies to provide more scholarships
for both the conference and to provide educational assistance to America's young, but talented writers who need such opportunities
to jumpstart their future careers.
All donations made to the National Writers Association Foundation are tax-deductible
and go to support the mission of educating writers.