Since 1982, SouthWest Writers has been helping its members progress in their aspirations to write, both professionally and for their own enjoyment. As one of the largest and most respected writing organizations in the nation, SouthWest Writers serves more than 400 members with steadily expanding services.

Membership in SouthWest Writers means opportunities for writing success found nowhere else:

Four Ways to Join SouthWest Writers:

  • Submit an online application here.
  • Print and mail your application using this form.
  • Visit the business table during one of our Saturday in-person meetings.
  • Call the SWW office at 505-830-6034.

Bob Gassaway Student Writer Grant

Membership grants are available for high school and college students. Benefits include monthly meetings with professional speakers, an annual conference, and ongoing fellowship with working writers in the area. The grant is in memory of Bob Gassaway, a reporter, teacher, and lifelong writer and SWW member. To learn about Bob, read Rose Marie Kern’s blog post: Robert Gassaway – Gentleman Author.

Apply for the grant online here, or print this form, fill it out and and mail it to our office:

SouthWest Writers
Carlisle Executive Offices
3200 Carlisle Blvd NE, Suite 114
Albuquerque, NM 87110

SWW Bylaws

We are a non-profit 501(C)(3). Click here to read our bylaws.


“I’ve taken pains wherever possible—including the Acknowledgments to both [my] novels—to mention and thank this wonderful organization for the doors it opened for me.” ~ Chuck Greaves, Hush Money and Hard Twisted

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I found the members to be supportive and enthusiastic. The contests, critique services and conferences have been extremely helpful in getting my first book published. ~ Sue Houser, Hot Foot Teddy: The True Story of Smokey Bear

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No matter how many books I’ve written, I learn something new at every meeting. ~ Jonathan Miller, Rattlesnake Lawyer, Volcano Verdict, Crater County, Conflict Contract, Lawyer Geisha Pink, and Rattlesnake Wedding

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They say chicken soup is good for the soul, but I found writing is better. ~ Elsie Karr Kreischer, National Award Winning Children’s Books Writer and SWW Charter member.

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Due to the organization, I have published three books and am now working on a fourth. ~ Jerry R. Davis, Home on the Farm, Tales of the Road, and Leafing Through My Family Tree

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