Yesterday I went to the local meeting of the LA chapter of the Horror Writers Association.
I’m sold on these guys. If you’re a horror writer (published or not), this is a good group to be a part of. Everyone was super friendly, the conversations we had were fascinating, and they shared a lot of useful information for both published and unpublished writers. They shared information on upcoming horror events, promo that worked, open calls for short stories, etc, plus they allowed everyone a little floor time to introduce themselves and contribute to the conversation. Aside from talking about the professional end of things, we also talked research, movies, etc.
It was great, very relaxed and open, and I really liked what I saw. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, I strongly suggest checking them out. They’ve got a couple of interesting scholarships for members, as well as the Bram Stoker Awards. I’m sure there are other active chapters, too.
If you’re looking to be part of a professional writing organization with an emphasis on horror, whether you write for an adult or YA audience, they might be for you.