Our purpose is to encourage, assist, educate, and motivate members to write, and, if they desire, to publish their works.
Chapters meet monthly, and consist of a writing-related lesson and inspirational thought, followed by a critique of each other's works-in-progress.
ANWA members have varied writing goals: some are published, some seek publication, some write for personal fulfillment.
ANWA hosts a highly regarded annual Writing Conference that is open to the public. Each year we have nationally recognized faculty members including agents, editors and publishers, as well as noted authors, writers and other instructors. We welcome all participants who are interested in writing, both members and non-ANWA members.
In September 2016 ANWA members voted to open its membership up to men as well as women.