I was recently looking for any freelance writing organisations or new freelance writing communities worth joining. Originally I was looking for somewhere I could get a draft contract template from but then I got a bit distracted and started looking into freelance writing communities to network in.
I thought I’d do a quick post to share what I found.
Freelance Writers Unions
I’ve never even thought about joining a union before and I’m still not convinced they offer any real benefit for my situation but I figured this is where I’d have the best chance of finding a contract template.
This is the biggest and most ‘famous’ one specifically for writers. It is US-centric and caters for all types of writers, from bloggers to copywriters, book authors, journalists etc. etc.
Membership fees are based on how much you make from writing. They start at $12.50 per month and max out at $33 per month (or you can pay annually).
It looks OK and they do offer contract advice and that sort of thing but I didn’t look any further when I realised it was for US-based writers only, as I live in the UK.
Given the NWU is for US writers only, I had a quick look for a UK based equivalent and found the Writers Guild to be the closest. However, it looks like they don’t really cater for copywriters, bloggers etc. as they say they represent; professional writers in TV, film, theatre, radio, books, comedy, poetry, animation and videogames.
Again their membership fees are based on how much you make from writing & which type of membership you are eligible for.
Given that, unlike the NWU, they don’t cater for my type of writing I didn’t look much further.
This one is not specifically aimed at writers, any type of freelancer can join. They have over 500,000 members. Best of all though it’s totally free to join. Whilst they are mainly US focussed they are not exclusively so and welcome membership from anywhere in the world.
They also have some useful resources, specifically for what I was after they have a contract creator tool and I joined just to get my hands on that.
Turns out I’m not sure I really needed to join as the contract creator tool is provided by a 3rd party app https://www.and.co/ which you can just sign-up to directly for free. Creating the contract in the tool was straightforward enough but I then had to email it to myself so that I could copy and paste it into Word and then customise it. No big deal and it gave me a good place to start.
Freelance Writing Communities
r/freelancewriters on Reddit
I’m already a member of this subreddit. It’s mainly populated with content writers who write for the web, producing blog posts etc. There are people from all levels of experience from those just starting out to those with years of it. If that’s your field then definitely worth joining and the associated Wiki is actually choc-full of good information.
r/copywriting on Reddit
Very similar to the freelancewriters one although has fewer members.
The Freelance Content Marketing Writer – Facebook Group
I’ve just joined this one as I wasn’t aware of it and it was recommended to me by a freelance writer friend. It’s a small group (circa 6,000 members).
If you know of any other good online communities for freelance writers or copywriters then please let us know in the comments below.