Detroit Working Writers was founded on June 5, 1900, as the Detroit Press Club, The City of Detroit’s first press club. Today, more than a century later, it is a 501 (c)(6) organization, and the State of Michigan’s oldest writer’s organization.
- When male journalists organized a press club in 1904, the group became known as The Detroit Women’s Press Club.
- In 1914, the name was changed to the Detroit Women Writers Club.
- In 1966, the organization’s name was changed to Detroit Women Writers.
- In 2000, DWW’s centennial year coincided with the City of Detroit’s 300th year, and DWW was designated as a Heritage Organization by Detroit 300.
- In May 2003, the name was changed again, to Detroit Working Writers, when membership was opened to male writers.
Traditionally, membership has been based solely on published credits. In 2011, DWW created a three-tiered membership structure that allowed for the inclusion of published writers, emerging writers, and student writers at the college level. Membership is unrestricted by gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. To learn more about the application process, visit our membership page.
Our membership includes novelists, journalists, poets, playwrights, scriptwriters, freelancers, travel writers, and essayists. From the 13 founding members, the non-profit organization has grown to just under a hundred members in the 2013 membership year.
The DWW Writer’s Conference was established in 1961. The annual conference draws writers from throughout Michigan, and presents high-profile keynote speakers and a variety of craft-related workshops.
In addition to the Conference, DWW holds quarterly workshops on craft-related topics such as the elements of poetry, finding the perfect agent, and memoir development. For more information on the workshop scheduled, visit our workshop page.
DWW has published three books:
- Echoes from the Moon (1976), a volume of poetry by DWW members,
- Voices on Writing Fiction (1987), advice on writing by DWW members,
- Century of Voices, a DWW Anthology 1900 – 2000 (1999), featuring the work of 87 members that reflects a century of membership with historical introductions to each section.