On June 5, 1900, thirteen professional women journalists and literary writers established the Detroit Press Club, the first organization of its kind in the city. From 1914 to 1966, the group was known as the Detroit Women Writer’s Club, and from 1966 to 2004, as Detroit Women Writers.
Today known as Detroit Working Writers, members are both men and women writing and publishing in a variety of genres and through traditional and non-traditional media. Past and current members include Joyce Carol Oates, Judith Guest, Naomi Long Madgett, Gloria Whelan, Ellyce Field, J. Alicia Elster, Margaret Hillert, Ruth Ryan Langan, Elizabeth Buzzelli, and more.
DWW fosters excellence in writing and serves as a creative workshop for members, helping them improve their work, support other writers and continue to excel and publish. Within the organization, this mission is met through providing valuable networking opportunities, mutual support and special events for our members and the writing community at large. DWW members promote and support creative writing by serving as role models, mentors, teachers, and speakers.