We haven’t tried to show bias or favoritism with our series of media groups, but something about this one struck us as a little odd, and we wanted you to know.
The National Writers Association is a 73-year-old “community of writers and friends where Great Work Begins”, according to their web site. Founder Sandy Whelchel tells us that the group has 5,000 members. It very well may have, but.
If you’ve been following our series at all, you’ll notice that of the groups that charge for memberships, non-professionals are usually allowed to join (as “associates,” “supporters,” etc) for a higher fee.
When we wrote the NWA to ask about dues, we received this back:
“Regular Membership $65, Professional Membership $85 (which should be accompanied by three tearsheets of your published work, verification of your employment as a writer, or a copy of the title page from a published book or play), or just $35 for students with a copy of your student ID.”
That’s odd. It’s extremely rare for the pricing to be switched like this. In fact, we’d go as far as to say that there is no other membership organization we’ve profiled that charges more for professionals.
We wrote Sandy, the executive director, and after the jump you can read what she said and our conclusions:
(Update 10/13: Sandy sent us a bit more information; it’s also after the jump.)