Welcome to PWP!
Who We Are
Professional Writers of Prescott, also known as Prescott Writers, is a network of published and non-published writers and editors who live in the “Quad-Cities” — Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, and Dewey/Humboldt — and in the Verde Valley — Sedona, Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Cornville, and Clarkdale — in Yavapai County, Arizona.
Among our 75 – 125 annual members are writers of all persuasions and genres: poets, novelists, short story writers, journalists, freelancers and essayists, memoirists and creative nonfiction writers, technical and grant writers, and writers of fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. We aim for the highest expression of our craft and are dedicated to sharing our expertise with less experienced writers. See the PWP Meet Yourself feature for more information about our emerging and experienced writers.
What We Do
PWP sponsors monthly speaker programs, member networking meetings, and critique groups. We are planning two workshop free to members this year. Many of our members sponsor local book signings, readings, and lectures, as well as other book-related celebrations in Arizona and outside the state. Our Annual PWP Writing Contest is very popular and open to writers on a national scale.
PWP’s community outreach activities include mentoring young high school writers, sponsoring the annual Founders Award Scholarship for creative writing students at Yavapai College, and cosponsoring a student writing contest with Prescott Public Library. We invite the community to attend our meeting whether members of PWP or not.
Our annual $15 fee entitles members to many benefits: monthly programs and networking with publishing industry speakers, writing submission, contest, marketing and event updates via the PWP Google groups listserv / PWP Forum page, as well as the PWP Facebook page, and posting personal website links. Members are also able to attend free workshops presented by the organization during the year and can enter the PWP writing contest at a special cost. Monthly bulletins go out to members and in December we hold a Christmas party for the members.
“This is my living faith, an active faith, a faith of verbs: to question, explore, experiment, experience, walk, run, dance, play, eat, love, learn, dare, taste, touch, smell, listen, argue, speak, write, read, draw, provoke, emote, scream, sin, repent, cry, kneel, pray, bow, rise, stand, look, laugh, cajole, create, confront, confound, walk back, walk forward, circle, hide, and seek. To seek: to embrace the questions, be wary of answers.”
Terry Tempest Williams, naturalist and writer