About ANWA


The American Night Writers Association (ANWA) is a unique professional organization for LDS writers. ANWA helps writers of all levels and genres, published and unpublished, by matching them up with a critique group.

Our purpose is to encourage, assist, educate, and motivate members to write, and, if they desire, to publish their works.

How it Works

Members are divided into chapters based on their geographical location. (We also have online chapters)

Chapters meet monthly, and consist of a writing-related lesson and inspirational thought, followed by a critique of each other’s works-in-progress.


Annual Membership to ANWA $30.00.

Members Receive access to ALL events, discounts on some paid events, voting privileges for the organization, and more.


ANWA was founded by Marsha Ward in October, 1986 as an all-women’s organization. Marsha saw a need for a group where others shared her religious values and worldviews, and where she could get help with her writing and hone her talents with other like-minded authors. With six charter members in the basement of the old Gilbert Arizona Public Library, ANWA was born.

In September 2016 ANWA members voted to open its membership up to men as well as women.

ANWA’s Annual Service Award


Award members who have made a lasting
contribution to ANWA are eligable to
recieve the ANWA’s Annual Service Award.