About Membership

Membership in South Bay Writers is open to published and unpublished writers of all genres, as well as those involved in writing-related fields. Our mission is to promote fellowship among members, and the personal and professional development of their work. South Bay Writers is a branch of the California Writers Club, one of the oldest writers clubs in continuous operation in the United States.

As a member of South Bay Writers, you are eligible for discounts to meetings, conferences, workshops, and contests sponsored by all 21 branches of our California Writers Club, a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

California Writers Club and South Bay Writers offer the following membership levels:

Writers who have published within the last:

  • 3 years: Three articles, poems, stories, or other written work
  • 10 years: A book or have received a book contract

Writers who are not yet published, but are actively working toward publication.

Members who are not actively seeking publication, but are interested in writing, writing-related fields, and in South Bay Writers.

Members currently in good standing at another California Writers Club branch who would also like to join South Bay Writers.

Writers ages 8-22, or older, if a verified, full-time student at an accredited school.

All are welcome to join in the classification appropriate to their current level of writing interest and achievement. As achievement increases, members will advance to “Active” membership.


New members must complete an ONLINE APPLICATION, including writing samples, and SUBMIT PAYMENT.


Members pay annual dues for the membership year, which is July 1 through June 30 of the following year. For those joining mid-year, between January 1 and June 30, a partial payment is charged.

New Membership
Active, Associate, Supporting
$65            full year (Jul 1-Jun 30)   $45.00 annual dues, $20 one-time initiation fee
$42.50      half year (Jan 1-Jun 30) $22.50 mid-year dues, $20 one-time initiation fee

Member Renewal
Active, Associate, Supporting
$45           full year (renewal period May 1-Jun 30)

Dual Membership
$25           full year (joining any time)

Student Membership
$20           full year (joining any time)