Professional Writers of Austin (PWA) is a free, members-only networking group for professional and aspiring writers.

Our Mission

Develop a supportive and informative community for Austin’s writers, editors, and interactive content creators.


Provide opportunities for Austin’s journalistic, literary, and new media content-creating community to meet, share resources and job tips, improve career skills, and form lifelong bonds with like-minded people.


We represent individuals from such industries as magazine, newspaper, book publishing, television, film, radio, online media, gaming, advertising, and public relations.


PWA founder Riki Markowitz has worked as a researcher, editor, fact checker, writer and reporter. She currently contributes to a variety of websites and magazines. Contact Riki at

PWA co-founder Justine Tal Goldberg is an award-winning writer and editor of both fiction and nonfiction. She owns and operates WriteByNight, a writing center and writers’ service, and official sponsor of PWA. Contact Justine at


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