Join a thriving community of aspiring writers and avid readers by becoming a member of the American Writers Museum today!

5 Reasons to Become an AWM Member

Do you love reading? Do you love writing? Do you enjoy sharing your love of literature with fellow like-minded people? Then the American Writers Museum is the place for you! Become a member today and join our thriving community of book lovers and talented writers. Plus, when you purchase, renew, or give a membership as a gift before December 31, 2022 we will add three extra months on to your membership free of charge! Learn more about benefits and become a member today!

Here are five more reasons to become a member of the American Writers Museum.

1. Unlimited Free Admission

As a member of the American Writers Museum you’ll be able to visit at any time free of charge. What’s included with admission? Everything! You’ll have access to all of our permanent exhibits, plus our special temporary exhibits like Dark Testament: A Century of Black Writers on Justice. Whether you have a whole day to spend or just want some literary inspiration on your lunch break (don’t worry, we won’t tell your boss), you’re always welcome.

2. Meet Your Favorite Authors

Nikki Giovanni visits the American Writers Museum in Chicago

Our vibrant, engaging and inspiring Author Programs bring you face-to-face (or screen-to-screen) with some of this country’s most renowned contemporary writers. From transcendent poets like Nikki Giovanni and Natasha Trethewey to futuristic sci-fi legends like J. Michael Straczynski and John Scalzi, our programs have something for everyone. And as a member, you can attend most author programs for free! In addition to our regular programming, we often host members-only events that include author meet-and-greets. You’ve read their words, but these events are your chance to interact with your favorite writers in an intimate setting like never before.

3. Discounted Rates for Your Friends

Literature lovers meet and mingle at the American Writers Museum, a hidden gem in Chicago

We’re big fans of bonding with friends over a great book, which is why we encourage members to bring their friends to the AWM at a discounted rate! When you register as a member, not only will you receive two one-time-use guest passes to bring friends in for free, but after that you can bring one guest in for 50% off the admission price on each visit. What better way to show your friends how cool you are than a trip to the American Writers Museum?

4. Gift Shop Discounts

American Writers Museum gift shop

Our gift shop is a literature-lover’s heaven, and as a member you’ll get 15% off retail purchases. With a wide array of items like book cover t-shirts, writing advice books, Edgar Allan Poe-ka dot socks (for real), and so much more, the AWM gift shop is the place to go for literary-themed merchandise. Whether you are looking for a special gift for someone or just want to spruce up your closet or writing desk with some bookish swag, become a member with us and we’ll help you bring out your inner book nerd, all at a discounted rate!

5. Reciprocal Admission at AWM Affiliates

We have partnered with more than 70 author homes and museums nationwide to form the AWM Author Home Affiliates. More than a dozen of these author homes offer reciprocal admission to AWM members, ranging from The Beat Museum in San Francisco to Thoreau Farm in Massachusetts and many more across the country. This is a great opportunity to delve further into the lives and writings of your favorite authors and see the very homes, gardens, and farms where they lived and worked. We also have complimentary bookmarks at our front desk that represent each AWM Author Home Affiliate, so come grab yours today!


One thought on “5 Reasons to Become an AWM Member

  1. Fakhar Abbas Shah Qumer says:

    I’m a poet and radio broadcaster based in Pakistan. I’m interested in American literature and American Writers Museum. I would love to be member of this prestigious organization. Best regards

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