AWP offers four categories of organizational membership:
- Institutional Membership for academic creative writing programs at accredited colleges and universities. This category is for four-year colleges and graduate programs.
- WC&C Membership for writers’ conferences, centers, festivals, retreats, and residencies that provide educational opportunities or retreats for aspiring writers.
- Affiliate Membership for two-year community colleges and technical schools.
- High School Membership for public and private schools that offer creative writing.