The Affiliate Development Program (ADP) is designed with new and struggling affiliates in mind. We believe in you, which is why we call you Developing Affiliates. Because you’re small, but you’re running, and you want to grow your membership and increase your affiliate group members’ success both as writers and as professionals. We want that, too!

What is the ADP?

The ADP is designed to serve as an affiliate-to-affiliate mentorship program. In the time between now and the conference, we will be searching for qualified affiliate groups and inviting them to participate in our program as Fostering Affiliates. We will also be searching for Developing Affiliates willing to participate in this program. During the year, both the Fostering Affiliates and the Developing Affiliates will work together to ensure that the Developing Affiliate improves its membership, programming, or fills whatever needs they may have. Both affiliate groups will be expected to abide by the rules of the program and collaborate to ensure that, at the end of the program, the Developing Affiliate meets the minimum requirements for graduation. These requirements are documented via quarterly reports that are submitted online via this website. Within the reports, both Fostering and Developing Affiliates will document their progress in collaboration towards the Developing Affiliate’s goals, and each will have the opportunity to grade the other on a rubric scale. Graduates of the program will be recognized at the conference, and we will even ask some of you to share your success stories!

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for Fostering Affiliates and Developing Affiliates.

Fostering Affiliates are generally affiliate groups with 10 or more members. They are generally active both in their community and in OWFI. They participate in and create programming that inspires writers to reach for their potential. Some of them may be incorporated; some may even be registered nonprofit organizations. Most importantly, Fostering Affiliates have at least three active members who are willing and able to help another affiliate group succeed the way that the Fostering Affiliate group has.

Developing Affiliates are generally affiliate groups with less than 10 members. They are either new affiliate groups that are just trying to get off the ground, or they are established affiliate groups that have gone through some rough patches and have seen a drop in membership. In general, Developing Affiliates are affiliate groups that are looking to improve their membership and their programs’ successes by working with a Fostering Affiliate group that has demonstrated successful implementation of its programming and has a strong member base.

Please consider whether you would like to participate in the ADP as a Fostering or as a Developing Affiliate. In order to match groups appropriately, we need as many affiliate groups capable of being Fostering Affiliates to apply to the ADP.

When will it start?

The ADP will begin at the annual conference in May 2019. Our goal is to have matched Fostering Affiliates with their Developing Affiliates by that point. For that, we’re hoping to reach out to you! The ADP is still in development, and we would love to hear your voice. Using the form below, tell us what you’d like to see in such a program. Let us know how you believe OWFI can best help your affiliate to thrive.

If you’re a thriving affiliate, we would love to hear from you too. Over the next few months, we’ll be looking for Fostering Affiliates. An appropriate fostering affiliate would have at least ten members, a mission statement, and good to excellent quality programs for its members. All ten of these members do not have to be active in OWFI, but your affiliate group must be an active OWFI affiliate group, which means your group must have at least five members who are also active members of OWFI. Your group cannot qualify to be a Fostering Affiliate without meeting this minimum requirement.

Are you a Member at Large thinking of starting an affiliate group? We want to hear from you, too! The ADP would be useful to a new affiliate group in allowing it to generate sufficient interest to allow it to become recognized as an active affiliate group within OWFI. Please let us know your thoughts as well.

Take the Survey!

Let us know the name (or the proposed name) of your current (or soon-to-be-new) affiliate group. Then let us know if you would participate in the ADP, and what you’d like to see come out of it. We’re looking for your opinions, but you don’t have to tell us who you are, so please be honest. Thanks for your time!