Washington, D.C. based Writer's Center has been in operation since 1976 with a goal of cultivating "the creation, publication, presentation, and dissemination of literary work" with the belief that "the craft of writing is open to people of all backgrounds and ages." They are an independent 501 (c) (3) nonprofit with global connections that offer an assortment of fellowships, scholarships, and prizes to writers living in the D.C. area and beyond.
Everyone has to start somewhere. Award winning mystery writer and Northwest denizen Elizabeth George knows this, which is why she created the Elizabeth George Foundation to help unpublished and emerging fiction writers, poets, and playwrights and give them a leg up in the beginning stages of their careers. She also has a particular soft spot for organizations assisting disadvantaged youth in these areas, owing in part to her 13-year background in education.