official statement by the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers

I’ve been a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers since it was formed in 2005, but I’ve never been prouder to be part of it than I am tonight, when the organization made this statement….


The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers stands against discrimination and intolerance. In this time of upheaval, we proudly support those protesting and working to fight inequity and injustice. We add our voices to the calls to increase inclusivity, promote diversity, and amplify underrepresented voices within the publishing industry and beyond.

Actions must follow the words acknowledging the disparity. It is vital to listen, strive to understand, and then work together to effect the changes that will benefit not just people of color, but our whole society. Until all are equal there can be no true, lasting progress. We can and must choose a just and equal future and work together toward that goal.

Not just our voices, but our choices matter now more than ever. We can all do our part with the time, money, and resources we have available

If you’re looking for a way to get involved, to educate yourself, or to expand your perspective, below are some places to start, either by making contributions, or volunteering, or by supporting writers of color.

Jonathan Maberry, President
D. J. Stevenson, Executive Vice President


Main Home

Home (Southern Poverty Law Center)

Resources for Race, Equity, and Inclusion Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (from ALA’s Public Programming Office’s Great Stories Club)

3 thoughts on “official statement by the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers

  1. I considered asking this on their fb page, but it felt more accusatory over there, but I’m curious about what the membership of the iamtw look like? I didn’t see a membership list on their site. This is a great statement, but I don’t see any action items from the organization itself.

    • I don’t know if IAMTW releases membership information publicly or not, but the membership includes a very large number of working tie-in writers. Most of the ones you’ve heard of are probably members……

      • excellent to hear, do they have a featured author section that I’m missing? I understand not everyone wants their associations to be made public, but it’s be cool to have a section with interviews of featured authors that obviously knew they were going to be mentioned.

        if they don’t, maybe you can suggest it? I know other groups like theirs have had issues with inclusion and it’s great to see the groups that have made it work.

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