The WIW Freedom to Write Fund is a nonprofit charitable organization devoted to public advocacy on behalf of the community of independent writers on policy issues important to them, including copyright law, access to government information, and libel and slander law. Established by WIW in 1980 as the Legal and Educational Fund, the organization has always been dedicated to protecting the rights of independent writers. It assumed its present name as the Freedom to Write Fund in 2005 under new board leadership.
Conducts educational programs for independent writers on topics relating to their professional development, including:
- Developments in publishing industry practices of importance to independent writers;
- Strategies and techniques for securing a wider audience for their work;
- The technologies of publishing and delivering written material to the marketplace;
- The craft of writing, in all of its different formats — fiction, narrative non-fiction, memoir, journalism, and more.
- Performs public advocacy efforts on behalf of the community of independent writers on policy issues of importance to them, including copyright law, access to government information, the exposure of writers to prosecution for informing the public of secret governmental activity, and libel and slander law.
- Assists independent writers in securing legal representation in disputes concerning potential public policy issues, including access to government information, the protection of confidential sources, libel and slander, and copyright law. In addition, where appropriate, FWF will engage counsel and participate as friend-of-the-court in such lawsuits in order to advise the court concerning the impact of the case on the unfettered circulation of information, access to government information, First Amendment values, and American freedom and democracy.