The Native Writers Circle of the Americas (NWCA) is a professional organization of Native American/Indigenous writers designed to network, celebrate, and form professional connections among ourselves. It was founded in 1992 through the hard work of Geary Hobson, Joseph Bruchac, Maurice Kenny, Howard Meredith, Jeannette Armstrong, Dorothy Thorsen, Robert Perry, Robert J. Conley, and D.L. Birchfield following the first Returning the Gift Conference.
Intended to be the equivalent of, in Dr. Geary Hobson's words, "an Indian Academy of Letters," NWCA membership is intentionally limited and elite. A writer must have published at least one book and scholars must be well respected in their field of Indigenous Studies, Literary Criticism, or Theory.