第一条： 美国中文作家协会是由生活在美国并热爱用汉语写作的华人及其他族裔的人自愿组成的非政治、非宗教、非盈利的组织。英文为：CHINESE WRITERS ASSOCIATION of AMERICA。简称CWAA。本协会的宗旨是要通过网络媒体和平面媒体的互动，跨越国界和地域，为热爱汉语并用汉语进行文学创作的人们搭建起一个相互交流和相互切磋以及相互反馈的平台。同时，协会将通过学术交流，促进东西方文化的融合与汉语的传播。协会将在本会网站www.chinesewritersusa.org上发表会员作品。
2. 会员作品文责自负，作协网站责编仅对作协章程负责，一般情况下不对会员作品进行修改，但对有悖作协章程的文字有权拒登。作协网站“作家作品”栏目中的文章可视为作者已授权美中作协以有声读物及转发其他网站的形式加以扩大宣传 （请参考网站“会员须知”及“作品三级授权”）。
第十八条 本协会如终止活动或解散，需经会员代表大会讨论通过，由执委会确定人选组成清理小组处理善后工作。章程於 2015 年9 月12 日 第一次理事会上讨论通过，美国中文作家协会正式成立。
理事： 王智、齐滨英、文昊、康鸿熹(R. Todd Cornell)
* 章程於 2015年9月12日 第一次理事会上讨论通过，美国中文作家协会正式成立。 美中作协理事会在2016年3月20日的理事会上，对作协章程“宗旨”第三条添加了培养非成员文友的形式及意义。“会员”第九条和“形式”第十三条进行了条款细化。参加会议的七名理事全票通过了修改后的文字 。
CHINESE WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA BYLAW
Article I: CHINESE WRITERS ASSOCIATION of AMERICA (CWAA) is a non-political, non-religious, and non-profit organization in the United States that has been voluntarily formed by Chinese people and people of other ethnicities who love to write and create literary works in the Chinese language. The mission of CWAA is to build up and maintain a cross-border and cross-region platform for people who love literary writing and creation in the Chinese language to have mutual exchange and mutual feedback, and learn from each other through the online media and the print media. Meanwhile, CWAA will promote the integration of East-West cultures and dissemination of the Chinese language through academic exchanges. CWAA publishes the works its members on the website of CWAA www.chinesewritersusa.org.
Article II: CWAA respects the US Constitution, promotes democracy, and supports innovation. CWAA multi-channel pushes forward the literary cooperation among the people in the United States and other countries of the world, thus expanding greater development space for CWAA members.
Article III: Utilizing the Internet and the website of CWAA, CWAA showcases the literary works of the members to the world. CWAA will organize different events rom time to time to encourage the members to create more and more outstanding literary works.
Article IV: The Board of Directors is the core of CWAA. The function of the Board of Directors is to act upon the working principles developed according to the bylaw and lead the members in implement them in different periods, The Board of Directors is consisted of: a Chairman, a Vice-Chairmen, a Secretary General and a Treasurer, and several Executive Board members (in principle, there will be no more than nine people in the Board of Directors). The Board of Directors holds regular meeting once in every three months (accordingly, a meeting could be held via e-mail, WeChat group or conference call), The Secretary-General takes care of the meeting minutes and the archive of meeting minutes. The Board of Directors is re-elected every three years. The Chairman of the Board of Directors oversees the operation of CWAA in general. The Vice-Chairmen, Secretary-General, Treasurer and the Executive Board Members are responsible for the membership, networking, outreach and financial management. Major decisions need more than half of the Board members to approve in order to take effect. Board members are elected for a full term of three years. If a Council member resigns before the end of a term, regardless of the reason, he or she should inform the entire Council, then, a replacement member will be selected by the Board of Directors.
Article V: CWAA has an Honorary Chairman in the first term. Then, the Chairman of each term becomes an Honorary Chairman after finishing the term. The founding Chairman becomes an Lifetime Honorary Chairman after finishing the term.
Article VI: The Advisor Group is consisted of renowned writers and community leaders from North America and China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, and there is no quota restriction for the Advisor Group. CWAA has designated a liaison to regularly communicate with the Advisor Group and update them with Council resolutions and related activities.
Article VII: In view of the "new media" in the Internet age, CWAA membership requirement is not limited to monograph and literary publications in print. A Chinese American or non-Chinese American would meet the membership requirement if she/he has published one or more than one works in print or online, or, has published more than five articles on the “Literay Friends’ Corner” on CWAA’s website. Therefore, those who respect the bylaw of CWAA and have a monograph or several articles published in print and online, whether they are Chinese or non-Chinese, may apply for CWAA membership. The Board of Directors reviews and proves applications for membership on a regular basis. When a membership is approved, a Membership Certificate will be issued to the member, valid for three years.
Article VIII: Membership Application: An applicant needs to first submit an Application Form, After approval by the Board of Directors, the applicant will fill out a Member Registration Form. When the membership dues are paid, the applicant is issued a Membership Certificate.
Article IX: The membership dues are $50.00 a year. Three years’ membership dues need be paid at once ($150.00 in total). Lifetime membership dues are $500.00. Member benefits include:
1) Publishing works on the website of CWAA,
2) Selecting outstanding works from the individual column on the website of CWAA to be included in the Collected Works of CWAA, and get a free copy.
3) Participating in all the CWAA academic activities.
4) Every member has the right to vote and to stand for election. Every member is eligible to run for a member in the Board of Directors. Every member has the right to withdraw from CWAA, but the membership dues are non-refundable.
5) Membership dues are paid for three years at once (each three-year dues will be paid in the first January of the three years). Overdue dues are resulted in an automatic withdrawal from CWAA. CWAA reserves the right to remove these withdrawn members’ works on the website of CWAA.
6) Lifetime members will permanently have their works in their individual columns on the website of CWAA as long as the website is online.
Article X: If a member has a serious violation of the bylaw of CWAA, the membership will be stopped or cancelled after being discussed and approved by the Board of Directors,
Article XI: Members Congress is held annually, and the main contents are seminars, new book launch, rewarding outstanding writers and prolific writers and other academic exchange and networking activities. CWAA will publish an anthology of members’ works in every three years.
Article XII: The three-year term of the Council ends at the last day of the third year. The new Council’s three-year term begins at January 1 of the new year. Every member has the right to be self-nominated for the election of the new Council members (The members of the Advisory Board only have voting rights). The member who runs for the position of the President needs to submit an election declaration, the Election Audit Committee will administer the election and report the results to all the members. The member who has got the most votes will be elected as the new president. Acting upon the Bylaw, the newly elected President will submit the qualification requirements for the new Board Members to the Election Audit Committee. The Election Audit Committee will send out the call for the new Council election. The members who want to run for the Board of Directors need to submit an election declaration. The new Board members will be selected by the new President with the aid from the Election Audit Committee. And, the Election Audit Committee will announce the result of the election for the new Board of Directors.
Article XIII: The website of CWAA at www.chinesewritersusa.org is dedicated to establishing an archive of literary works for senior members as well as publishing literary works of all the members. As long as the website is online, all the literary works will be available forever for all the readers all over the world.
1. Website features various columns which include: About Us, Writers’ Works, Instant Topics, Monthly Highlights, CWAA Activities, Non-members Contribution and Links. In Writers’ Works, members will have the column under her or his name and publish their fiction, poetry, essays, plays, and other literary works. The Non-members Contribution is dedicated to non-members of CWAA, especially students and Chinese descendants and non-Chinese writers in the United States. The non-members do not need to pay the membership dues. A non-member who has published more than five literary works will be illegible to become a CWAA member when approved, thus having a personal column in Writers’ Works
2. All members are responsible for their own works. CWAA website editors are only responsible for the CWAA Bylaws. Once a piece of work is published in the “Writer’s Column”, it would give CWAA permission to forward it to other websites or use it for audiobooks (please refer to Members Information and Works Authorization on CWAA website).
3. The website columns can be appropriately adjusted, but the overall style will remain unchanged. The URL of CWAA website will always be the same. The Board of Directors will maintain the integrity of the content published on the CWAA website.
4. CWAA members stop paying their dues will automatically give up their personal columns, CWAA reserves the right to deal with this type of issues.
Article XIV: From time to time, CWAA will call for Topic Essays which will be selectively collected and published on the websites of CWAA and other literary organization that have collaborations with CWAA. CWAA will occasionally hold regional literary collection activities.
Article XV: Any Chinese-American and non-Chinese American who lives in the United States could apply for honorary membership, if she/he respects the bylaws of CWAA and is willing to support the work of CWAA, regardless of the level of writing. Honorary membership fee is $50 a year, and lifetime honorary membership fee is $500. A honorary member can have her/his brief introduction with a portrait in the "Honorary Members" section on the website of CWAA. and can participate in the important activities of CWAA as a special guest.
Article XVI: Funding Sources of CWAA:
1. Membership Dues: annual membership dues are $50.00; 3 years’ membership dues are $150.00; lifetime membership dues are $500.00.
2, For large-scale activities, CWAA can seek sponsorship.
3, CWAA website can have an advertising sector. If the website generates ad revenue, the income will be used to finance the activities of CWAA.
Article XVII: This bylaw shall be interpreted by the Board of Directors. Under the premise of respecting the spirit of CWAA, the Board of Directors reserves the right to amend individual terms, but the amendment in question need to be approved by more than half of the Board of Directors members to take effect.
Article XVIII: If the termination or dissolution of CWAA took place, it need be discussed and approved by the members’ congress of CWAA. A liquidation team will be appointed by the Executive Committee to deal with the aftermath.
The members of the second term Board of Directors are as follows(2018-2021):
Chairman: Maria Lixian Gee-Schweiger
Vice-Chairman: Shaoyi He
Secretary-General: Yandong Zhao
Chief Financial Officer: Daniel Tam
Board Members: Hao Wen, Xianlin Ye, Bing Jie
The members of the first term Board of Directors are as follows(2015-2017):
Chairman: Maria Lixian Gee-Schweiger
Vice-Chairman: Shaoyi He, Xinghua Sun
Secretary-General: Yandong Zhao
Chief Financial Officer: Daniel Tam; Xiaoni Xu(Resign）
Board Members: Zhi Wang, Binying Qi, Hao Wen, R. Todd Cornell
*The bylaw was discussed and proved in the first meeting of the Board of Directors held on September 12, 2015, thus, the Chinese Writers Association of America (CWAA) had been formally established.
*In the meeting of the first term Board of Directors held on March 20, 2016, Membership Article IX and Forms Article XIII were discussed and revised, and unanimously approved and adopted.
*In the meeting of the second term Board of Directors held on January 7, 2018 and March 25, 2018, Articles IV, V, VII,VIII IX, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI were discussed and revised, and unanimously approved and adopted.