美国中文作家协会章程

总则

宗旨:

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。

第二条:尊重美国宪法,提倡民主,倡导创新,多渠道地推动美中及世界其他国家文学界的合作,为本协会会员扩展出更大的发展空间。

第三条:利用互联网功能以及协会网站,将会员的创作成果推向世界。不定期地举办不同形式的活动,奖励和鼓励会员创作更多的优秀作品。同时,为了更广泛地传承中华文化和吸纳用中文写作的海外留学生和华人后代,以及非华裔的文学爱好者,作协网站为非会员建立了专栏,借此平台达到“培养人才和发现人才”的目的。

组织:

第四条:作协以理事会为核心。理事会的职能是根据组织章程制定和规划协会不同时期的工作方针,带领会员落实相关事宜。理事会设主席一人,副主席一人,秘书长和财务长各一人,执行理事数人(原则上不超过九人)。理事会每三个月例会一次(根据需要可以通过电子邮件、微信群或电话会议的形式开会),由秘书长整理会议纪要并存档。理事会每三年一届,选举产生。主席统筹协会工作,副主席、秘书长、财务长和理事分别负责协会的会员管理、网络建设、对外宣传及财务管理等工作。重大决定需超过半数以上理事会成员通过才能生效。理事会成员必须做满一届,如提前退出,不论何种理由,都将通报全体会员,并由理事会甄选替补成员。

第五条:首届协会设荣誉主席一人。历任主席卸任后即自动成为协会的荣誉主席。

第六条:顾问团没有名额限制,由北美及中国两岸三地的著名作家和社团领袖组成。理事会备有专人定期将协会的决议及相关活动转达给顾问团成员。

会员:

第七条:鉴于网络时代“新媒体”的崛起,会员标准不局限於专著成就。如果在网络上发表的作品有很大的影响,可视为符合入会标准。即:凡是尊重美国中文作家协会章程,并有一部专著或多篇文章在平面媒体或网络媒体上发表过的华裔和非华裔人士,均可申请入会。理事会定期审理入会申请,获得批准后即发放会员证书,有效期为三年。

第八条:申请方式:申报者需先向协会提交《入会申请表》。经理事会审核批准后,即发给“入会通知书”及《会员登记表》,并通知交纳会费,发放证书。

第九条:会员费一年五十美元,一次交满三年会费(共一百五十美元)。终身会员会费为五百美元会员的待遇有:

     1. 在作协网站“作家作品”栏目中设立个人作品专栏。

     2. 自选一篇或多篇文章参加作协文集的出版,可免费获赠一本文集。

     3. 有权参加作协举办的所有学术交流活动。

     4. 有选举权和被选举权。所有会员都有资格竞选下一届理事会成员,也拥有退会自由。

     5. 会费每三年交一次。逾期不交会费,视为自动退会。作协有权删除网站上的“作家作品“个人专栏内容。

     6. 终身会员在作协网站“作家作品“个人专栏里的作品将永久保留在作协网站上。只要网站存在,“作家作品“个人专栏里的内容就不会删除。

第十条:会员如严重违反协会章程,经理事会讨论并通过,即可停止或取消其会籍。

功能:

第十一条:会员代表大会每年一次,主要内容有专题讲座、新书发表会、奖励优秀作家和多产作家等学术交流和联谊活动。每三年出版一本作协文集。

第十二条:每三年一届的理事会在第三年的12月的最后一天结束任期。新一届理事会在新一年的1月1日正式接任全体会员都有资格参加竞选(作协顾问只有投票权)竞选主席一职需提交竞选报告,由换届监委会向作协全体成员通报主席提名并统计票数。票数最多者当选为主席。新当选主席依据作协章程向换届监委会提交组阁新一届理事会成员的资质要求参加竞选理事的会员需向换届监委会提交竞选报告。新任主席将与换届监委会共同确定新一届理事会名单并通报作协全体会员

形式:

第十三条:作协的主要交流形式和发表会员作品的平台以chinesewritersusa.org网站为主。网站的目的是为资深会员建立作品档案,为文学爱好者建造一个可以发表作品的互动平台。只要该网站存在,会员的作品就将永远在互联网上与全球的中文读者互动。

     1、该网站设有“关于我们、作家作品、即时话题、每月集锦、作协动态、文友园地、友情链接”等栏目,其中“作家作品”以会员姓名设立个人专栏,刊登已发表过或没发表过的小说、诗歌、散文、剧本、杂文等不同体裁的文学作品。“文友园地”是为非会员,特别是为留美的中国学生和在美的华人后代,以及非华裔人士创立的专栏。非会员不需缴纳会费,在“文友园地”中发表五篇文章以上的文友即可申请入会;通过审批后,正式成为美中作协会员,并在“作家作品”栏目中设有个人专栏。

     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(请参考网站“会员须知”及“作品三级授权”)。

     3、网站栏目可以适当调整,但是整体风格不能改变,网址不能更改,历届理事会都要保护作协网站刊登的图文资料的完整性。

     4、会员停止交付会费,即表示放弃个人专栏的使用权,作协有权自行处理。

第十四条: 不定期举办命题征文活动,并且及时所选征文刊登到协会网站以及有互动关系的报刊杂志和文学网站上。

第十五条:不定期举行地域性的文学采风活动。

经费:

第十六条 本协会的经费来源:

1、会员费:普通会员会费费:$50.00x3年=$150.00。终生会员会费:$500.00。

2、大型活动可以寻求赞助。

3、网站可以设广告板块。如果有广告收益,将作为协会活动经费。

附则:

第十七条 本章程由理事会负责解释。在尊重协会章程主旨的前提下,理事会有权对个别条款进行修正,但是要经过理事会半数以上成员的通过才能生效。

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。

美国中文作家协会全票通过第一届理事会成员名单:

主席:李岘

副主席:何绍义、孙兴华

秘书长:赵燕冬

财务长:许晓妮

理事:王智、齐滨英、文昊、康鸿熹(R. Todd Cornell)

 

 备注:

* 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 。

* 美中作协第二届理事会在2018年1月7日的理事会上,对作协章程第四条,第九条,第十二条和第十四条进行了修改并获参加会议的七名理事全票通过。

 美国中文作家协会第二届理事会成员名单:

主席:李岘

副主席:何绍义

秘书长:赵燕冬

财务长:许晓妮

理事:李丹、文昊、郑茹菁

 

                           CHINESE WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA BYLAW

General

Mission:

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.

 

Organizations:

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.

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.

 

Membership:

Article VII: In view of the "new media" in the Internet age, CWAA membership requirement is not limited to monograph and literary publications. If the online publication has a great influence, it can be considered to meet the membership requirement. 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)     Having an individual column on the website of CWAA,

3)     Submitting one or more articles to be included in the CWAA publications,

4)     Receiving publications of CWAA,

5)     Participating in all the CWAA academic activities.

6)     Every member has the right to vote and to stand for election.

7)     Every member is eligible to run for a Council member, and to withdraw from CWAA.

8)         Membership dues are paid for three years at once. 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.

9)         Lifetime members will permanently have their works 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,

 

Features:

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.

 

Forms:

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.  Under normal circumstances, CWAA website editors will not make changes to members’ works, but reserve the right to reject the works that are contrary to the CWAA Bylaws (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.

Article XV: CWAA will occasionally hold regional literary collection activities.

 

Funds:

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.

 

Annex:

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.

This revised Bylaw of CWAA has been unanimously approved by the following board members on January 7, 2018:

Chairman: Maria Lixian Gee-Schweiger

Vice-Chairman: Shaoyi He

Secretary-General: Yandong Zhao

Chief Financial Officer: Daniel Tam

Executive Members: Dan Li, Hao Wen, Rujing Zheng

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 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 Board of Directors held on January 7, 2017, Articles IV, IX, XII, XIV were discussed and revised, and unanimously approved and adopted.