June 24

Author Ruth Hunter

“Using Kindle Vella to Write Your Stories”

Springfield Library Center

MENTOR HOUR – 10:00 a.m. | SPEAKER – 11:00 a.m. | BUSINESS MEETING – 12:00 p.m.

Bring Your Written Works to Mentor Hour!

Get valuable feedback from your peers by submitting a sample of writing to be constructively critiqued. 

  • Up to 3 pages, double spaced, 1-inch margins, in 12pt Times New Roman font *(This allows for members to comment. You may print on both sides).
  • Please email your submission to springfieldwritersguild@gmail.com by Thursday before the meeting.
  • Members only
  • Submissions are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis





If you decide to join, you may do so at any meeting or by signing up in the sidebar.


Twelve Tips to Make Your Story Worth Reading

Pleonasms, taglines, gerunds, and more! Oh My!

Most writers love what they write and love to read it again and again. But let’s face it, there are times when even your own words fall short and leave you feeling blah. If it’s not even worth your time to read, who else will want to?

A good writer grabs their readers and makes them hang on until the end – either gripping the edge of their seat or panting all the way. How do you do that?

12 Tips to Make Your Story Worth Reading




June – Ruth Hunter – Writing for Kindle Vella

July – Candy Simonson – Where to Get Story Ideas?

August -Summer family picnic

September – Kevin Henderson – TBD

October – John Cawlfield – TBD

November – Holiday Party



Almost 200 writers and authors from ten different states will be joining together for camaraderie, inspiration, and to make new friendships. The 2023 Conference promises to be even bigger and better!

13 speakers / 19 workshops! Headshots, Contests, Swagbags, Door Prizes, Bookstore, Food & Entertainment! Rub shoulders with published authors, editors, publishers, and agents!

William Bernhardt, Keynote Speaker

Author of over 50 legal thrillers

Bill will also present two dynamic workshops


Pitch your book for free! Get a headshot! Enter contests. Meet and greet!

Brought to you by:

BTP Writers Con
Ozarks Romance Authors
Sleuths’ Ink Mystery Writers
Springfield Writers Guild


Yvonne Erwin, President; C.A. Simonson, Vice President and interim Webmaster; Monica Holcomb, Secretary and Newsletter Editor; Andy Tarbox, Treasurer; Chris Keller, Director at Large; Nick Weyland, Mentor Hour Coordinator; Tim Straus, SWG GoodReads Coordinator (SEE BIOS HERE)

17 Responses to Home

  1. maaja says:

    Superb blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m hoping to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you propose starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m totally overwhelmed ..

    Any tips? Thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Yes, you could begin with WordPress, Blogspot, or any of the other free blogsites. Most are simple to use and you don’t need any technical knowledge. Get your stories out there. Provide good content people want to read!


  2. Jeffery Killough says:

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  3. I like the helpful information you provide for your articles. I’ll bookmark your blog and take a look at once more right here regularly. I’m moderately certain I will learn plenty of new stuff proper here! Best of luck for the next!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Mindy Lawrence says:

    You have a very nice and informative website. I’ve been away from the Guild for years and just joined again this evening (although I marked “new member”). I’ll be there at the meeting on August 26th–hopefully with something for critique.


  5. Teresa Cox says:

    I have written what I hope to be 2 children’s books but have no idea how to go about having them published. They are written in ryhme and I know they would need illustration. I self published once but that was poetry and wasn’t very successful. I would really like these 2 books to be noticed. Any suggestions on what I should do?


    • Come to our meetings. We have illustrators, editors, and publishers there who will point you in the right direction to finish your books. We meet every fourth Saturday at McAlister’s in Springfield. (See map at bottom).


  6. Mia says:

    Hello I’m Mia Huskisson I’m an aspiring writing working towards becoming an author Would you allow me to observe a meeting to see if your group might be a good fit for me?


    • Anyone is welcome to visit the group at no charge. If you want to become a member, you have that option. The next meeting is at McAlisters (Battlefield and Kansas) on Feb. 22, starting at 11:00 a.m.


  7. Shirley Fox says:

    I am close to completing a non-fiction book. I’m 86, so I don’t expect it to be the first of many. I know zip about getting a book edited and printed. I need to engage someone who will help me these things. How should I go about finding the help I need?


  8. Vernon Holliday says:

    I would like to come and what you guys can teach me about writing I’m just starting and I need all the advice I can get thanks


    • You are welcome to join our writers’ group at any time. We will begin meeting again in January. Keep checking the SWG website for information, or look on our Facebook page – Look for Springfield Writers Guild forum. Our group is diversified with young, old, men, women, published, and beginners.


  9. Bob Alder says:

    My wife and I are performing Singer-Songwriters, we perform 5 to 10 gigs a month. We have a collection of songs that we believe could be the heart of a musical or musical comedy and are looking for a referral to a play writer who might like to create the book to bring it all together.
    Thank you
    Jan & Bob Alder
    Nixa, MO


    • We had a playwright in our group at one time. Currently, there aren’t any. However – the Between the Pages Writers Conference that will be held in June has a songwriter/author. It may be worth your time to attend the conference and meet up with him.


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