Springfield Writers’ Guild Meeting – June 26

Heather Burch will present a workshop: 

“Plot in a Day, Write in a Month”

(a workshop for writers at all stages)

Starting June 26, we are scheduled to return in-person meetings! The June 26 meeting will be held at the Northside Library Station on North Kansas Expressway, Springfield. The meeting will be in the Frisco Room beginning at 10:00 a.m. Mentor Hour is back for critiquing members’ written works, followed by our speaker of the month. A short business meeting follows.
Join Meeting on Zoom at:
Meeting ID: 422 552 6819


All Zoom meetings have been recorded and are found on the Members Only tab above

Bring YOUR Written Works to Mentor Hour!

Ready to have your writing projects constructively critiqued?  Bring them to Mentor Hour!  Submissions should be 750 words or less, double-spaced, use 12-point font, and have one-inch margins to allow for helpful proof readers’ comments.  Bring 35 printed, collated and stapled copies of your work.  Submissions are read on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Mentor Hour is held from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at each SWG monthly meeting. (Must be a member to participate).

Don’t forget to renew your membership for 2021!

Yearly dues run from January-November each year (no meeting in December). Pay online with PayPal, or credit card. Fill out your application so we can know you better on the JOIN/RENEW page. New members are encouraged!

A Message from the President

It’s time to meet in-person, and for the first time since November 2020, the SWG will.  Some of you haven’t been to a SWG meeting since 2019, while others will be attending in-person for the first time.  AND there are some of you, who for whatever reason, are unable to attend in-person SWG meetings.  That said, we want all SWG members to have the opportunity to attend, whether it be in-person or online via Zoom.  

Our June 26 meeting will be our second attempt at a hybrid meeting, which is designed to accommodate both in-person and online attendees.  Before COVID-19 restrictions came about, we didn’t have online meetings or online only members.  Now, over a year later, we have several online only members, and I think we’ll have more in the future.

A key component for our hybrid meetings will be the audiovisual resources we use, and how we link them to our in-person and online audiences.  Our goal is to provide both audiences with the same audiovisual materials and information shared in our speaker presentations, workshops, and business meetings.

Given the facilities in our new meeting rooms, we’ll be looking to use two microphones during each meeting.  One will be for our SWG Board of Directors and Officers to give their respective reports and updates.  The other will be available to field questions and comments from the floor.

For our Mentor Hour sessions, we’ve discussed ways to incorporate electronic media for both in-person and online attendees.  This could involve the use of email where both in-person and online members provide email copies of their written submissions.  As for the best method to receive, bundle, and disseminate these email submissions, we would have to establish a process that is simple, direct, and secure.  If we’re able to connect the dots for this, members critiquing other members’ works could submit their feedback via email as well as by hard copy, which could allow for greater participation in our Mentor Hour sessions.  Nick Weyland, our longtime Mentor Hour Coordinator, will continue to lead us.

All said, technology has changed our organization in many ways, and will continue to change how we do things in the future.  It helped us stay connected through the restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 Pandemic, and it brought new members to our family as well.

Write on, SWG.  Write on!
Chris Keller, President

Upcoming Guest Speakers

July 24 
Guest Speaker:  Annie Roberts – English Instructor
Location:  10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Auditorium @ The Library Center in Springfield
Topic: “Writing Tips & Insight Into Young Adult Readers – What They Like and What They’re Reading?”

August 28
Guest Speaker:  Marilyn Quigley – Writer & Composition Consultant, Professor Emeritus
Location:  10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Auditorium @ The Library Center in Springfield
Topic:  “How to Save Time and Sanity: On the Journey to Publishing Your Novel”  

September 25
Guest Speaker:  Lance Coffman – Consultant @ MSU Springfield Small Business Development Center (Pending)
Location:  10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Auditorium @ The Library Center in Springfield
Topic:  TBD

October 23
Guest Speaker:  Nancy Allen – Best-Selling Author, Prosecutor, Law Instructor
Location:  10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Auditorium @ The Library Center in Springfield
Topic:  “One Wild Ride: From Prosecutor to Law Instructor to Best-Selling Author” 

November 27
Location:  10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Auditorium @ The Library Center in Springfield
Topic:  End-of-the-Year Awards, Special Recognitions, Holiday Trivia & Gifts

SWG Genre Groups
Thriller Group
Leader:  John Cawlfield
Meeting Schedule: 2nd Saturday of the month via Zoom
Contact Info:  john.cawlfield@att.net

Non-Fiction Group
Leader:  Tim Ritter
Meeting Schedule
Contact Info:  tritterman@gmail.com

Science Fiction / Fantasy / Horror Group
Leader:  Kim Brixey
Meeting Schedule:  7:00 – 9:00 p.m. 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month via Zoom
Contact Info:  brixey.ks@gmail.com

Christian / Inspirational Group
Leader:  Ruth Hunter
Meeting Schedule:  TBD
Contact Info:  ruth.hunter72@gmail.com


After much discussion, the Between the Pages board has come to the difficult decision to postpone the conference to 2022 out of a concern for public health and safety.

We’re going to level with you—we want this event to be beyond phenomenal and in an environment where attendees can focus on the programs and presentations, outside of the shadow of the pandemic. There is too much uncertainty at this point for us to confidently move forward with a 2021 conference date.

But we’re not going to leave you hanging! We’re putting together a free virtual program for Saturday, June 19, 2021 to whet your appetite for next year. The event is FREE, but you must sign up in order to get the Zoom link. Sign up here

Thank you to everyone for understanding and helping us do our part to protect public health and safety.

The Between the Pages Board

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


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  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.


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