Springfield Writers’ Guild Meeting – March 27


Join us on ZOOM this coming Saturday! 

Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83547018036?pwd=OTRocXdIRVF3b0lQT1R6WjUvdzZxZz09



Paul McSorley, Professional Narrator

February 27 Speaker – 10:00 a.m.


“We All Have a Story to Tell: Tips for Writing Creative Nonfiction from Your Memoirs” with C.A. Simonson

If you missed the January 23 meeting, you may watch it here.

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

Last month, the Springfield Writers’ Guild lost one of its oldest and most beloved members. David A. Estes was 98 years old when he passed January 21, but was a relatively young author who had seven books published in a three-year span.  His first book, Wet Dogs Don’t Ride, came out in 2016 with his final book, Runaway Fast: And Five Other Stories, being released in 2019. 

My first experience with David was about five years ago during an SWG mentor hour.  His character dialogues were some of the most entertaining written works I’d ever read, and they always generated a humorous response from our mentor hour readers.  David’s enthusiasm for life was clearly expressed in his writing.  I remember driving him to his last SWG meeting in January 2020.  He was such an inspiration and will be greatly missed!

In the days ahead, we will continue to book speakers for our upcoming SWG monthly meetings.  If you have suggestions for potential speakers, please feel free to share that information via our SWG email at springfieldwritersguild@gmail.com.

Speaking of upcoming meetings, we’re hoping to have our next in-person meeting on April 24. We’re still searching for a host venue that can adequately meet our needs until our future venue, The Library Center, reopens its public meeting rooms in June.  If McAlister’s Deli, our previous venue, reopens their meeting room before June, we will meet there.  If McAlister’s cannot host us, and we don’t find an alternative location that can accommodate our group, we will continue to meet online via Zoom. 

Lastly, the Between the Pages Writers Conference, set for June 2021 in Springfield, has been moved to 2022 due to potential COVID-19 restrictions.  The BTP Board of Directors, which includes the SWG Board of Directors, is exploring the possibility of doing a smaller online event this year.  More details to come in the days ahead.         

As always, be sure to check your email, newsletter, SWG website, Facebook pages, and other communication venues for further updates. 

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



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. Check back for details on speakers, topics, and have your questions ready!

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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