Speaker -11:00-12:00 with Q/A

A short business meeting follows.

  • SWG October Meeting Zoom Link
    Join any time after 9:30 a.m. – October 23
    Or call to listen – 312-626-6799,83242845402#,,,,*139124# US (Chicago)

Meeting ID: 832 4284 5402
 Passcode: 139124

Bring YOUR Written Works to Mentor Hour!

Get valuable feedback from your peers by submitting a sample of  writing to be constructively critiqued.  Members should bring 35 copies of their written work to Mentor Hour. If you can’t be there in person, email your work a week before the meeting as an attachment to springfieldwritersguild@gmail.com. Be sure to type MENTOR HOUR SUBMISSION in your email subject line.

  • Up to 3 pages, double spaced, 1-inch margins, in 12pt Times New Roman font
  • Bring 35 copies, collated and stapled
  • Submissions are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis

SWG Seeking Candidates and Nominating Committee Members for 2022 SWG Officer Election!

Interested in serving on the SWG Board of Directors in 2022?  Is there a SWG member you would like to nominate to serve on the Board?  If so, nominations for the positions of president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and director-at-large are now being accepted.  Nominations can be emailed to springfieldwritersguild@gmail.com.  

The Guild is also in need of three members to serve on the SWG Nominating Committee.  The Committee’s purpose is to confirm Board of Directors candidates for the upcoming SWG officer election in October.  For more information about the Committee, and to become a committee member, please email springfieldwritersguild@gmail.com.

A Message from the President

Chris 2021

Planning for the Future

A Message from the President

As we approach the end of 2021, the Springfield Writers’ Guild will soon elect its future 2022 leaders.  Our annual SWG officer elections for president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, and director-at-large will be held in October.  If you’re interested in running for any of these positions, or nominating another member for a position, please email your nomination to springfieldwritersguild@gmail.com

     A reminder for Mentor Hour submissions, online attendees can use our SWG email to submit their written works.  I’d also like to encourage our in-person attendees to email their written submissions as well.  You still need to bring your 35 copies to Mentor Hour, but your emailed copy will allow our online attendees to participate and send you feedback on your submission.  All emailed submissions will be posted on the main video screen during Mentor Hour for everyone (online and in-person) to see.  For more information, see the Mentor Hour section in your SWG newsletter. 

     One last item, I’ve been looking into the possibility of creating a SWG Welcoming Committee.  The Committee’s purpose would be to welcome guests and new SWG members at each of our monthly meetings.  If you’d be interested in serving on the Committee, or have questions/suggestions on how it would work, please email me at springfieldwritersguild@gmail.com.     

     A reminder, next month’s meeting, September 25, will be held in the Frisco Room at The Library Station (TLS) at 2535 North Kansas Expressway in Springfield.  Our August 28 and October 23 meetings will be held in the Auditorium at The Library Center at 4653 South Campbell Avenue in Springfield.

Write on, SWG.  Write on!
Chris Keller

Upcoming Guest Speakers

October 23
“MAKING YOUR PITCH” – featuring SWG Authors”                                                              Location:  10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Auditorium @ The Library Center in Springfield

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: 9:00 AM -2nd Saturday of the month via Zoom
Contact Info:  john.cawlfield@att.net

Non-Fiction Group
Leader:  Tim Ritter
Meeting Schedule: 7:00 PM – 3rd or 4th Tuesday of the month via Zoom                                    Contact Info:  tritterman@gmail.com

Science Fiction / Fantasy / Horror Group
Leader:  Kim Brixey
Meeting Schedule: Second Wednesday of the month at 7pm on Zoom and immediately following the Guild meeting on the fourth Saturday of the month                                        Contact Info:  brixey.ks@gmail.com

Christian / Inspirational Group
Leader:  Ruth Hunter
Meeting Schedule:  First Monday of the month, and immediately following the Guild meeting.
Contact Info:  ruth.hunter72@gmail.com

Don’t forget to renew your membership!

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!


June 17-19, 2022


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15 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!


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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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