Author Archives: Springfield Writers' Guild

About Springfield Writers' Guild

Springfield Writers' Guild was formed in 1943 to encourage new writers and hone the skills of the writing craft. The group meets every fourth Saturday of the month (except for December) at McAlister's Deli, 1711 W. Battlefield in Springfield, Missouri. Visitors are welcome.


The second Springfield Writers’ Guild Mini-Contest is a humorous essay or freestyle poem. Winners must be a current member of the Springfield Writers’ Guild to be eligible. See more rules here. Online voting will take place online beginning April 16. … Continue reading

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If You’re a Writer, Writing IS Your “Real” Job

Successful writers know that in order to keep producing high-quality, consistent work, they need to apply themselves every day – and not just to writing, but reading as well. If you’re not reading, you’re not going to be a good … Continue reading

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9 Tips on How to Start a Story

How do you begin to tell a story without informing your reader of the where, when, who, and why? Known as an “information-dump” in the writing world, this needed information can often be boring. It must be woven into the … Continue reading

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5 Reasons Why Selling to Libraries Needs to be a Top Priority

According to the ALA Materials Survey published in March 2015, the most popular categories in public libraries were Children’s picture books, general fiction, mystery/thrillers, cookbooks and memoir/bio. The complete list is here. Libraries are a commonly neglected target in the … Continue reading

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March 25 Speaker

Casey will speak on: Authors should expect more from their publishers. Casey W. Cowan has worked in and around the journalism, artistic, and literary fields for twenty years. He’s worked as a reporter, photographer, and graphic designer for a variety … Continue reading

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