Welcome to SAWG: The Official San Antonio Writers' Guild Website

The San Antonio Writers' Guild is an organization for writers of all genres and all levels of experience. Our purpose is to share information with our fellow writers and help each other grow in our craft. Through contests, critiques, newsletters, our website, and our Facebook page, we seek to provide assistance and encouragement to writers of all skill levels. Come to a meeting for friendly, invaluable fellowship.

SAWG Upcoming Events

Wed, May 18: Critique session, The Lion and The Rose, 6-9 pm

Sat, May 21: Write-in, Bethany Congregational Church, 8:30 am-12 noon

Sat, May 21: Meditative Writing Workshop, Bethany Congregational Church, 8:30 am-12 noon

Sat, May 21: Critique session, Geeks Café, 1 pm onwards

Wed, May 25: Critique session, La Taza, 7-9 pm

Sat, May 28: Critique session, Geeks Café, 1 pm onwards

Thurs, June 2: Guild meeting, Bethany Congregational Church, 7-10 pm, featuring local author Jolene Guinther Navarro


Monthly meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. Our next meeting will take place on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at Bethany Congregational Church, 500 Pilgrim Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78213, and will feature local author Jolene Guinther Navarro:

A seventh generation Texan and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author, Jolene stepped into a new world thirty years ago when she married an all-state athlete and high school coach. She followed that unexpected turn by giving birth to four hardcore athletes. She uses her art degree to teach inner city kids about the world and they teach her about life. 

When she’s not in the studio or on the sideline, she loves creating worlds of strong heroes and powerful heroines who find love in spite of the obstacles they face. She is currently working on her sixth Clear Water Book for Harlequin’s Love Inspired.


You need to experience life outside of writing and bring that into your writing world.

In ART SCHOOL, you have to find your style. How does that happen? Learn your craft and when to break rules. How embracing failure will help you find success. Creating a community that critiques and helps you build resilience.

FOOTBALL: If you know a player’s story, you care what happens to him. We love a Cinderella story, and the excitement isn’t just about the players on the field. The secondary characters make it real.

 We will explore the villain. The stronger the rivalry, the more satisfying the victory or devastating the defeat. (Make your villain smarter, bigger, more complex.)

Lastly, we will look at the four parts of your story (four quarters) and explore how to keep the goal (plan) in every part. Build the tension as the clock ticks. The unexpected will keep fans glued to their seats.

The meeting is free to attend, and all members and guests are welcome!

Critique Sessions

We also hold critique sessions most Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons. You may bring any genre. We have a wide range of interests. We discuss plot, pacing, dialogue, etc. We do not point out grammatical errors or punctuation problems, but we do note those on the pages presented for critique.

The Wednesday workshops are held at various locations and times, including Barnes & Noble, Fuddruckers, La Taza, and La Madeleine. Please check our Facebook page for details.

Upcoming sessions:

• Wednesday, May 18, The Lion and The Rose, 6-9 pm – Park North location (reading starts at 7pm)
• Wednesday, May 25, La Taza, Brook Hollow Shopping Center, 6:30-9 pm (reading starts at 7pm)

If you have never attended one of these sessions, come and observe the first time and ask that your name be added to the list of those wishing to be read.

*Please note that anyone can attend these sessions, but you must be a paid-up member of SAWG to have your work read.

Saturday critiques are held from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. at Geeks Cafe, 5460 Babcock Road.

Come at 1:00 if you wish to have lunch. The critique session starts at 2:30. Feel free to join us. Please do not bring outside food or drink into the restaurant.

Our write-ins for 2016 are listed below. The doors will open between 8:00 am and 8:30 am for registration. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. We suggest that you bring a snack to share, such as fruit, pastries, vegetables, etc. Certain members usually bring breakfast tacos. The event usually breaks up around 1:00 pm. (The November write-in goes a little longer in honor of National Novel Writing Month. SAWG will provide pizza for lunch at that event only.) The write-ins take place at our usual meeting place, Bethany Congregational Church at 500 Pilgrim in San Antonio.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Saturday, Sept 10, 2016

Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 (NaNoWriMo write-in)



We post links to helpful websites there, in addition to information about meetings. https://www.facebook.com/groups/sawritersguild/