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.


The next monthly meeting will be on Thursday, April 3, at 7:00 p.m, at Bethany Congregational Church, 500 Pilgrim, San Antonio, Texas. Our speaker will be Bradley Denton, Austin-based science fiction writer and author of the John W. Campbell Award-winning novel Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede. His topic is "Writing in the Texas-Sized Shadow of Greatness," addressing the Lone Star State's long history of gonzo and weird fiction using the life and work of Neal Barrett, Jr. as a touchstone.

Following the speaker, we will have our second open mic session. From approximately 8 to 10 p.m., our members will have the opportunity to read/perform one of their literary works for an appreciative audience of their peers. Anything goes, from a novel chapter (or part thereof) to poem, short story, flash fiction, or memoir. This event will take the place of our usual critique sessions following the speaker, and time is limited to 5 to 10 minutes (maximum). Please time yourself reading the piece in order to stay within the time constraints. If time is available at the end, participants may present another selection. Look for the signup sheet when you arrive at the meeting. This opportunity is for members only.

We also hold critique sessions most Wednesday evenings and every Saturday afternoon.

The Wednesday workshops are held at various locations:
April 16 - Joseph's Storehouse & Bakery, 3420 N St Mary's St #105, 6-9 p.m.
April 23 - LaTaza, Brook Hollow and 281, 7-9 p.m.
April 30 - no session because the monthly meeting is May 1
May 7 - Checkers 13835 Nacogdoches Road, 6-9 p.m.
May 14 - B&N at San Pedro on the north side of Loop 410, 7-9 p.m.
May 21 - Joseph's Storehouse & Bakery, 3420 N St Mary's St #105,
6-9 p.m.

Saturday critique sessions are held from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. at Savor Fare, 8601 Huebner, Suite 103. Come at 1:00 if you wish to have lunch. The restaurant is closed from 2:30 to 5:00, but they allow us to meet then. We will start the critique session at 2:30. Some of us stay and have dinner at 5:00. Feel free to join us.

The first time you come to a critique session, you should observe how the session is conducted. After that, you may bring 16 copies of up to 10 pages. We will make suggestions regarding plot, pacing, conflict, characterization, etc. Grammatical mistakes will be marked on the pages but not discussed.

You may bring any genre. We have a wide range of interests.

Our quarterly write-ins for 2014 are listed below. The doors will open at 8 a.m. Registration will be at 8:30. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. We suggest that you bring a snack to share with others--fruit, pastries, vegetables, etc. Certain members usually bring breakfast tacos. Although we usually break up around noon, SAWG will provide pizza for lunch. The write-in will take place at our usual meeting place, Bethany Congregational Church at 500 Pilgrim in San Antonio.

January 11 (past)
March 8 (past)
May 10
July 12
September 13
November 8 - all-day session for NaNoWriMo month


We post links to helpful websites there, in addition to information about meetings.


The San Antonio Writers' Guild hosts two annual contests.

The annual contest with a first Thursday in October deadline is a multi-category contest which accepts fiction, non-fiction, and poetry entries. Word limit depends on the entry. The rules for 2014 are posted in the CONTESTS tab (above). You do not have to be a member of SAWG to enter.

The guild also sponsors the Louise Stewart memoir contest, which has a deadline of the first Thursday in April. The contest is closed for 2013, but the 2014 guidelines are now on this site. The Louise Stewart contest is for members only and is an essay, story, or poem on a very specific subject that changes from year to year. Go to the CONTESTS tab (above) for information.