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.


On September 4, Joe McKinney will present "Just the Right Amount of Right." He will focus on police procedure in popular TV shows, who gets it right and who ignores it completely, and what you can repurpose from those shows for your own writing.  He will be paying special attention to The Wire, The Shield, Cold Case, Law & Order, True Detective, Justified, Barney Miller, Castle and Southland.  He says, "There's a lot of great TV out there, and some of it actually manages to convey the essence of what it feels like to wear a badge."
Joe McKinney has been a patrol officer for the San Antonio Police Department, a homicide detective, a disaster mitigation specialist, a patrol commander, and a successful novelist. His books include the four-part Dead World series, Quarantined, Inheritance, Lost Girl of the Lake, Plague of the Undead, St. Rage, Dead World Resurrection: The Complete Zombie Short Fiction of Joe McKinneyThe Savage Dead, Crooked House and Dodging Bullets. His short fiction has been collected in The Red Empire and Other Stories and Dating in Dead World. In 2011, McKinney received the Horror Writers Association's Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel. For more information go to http://joemckinney.wordpress.com.

Following Joe's talk, we will assemble in smaller rooms for a critique session.

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

The Wednesday workshops are held at various locations and times.
August 27 - La Taza, Brook Hollow and 281, 7-9 p.m.
September 10 - Barnes & Noble at San Pedro on the north side of Loop 410, 7-9 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. Please do not bring outside food or drink into the restaurant.

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, point of view, conflict, characterization, etc. Grammatical/syntactical 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 (past)
July 12 (past)
September 13 - next
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 an annual contest.

The annual contest is a multi-category contest which accepts fiction, non-fiction, and poetry entries. The deadline for entries is the first Thursday in October. 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.