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, March 6, at 7:00 p.m, at Bethany Congregational Church, 500 Pilgrim, San Antonio, Texas.
Our speaker for the March 6 meeting will be Veronica Goldbach, author of the novel Deep in the Heart of High School. She will discuss bringing authenticity to young adult fiction.
The following information is from Goodreads:
Veronica grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and went to school less than five minutes away from the Alamo. After receiving a B.A. in humanities and an M.A. in teaching middle grades from Trinity University, she became a public school teacher. She has taught English as a second language at inner-city middle and elementary schools in San Antonio as well as in South Central Los Angeles.
Veronica became interested in writing young adult fiction while trying to find novels that her seventh-grade students could relate to and also enjoy. Veronica is currently teaching future writers in San Antonio. She lives in the inner city, close to where she grew up. Veronica shares her home with two dogs, two cats, two guinea pigs, and her sister, Theresa.
She has been a featured author in the Spirit of Texas Reading Program.
We also hold critique sessions most Wednesday evenings and every Saturday afternoon.
The Wednesday workshops are held at various locations:
March 5 - no workshop since the monthly meeting is March 6
March 12 - Barnes & Noble at San Pedro on the north side of Loop 410, 7-9 pm.
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.
November 8 - all-day session for NaNoWriMo month
FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK
We post links to helpful websites there, in addition to information about meetings.
SAN ANTONIO WRITERS' GUILD CONTESTS
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.