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.

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for our Annual Contest will be October 1st this year. Although the rules and details for the contest are not yet available, they will be soon. If you wish to see the guidelines for 2014, you may go to the CONTESTS tab on this site. We will post the 2015 rules as soon as they are available.


Monthly meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. Our next meeting will be May 7th at Bethany Congregational Church, 500 Pilgrim Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78213.

Our speaker for May will be Chrissy Cowdrey, web designer. Chrissy is an award-winning designer with over 10 years in the advertising industry. She has spent her career working with top ad agencies like Razorfish, Disney and T3 to help cultivate some of the biggest brands out there, including Hard Rock, Yankees and MTV Tr3s. Chrissy now owns and runs an Austin-based digital design lab, GreenStraw Creative, where her team pairs business sense and creativity to build brands for individuals, startups and large-scale companies. Chrissy will be speaking on the importance of creating a strong brand for yourself (or your business) in a digital savvy world, and will advise us on branding dos and don'ts.

            Her links:

            GreenStraw site: www.gscadv.com

            Digital Showcase: www.dribbble.com/ccowdrey

            LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/ccowdrey


We also hold critique sessions most Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons. You may bring any genre. We have a wide range of interests.

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.

The Wednesday workshops are held at various locations and times.
May 27 - La Taza Coffe House - near Brookhollow at 281, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
June 10 - Barnes & Noble on San Pedro north of Loop 410 - 7-9 p.m.
June 17 - Grady's at 327 Nakoma, 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. Feel free to join us. Please do not bring outside food or drink into the restaurant.

Our write-ins for 2015 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 other, such as fruit, pastries, vegetables, etc. Certain members usually bring breakfast tacos. The event usually breaks up around noon. 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.

2015 Write-ins
January 10 (past)
March 14 (past)
May 9
July 11
September 12
November 14 - a longer session for NaNoWriMo


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 2014 contest is now closed. Details of the 2015 contest will be posted on the contest page as soon as they are final.