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 San Antonio Writers' Guild hosts an annual multi-category contest which accepts fiction, non-fiction, and poetry entries. The deadline for this year's contest is October 1, 2015. To see the guidelines or submit an electronic entry, please go to the CONTESTS tab on this site.


Monthly meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. Our next meeting will take place this Thursday, Sept 3rd, at Bethany Congregational Church, 500 Pilgrim Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78213. All are welcome.

The program at this week's SAWG meeting will be presented by Sanford Allen, a long-time SAWG member.

His presentation will be entitled: "Lessons from an accidental historical writer: Getting the details right when you're a scribe, not a scholar."


About Sanford: 
Sanford Allen, at various times, has worked as a newspaper reporter, a college journalism instructor and a touring musician. His first novel, the historical horror tale Deadly Passage, is bound back-to-back with Joe McKinney’s Bram Stoker Award-winning Dog Days, as part of JournalStone books’ DoubleDown series. His short fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies including the Stoker Award-winning After Death..., Horror Library Vol. 5 and Rayguns Over Texas, to name a few.


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.

Sept. 9 @ Barnes & Noble, San Pedro north of Loop 410, 7-9 pm.
Sept. 16 @ Fuddrucker's at 9445 IH-10 (Wurzbach exit in the Colonnade), 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
September 12
November 14 - a longer session for NaNoWriMo


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