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.

A SPECIAL EVENT - SAWG is pleased to be hosting a series of workshops and an evening seminar presented by Eric M. Witchey. Eric is making a special trip to Texas from Oregon and you won't want to miss it!

Eric will be speaking about "Save the Tales: Analysis and Revision" on Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. The meeting is in a private room at Earl Abel's and is open to any who wish to attend for $30 for SAWG members and $40 for non-members. This price includes a meal and tip. Alcohol and/or dessert may be purchased individually. Earl Abel's is at 1200 Austin Highway.


Monthly meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. The meeting place is Bethany Congregational Church, 500 Pilgrim Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78213.
On Thursday, October 2, Nan Cuba will present a program: Your Life Story: How to Turn It Into Fiction
Nan Cuba is the author of Body and Bread (Engine Books, 2013), winner of the PEN Southwest Award in Fiction and the Texas Institute of Letters Steven Turner Award for Best Work of First Fiction; it was also listed as one of “Ten Titles to Pick Up Now” in O, Oprah’s Magazine, and was a “Summer Books” choice from Huffington Post.  Cuba co-edited Art at our Doorstep: San Antonio Writers and Artists (Trinity University Press, 2008), and published other work in such places as Quarterly West, Columbia, Antioch Review, Harvard Review, and storySouth.  As an investigative journalist, she reported on the causes of extraordinary violence in LIFE, Third Coast, and D Magazine. She is the founder and executive director emeritus of Gemini Ink, a nonprofit literary center (www.geminiink.org), and teaches in the MA/MFA Program in Literature, Creative Writing, and Social Justice at Our Lady of the Lake University, where she is writer-in-residence.  Her website is http://nancuba.com.

Following Nan'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.

September 17 - Fuddrucker's, 9445 IH-10 (Wurzback exit in the Colonnade, 6-9 p.m.
September 24 - LaTaza, Brook Hollow and 281, 7-9 p.m.
October 8 - Barnes & Noble at San Pedro on the north side of Loop 410, 6-9 p.m
October 15 - Kennedy's Chicago Pizza, 16101 San Pedro Avenue, 6-9 p.m.

October 22 - LaTaza, Brook Hollow and 281, 7-9 p.m.
October 29 - Fuddrucker's, 9445 IH-10 (Wurzbach exit in the Colonnade), 6-9 p.m.

November 12 - 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 every other month 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. 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.

January 11 (past)
March 8 (past)
May 10 (past)
July 12 (past)
September 13 - cancelled
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.