SLWG Events

Workshops for Writers


Event held at
The Lodge Des Peres

1050 Des Peres Rd.
St. Louis, MO

10am to Noon

Free for Members
$5 for Non-Members


Starting in 1920 and continuing to this day, St. Louis Writers Guild’s monthly meeting is chance to learn about the craft of writing, the business of publishing, and the tips and tricks to avoid some of the pitfalls. The workshops are free for members and guests are always welcome though it is $5 for non-members.

Workshops for Writers is held from 10 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday of the month, though sometimes it will be the second Saturday due to a holiday. Workshops are held at The Lodge Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Rd., St. Louis, MO  63131.

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SLWG Members:
Bring your books to Workshops for Writers! Bring no more than 10 copies of up to three titles to be displayed on the SLWG table. All sales are handled by the author and SLWG takes no transaction fee. Books must be collected at the end of the meeting. SLWG does not store books.

Bring your bookmarks to Workshops for Writers! Bring a small stack of bookmarks, or other free promotional materials to be displayed on the SLWG table. We will take any bookmarks you want to leave and display them at all Workshops for Writers and other SLWG community events.

Recordings are made of some of the Workshops for Writers. They are posted in the SLWG Member Room if allowed. PDFs or Power Points will also be displayed in the SLWG Members Room is provided.

Next Month’s Workshops for Writers


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Coming Soon to Workshops for Writers

November 2 - Cathy Davis: “Navigating the Wild, Wild West of Publishing”

December 7 - Holiday Party! Featuring readings by Young Writers Contest award winners and desert potluck.

January 11 - TBD

February 1 - TBD

March 7 - WRITERS AT THE LODGE special event!

TBD -- James Young: "Research For Writers (Or How to End Up On A Watchlist in 20 Minutes or Less)"

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Open Mic Night

Event is held Quarterly - February, May, August, November

Next Open Mic is Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Come hear the winners of the Deane Wagner Poetry Contest

The Novel Neighbor
7905 Big Bend Blvd.
Webster Groves, MO

5 mins for poetry and 7 mins for prose
Sign up at the event - Free to attend and read

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The 100th Anniversary Celebrations!

Join St. Louis Writers Guild as it celebrates 100 years!
St. Louis Writers Guild is holding numerous events to honor a century of helping writers!

SLWG 100th Anniversary Events!
June 14-16, 2019 - The Gateway to Publishing Conference & Convention
September 14, 2019 - Editing Extravaganza

March 7, 2020 - Writers at the Lodge

Join us in October 2020 as St. Louis Writers Guild celebrates a century of writers!


Past Workshop for Writers Events


1/5/19 - Book Descriptions that Sell presented by Karen Sargent

2/2/19 - Writing with Humanity: Improving Characterization Across Gender & Sexuality presented by Rachel Clay & Kathleen Kayembe

3/2/19 - Freelance Your Way to Success presented by Linda O’Connell

4/6/19 - Perfecting Your Pitch: Get Conference-ready presented by Brad R. Cook

5/4/19 - What to Expect When You're Expecting (a Book): From Acceptance to Book Launch and Beyond presented by Jennifer Geist & Cynthia Graham

6/1/19 - Fundamentals of Book Marketing with LaShaunda C Hoffman & Tabitha Caplinger

7/13/19 - Bad Book Covers with Jennifer Stolzer and Brad R. Cook

8/3/19 - Audiobook Production for Authors with George Sirois and Jennifer Jill Araya

9/14/19 - Editing Extravaganza - Two one-hour workshops on editing with Catherine Rankovic and Andrew Jobling; sign up for 20+ minute editing consultation

10/5/19 — How to use Wattpad & Social Platforms to Kickstart Your Writing Career with Shelly X. Leonn & LL Montez

1/6/18 – Landing an Agent (query letter, relationships, and more!) presented by Justin Wells – Remote Workshop

2/3/18 – Novel Revision 101 presented by Meghan Pinson

3/3/18 – “Finish that book!” presented by Allie Pleiter

4/7/18 – Get Conference-Ready: Perfecting Your Pitch to Literary Agents and Publishers presented by Brad R. Cook

5/5/18 – Perspectives on Writing Historical Fiction with P.A. DeVoe and Ed Protzel

6/2/18 – The Seven Deadly First-Page Sins presented author, Arianne “Tex” Thompson – Remote Workshop

7/14/18 – Working with an Illustrator presented by Illustrators Jennifer Stolzer and Craig Skaggs

8/4/18 – Resources for Indie Authors at St. Louis County Library presented by Sarah Steele SLCL Reference Specialist for Reader’s Advisory

9/8/18 – Delve into Genres with Camille Faye, Jo Hiestand, and Mia Silverton

10/6/18 – Writer Beware: “How Not to Get Published” Richard C. White of the publishing watchdog group, Writer Beware

11/3/18 – “Surviving the Hike and Planning the Aftermath” NaNoWriMo workshop presented by Amanda Wells

12/4/18 -  Holiday Party with YWA Readings

1/7/17 – Pulp Fiction Isn’t Just a Tarantino Movie presented by author, Van Allen Plexico

2/4/17 – Poetry/Fiction: The Artistic Language of Horror presented by Mary Genevieve Fortier and David Schultz II, founders of the St. Louis Area Horror Writers Society

3/4/17 – How to Pitch & Query Literary Agents & Publishers presented by Brad R. Cook

4/1/17 – Step 1: Write, Step 2: ???, Step 3: Profit presented by McKenzie Johnston Winberry

5/6/17 – Poisons You Personally Know presented by Fedora Amis, historical mystery author

6/3/17 – Making Biography Readable, Salable, and Absorbing presented by author, Peter Green

7/8/17 – Writing a Book is Hard. Publishing is Even Harder. Presented by Rick Miles, Red Coat PR

8/5/17 – Strategies for Critique Partners and Groups presented by Jennifer Stolzer, Secretary of SLWG and Critique Group Coordinator

9/9/17 – Writera, Tap into your Intuitive Creativity presented by Deborah Terra Weltman

10/7/17 – Taking Your Self-Publishing Career to the Next Level presented by Liz Schulte

11/4/17 – Crafting a Successful Synopsis presented by author, Shawntelle Madison

12/2/17 – Holiday Gathering and YWA Readings