About SLWG

History of St. Louis Writers Guild.

 
 

Founded in 1920

St. Louis Writers Guild is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the mission to further Missouri's literary heritage, connect, support, and promote writers and literary organizations in the community.

St. Louis Writers Guild was founded by members of Missouri Writers Guild who wanted to meet more than twice a year. Sam Hellman, a newspaper columnist and screenwriter, hosted the first meeting as president. About thirty people attended a presentation about novels at the home of SLWG’s 2nd President, Shirley Seifert.

By the end of the decade, St. Louis Writers Guild was one of the preeminent writers organizations in the Midwest. In 1935, a young Tennessee Williams won the short story contest with Stella for Star, he won $10. In the 1940’s and 1950’s SLWG held a great yearly writers conference. Each year the Mayor would be the keynote speaker.

Since the mid-2000s SLWG has grown to its largest membership ever, and has expanded programing, benefits, and opportunities for its members. SLWG still holds on to that core belief that we are an organization of writers sitting back in those living rooms trying to help one another.

 
 

Past Presidents of
St. Louis Writers Guild

1920 – Sam Hellman

1921 – Shirley Seifert

1922 – 1928 – no record

1929 – Dr. Alfred F. Satterthwait

1930 – Elinor Maxwell McCord

1931 – no record

1932 – Mrs. Paul C. Deitz

1933 – Mrs. Paul C. Deitz

1934 – no record

1935 – Elinor Maxwell McCord

1936 – Elinor Maxwell McCord

1937 – Harvey J Howard

1938 – Anita Knight

1939 – Robert Hereford

1940 – Bert Hoffman

1941 – Ralph Mooney

1942 – Emily Pope

1943 – James Worsham

1944 – Norah Morgan

1945 – Claire Alger

1946 – Ruth Johnson

1947 – James Worsham

1948 – Ruth Collins

1949 – Frank Poindexter

1950 – Ruth Grosby

1951 – Ruth Grosby

1952 – Florence Armstrong

1953 – Dr. Jerome Grosby

1954 – Marion O’Brien

1955 – Marion O’Brien

1956 – Charles Norton

1957 – Nicolette Stack

1958 – Caroline Ward

1959 – Charles Guenther

1960 – Bernice Neal

1961 – Lois Rea

1962 – Devere Stephens

1963 – Merna Lazier

1964 – Janet Neavles

1965 – Jamie Schlemm

1966 – Bernice Neal

1967 – Marcella Thum

1968 – Dorothy Sappington

1969 – Richard Lynch

1970 – King McElroy

1971 – Elizabeth Mulligan

1972 – Antonio Betancourt

1973 – Art Hogland

1974 – James Nash

1975 – Virginia McCarthy

1976 – Charles Guenther

1977 – Charles Guenther

1978 – Joyce Flaherty

1979 – Mary Gorman

1980 – Dorothy Nash

1981 – Ron Lightle

1982 – Gwen Lowder

1983 – Marcella Holloway

1984 – Linda Madl

1985 – N. Paul Dusseault

1986 – Carolyn May

1987 – Linda Sage

1988 – Cynthia Georges

1989 – Sandy Palmer

1990 – Chuck Hardwick

1991 – Frank Foley

1992 – Julie Keleman

1993 – Jan Shafferkoetter

1994 - Mary Schirmer

1995 – Mary Schirmer

1996 – Terry Gibson

1997 – Terry Gibson

1998 – Terry Gibson

1999 – Terry Gibson

2000 – David Motherwell

2001 – David Motherwell

2002 – David Motherwell

2003 – David Motherwell

2004 – David Motherwell

2005 – David Motherwell

2006 – Robin Theiss

2007 – Robin Theiss

2008 – Robin Theiss

2009 – Dr. Rebecca Carron

2010 – Dr. Rebecca Carron Wood

2011 – Dr. Rebecca Carron Wood

2012 - Brad R. Cook

2013 - Brad R. Cook

2014 - Brad R. Cook

2015 - David Lucas

2016 - David Lucas

2017 - David Lucas

2018 - David Lucas

 The Classic Version of the SLWG Logo. Created in the mid-1990s, it was in use until 2015.

The Classic Version of the SLWG Logo. Created in the mid-1990s, it was in use until 2015.

 New SLWG Logo, in use since 2015, created by combining the two winning designs from Steven Langhorst and Brad R. Cook. The Illustration was made by Jennifer Stolzer.

New SLWG Logo, in use since 2015, created by combining the two winning designs from Steven Langhorst and Brad R. Cook. The Illustration was made by Jennifer Stolzer.

 

Thank you:
Photos on the website are used with permission.
Photography by Steven Langhorst, and Brad R. Cook
Graphics by Brad R. Cook, and Jennifer Stolzer

 

2018
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

 

2017
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