The St. Louis Writers Guild welcomes writers of all genres and experience levels. You do not need to live in St. Louis and you do not need to be a published author in order to join the Guild, one of the oldest and most prestigious writers’ organizations in the country.
Our members are diverse and consist of writers of all genres and experience levels, some of which are published in various ways and some who do not seek publication at all, but simply enjoy writing and the company of writers. We do, however, encourage publication as a means toward recognition for the hard work of writing and also because publication helps to further our literary heritage. The Guild considers it our duty to help authors publish and sell their work.
Join us! It’s easy to do. Just click on Apply and follow the instructions for submitting an online Membership Application, or show up at any Guild event and introduce yourself! We accept applications at every lecture and workshop and also at our open mike readings.
Online Renewals: Current members should use the Renewal page. Please note that you must have a Discussion Board account to use this option. Need an account? Contact the Webmaster.
Benefits of Membership
As a member of the Guild you are eligible for many benefits, including:
- First and foremost, the knowledge that you are part of an enduring literary institution, which has helped many Midwest authors succeed, including Tennessee Williams who won our short story contest in 1935.
- The knowledge that your membership helps to further the literary heritage of the central U.S.
- Affiliation with a federal- and state-qualified (501(c)3) not-for-profit organization that is accountable and devoted to literary arts.
- Association with some prestigious and contemporary authors, including Tennessee Williams, Charles Guenther, Richard Burgin, Michael Castro, Michael Kahn (aka Michael Baron), Shirley Kennett, and many others whose names you’ll recognize.
- The opportunity to attend or participate in a minimum of three free Guild events every month where members learn, meet experts, and enjoy each others’ company.
- Free access to experts in writing, editing, and publishing who speak at the Guild’s monthly Speakers’ Series and workshops about aspects of writing and publication.
- Free workshops that offer tips, demonstrations, and/or writing exercises to help writers grow and succeed.
- Free critique sessions every quarter that are guided by writing professionals and offer members feedback on their works-in-progress from a supportive audience of their peers.
- Free participation in the Guild’s monthly Open Mic Night at a St. Louis area restaurant or other public venue—for fun and practice reading before a live audience.
- Free listings in the Guild’s print and online directories to assist writers with networking.
- Free subscription to The Scribe, our print newsletter containing important information on the Guild’s activities, upcoming events, “insiders’ news,” and helpful tips on writing.
- Free subscription to Here’s News!, our weekly email newsletter containing literary news and events of interest to its subscribers.
- The privilege of promoting yourself, your works, your writing-related businesses, and/or your events on our website and in our newsletters.
- Membership in a chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild, the statewide organization for professional writers (who are royalty or fee-paid), affording you a discount on the MWG annual conference and access to statewide news and events pertaining to writing. Chapter membership also permits us to promote our news & events, including your news & events, throughout the state. Note: It does not qualify our members as individual members of MWG. (See http://www.missouriwritersguild.org for details on the conference and how to join MWG.)
- Full access to the most comprehensive and effective website for writers of any writers’ organization in the central U.S., with helpful content, including (but not limited to) an online bookstore, literary community calendar, BLOG, Discussion Boards, market updates, job opportunities for writers, and contest announcements, and more.
- Access to the Members Only features of the Guild’s website, including the special members’ pages and the privilege of posting announcements and comments on the BLOG and Discussion Boards.
- An opportunity to be a Distinguished Member and receive additional benefits, such as being our featured author for a month on the Guild’s website Spotlight page, which resembles a magazine spread. (The Spotlight is like having your own website, too. It can be linked to for promotional purposes long after your feature month ends.)
- Contests that offer recognition, publication, and cash prizes;
- An annual Holiday Party in St. Louis in December of every year;
- An annual Picnic in St. Louis in July of every year;
- Opportunities to participate in special literary events, as announced, which offer potential for growth and promotion.
- Opportunities to win attendance prizes at workshops and lectures and other fun and helpful “giveaways” for writers.
- Ongoing opportunities to participate in SLWG in a leadership role where you can have a voice in the plans and activities of the Guild and receive recognition for your contributions.
- Friendship, and a network of professional and social contacts who are writers and/or other publishing industry professionals.
Remember to check this page frequently. New member benefits are added all the time!
Memberships in SLWG run from June through May and are open to writers of all genres and levels of experience. We have two levels of dues* (tax deductible):
Regular: $40 per year
Senior/Student: $25 per year; (you are still in school/college or are over 65)
To join, you can pick up an Application at any SLWG lecture and remit dues there; otherwise, you can go to our Application online either to print a hard copy or to submit the data electronically. Mail the Application with your dues to:
P.O. Box 211297
St. Louis, MO 63121
If you have any questions, you may contact Robin Theiss by email or Peggy Haldeman by email or at 314.832.1233.
We want to welcome you to St. Louis Writers Guild.
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