The Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild normally meets the first Sunday of each month. In months with holiday weekends, we meet the 2nd Sunday of the month. Please confirm dates, times, and place by checking the schedule below before each meeting.

Meetings are held at Unity Center, 1600 W. Broadway, Columbia. Parking is behind the building.  All meetings are generally in the Founders’ Wing. If you can’t find us, we are in the Friendship Hall.  Meetings for Critiques are explained at the bottom of this page.

The meetings run from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. Each begins with a brief business meeting followed by either a speaker, workshop, or critique group. Recent speakers have brought us programs on poetry, copyright law, mystery writing, self-publishing, submitting non-fiction to magazines, marketing, and writing science fiction.

We alternate speakers with small group critiques for prose (short stories), poetry, non-fiction and novel. This format encourages writers to build on their strengths with respectful help from other writers who recognize that each person has an individual voice and unique life experiences. Go to the CRITIQUES page of this web site to find the critique guidelines.

All meetings are free and open to the public, with the following exceptions: our annual conference. 

2017 Meeting Schedule

Sunday, October 1, 2017 (2-4PM)–-Critique session. We’ll have 4 or 5 groups going….Nonfiction, two of Fiction, Poetry Circle, International Themed Writers Circle

Saturday, October 28-Sunday, October 29, 2017: 3rd Annual ShowMe Writers Masterclass (This event will be held at the MU Student Center located on the University of Missouri Campus—911 E. Rollins Rd. Columbia, MO 65211) For more information, go to

Sunday, November 5: TBA

Sunday, December 3: TBA

Past Meetings

January 8th , 2017  —Critique session, 2:00 to 4:00 at Unity (normal meeting time and location) We’ll have four or 5 groups going….Nonfiction, two of Fiction, Poetry Circle, International Themed Writers Circle

February 5, 2017  —Influence and Co. will come and teach us about writing for online purposes/copy.  How does writing for the digital world differ from printed text? Apply this instruction to your blog, online essays, articles and perhaps start a new career. 

 March 5, 2017  —Annual Election and Critique Session (see January)

April 2, 2017      —Personal Historian, Amy Woods Butler, will come to speak on the process of being a personal historian.  Her expertise is in Memoir and Life Story Books, Family Histories, and Corporate/Organizational Histories. She is a member o the Assoc. of Personal Historians.  She will show us the ropes.

May  7, 2017     —Critique Session  (poetry, fiction, non-fiction)

June 4, 2017     —Launch of our annual anthologyWell Versed 2017.  Prize money and open-mic for all authors included in the anthology. Readings should be 5 minutes or less. Family and Friends are welcome!

July 9, 2017  –2:00 p.m.  Critique Session

August–Genre round tables at various places and dates

Sunday, September 10, 2017—Panel discussions with ShowMe Writers Masterclass mentors and mock pitchfest


updated 9.3.17