Is writing something you are passionate about? Do you enjoy spinning tales and weaving words into poetry? Perhaps your friends and family say you should really do something with all that talent you have. Maybe you have been longing to tell your story for future generations of your family. If this sounds like you, consider joining the Columbia Writers’ Guild!
We are a Chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild, a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose purpose is to support, encourage, and promote writers and their craft in our community. We enjoy synergistic relationships with many literary and cultural groups and that keep us energized and involved in our community.
Our modest income comes from generous donors, membership dues, and paid events. 100% of it goes to support writers like you and their craft. None of our hard working volunteers and board members are paid for their efforts and contributions.
Our goal is to offer support for every skill level from the “wannabe” just starting out to the accomplished published author. You do not have to be published or have any experience to join us and learn alongside us.
In addition to participating in many local events such as Unbound Book Festival and Art In The Park among others, we produce a couple of major events annually. They include:
- Well Versed, an anthology of prose and poetry wherein submissions are accepted from both members and non-members, reviewed and judged and if accepted, published. A modest payment is made for every published submission and prize money is given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.
- Secondly, we work with ShowMe Writers Masterclass, which provides mini-classes throughout the year to educate our writers for a modest fee on a variety of writing-related topics.
- In the summertime, we host a flash fiction writing contest for guild members throughout the course of several months. Each month, members receive a prompt and have five days to complete a flash piece of writing based on that prompt. The pieces are judged anonymously by guild members and winners are eligible for publication in Well Versed.
- Our regular monthly meetings feature guest speakers, mini workshops, networking, and more!
Additionally, there are sub-groups within the broad membership that meet separately. These are special interest groups such as non-fiction, fiction, poetry, etc..