MWG Chapter Information

Coffee and Critique Meets:

Tuesdays, 10 A.M.

Contact: Donna Volkenannt (
 Columbia Writers Guild

The Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild has served the writers of Central Missouri since 1959. We sponsor a variety of activities throughout the year to provide writers both the encouragement to keep writing and the opportunity to perfect their craft. This includes writing contests, challenges, open mic, critique sessions, intensive critique sessions for novelists, and genre round tables. Not the least of these is our annual anthology, Well Versed which has taken 1st and 2nd place in recent contests for Missouri-born anthologies.

We invite anyone who writes or wants to write to join in our efforts by becoming a member of the CCMWG. Our membership is diverse, representing many literary genres and levels of both ambition and accomplishment. Writers who want merely to write for their own enjoyment and self-expression are as welcome as those who regularly find publishers for their work.
Come and visit some of the activities detailed on these pages and join us in the promotion of the craft of writing in Central Missouri.

Information about our next meetings will be found on the Meetings page, as well as our upcoming Conference in partnership with Mizzou Publishing called Show Me Writers: Masterclass.

Meets: Contact: Lori Younker (
 Joplin Writers’ Guild

The Joplin Writers’ Guild chapter of the MWG offers writers a chance to network, improve their craft, and learn about topics in the writing and publishing fields. Throughout the year we offer the following activities during our meetings: guest speakers, contests, critique, kudos sessions, and submission opportunities.
Our members have been published in a variety of genres, from historical nonfiction to middle grade to paranormal fiction. We have poets, novelists, bloggers, magazine and newspaper writers, and editors. Whether you are a newbie to the writing world or have a number of publications under your belt, you are welcome to join us.


Regular meetings take place the second Thursday of the month from 6-8 P.M. at the Joplin Public Library (300 S. Main St.). For the December meeting, we have our annual Christmas party at a local restaurant (TBA).

Contact: Larry Wood (
 Marshall Meets:

Third Thursdays

Contact: Carole Kays Schaefer (
 Marshall Writers’ Guild

Marshall Writers’ Guild was founded in 1995 by Authorene Phillips, Ruth Weislocher, and Dr. Loren Gruber.
Every year since 1999 they have published an anthology of local stories and history. They encourage writing in the community schools, giving yearly awards and offer a free springtime workshop to community writers. The current president is Melanie Dees Campbell.


The Marshall Writers’ Guild meets at 1:00 PM on the third Thursday each month at the Marshall Public Library.

Contact: Carole Schaefer (
 Membership Dues

Thank you for becoming a member or renewing your membership with the Missouri Writers Guild!  Select a membership level below to pay your  dues.  You may also send a check for these dues to the treasurer at:

MWG Treasurer
Jeanne Szarwinski
P.O. Box # 410435
Creve Coeur, MO  63141

If you are applying for membership for the first time, please do not pay until you’ve received an approval on your application!


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 Saturday Writers Meets:

Our meetings are held the last Saturday of most months from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Center in St. Peters, Missouri.

Contact: Jennifer Hashieder (
 Southeast Missouri Writers’ Guild

Southeast Missouri Writers’ Guild (SMWG) is now in its ninth year as a chapter of Missouri Writers Guild. Holding monthly meetings from January-September, they bring in speakers from all facets of the writing and publishing world. Members are writers in all genres and include already published and aspiring authors. Everyone age high-school to adult is welcome to join.

This year, SMWG is joining forces with Heartland Writers Guild to plan their first-ever combined anthology.



Third Saturday of each month January-October. Held at the Cape Girardeau Library on Clark Street in Cape Girardeau, MO.

Contact: Donna J. Essner (
 Springfield Writers’ Guild

President: Yvonne Erwin
Vice President: Candace Siimonson
Secretary: John Cawlfield
Treasurer: Lynnette Garrison
Director at Large: Michael Humphrey


4th Saturday of each month (except for December – no meeting);
11:00 am – Mentor Hour
1:00 pm – speaker and business meeting
McAlister’s Deli, 1711 W. Battlefield, Springfield, MO

Contact: Yvonne Erwin (

Congratulations to Missouri Writers Guild Board Member

Billie Holladay Skelley

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce recipients of the 2021 AIAA Children’s Literature Award.  This prestigious award is presented for an outstanding, significant, and original contribution in aeronautics and astronautics.  Past award recipients of this awards may be found at:

It is our pleasure to announce that the book “Ruth Law: The Queen of the Air” authored by Billie Holladay Skelly has been selected to receive the 2021 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Children’s Literature Award.

Billie Holladay Skelley, a retired clinical nurse specialist, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her writing has appeared in various journals, magazines, and anthologies in print and online—ranging from the American Aviation Historical Society Journal and Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors to the American Journal of Nursing and Chicken Soup for the Soul.  An award-winning author, she has written eight books for children and teens. 

Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!


Laura McGill

AIAA Honors and Awards Committee Chair



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