What we're about

Founded in 2015, the Fort Wayne Writers Guild is a literary community devoted to creating an inspirational, safe space for writers to share their work, refine their craft, and spend quality time together. We pride ourselves on creating an environment that is a fun, supportive, and artistic exchange among friends. We welcome all types of writing—fiction, memoir, poetry, journalism, screenwriting, etc., and all types of writers, from absolute beginners to published veterans.

Our meetings cater to all kinds of writing activities and include the following events each month:

Writers Round Robin: Critique sessions meeting every other Wednesday evening at the Auer Center, where writers share works in progress for encouraging, constructive feedback.

Shut Up & Write: Free-writing sessions every third Thursday of the month at the Friendly Fox, where members can work on their individual projects side-by-side.

Weekend Writers: Online free-writing sessions every Saturday morning that are similar to Shut Up & Write, but with a more structured format.

COP a Story: Gatherings on the last Saturday afternoon of the Month at The Ruin, where members share stories based on Character, Object, and Place writing prompts for group discussion.

Pubs & Prose: A revival of Hemingway's "moveable feast" every second Friday evening of the month at J.K. O'Donnell's, where we gather simply to relax, socialize, and imbibe.

Upcoming events (4+)

Writers Round Robin: Discuss Writing Topics & Share Works In Progress

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For the first time since the shutdown, we finally have a permanent meeting space for our signature critique group, Writers Round Robin, where members share works in progress for constructive feedback in a supportive environment.

We will meet every other Wednesday from 7 to 9 PM in the Auer Center conference room, located on the Arts United campus in the heart of downtown at 300 East Main Street. The site has ample free parking plus a bakery & café in the building.

Shut Up & Write

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Talk is cheap (but necessary at times). So put pen and paper where your mouth is and join in a writing session. Sure, bounce ideas around or ask about a questionable phrase or even plot point, but come with the intention of walking out with a page or two in your hand.

Weekend Writers

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We will meet virtually every Saturday morning to write together and get ideas from each other if needed. This event includes writing bursts of about 30 minutes with ten minute breaks built in for anyone who wants to seek advice or just let their brain recharge. The best part is, you don't have to take the break if you don't want! Just mute your computer and write on through.

The "schedule" for Weekend Writers is as follows:

9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m. Talk/prep
9:10 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. Writing session 1
9:40 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. Talk break, Q&A, advice, etc.
9:50 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. Writing session 2
10:20 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Talk, Q&A, etc.
10:30 a.m. - More writing if desired

Even though the schedule lasts only an hour and a half, we may continue on for longer if desired. We look forward to seeing you all there. Happy writing!

Weekend Writers

Link visible for attendees

We will meet virtually every Saturday morning to write together and get ideas from each other if needed. This event includes writing bursts of about 30 minutes with ten minute breaks built in for anyone who wants to seek advice or just let their brain recharge. The best part is, you don't have to take the break if you don't want! Just mute your computer and write on through.

The "schedule" for Weekend Writers is as follows:

9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m. Talk/prep
9:10 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. Writing session 1
9:40 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. Talk break, Q&A, advice, etc.
9:50 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. Writing session 2
10:20 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Talk, Q&A, etc.
10:30 a.m. - More writing if desired

Even though the schedule lasts only an hour and a half, we may continue on for longer if desired. We look forward to seeing you all there. Happy writing!

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Weekend Writers

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