What we're about

The Fort Wayne Writers Guild is devoted to celebrating the written word as an art form through the education, support, and promotion of writers connected to our region and by engaging with our communities through activities that spark interest in this compelling medium of self-discovery and expression.

We offer an intellectual, yet convivial community of encouragement, feedback, advice, and inspiration for writers of all skill levels and genres, through a variety of bi-weekly, monthly, and quarterly events in the Greater Fort Wayne area. Although most of our Member Writers live in the Indiana/Michigan/Ohio region, we've had some travel from as far away as St. Louis and Rochester, NY, to attend our alluring meetings, workshops, and get-togethers.

Writing is undeniably a fine art, possibly the most accessible and influential of all artistic media. Proficiency requires constant discipline and practice, a voracious appetite for learning, an open, flexible mind, and an ever evolving imagination. A thick skin helps, of course, but most of us weren't born with the hide of a rhino. A good writing group can give you the constructive criticism that all writers need to hear, in an environment that also heartens the emerging author within you.

If you're serious about improving your writing, about completing and possibly publishing your work, and enjoying the support, camaraderie, and friendship of fellow writers in the community, the Fort Wayne Writers Guild is the ideal group for you. Take a look at our Calendar and Event Descriptions for more details about our various activities.

Upcoming events (5)

Weekend Writers

Online event

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!

Pubs & Prose Night - Socialize with Trailblazing Local Writers & Talk Shop

Imagine how magnificent it would be to connect with fellow scribes and authors within the convivial surroundings of an Irish pub. One that offers a mind-blowing selection of craft brews and delectable tavern fare to spark the imagination and satisfy the artistic palate!

Papa Hemingway described 1920’s Paris as a “moveable feast,” a nightly gathering of the most talented writers, artists, and composers of their time, that moved from bar to bar throughout the City of Lights.

FWWG's Pubs & Prose Night is a 21st Century revival of the Moveable Feast here in Fort Wayne amongst the writing community (minus the tuberculosis and absinthe). We get together on the second Tuesday of every month at JK O’Donnell’s (121 W Wayne St.) a setting as gregarious as the fellowship our Writers Guild has engendered. Enough blarney and brogue to break even the worst writers block. We promise.

No readings, just a group of fascinating local writers talking shop, talking smack, and sometimes expounding on life's great pageantry over a few excellent brews. Or not. It’s a bar, so everything’s naturally going to be less structured. That’s the idea.

If you're not a drinker, don't worry. Plenty of our members have an amazing time filled with laughter and animated discussion while sipping on nothing but root beer and ice water. Camaraderie is the point of the gathering. Beer is just a tasty but, ultimately, unnecessary facilitator of that goal.

I encourage all Guild Writers to consider attending this event, ESPECIALLY NEW MEMBERS who haven’t attended a Guild meeting yet. Pubs & Prose is VERY low key. There is absolutely NO pressure to bear your soul and talk about your writing. It’s a great way to get your feet wet in a serious writing group that can help you become the best author possible while making friends with a beguiling group of like-minded artists. I hope to see you there soon!

Many blessings AND KEEP WRITING!!!

Stephanie
(Mama Bear)

Weekend Writers

Online event

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!

Shut Up & Write

Friendly Fox

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.

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Weekend Writers

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