Sponsor of the Heartland Writers Conference and 'Great Beginnings' and 'Great Successes' Writing Competition, Heartland Writers Guild is a not-for-profit multi-genre organization devoted to helping its members market their writing.
In 1988, a series of Sunday afternoon writing classes
taught by author Robert Vaughan led to the formation of a writers'
eventually became the Heartland Writers Guild.
The 12 charter members came together once a month offering fellowship,
inspiration, and encouragement as they planned their first writer's conference.
Held on June 9, 1990, in cooperation with Southeast Missouri State
University, the first workshop featured seminars conducted by eight
as well as one agent and one editor from New York.
The staff of New York publishing professionals was tripled in 1991, and
the following year the Guild made the decision to serve as sole sponsor
of the event.
By 1996 the one-day workshop had grown into a four-day conference with
a reputation of being one of the finest of its kind in the country.
The Guild is proud to note that many of its members are published,
and they attribute their success to the professional information they
received from active participation in monthly meetings and from the contacts
they made through the Heartland Writers Conference.
At monthly meetings, members have the opportunity to attend a program
that focuses on essential aspects of the writer's craft and career. The
voices of both professional and novice writers blend in an open, democratic
forum that allows the solitary scribe to engage in social and professional
Members from throughout the heartland come together to learn, to share
their experiences and knowledge, and to participate in spirited shop talk.
Whether you're just beginning to write or are a seasoned professional
with numerous publications to your credit, we believe you'll find value
in belonging to the Heartland Writers Guild.
Sign up now to join!
Tidbits . . .
FYI: A rose by any other name ... Why is there
no apostrophe in our name? As writers, naturally we try to pay
strict attention to detail and grammar. We've discussed this at length
and have debated various versions of our name, including:
The Heartland Writer's Guild
The Heartland Writers' Guild
The Heartland Writers Guild
We decided to go without the apostrophe because the guild is not a possession
of its members, but is an organization of writers in the plural form.
So for matters of style, the Heartland Writers Guild currently has no
apostrophe. Now you know! At HWG, we take our punctuation seriously.
Did you also know that in Missouri, approximately half the people pronounce
the word "Miz-zoo-ree" and the other half say "Miz-zoo-rah"? We feel
right at home!