• Missouri Resources for Writers

    Here you’ll find a collection of resources for writers in Missouri, from conferences to local critique groups to literary magazines. If you live in Missouri, these are some organizations you might want to check out.



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    New Letters

    A magazine of writing and art.

    Summit Scribes Writers Group

    Holds regular monthly meetings that include writing and commenting exercises, occasional guest speakers and group discussions of writing, publishing and related topics. The group welcomes new and experienced writers of all ages, both amateurs and professionals, who create all types of writing.

    The Writers Place

    Its mission is to promote writers and their work, to nurture an interest in writing and literature in a large, diverse audience, and to contribute to the quality of cultural life in Kansas City and throughout the Midwest.

    Kansas City Voices

    Discovering, encouraging, and promoting creativity and communication through literature, art and other forms of cultural expression. Publishes an annual eclectic mix of fiction, essays, interviews, articles, poetry and art.

    Helicon Nine

    Helicon Nine Editions seeks to publish books of unswerving quality, editorial excellence, and aesthetic merit by new and established writers, and to promote the authors and their work on a national and regional level; to nurture an interest in literature in a large, diverse audience; to promote literacy and free speech; and to contribute to the quality of cultural life in Kansas, Missouri and throughout the Midwest.

    Missouri Writers’ Guild

    A statewide organization for professional writers in all genres, providing workshops, networking opportunities, market information, contests, and many other activities to assist writers in developing their careers.

    Ozarks Writers League

    OWL is a group of like-minded individuals dedicated to promoting writing, literacy, photography and art.

    Washington University Summer Writers Institute

    An intensive, two-week program featuring workshops in fiction, creative nonfiction, flash fiction and Poetry, as well as readings, craft talks, and individual conferences with instructors. Writers of all experience levels work together with published authors and exceptional teachers in a supportive, non-competitive format that allows for personalized attention and constructive feedback.

    The Missouri Review

    One of the most highly-regarded literary magazines in the United States. Based at the University of Missouri, it publishes four issues each year.

    Southeast Missouri Writers’ Guild

    Monthly meetings in Cape Girardeau offering resources and opportunities for writers of all kinds. Events include readings, guest speakers, workshops and more.

    Story Center

    The Story Center at the Mid-Continent Public Library offers materials, resources, programming, and options for showcasing the print, oral, and digital stories created within.

    ShowMe Writers Masterclass

    An annual event for writers of all genres courtesy of the Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild (CCMWG) and Mizzou Publishing.

    Springfield Writers’ Guild

    Encourages writers in the marketing of their literary material for payment while emphasizing mentoring, genre interest, motivation, publishing, and writing skills.

    Gateway to Publishing Conference

    A new conference from the St. Louis Writers Guild offering workshops, a book fair, readings and guest speakers. June 16-18 at the Renaissance Hotel.


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