There’s plenty of talent in St. Louis. Writers from our area are great contributors to the entertainment and information world. Perhaps the region is so rich in literary genius because the support system is so rich. St. Louis offers a wide variety of support, encouragement and networking opportunities for writers of all types and experience levels.
St. Louis Writers Guild
Since 1920, the St. Louis Writers Guild has been providing support and services for writers in the area who aspire to create literary works of art, and it is the oldest literary organization in the Midwest. This nonprofit organization offers a variety of services as well as seminars and webinars to those who wish to strengthen their skills. A $42 yearly membership, $27 for students and seniors, gets you a subscription to The Scribe magazine, access to free and discounted seminars/webinars, availability to critique groups, discounts to the MWG conference and other events, as well as networking opportunities to sell your works. Check out the Writers In The Park workshops on August 24, 2013 at the Kirkwood Community Center.
The St. Louis Writers Workshop
P.O. Box 37097
Creve Coeur, MO 63141
The St. Louis Writers Workshop has been serving the writing community since 1997 as an organization committed to supporting writers in their professional successes. Some of the services it offers, beyond writing instruction, are editing and proofreading. Much of the support is offered in the form of seminars, which are put on at various times during the year. Look for classes that teach you to write your first fictional novel, poetry, teen writing classes and learn how to get your work published. Additionally, you will find support for those who are writing for business or just as a creative outlet. Check out the website for a myriad of support benefits.
Writers of Washington University in St. Louis
Student and alumni writers who are or have been members of the Washington University writing program have a unique community in which they can network via the web. This website strives to promote publications, awards, book deals and more from members of the Washington University grid. The collective also provides links to other websites for networking within other WU communities. In addition to outlining the benefits of learning under the Washington University writing program, the site also provides news to its subscribers of a variety of other university activities.
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University of Missouri-St. Louis: Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
1 University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121
While not everyone pursues an advanced diploma in their writing career, it is nice to know there is such a program available to those who choose to hone their creative writing skills. The University of Missouri-St. Louis offers an MFA program in creative writing for any who want to take it to the next level. Students who complete this 39-hour program will take part in an in-depth study of fiction and poetry. This degree offers students the opportunity to work very closely with faculty, as well as gain experience in assistant editorial work on their national magazine Natural Bridge. Past students have won prestigious awards and have had their work published in hundreds of acclaimed literary journals.
St. Louis Community College Online Instruction Center: Beginning Writer’s Workshop
If you don’t have time to attend regular brick and mortar classes, you may consider online instruction to advance your writing skills. St. Louis Community College offers a Beginning Writer’s Workshop for a great price and all classes are offered in the convenience of your own home. For the low cost of $99 per session, you can develop your creative writing skills with direction from skilled instructors and come away with a complete non-fiction essay. If you want to expand your skills beyond the Beginning Writer’s workshop, sign up for any of the variety of other workshops offered such as Advanced Fiction Writing, Effective Business Writing, Mystery Writing, Writing for Children, Research Methods for Writers and Keys to Effective Editing, just to name a few.
Lisa Payne-Naeger, a native of the St. Louis area, is a freelance writer, blogger, political activist and a homeschooling mother of two children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.