Welcome to the East Texas Writers Guild!

ETWG Mission

The mission of the East Texas Writers Guild is to offer support, education, and opportunity for growth to all our members, who are involved in all aspects of writing, publishing, and book marketing, as well as to contribute to the writing community at large locally, nationally and internationally. Click here to learn more about the history of The East Texas Writers Guild.


On a dark blue background, a photo of a pile of nuts and bolts is centered between two red stripes. Overlaid on the photo is a red rectangle with the words "Nutz and Boltz Meeting" in white, all-caps letters. At the bottom, in small white letters on the blue background, is a centered block of text, which reads "Nutz & Boltz is our informal monthly gathering where you can ask questions to help you overcome sticky spots in your writing, learn new techniques, get inspired and also contribute your own expertise and experience to help other writers. Whether you are just starting out or have years of experience, this is the place to be!"

Coming Up: Nutz & Boltz Meeting on June 17, 2024 at 6:30 PM at Braums on S. Broadway!

Nutz & Boltz Meeting will be on June 17, 2024 at 6:30 PM at Braum’s. Sara George will lead it. Come at 6:00 if you wish to eat anything.

Business Meeting

When: first Monday of every month @ 6:30 PM

Where:  ETWG online meeting room
Click on the link above to enter our room.
*If prompted for a passcode, it is 2020*

Agenda: This is where we take care of guild business. All members in good standing are invited to attend.

General Meeting

When: second Monday of each month @ 6:30 PM, both online and in person

Where: For the in-person meeting, go to the Genecov Room of the Tyler Chamber of Commerce Building at  315 N Broadway Ave, in Tyler.

Agenda: Join us for a different guest speaker each month to help you increase your knowledge and improve your writing skills.

Nutz and Boltz

When:  third Monday of every month @ 6:30 PM

Where:  ETWG online meeting room
Click on the link above to enter our room.
*If prompted for a passcode, it is 2020*

Agenda: This is your opportunity to ask questions about anything writing related and network with fellow writers.

Image of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Building with a red arrow pointing to the entrance to the Genecov Room

Our Meeting Location

The Blackstone Building, aka the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Building

(looking at it from its parking lot on E. Line Street)

The red arrow points to the entrance of the Genecov Room, which is where we meet on the 2nd Monday of the month. There is usually someone at the door to greet you, but if you find the door locked, just ring the doorbell and someone will come open the door for you. 

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Author: Lisa Holcomb

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