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Welcome to 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.


Our regular monthly meeting runs about two hours. We bring in a speaker so our members have the opportunity to learn from other writers, editors, etc. , from beginner topics, like rules of grammar or how to run a critique group, to more advance topics, like how to market your novel or make an audiobook. Hope to see you there!

Next Up: Mike Hawron will speak in our June 12 Regular Meeting at 6:30! Come and join us for a night of fun and information!

Mike Hawron will present “You Should Write a Book!: The Author Stalked by Stories” at ETWG’s regular meeting on Monday, June 12, 6:30 p.m., Genecov Room, Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Building, 315 N. Broadway, Tyler. (Parking and entrance on Line Street) Ever considered writing a memoir? Do people say you should write a book? Mike will convince you to take the plunge! Mike has been to thirty countries on five continents. His travels began after his formal studies in behavioral sciences at the Alfred P. Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed his Master of Science degree in Higher Education and Adult Learning at Texas A&M University. His first book, Entertaining Detours, is an insightful memoir and humorous look at his many unique adventures—and misadventures—along the way. He and his wife, Annette, live on a small farm in rural east Texas, the setting and source of the stories contained in his heartwarming collection, The Little Town with the Big Heart, which was a #1 seller on Amazon. The final installment in his True Tales Trilogy is Awesome Footsteps, a collection of faith-inspiring stories from his experiences in missionary travels, which won the 2019 Best in Texas award for its category. His spy thriller, Just Good Clean Fun, is his first published work of historical fiction, which won the 2018 best in category among Texas authors. Spies Never Die is the first sequel in this entertaining spy series. Mike is a member of the Texas Authors Association, the East Texas Writers Association and the Northeast Texas Writers Organization. He is the 2018 winner of the Jory Sherman short story contest for his sci-fi satire, “The Device.” Learn more about Mike at



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.

For the virtual version of our meeting, continue to the ETWG online meeting room
Click on the link above to enter our room.
*If prompted for a passcode, it is 2020*

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
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*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. 

Clink here for the June 2023 Edition of ETWR Newsletter, the Next Chapter.

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