November Events at the Guild

The Guild strives to support local writers of all stripes. November’s programming offers two very different opportunities for writers looking to publish. The Knoxville Writers’ Guild’s November 3 meeting will feature a panel of writing professionals to speak on current freelancing opportunities. They will offer tips on getting work in local and national journalism, magazines, […]

Knoxville Writers’ Guild 2016 Annual Contest Winners and Runners-up

Overall, this year’s contest was exceptionally successful. We saw an total increase in submissions this year from 112 entries last year to 139 entries this year. The Young Writers category saw tremendous interest this year up from six entries last year to 37 entries this year! We saw the next biggest increase of entries in the Poetry category from 22 entries last year to 42 this year. (more…)

Observations on the Writing Journey – on the Eve of Publication


One week from today – from the very moment I am writing these words – the launch of my first novel is scheduled to occur at Union Avenue Books in Knoxville, Tennessee. What a surreal sentence that is to type. In elementary school, as I wrote and illustrated my stapled-together “books” made from lined notebook paper, I certainly imagined such a moment. I certainly dreamed of it. But I am rather bemused as to how I actually got here. I’ve spent some time thinking about how it happened—there have been moments of magic, I can’t deny, and some great, good fortune—but it’s also been a matter of putting one foot in front of the other for years and years and years. (more…)

KWG Author Event and Fundraiser with Barnes & Noble – October 1, 2016

Join us at Barnes & Noble as we highlight some Knoxville Writers’ Guild members and their work. The Guild will present roughly 20 local authors, offer a free workshop on social media for writers at 1 p.m., and host author readings throughout the day. Get a jump start on your holiday shopping and purchase a few autographed copies for your own to-read pile. Mention KWG at checkout to donate a portion of all your purchases back to the Guild for future projects! (more…)

Are You Ready to Publish?

Caitlin Hamilton Summie

Would you plan a party, spend money to have it catered, and then give guests one day notice? Never! But time and again, authors do something similar. They publish too soon. Once they consider the book done, some writers simply let the title go to press. After all, writers want to be read, and the urge to publish can be overwhelming. Who doesn’t want to hold her books in her hands? On occasion, some publishers move too quickly also. But being first or fast doesn’t garner an author or press any more acclaim or sales. It hurts marketing and sales. The market is flooded, and we as readers have more choices than ever before about what to read. If a writer or press rushes through important decisions, especially key marketing decisions, it can damage a book’s success—which is heartbreaking. (more…)