Enjoy our new website!

The Knoxville Writers’ Guild has a new website! We hope you will visit often and enjoy it. Designed to be user-friendly for news-hungry writers, it will be a good way to stay in touch with what KWG offers — interesting speakers and programs, informative workshops, and a range of community-wide events, like our Second Annual […]

David Drews to head KWG publicity, web content

The Knoxville Writers’ Guild is pleased to introduce David Neil Drews, its new publicist and web content coordinator. Filmmaking, fiction writing and marketing for musicians and concerts are among his skills. A graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with degrees in Finance, English Literature, and English Education, Drews has a career background in […]

Your Words Here

As a member of the Knoxville Writers’ Guild, this blog is your blog. And this blog needs your words. What words does it need? Tell members about your new book. Share your insights on the writing life. Flog a class or workshop you are teaching. Share a post from your blog. Share the quirky writer […]

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. […]

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. […]