Texas writers groups aren’t as plentiful as you might think, given the size of the state. But the ones that are active serve a good number of niches and specialties, from Austin sci-fi critique groups to Texas-wide nonfic writer support groups.
As with all of our Writers Groups By State pages, this is nowhere near a complete resource. We expect to be forever adding new names and titles here, so if you see your favorite Texas writers group is missing from the list, please get in touch and we’ll add it. Just send us an email to editor (at) freelance (dash) zone dot com and be sure to let us know all the pertinent details. Where do you meet? How often? Do you have an official site?
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TEXAS WRITERS GROUPS:
The Northeast Texas Writers’ Organization not only has the usual meetings, critiques and other writer support services, they also publish an anthology to support the group. This is a great feature! This Texas writing group also has links to scholarship information and links to its members. All in all, a very well-rounded web presence here!
Texas Latino writers should definitely check out Nuestra Palabra, dedicated to “the Latino Literary Renaissance”. From the looks of this site, that renaissance is not only alive and well, but also on the airwaves thanks to the Nuestra Palabra weekly radio show via KPFT-90.1 FM Pacifica in Houston.
The DFW Writers Workshop has been active since 1977, offering critiques, education and networking for writers of all genres.
Texas Mountain Trail Writers has 50 members across several states, and goes the extra mile by offering scholarships for writing seminars, monetary gifts to local libraries and other support activities. This group openly welcomes unpublished writers as well as published pros.
The Texas Authors Group has a review process and an associated fee for being listed on the site, but they seem to be aggressive in placing members at trade shows, library conferences and more. This one falls under the ‘serious writers only’ category but could be a real advantage when it comes to making the sale on a new book title.
The Writer’s League of Texas is a non-profit offering monthly programs with established writers, the usual critique groups and networking opportunities, but also discounts on the Writers’ League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference and the Summer Writing Academy.
The Texas panhandle has its own writer’s group. Panhandle Professional Writers is for those in Amarillo and the rest of the panhandle. PPW stresses that you don’t have to be a current pro writer to join, but the goal is definitely to help you get to pro status.