What STRAW DOG means to us as writers...

Straw Dog: a starting place; an idea or story or project whose elements take initial form and are rearranged many times in a process of exploration, revision, and discovery.

New members are always welcome!

Supporting writers of all genres & levels of expertise. 

Our Mission

The mission of Straw Dog Writers Guild is to support the writing community by strengthening, engaging and connecting writers at all levels of development.

We are a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the craft and transformative power of writing, designed to serve writers throughout the region by promoting individual growth, community outreach and enrichment, and community building.


We accomplish this directly and through our members by offering:

  • writing craft programs in multiple genres, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and memoir
  • manuscript editing and revision referrals
  • roundtable discussions with local authors and publishing professionals
  • outreach to under-served populations through fiscal sponsorship, free programs, and events.
  • a welcoming community for writers to gather and network.



Straw Dog Writers Guild is a volunteer 501(c)3 organization, committed to paying writers for their presentations. Your tax-deductible memberships and donations help support them.