About the Southwest Washington Writers Conference 

The Southwest Washington Writers Group began at a picnic in 2011 when two local writers, Sandy Crowell and Roy Wilson, discussed the idea of forming a writers’ group. In March of 2012 the first meeting of the Southwest Washington Writers Workshop attracted a number of like-minded people interested in improving their writing skills and marketing their work.

During the first few years, the group invited speakers who presented topics ranging from e-book publishing to mystery writing and poetry. During that time another idea began to blossom: hosting a regional writers conference.

2014 Conference

Organized by a tiny staff that included Sandy Crowell, Don Harkcom, Micheal Hurley and Kyle Pratt, and with the enthusiastic direction of Julie McDonald Zander, the first annual Southwest Washington Writers Conference convened at Centralia College on September 13, 2014.

The keynote speaker for the first conference was New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni. Twelve workshops were hosted that day by such notables as the Washington State poet laureate Elizabeth Austin, book editor Mike Silva, children’s writer and illustrator Jeannie St. John, romance writer Melanie Dobson, and marketing expert Veronika Noize.

2015 Conference

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If you enjoy writing and wish to improve your skills, we invite you to join the Lewis County Writers Guild. Click here for more information about meeting times and location.