Chattanooga Writer's Guild just celebrated their twentieth anniversary. That is a great milestone for my city. I became involved with them through joining a writer's group that meets in Hixson (well... during the pandemic online). My group produces a collection of short stories called Crazy Buffet. The name came because the group initially met in a restaurant called the Crazy Buffet. Actually, it was the second restaurant they met in. The first one closed.... so did the Crazy Buffet... and we moved to a local BBQ. Our next anthology was Crazy Buffet: BBQ Edition. Then the whole world shut down... I don't think this was directly our fault but who knows how history will remember it. Thus, our last was Crazy Buffet: Curbside Edition. We always give our profits to our local university young writer's group.
My group is an amazing group who have helped me with my writing, assisted me with technology, led me to conferences and online resources, and mostly, encourage me to write. Oh, and we enjoy good fellowship around a table. If you are local, consider joining us or one of CWG's other groups:
You can see where the Chattanooga Writer's Guild interviewed us HERE.
For me, a writer's group is a critical piece for someone just entering the writing path or for someone who has felt stuck in writing. My other group (super fun group writing good pulp fiction!!) asks every month what my word count is. Some of us produce thousands and some less than five hundred. There isn't a competition. Rather, it is an opportunity to celebrate what we've done, encourage those struggling with writer's block or other life issues, and build friendships.
As for the Writer's Guild, itself, I would encourage you to look at their website if you are local to the Chattanooga area.
Here is their History: READ IT ON THEIR WEBSITE