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A useful guide for writers in Chattanooga, TN.


Follow this writing guide on where to network locally with other writers and share your stories. | Photo by NOOGAtoday

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Whether you’re an experienced writer looking to discuss your work, or interested in putting your ideas on paper for the first time — we’ve rounded up a useful guide on where to find resources, groups, workshops + events for writers to utilize in Chattanooga.

Resources + groups

  • Chattanooga Writers’ Guild offers a way to network with other local writers and share useful resources with each other. Become a member to receive perks such as discounted rates for contests and programs, promotion opportunities, and more. Pro tip: Check out how to submit your work monthly.
  • SoLit — formerly the Southern Lit Alliance — is a literary arts hub that was founded in 1952. Check out its outreach programs for youth + adult writers.
  • Rhyme N Chatt is an interactive poetry organization that connects people “one rhyme at a time” by providing a safe place where poetry is shared. Keep an eye out for updates on open mic opportunities.
Rhyme N Chatt

Rhyme N Chatt create a poetry anthology with its members each year. Join and share your work. | Photo by Andy Ramirez via @rhymenchatt

Workshops + events

  • The Meacham Writers’ Workshop hosts readings, discussion sessions, community workshops, and group conferences that are free to the public every fall and spring. The next reading will be on Saturday, March 25 at Riverview Park.
  • The SouthWord Literary Festival, known for celebrating southern writers, will be held April 14-15 at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Authors like Rick Bragg, Kimberly Brock, Clyde Edgerton, and many more will discuss their work in panel discussions + offer book signings. Get one-day or two-day passes here.
  • The Mountain Arts Community Center hosts several writers workshops + classes. The next event is the “So You Want to be a Writer: Where to Publish What You Write” class on Saturday, April 8. The class will include the opportunity to discuss a cover letter or pitch. Sign up.
  • The inaugural Local Authors Fair, hosted by the Chattanooga Public Library, will be on Saturday, April 29. The all-day event will be a chance for local authors to read their work, sell books, and more. Register here to get involved.
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