About Us

MISSION STATEMENT:

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group is a website media business with affiliates to enhance our service to visitors. We are a home for writers in all stages; from unpublished to bestsellers. Our goal is to offer assistance and guidance. We want to help writers overcome their insecurities, and by offering encouragement we are creating a community of support.


HOW IT BEGAN:

Alex J. Cavanaugh, the founder, noticed a lot of blog posts from writers mentioning their doubts, concerns, and lack of confidence. He also saw the positive replies they received and realized that the writing community offered an abundance of support. Writers want to see other writers succeed, which is how he came up with the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. This group would act as a form of therapy, letting writers post about situations where they need encouragement, or to offer words of encouragement to others if they have experience.

On September 7, 2011, Alex launched the monthly blog posting of the IWSG and it has been going strong ever since.

On the first Wednesday of every month we share of thoughts about writing on our blogs. We also have an optional monthly question to assist with member's posts, which can be found on the Sign-Up page.



WHERE WE ARE NOW:

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group has grown since conception. Over 250 people are a part of the blogging community that posts on the first Wednesday of every month, known as IWSG Day.

The group has expanded beyond blogging into other forms. We have a Facebook Group with 3,000+ members. Our free monthly newsletter, which has featured industry experts like Jane Friedman and Sandra Beckwith, has 600+ subscribers.We are on Instagram and we have a Book Club too.

We offer a free guide for writers: The Insecure Writer’s Support Group’s Guide to Publishing and Beyond, plus our Guide to Writing for Profit. We have an annual anthology contest, which include titles such as Parallels: Felix Was HereHero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life, Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime. We even have our own merchandise which include pens, magnets, and T-shirts!

Alex and the nine other administrators are actively pushing the group to greater heights. Nothing is impossible when insecure writers band together.



TESTIMONIALS:

"You could spend weeks searching for smart resources for writers...or you could just head over to the IWSG. Not only does the site connect you with reputable, valuable expertise, they also provide an essential component of growth: support and encouragement." – Elizabeth S. Craig, author for Penguin Random House

“Social Media can be like the Wild West—full of bad guys and hostile tribes—often without a lawman in sight. That's why I advise new writers to find an online community where they can be safe. The Insecure Writers Support Group is always at the top of my list. Besides being a wonderful source of information, the IWSG has group blogging challenges to expand your network, and the anthologies are full of excellent advice. Alex and co. run a tight ship where new writers always feel welcome. You can find moral support, beta readers, and the writing and publishing tips you need to launch and sustain your writing career.” – Anne R. Allen, author of How to Be a Writer in the E-Age

“The Insecure Writer’s Support Group is one of the most supportive writing groups around, both to help authors and aspiring authors grow as writers and to support each other in our personal lives, especially when someone is going through a difficult time. IWSG just keeps getting better and better with its newsletter and opportunities, like the chance to have a short story published in the IWSG Anthology. I am so grateful for this group and recommend that other writers join it all the time.” -Natalie Aguirre, professional non-fiction writer and blogger at Literary Rambles


Contact us: admin AT insecurewriterssupportgroup.com


MEET THE IWSG TEAM:

Founder of the Insecure Writer's Support Group:

Alex J. Cavanaugh
Writing Tips / IWSG List / IWSG Books  

Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design, graphic and technical editing. He's a musician and plays guitar in a Christian rock band. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Author of the Amazon Best Selling Cassa series and Dragon of the Stars.


Administrators:

Heather M Gardner

Heather M. Gardner is the author of two published works in her romance series, Already Home and One Good Catch, and a self-published short story called Before We Break. She’s a lazy blogger, enslaved by social media, and hopes to one day finish writing another book. A full-time wife and mother, she lives in New York with her two stray cats, hoarding books and chocolate, and searching for the meaning of life.
Blog, Facebook, Twitter.


Pat Hatt

Pat Hatt is a writer who more often than he likes poses as an accountant, car salesman, mailman, or one of 22 other jobs he’s had to pay the bills. With over 100 published written works, he continues to strive to create in any genre that strikes him. He enjoys learning more about the craft of writing and learning in general. He is owned by two cats, one of which has his own rhyming blog, and he resides wherever he is at when you are reading this. When not writing, working, or being used as a scratching post, he can be found at the gym, playing volleyball, or enjoying a good movie, show, or book.
Website, Blog, Twitter, Amazon


Juneta Key
Publishers, Agents, Queries / Publications/Conferences

She write SPECULATIVE FICTION, and loves fantasy and all its subgenres, the paranormal, mythological and space opera. In 2019, she entered into a partnership with another Indie author as co-owner of Stormdance Publications, to create fun, quality themed anthologies, especially about grumpy old gods. She’s one of seven founders of the Storytime Quarterly Blog Hop founded in 2015.
Website Facebook Twitter Stormdance Publications Storytime


Tyrean Martinson

Tyrean Martinson is a writer, teacher, daydreamer, and believer who lives in Washington State. She is the author of speculative and non-fiction books, as well as over 100 published short works of poetry and short stories. Tyrean teaches writing and literature at a homeschool cooperative and substitute teaches. She likes chocolate, loves her family, and is captivated by reading. (Tyrean is pronounced "T + Irene" and is her real name.)


C. Lee McKenzie
Media Relations

I love to write for young readers, and I write both young adult and middle grade fiction. I fall into the hybrid author category with four traditionally published young adult novels--Sliding on the Edge, The Princess of Las Pulgas, Double Negative and Sudden Secrets--and three self-published middle grade adventure/fantasies. Sign of the Green Dragon is my third Indie. Alligators Overhead and the sequel, The Great Time Lock Disaster were my first two. It’s fun to know both sides of this writing business. Italia Gandolfo represents my young adult books.


Elizabeth Seckman

Elizabeth divides her time between her beach cottage and her scrupulously clean house in the hills of West Virginia.
Ooops. That's fantasy Elizabeth. The real Elizabeth lives solely in West Virginia in a house that is never scrupulously anything and dreams of living beachside. She is a former social worker, a wife, and the mother of four boys. She is a multi-published author of women’s fiction and romance.
Blog, Twitter, Facebook Instagram, Website


Michelle Wallace
Facebook Groups

Michelle Wallace is a writer-in-the-making who has embarked on a never-ending journey; a lover of flash fiction who dreams of writing and publishing a mystery/suspense/thriller story, one day in the not-too-distant-future... As a multi-colored rainbow nation child of God, she embraces an optimistic-realistic life view and believes in a good and honest work ethic. Her many titles include songbird, entertainer, pianist and educator. 


L. Diane Wolfe

Professional Speaker & Author. Known as “Spunk On A Stick,” Wolfe is a member of the National Speakers Association. She conducts seminars on book publishing, promoting, leadership, and goal-setting, and she offers book formatting and author consultation. She is the author of seven books, including two non-fiction titles and a NA/YA series, The Circle of Friends. Wolfe travels extensively for media interviews and speaking engagements, maintains numerous websites and blogs, and contributes to several other sites and newsletters.



THE BOOK CLUB
IWSG Goodreads Book Club
The Insecure Writer's Support Group Book Club is for writers to read/learn about the writing craft. We will swap back and forth between craft books and fiction books that demonstrate aspects of storytelling. We will read one book every two months. There will also be polls, exclusive freebies and giveaways, and Discussion Day fun. Chrys Fey - Juneta Key - Toi Thomas

PARTNERS

Reedsy
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Write…Edit…Publish (WEP)
Write…Edit…Publish (WEP) is an online writing community now partnering with the Insecure Writers Support Group (IWSG). We post the third Wednesday of every second month. Check out our program for 2019 in our sidebar and Pages. WEP challenges are open to all. Submit your name to InLinkz (free) on the dates shown on the challenge badge on the website. On special occasions, the winner receives a $10 Amazon Gift Card. There are creatively-designed winner's badges and one for second and third prize to display on your blog/FB page."