The Insecure Writer’s Support Group is a home for writers in all stages; from unpublished to bestsellers.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 offer a free guide for writers: The Insecure Writer’s Support Group’s Guide to Publishing and Beyond. We have an annual anthology contest, and the first book is available now – Parallels: Felix Was Here. The second, Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life, will be released in May, 2017. 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.
"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 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.
J. L. Campbell
J.L. Campbell is an award-winning writer who lives in sunny Jamaica. She's always on the lookout for story-making material and writes romantic suspense, women's fiction and young adult novels. She also writes under the pen name Jayda McTyson. After signing three publishing contracts, Campbell discovered the world of self-publishing and now divides her time between editing a slew of novels and studying the new publishing model.
Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon
Chrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes series and 30 Seconds. She is a firm believer that writers should help one another and shares in-depth tips about everything she’s learned (from novel writing to publishing and marketing) on her blog. Forever a student, she continues to learn about her craft so she can grow and offer her knowledge to beginners. She lives in Florida with her adopted cats, and can usually be found at her computer.
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Heather M Gardner
Blog, Facebook, Twitter.
Pat Hatt is a writer who more often than he likes poses as an accountant, car salesmen, mailman or one of 21 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 in Nova Scotia. 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.
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C. Lee McKenzie
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.
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.
Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those early morning times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction, with a little freelance editing and formatting thrown in. When not working he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. He is the author of A Change of Mind and Other Stories, a collection featuring a novella and five short stories, four of which were previously published in Writer’s Muse magazine. Nick is also the editor of Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew.
L. Diane Wolfe
Self-Publishing / IWSG Books
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.
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Lynda R. Young, a Christian first, writes devotionals, articles, and speculative short stories. In her spare time she is also an editor, game developer, artist, and dabbles in photography and all things creative. She lives in Australia with her sweetheart of a husband. You can find her here:
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