We are White County Creative Writers

WCCW is a friendly and outgoing writers group made up of poets, novelists, children’s writers, bloggers, journalists, non-fiction writers — and every other imaginable genre. We are located in Searcy Arkansas, but our community reaches around the world.

We offer resources for writers everywhere: a weekly blog, monthly newsletter, an annual writers conference, dozens of writing contests each year, and we meet together each month.

Come to our next meeting!

WCCW Meeting

We had a great March meeting with 25 in attendance. The program, led by by Donna Nelson and John McPherson, featured a review on the basic elements of poetry, as well as guidelines for those who critique and judge contests. The assignment is to write a poem, which will be presented at the May 15 meeting.

For April, the assignment is to write a 500 word short story — any style or genre. These will be shared in a read around. We will also offer an extended critique of three stories.  Here are the details of upcoming meetings.

If you live in Central Arkansas, we invite you to come visit us!  We meet on the third Monday of each month. Our next meeting is scheduled for April 17, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. The location is the conference room at Simmons Bank, 401 S. Main in Searcy.

We look forward to seeing you there!


MARK YOUR CALENDAR! We are already making plans for the 28th Annual White County Creative Writers Conference, and it is sure to be our best ever!

Some of the details are still being pieced together, but the big picture is now in place.

The conference is scheduled for September 2, 2023. It will be held at the same location as last year, at the White County Extension Service Building in Searcy.

We have two top-level speakers booked for the event: Linda Apple and Clarissa Willis.

Find out more here.

You can view pictures from last year’s conference on our Facebook page.

The Creative Writer Newsletter

White County Creative Writers Group NewsletterEach month WCCW Press Secretary Del Garrett prepares a group newsletter for easy download offering news and updates of all WCCW activities, writers group news, as well as additional information of interest to all who are passionate about living the writing life.

You can download the most recent newsletter by clicking the link below.

Download the March 2023 Newsletter

Click here for a complete list of newsletters

The Write Way blog for Writers

Check out our blog!

WCCW has a blog especially for writers.  It’s called The Write Way.  Members of our group post articles on anything and everything related to the writing process: seeking inspiration, tips & techniques, improving your craft, finding your voice, and more. Click here to read our newest post.

About the White County Creative Writers Group

Since our inception in 1995, the White County Creative Writers group has had but one goal:  improving our craft. In this process, we have discovered that there are no rules! What challenges one member may come easy to another; what some have questions about, others furnish answers. That’s what makes this group work.

We have invited educators, authors, publishers and editors to speak to the group, formed critique groups, had members share learning experiences from other groups or workshops they have attended, and discussed what works and doesn’t work for each of us.

Over the years, some of the beginners have become masters, and the students have become the teachers. Each year brings new members who come with one simple question: “What can help make me a better writer?”

WCCW has undertaken such community projects as an annual poetry reading in celebration of National Poetry Day, writing contests for students in White County and an open challenge to groups and citizens of White County to raise funds for the public library.

Read more about how we began.