Saturday Writers


We’re a group of writers in Des Moines, Iowa.

We write a variety of genres (science fiction, urban fantasy, mystery, psychological suspense, contemporary, romantic comedy, non-fiction) and lengths (novels, novellas, short stories).

We’re super casual. Our meetings involve chatting about where each person is at with their writing and what they’re working on. We discuss writing questions, topics and brainstorm as needed.

We find the motivational aspect of getting together with other writers just to talk about writing to be the best part of our group.

We meet on the first Saturday of each month. Check the sidebar for details on our next meeting. There’s no membership criteria. If you love to write and talk about writing, come join us!

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  1. Kennedy Horton on February 24, 2013 at 3:59 pm said:

    Does this group talk about a variety of different writing styles such as screenplays?

    • Hi Kennedy.

      We talk about any kind of writing that our attendees want to talk about. That includes screenplays. If that’s your kind of writing, come join us. :)

  2. Would like to visit your writers group. It sounds very interesting I enjoy writing, have written alot of poetry; have 2 published poems, but have been wanting to write a book. It would be great to be a part of a writers group and have support. Would visit in May the 4th.

  3. I plan on joining you on May 4. I was fascinated with the 90 Day Novel Challenge. Do you plan to repeat that soon?

  4. Grace on April 26, 2013 at 6:22 pm said:

    I am in the process of writing a contemporary romance series. Book 1 is at the editor with a (hopeful) July release, Book 2 has 8 chapters written. I would LOVE to attend one of your meetings. Are they monthly? Because May 4th is the Saturday before Mothers’ Day (I am a floral designer as well as an aspiring author) I know I will be unable to attend that meeting. I would very much like to be on your mailing list though. Do you know of any other writer’s groups in the Cedar Rapids area? I have heard a lot of negatives about the writers’ workshop at the U of I…so trying to find new areas to explore. Thank you so much…and may you all be productive in your efforts! :) Grace

  5. I would like to join your group. Are you still meeting? How do I join? Thanks!

    • Cheryl on July 20, 2013 at 4:03 pm said:

      Hi Sue,

      Yes, we still meet. The information for our next meeting is in the sidebar to the right. To join us, just show up. :)

  6. Virginia Hess on August 6, 2013 at 2:49 pm said:

    I am a writer/poet/avid journaler wanting to connect with other writers to share ideas and connect with individuals who enjoy similar interests.
    Moved here from Kansas City & finding activities I enjoy to meet new people.

    • Cheryl on August 6, 2013 at 3:43 pm said:

      Hi Virginia,

      We’d love to have you join us for our September meeting. The information is in the sidebar to the right. Hope to see you then!

  7. Just wondering if this group is still active and if so, where the next meeting is.

  8. Stephen Stonebraker on October 9, 2013 at 8:56 am said:


    I am a writer, or more so at the present time a wanna be writer. I’ve written two novels (one of which is available in book form) and I am working on my third. I love to write, tell stories, read other people’s stories and hear other people’s stories. Story telling is my absolute favorite thing to do. I’d love to be a part of this group. Please email details. Thanks.

  9. Erica Ellis on October 16, 2013 at 10:54 am said:

    Hello, Cheryl! My name is Erica Ellis and I am a freelance proofreader and copy editor with experience editing both fiction and non-fiction books. I wanted to let the members of your writing group know about my services and offer them a free sample edit of one chapter of any manuscript they are working on. Whether they are preparing a manuscript for self-publishing or to send to an agent or publisher, I can help! I would appreciate it if you could let your members know about my offer. They can check out my website at for my credentials and client testimonials, and they can contact me at

    Thank you for your assistance!

    Erica Ellis

  10. Sripal on January 5, 2014 at 9:03 pm said:

    I will meet you guys next time. Can I just walk in or need to contact/write to someone prior to joining ?


    • Cheryl on January 7, 2014 at 1:42 pm said:

      You can just walk in and join us, Sripal. Our meeting is open to anyone who enjoys writing of any kind. Looking forward to seeing you in February!


  11. Robert Neil Killins on February 24, 2014 at 8:03 am said:

    Hello m’am I have a non-fiction project that I want to put into print. I am a descendant of The Sheriff Pat Garrett. I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. I have lived in Des Moines the last 22 years. I am in need of a writing buddy. I have a movie producer that has showed interest in this project as a movie already. Have anybody interested contact me at Thank you m’am. Good day.

  12. Hello. I just relocated here to Des Moines. I’m hoping this group is still active! Let me know :-)

    • Cheryl on May 6, 2014 at 6:41 pm said:

      Hi Ryan,

      Yes, we’re still active. We’d love to have you join us for our June meeting. The details are in the sidebar.


  13. Bob on May 6, 2014 at 6:49 am said:

    Are there any male attendees?

    • Cheryl on May 6, 2014 at 6:42 pm said:

      Hi Bob,

      Yes, we have men that attend our meetings. If you’re interested, we’d love to have you join us for the June meeting. Details are in the sidebar.


  14. Britt on June 27, 2014 at 3:26 pm said:

    I have a few ideas floating in my head for stories and such. It seems I am OK at getting ideas but not so good on following through and writing them down. I think I just need that extra kick in the butt to get them out of my system and written. So, I’m glad I found this and I may show up at your July meeting.

    Also, have any of you thought about adding this to the Des Moines Meetups? You may get even more interest and people joining in:

  15. Hi, Saturday Writers. I am writing to you from Ireland, where we have just launched our first official edition of Brilliant Flash Fiction, seeking submissions of stories 1,000 words or less.

    We also have a modest writing competition called “Finish the Story” (details on our website):

    We welcome emerging writers and hope to receive more stories from other countries.

    Thank you for your time and attention!

    Aurore Lebas/Dublin

  16. Thanks for hosting the forum today. I actually felt at home and comfortable.

  17. Hi Cheryl, interested in coming to your group on a Sat. when I can make it. I work Saturday mornings, but if it rains I’m off, and come winter I’ll be laid off. Besides the side bar, which is currently out of date, when is your next meeting and how often do you meet. I was pres, of the Ottumwa Area Writers, moved up here in August for a new job, and am looking for a group to join. Would love to hear from you.

    • Hi GiAnna,

      We meet the first Saturday of each month as it says on the main page. I’m not sure what you mean about the side bar being out of date. It gives the details of our October meeting which is our next meeting. Looking forward to seeing you at a meeting if you’re able to join us.

  18. Rebekka Bishop on October 1, 2014 at 3:36 pm said:


    I have been wanting to make at least ONE of your meetings before snow falls this year!

    Currently, I have several novels in the works, a couple on the back burner, and one I am TRYING to get E-published.

    Usually, I’m working weekends, but not this one, and I am looking forward to Saturday!

  19. Katie Johnson on November 7, 2014 at 6:44 am said:

    Not sure where to go with this..I have an idea for a book but not a writer…can you point me to who can hear /give feedback and maybe help with my project?


  20. I know your group meets on Saturdays, so I wanted to let you know that on Saturday, November 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Chad Michael Cox will present a program at the Norwalk Easter Public Library – “Getting Your Book Ready for Print.” He will discuss topics such as cover design, interior design, paper selection, book size, and printing on-demand vs. traditional printing.

    Chad Michael Cox, founder of Yellow Suit Publishing, is an award winning author and freelance writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications. He is a graduate of the writing program at Emerson College. Cox released a fantasy novel, “God of Another World: The Adow,” in February 2014 and was selected as the featured author for the 2014 Modern Dickens Project. He is General Manager for Hillyard, Chairman of the Board for the Des Moines Social Club and is active in the Des Moines area arts and culture community. Please pass the word along.
    Mary Kay – Adult Program Coordinator @ NEPL

  21. I am a college student at AIB College of business and I am interested in joining your group
    Christen Jones´s last blog post ..Only Time Can Tell

    • Cheryl on January 27, 2015 at 7:13 pm said:

      Hi Christen, we’d love to have join us at the February meeting if you’re available. The information is in the sidebar.

  22. Amy Lillard on January 23, 2015 at 1:18 pm said:

    Hello – interested in attending the next meeting. Are new members accepted? I see a date for the January meeting, but not the February meeting. Any information is much appreciated. Thanks!

    • Cheryl on January 27, 2015 at 7:12 pm said:

      Hi Amy. Yes, new members are always welcome. The updated February info is now available. We look forward to meeting you if you’re able to join us.

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