The Gulf Coast Writers Association is proud to provide a forum for fellowship, education, and information for writers in our community.
Whether you write for pleasure or profit, you’ll find support from our members. And with an average of 175 members, there’s always encouragement and friendly guidance to help you improve your writing skills.
Plus, our monthly speakers’ events are informative and fun, providing expert advice on topics such as writing techniques, publishing, marketing, and others.
So no matter what your genre: general fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s, young adult, historical fiction, romance, mystery/thriller, memoirs, and more, you’re in good company.
Check out our website and see what exciting things we have in store for you.
See the list of winners and their works.
Election of GCWA officers
GCWA needs a volunteer photographer for our monthly meetings. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Writing Game
Topic: Bright Ideas for Marketing Your Indie Books
Patti Brassard Jefferson is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator. She is also the CEO of PJ Boox, one of the very first independent bookstores to feature only independent and small press published authors.
Patti wrote her first book when she was only 8 years old – it was 10 pages long, illustrated and written on pink paper – so not much has changed over the years. After years of owning a graphic design company, a paint-it-yourself pottery studio and an art gallery, she finally got serious about writing and publishing her first book, How Long Will You Love Me? She followed up in 2014 with the award-winning Stu’s Big Party. In the past four years, she has also illustrated 10 books for other authors and opened 2 bookstores.
Meeting: May 19, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Zion Lutheran Church,
7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers, FL 33919
First Time Guests Free
Gulf Coast Writers provide ideas, support, encouragement, resources and networking opportunities to fellow writers. Don’t miss out on all the great speakers we have planned for the upcoming year.
Click button below to learn what you will get within our association. Only $40 annual ($50 for families). Come join the fun!
It’s time to renew your membership for 2018.
Dues are payable from Fall until January 31. If you plan to attend our next meeting, please bring your money or check with you. Or you can pay today! Simply click the Membership Application tab and renew your membership online via PayPal.
If you aren’t sure if you have paid your membership dues, please e-mail Irene Smith at: Membership@GulfWriters.org.
Renew now! We value your membership and don’t want you to miss the exciting events we have planned for this year.
Latest Good News
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- The Village Players Proudly Present The World Premiere of VIZHON, The Magical Musical
- Jamilla's poem "Court Me" was read on David Hauenstein's program Listening To The Words on MLK Day! #292 Hear it it: http://shellpoint.net/listening
- I am happy to announce that I am an Adjunct Professor in the Marketing Department at FGCU teaching a class this semester! Jamilla Brooks
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Announcements and Opportunities
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- Unique Opportunity We are the beginning stages of setting up at a writers conference. Can you spread the word to your [...]
New GCWA meeting agenda
We are replacing our long business meetings with contributions from our members. If you would like to speak at one of our meetings, please contact Bob McCarthy at Programs@GulfWriters.org or Irene Smith at Membership@GulfWriters.org
GCWA members — send us your photos, your bios, your books to be listed on the website — email email@example.com.
Visit your local book stores
There are several book stores who sell books by local authors. Visit, buy books, check on selling your books on their shelves. List of stores
Looking for Word Song editor
Due to time constraints our News Magazine WORD SONG is needing an Executive Editor with MailChimp experience in order to continue. If you would like to know more about it, please email TheWord@gulfwriters.org
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Services page on website
We have added a Writing Services page to the website. GCWA members, if you have a writing-related business you would like listed, please contact email@example.com. No fancy ads, just listings for editors, illustrators, publishers, ghost writers, website designers, etc.