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.

Southwest Florida Reading Festival

New Date & Location!
Saturday, March 3, 2018, 10 AM to 4 PM.
Fort Myers Regional Library Campus
1651 Lee St, Fort Myers, FL

There will be no author tables available at the SWFL Reading Festival this year due to limited space. The Reading Festival will be held at the downtown Fort Myers Library because the Event Center is still under construction.

Election of GCWA officers

Our March meeting will include the election of officers for 2018.

Hallmark is soliciting creative writing

Suggested by our February speaker, Suzi Wienert.

more announcements

March 2018

Karen Dean Benson

Karen Dean Benson
Author–historical and mainstream fiction

March 17, 2018

Topic: Mapping out a Novel; character creation; world building.

One author’s path to publication, bumps, hiccups, and lots of scribbling until a light at the end of the tunnel reveals itself.

If you are a beginner and want to get inside the head of someone who was/is a beginner with a shimmer of success, listen to Benson’s lively tips on novel construction.

Karen gained a love of history from travels that took her into many different cultures around the world. A voracious reader from an early age, she loves research, history, and tales of complicated lives. Her stories, woven against the backdrop of a by-gone era, present numerous plot twists. Her Ladies of Mischief blunder through attempting to live within the social constraints of the 18th and 19th Centuries.

More about Karen and more speakers

Zion Lutheran Church,
7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers, FL 33919
First Time Guests Free

Join Us!

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!


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Dear Members:
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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Good news is for members only. If you would like to join in the fun, visit the Membership Application Page to learn more about joining.

If you are are a GCWA member with Good News, please send email to website@gulfwriters.org.

  • Jamilla Brooks on Listening to the Words

    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
  • Jamilla Adjunct Professor at FGCU

    I am happy to announce that I am an Adjunct Professor in the Marketing Department at FGCU teaching a class this semester! Jamilla Brooks
  • Jamilla Brooks — 40 under 40

    Jamilla Brooks selected one of SWFL's 40 Under 40 by the Naples Herald. http://naplesherald.com/2017/09/25/jamilla-d-brooks-40-under-40-list/


We get a lot of upcoming events sent to us, from all over Florida and even beyond. If there is an ellipsis (…) at the end of a post here, that means there is more to read. To read a complete post, click on the headline.

Take a look at all the events. You can Click Here for more Events, and you can go to our calendar to see those that are posted in our local Lee county and surrounding areas.

If you are affiliated with a group that is hosting an event that is relevant to authors, please send email to website@gulfwriters.org.

Writing Contests

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If you are affiliated with a group that is hosting a writing contest, please send email to website@gulfwriters.org.

Announcements and Opportunities

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Also, if you would like to make an announcement of your own, please send email to website@gulfwriters.org.

Members Poetry and Prose

See the latest contributions by our members, Lorraine Walker Williams, Jim Gustafson and Joe Pacheco. Send your own poetry and short prose to website@gulfwriters.org.

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

Interested in joining a new critique or reading group? [list of current groups]
Looking for new members for your critique group?

Contact Bob McCarthy.

Information wanted

GCWA members — send us your photos, your bios, your books to be listed on the website — email website@gulfwriters.org.

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

We will continue to send out a basic meeting announcement until then. If you are not seeing these emails, please search your SPAM and PROMOTIONS folder and then add the address to your contacts list. Or contact membership@gulfwriters.org to verify that your email is in the system.

You can click here to see the current edition and get instructions for how to find our emails.


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 website@gulfwriters.org. No fancy ads, just listings for editors, illustrators, publishers, ghost writers, website designers, etc.