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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.

It’s time for the GCWA Writing Contest.

 Documetation and Entry forms available here.

Meeting: November 18, 2017 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Alternate Location: [map]
Covenant Presbyterian Church
2439 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33901
First Time Guests Free

New Services Page on website

We have added a Writing Services page to the website listing services offered by GCWA members. 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.

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November 2017

Michael Homolka

Michael Homolka

November 18, 2017

Topic: The Case for Writing Exercises: Prizing the Daily over the Cosmic

The most important things in our practice are our physical posture and our way of breathing. We are not so concerned about a deep understanding. —Suzuki Roshi, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. As a writer, I often start with a subject and then search for the words to express my emotions and understanding. Suzuki Roshi offers another way. His emphasis on breathing and posture suggests that “deep understanding” can be highly overrated! This talk will explore the possibility of beginning with words, then working backward to discover our subject. We will look at poems by Andrew Marvell, Louise Glück, and Mary Ruefle, to delve into the daily, rather than the cosmic, aspects of writing. Using volunteers, we will engage in a live demonstration of the ways in which a good writing exercise can allow us to leapfrog over that first layer of emotion into the uncharted.

More about Michael and more speakers


Social Media Bootcamp from October 2017 speaker Maryann Cipressy
Handout from October meeting

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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 2017 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.

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Events

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We highly suggest taking a look at all the events though. You can Click Here for the Events page, and you can go to our calendar above 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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Announcements and Opportunities

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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


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.


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

Website Manager Opening

Do you like our website? Do you have ideas for making it better? Would you like to add more information, change some of it, redesign it?

GCWA needs a Website Manager to oversee the work of our Website Editor and to ensure the site is up-to-date, easy to navigate, and functioning properly. For more information please email website@gulfwriters.org.


 

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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