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.

Meeting: Octoberber 21, 2017 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Zion Lutheran Church,
7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers, FL 33919
First Time Guests Free

Costumes are encouraged for our October meeting.

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

more announcements

October 2017

Maryanne Cypressy

Maryann Cypressy

October 21, 2017

Topic: Do You Have A Social Media Marketing Strategy?

Perhaps the single most important aspect of social media marketing is having a strategy. We will be discussing how to create a strategy, the components of a strategy and how to identify your target market. Having good content is also important for your strategy and plan to be effective so we will be discussing what makes good content and what does not. There will also be time for a Q&A.

Mary Anne is the co-founder and president of What’s Up SWFL which provides social media marketing and management services to locally owned businesses and professionals. What’s Up SWFL has been providing these services since 2010 and is in Fort Myers, Florida.

More about Maryanne and more speakers


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 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.

Latest Good News

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. Or, if you want to scroll through ALL of our Good News, Click Here for the good news page.

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.


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.

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.

  • Lisa Batch Book Launch

    BOOK LAUNCH! Presenting The First Song by Lisa Batch Thursday November 9, 2017, 4PM--6PM ACSWF Co-op Art Gallery 8074 Mediterranean Dr, [...]
  • CAS Lecture Series

      CAS LECTURE SERIES: "THE PALACE OF MEMORY: AN EVENING WITH BRIAN TURNER" (OCT. 27) Event to be held at the following [...]
  • Sanibel Island Writer’s Conference

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!! Twelfth Annual Sanibel Island Writers Conference November 2 - 5, 2017 BIG ARTS & the Sanibel [...]

Writing Contests

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. Or, if you want to scroll through ALL of Writing Contests we have heard about, Click Here for the writing contest page.

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


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. Or, if you want to scroll through ALL of our Announcements, Click Here for the announcements page.

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

  • Writer wanted

    Jennifer Dinsmore is looking for a freelance informal writer who can help write or document her parents' life. They reside in Rotonda West and [...]
  • JWC Quarterly Newsletter

    We are excited to be delivering our latest (and newly revamped) quarterly newsletter. Please enjoy! The TEAM at JWC Jacobs Writing Consultants, LLC
  • Horror writing class

    Boo!!! Did we scare you? Believe it or not, Halloween is only four months away. So, we decided to do something special. On October 14, JWC will [...]

Services page on website

We will be adding 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, 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

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.