Welcome!

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.

 Documentation and Entry forms available here.

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.

more announcements


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

No GCWA meeting in December

January 2018

Michael Homolka

Sharon Harrigan

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Topic: Memoir Writing

Sharon Harrigan is the author of Playing with Dynamite: A Memoir, published in October 2017 by Truman State University Press. Her work has appeared in the New York Times (Modern Love), Virginia Quarterly Review, Narrative, and elsewhere. She teaches writing at a literary center in Charlottesville, Virginia.

More about Sharon and more speakers

Location[map]
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

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.

Events

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.

  • Wicked Books Event

    Friday April 20 through April 22, 2018 2018 Tickets Available Now! PLEASE NOTE: FRIDAY AND SUNDAY TICKETS WILL NOT BE LIVE UNTIL January [...]
  • Charlotte Arts

    Visit Charlotte Arts, the Arts and Humanities Council of Charlotte County. Discover literature, music, art, dance, philosophy. Find the latest [...]
  • Southwest Florida Reading Festival

    Southwest Florida Reading Festival New Date & Location! Saturday, March 3, 2018, 10 AM to 4 PM. Fort Myers Regional Library Campus 1651 [...]

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.

Announcements and Opportunities

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.

  • Hallmark is soliciting creative writing

    Hallmark Publishing: - Write For Us | Hallmark Channel www.hallmarkchannel.com Find out the submission guidelines for Hallmark Publishing! [...]
  • 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

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

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.

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