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.

Meeting: June 17, 2017 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Location:
Zion Lutheran Church,
7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers, FL 33919

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First Time Guests Free

Photographer wanted

GCWA is looking for a volunteer to take photos of meetings, speakers, and members. If you are interested, please email website@gulfwriters.org.

June 2017

Judy Loose

Ben Feldman
June 17, 2017
Describing a Character

The best stories are those that make you laugh, cry, or throw your hands up in anger.  Why?  It’s because of the characters.

On June 17, come listen as Ben Feldman illustrates some character traits and educates us on how we writers can use such traits to create characters that make a lasting impression on a reader. Character is not just the veneer of personality. It is the outside and inside of who we are and why we are.

From his professional expertise and experience, Ben understands we all have a conscious awareness plus an unconscious awareness. And the combination explains behavior in both the real world and the fictional world. His presentation will illustrate why both protagonists and antagonists behave as they do and will include examples from well-known works to illustrate the development of their character.

Ben is in private practice and is a self-employed consultant to home healthcare agencies in Fort Myers. He lives in Fort Myers, and is a member of the Gulf Coast Writers Association. He is a published poet.

Click here to learn more about Ben.
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Dear Members:
We still have members who haven’t renewed for 2017.

Since dues are payable from late Fall until January 31, some of you are almost three months behind. If you do not renew by April 30, 2017, your name will be removed from our membership roster. This could result in the loss of information you have posted on our website. Further, you will not receive updates for upcoming events.

Our next meeting is Saturday, April 15, 2017. If you plan to attend, 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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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.

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

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

Photographer wanted

GCWA is looking for a volunteer to take photos of meetings, speakers, and members. If you are interested, 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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