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.

GCWA 2018 Writing Contest

See the list of winners and their works.

Election of GCWA officers

Meet the new officers officers and directors for 2018/19.

Photographer Wanted

GCWA needs a volunteer photographer for our monthly meetings. Please contact website@gulfwriters.org.

more announcements

New Writing Game

Do you like playing games? Enjoy Jeopardy? Try playing these Jeopardy style writing games and learn while you play.

May 2018

Patti Brassard Jefferson

Patti Brassard Jefferson

Topic: Bright Ideas for Marketing Your Indie Books

Patti Brassard Jefferson is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator. She is also the CEO of PJ Boox, one of the very first independent bookstores to feature only independent and small press published authors.

Patti wrote her first book when she was only 8 years old – it was 10 pages long, illustrated and written on pink paper – so not much has changed over the years. After years of owning a graphic design company, a paint-it-yourself pottery studio and an art gallery, she finally got serious about writing and publishing her first book, How Long Will You Love Me? She followed up in 2014 with the award-winning Stu’s Big Party. In the past four years, she has also illustrated 10 books for other authors and opened 2 bookstores.

More about Patti and upcoming speakers
Book Blurb: 365 Bright Ideas to Market Your Indie Books

Meeting: May 19, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

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

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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.

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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.


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.

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  • Writers on the Air

    Every Sunday WKDW 97.5 FM nonprofit radio invites writers of all levels to READ their poem, story, or screen play on its weekly program, "Writers [...]
  • Nonfiction Writers Conference

    8th Annual Nonfiction Writers Conference May 2-4, 2018 Opening Speaker: Gretchen Rubin Presented by Nonfiction Authors Association An [...]

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.

  • WOW Flash Fiction Contest

    WOW! Women On Writing 2018 Flash Fiction Contest Deadline: May 31, 2018 WOW Women on Writing invites entries to its Spring 2018 Flash Fiction [...]
  • WOW Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

    WOW! Women On Writing Q3 2018 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest Deadline: April 30, 2018 Seeking creative nonfiction essays between 200 - 1000 [...]
  • Flash Fiction Contest

    $3000 Flash Fiction Contest is Open Deadline: May 31, 2018 We are proud to now offer a contest dedicated solely to flash. The winning [...]

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.