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.

Interested in joining a new critique or reading group?
[list of current groups]
Looking for new members for your critique group?
Contact Al York.

GCWA 2018 Writing Contest

See the list of winners and their works.

more announcements

New Writing Game

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

July 2018

Ronnie Walter

Ronnie Walter

The digital revolution has made it much easier to publish your book, but unfortunately it hasn’t made it any easier to stand out in a the crowded market. With new releases coming out every day, authors must first get the attention of readers. And let’s face it – that can be confusing. In fact, most creatives try for a bit, become overwhelmed and revert to their “happy place” of creating rather than keeping up the grind of marketing. Don’t let that happen to you!

Ronnie Walter will walk you through the three principles that establish your unique contribution to the world, and then will help you break down the process of getting noticed.

Ronnie knows a thing or two about getting her work into the market. As a successful illustrator and writer, Ronnie has licensed her ideas onto thousands of greetings cards, gift books, coffee mugs, calendars, fabric, home goods and more. She is the author of License to Draw — How to Monetize Your Art through Licensing and More, Gruesome Greetings, A Georgia Hardtman Mystery and 14 coloring books for adults. As a business coach for creatives, she helps artists and writers find their voice, vision, and a path to make money with their art.

Ronnie can be reached at her website at www.ronniewalter.com or at your local Starbucks.

More about Ronnie Walter and upcoming speakers

Meeting: July 21, 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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Dues are payable from Fall until January 31. If you haven’t renewed and 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.

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Latest Good News

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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.

Writing Contests

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  • Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

    Welcome to the 16th annual Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $4,000 in prizes. Please submit during [...]
  • The Masters Review

    Ten Lit Mags and Contests with July Deadlines Deadline: July, 2018 It’s hard to believe we’re heading into the middle of summer, but [...]
  • WOW Flash Fiction Contest

    WOW! Women On Writing Summer 2018 Flash Fiction Contest Deadline: August 31, 2018 WOW! Women on Writing invites entries to its Summer 2018 [...]

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.

Election of GCWA officers

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

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

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.