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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.

Announcements


GCWA 2020 Writing Contest opens October 1, 2019
Deadline for entries January 31, 2020
Details on the contest page!


Visit our new page for Blogs, Podcasts, and Webinars for writers.


Meet your Officers and Directors for 2019


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


more announcements

New Writing Game

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

October 2019

Judy Loose

Charley Valera
Workshop: The 30 Second Elevator Pitch

My flight to Newark was being delayed for hours. Chatting with one of the passengers, I was asked, “So, you’re a writer? That’s pretty cool. What have you written?” I stumbled and hemmed and hawed. I wasn’t prepared. I also didn’t know who this guy was—yet. Turns out, he was the CFO for Hudson News. I blew it.

Have you ever really thought about what you need to say? Do you have a well prepared elevator pitch under thirty-seconds? You should. How about a one-page handout? Do you have a great one-page ready as you’re pitching them?

GCWA member Charley Valera is an award-winning author and filmmaker. He will be providing a free workshop at our October meeting on creating your personal pitch and one-page. We’ll also talk about personal goals and break into small groups. Bring a notebook, ideas be prepared to climb the most important step of your writing career.

More speakers.

Next Meeting: October 19, 2019 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Location: [map] Zion Lutheran Church,
7401 Winkler Rd, 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: Renew now! We value your membership and don’t want you to miss the exciting events we have planned for this year. 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. If you aren’t sure if you have paid your membership dues, please e-mail website@GulfWriters.org.

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 more good news. 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. 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.

  • Tim Jacobs at Pine Island Writers

    PINE ISLAND WRITERS HOSTS PUBLISHER EVENT Pine Island Writers is hosting Timothy Jacobs – author, CEO and owner of JWC Publishing on [...]
  • NaNoWriMo

    NaNoWriMo 2019 is right around the corner. This wildly popular phenomenon, National Novel Writing Month, starts November 1, and you’re urged to [...]
  • Book Launch Party — Charley Valera

    Date changed to October 24, 2019 from October 10, 2019 Award-winning author and Gulf Coast Writers Association member Charley Valera is [...]

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

GCWA officers

Meet the 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.

Newsletters


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.