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 2019 Writing Contest winners and their entries are posted
on the contest page!

Meet your Officers and Directors for 2019

Ghost Writer wanted

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.

July 2019

Traci Bratcher

Traci Bratcher

I’m in my 27th year of teaching and have spent the past 13 of those years teaching first grade at Pelican Marsh Elementary School in Naples. About 4 years ago, I started watching the Southwest FL Eagle Cam with my class and incorporated it into the curriculum. I love teaching the children about respecting nature and learning about the eagles. The children fall in love with it as well and would request to hear the story of the pair of eaglets the mom and dad had together, E7 & E8. We also “adopt” an eagle from CROW on Sanibel which leads me to tell all about the eaglet E8’s story of recovery there. The kids love to hear this every year which made me think that I should write a children’s book about E8 so they’ll always have it handy to read. That is how my book, The Great E8, One Brave Eaglet’s Story, came to be!

Presentation: I plan to discuss how I decided to write this book as well as some of the steps I took doing so. I will talk about how my recent college graduate nephew agreed to be the illustrator for my book (on his actual graduation day) and how we had to work together with long distance between us. He had never heard of the SWFL Eagle Cam, so he needed some background knowledge lessons. The struggles and important decisions that needed to be made will also be discussed. The presentation will wind up with what my expectations were for my book, if they have been met, and future plans I have going forward with it.

More about Traci and more speakers.

Next Meeting: July 20, 2019 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Location: [map] Zion Lutheran Church,
7401 Winkler Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33919
First time guests free

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Writing Contests

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  • What’s YOUR Story?

    Charlotte County Community Services presents... What's YOUR Story? Sponsored by the Friends of the Mid-County Regional Library Contest [...]
  • CRAFT First Chapters Contest

    OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS The inaugural CRAFT First Chapters Contest awards $2800, manuscript critique, and agency review to the top three first [...]
  • Kaleidoscope Writing Contest

    Ladies get those pens and laptops ready. We are starting our next writing contest. Below is a brief description. When you are ready to get [...]

Announcements and Opportunities

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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.


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.