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.

It’s time for the GCWA Writing Contest.

 Documentation and Entry forms available here.

Renew your 2019 membership

It’s that time again! Renew your 2019 membership today.  We have an exciting year of speakers and camaraderie planned for 2019.  For only $40.00, less than $4.00 a meeting, you can continue to learn from established writers, editors and professional coaches from southwest Florida and beyond.

You’ll have continued access to professional workshops and the opportunity to share your good news and writings with other members and guests. Since 1995, Gulf Coast Writers has been dedicated to helping every writer perfect his or her craft and achieve their personal and professional goals. Come share a cup of coffee, a stimulating presentation, and common interests with over one hundred writers in the local area.

Renewal is easy.

1) Pay via PayPal on the GCWA website 
2) or mail a check to

Gulf Coast Writers Association,
P.O. Box 60771,
Fort Myers, FL 33906

3) or pay by cash or check at the next monthly meeting

The last day for renewing your membership is the January 18, 2019 meeting.  Should you not renew by then, your name will be removed from the membership rolls. As a non-member, you will have to pay a $5.00 guest fee for each monthly meeting you attend.

New Writing Game

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

November 2018

Tim Jordan and Joanna Salapska-Gelleri

Tim Jordan and Joanna Salapska-Gelleri

Note the alternate meeting location at Seven Lakes Community (this meeting only, details below)

Tim Jordan and Joanna Salapska-Gelleri are both published authors working on their first collaboration, a general audience textbook for Routledge Press titled Mind, Brain, and Artificial Intelligence. Tim is a systems engineer by training who originally hails from Essex, United Kingdom and Joanna is also a transplant from Eastern Europe, namely Poland and Hungary. Tim is a science fiction author who’s short story, The Push Bike Legion, was published in the 30th Anniversary of Galaxy Press’s Writers of the Future Anthology. He has also completed several full-length novels and a trilogy. They will be speaking about their journeys from scientific writers to creative collaborators and their current work on the mysteries of the brain, including: memory, language, and machine learning.

Their talk will focus on how a current writing project took them on a journey from crafting their first book proposal, the anguish of waiting for a response, to a textbook manuscript that neither expected to be working on. They will also address the hidden knowledge and skill sets we possess that with a bit of reflection, we can all access and use to our advantage as budding and professional writers.

Visit Tim Jordan’s Amazon Author’s page

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Meeting: November 17, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Location: [map, this will get you to the community; do not go to the Golf Course]
Seven Lakes Community, [layout of the community grounds]
1965 Seven Lakes Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33907

To get to the meeting in the main building at Seven Lakes Community, enter at US-41 and Seven Lakes Blvd. Once in the gate, make an immediate right, and the building is on the left. Plenty of parking available and a restaurant on site.

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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:
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

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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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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 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.

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.