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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.

March 2020

Craig Handel

Speaker: Craig Handel

For more than 40 years, Craig Handel has written for newspapers in Wisconsin, Arizona, California, Massachusetts and Florida, with his stories being picked up by newspapers in the United States and beyond. He has covered the highest level of college sports while tracking local athletes in high school, college and the pros. Recently, he has gotten to know Collier and Lee County community leaders through stories on various aspects of health, philanthropy and community service. After taking a buyout with The News-Press after 20 years, Craig started his own business – Handel on Writing. He helps people craft personalized stories for their websites. Besides writing freelance stories for Shell Point Magazine, Craig also coaches writers and is working on a couple of book ideas. In his latest project, he is working with founder Wilson Hawthorne on developing ‘American Business Writers’. The idea is to provide concierge writing services and making writing more concise so businesses can improve their message, which can help them make more money.

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Meeting: March 21, 2020, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Location[map]
Zion Lutheran Church,
7401 Winkler Road,
Fort Myers, FL 33919

First time guests free

New Writing Game

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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. 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.

  • Grant Writing Workshop at FGCU

    Professional Grant Development Workshop Master the techniques of writing superior winning proposals March 9-10, 2020 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. To [...]
  • ArtPoems 2020

    ArtPoems is a creative collaboration of artists and poets. As a platform for the creation of new art and poetry it adds a unique vision and [...]
  • Tampa Bay Publishing Conference

    Wordier Than Thou, a Tampa Bay-area literary arts nonprofit, has extended early bird pricing – just $79 – for its upcoming Tampa Bay [...]

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.

  • Writers on the Air

    Every Sunday, WKDW 97.5 FM nonprofit radio invites amateur writers, poets, and comedians to perform or read on its program "Writers on the Air."  [...]
  • Free upload to Ingram/Spark

    In celebration of NaNoWriMo’s writing challenge and writers everywhere... Publish your book FREE with Ingram/Spark until 3/31/2020 You [...]
  • Submit ideas for workshops

    At the November 2019 GCWA meeting, we asked what workshops people would like to attend.  The following are current requests for workshops. [...]

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.