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.
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 (below)
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
I don’t recall exactly when I sold my first article, but it was sometime in the 70’s. Since then, I have written and consulted for Woodcraft magazine, Classic Auto Restorer, Thousand Trails Campgrounds, World MAP, the Methodist Churches of Cuba, Ten Tables Restaurant, the Equation Gallery and Restaurant, and many more.
Having spent the last 7 years on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, I am living now with my wife in southwest Florida. JackDunigan.com is a site in process.
Meeting: October 20, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Zion Lutheran Church,
7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers, FL 33919
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 2019 Writing Contest Coming soon
See the list of 2018 winners and their works.
Third annual Indie Author Day
The third annual Indie Author Day will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018. The event will be hosted at the Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, FL, from 9 am until 1 pm during its weekly Greenmarket. This event is free but must register.
Tables will be provided. See details under EVENTS.
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!
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 email@example.com.
- My latest book "10 Adventures . . ." won a gold medal from Florida Authors and Publishers Association in the Sports and Recreation category.
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.
If you are affiliated with a group that is hosting an event that is relevant to authors, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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If you are affiliated with a group that is hosting a writing contest, please send email to email@example.com.
- WOW! Women on Writing invites entries to its Fall 2018 Flash Fiction Contest. The honorable guest judge this season is Literary Agent Heather [...]
- Seeking creative nonfiction essays between 200 - 1000 words on any topic and in any style--from personal essay to lyric essay to hybrid and more! [...]
Announcements and Opportunities
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- Fort Myers Magazine publishes a selection of winning entries from the GCWA annual Writing Contest. Find a pickup location by following this link.
- Little Bitty Writing Space is an anthology of flash fiction (stories <1,000 words). It is open to all genres and all topics, and writers at [...]
Election of GCWA officers
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
GCWA members — send us your photos, your bios, your books to be listed on the website — email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com. No fancy ads, just listings for editors, illustrators, publishers, ghost writers, website designers, etc.