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.


A business meeting will be held at the September 21, 2019 meeting to elect a new Corporate Board Director.

Tom Nelson is leaving Florida and left his position on the Board.

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

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.

September 2019

Judy Loose

Wilson Hawthorne

Hawthorne is a television producer and writer currently residing in Cape Coral, FL. After attaining a writing degree in the early 1980’s, Hawthorne honed his production skills shooting, editing, writing, producing, and directing for a variety of local and national production entities and networks. His career has spanned hundreds of television commercials, documentaries, corporate videos, environmental projects, and feature film. Additionally, Hawthorne has worked as a sub-contractor for ESPN, The Travel Channel, USA Network, and the environmental activist group Greenpeace. He is an avid boater and outdoorsman, with a passion for nature conservation. Outside of television, Hawthorne has written and published five, full-length novels.

Topic: Where Does Inspiration Come From:

Where does inspiration come from? How do you tap into unfiltered creativity whenever you want? What is the true purpose of art in our society? Hawthorne will explore these and other related topics from his unique point of view as a documentary film maker and author who has studied them. His talk covers how to attain freedom from the mind’s machinations and cultural conditioning during a writer’s voyage upon the sea of creative process. Along the way, Hawthorne will share the secrets of a revolutionary approach to accessing the source of creativity only practiced by a handful of humans, but available to humankind for at least the last 6000 years.

More speakers.

Next Meeting: September 21, 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

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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.

  • Creative Writing Class

    Barbara Sanders four-week creative writing class starts Thursday, September 19, from 3 to 5 p.m. Lake Kennedy Senior Center, 400 Santa [...]
  • Marketing Seminar for Authors

    Many authors want to know more about how to promote their book and get more sales. ABC Books 4 Children & Adults, Inc has some answers for [...]
  • Sleuthfest 2020

    Sleuthfest 2020 Registration Opens September 1! Early registration discount ends January 5th, 2020 – standard registration runs until March [...]

Writing Contests

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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.