Branding and Marketing

November 20 @ 6 – 8 p.m. — Define Your Audience and Branding Yourself – $45
November 21 @ 6 – 8 p.m. — Social Platforms and Networking – $45
November 22 @ 6 – 8 p.m. — Marketing Materials and Events – $45
Attend all 3 sessions for $120

All attendees receive these bonuses:
30 minute one-on-one accountability call with Jenn Smith or Patti Jefferson
$5 discount on 365 Bright Ideas to Market Your Indie Books workbook
$5 discount on your nexe MyPubLab workshop


Telebration 2019

An afternoon of lively storytelling for the whole family. A magical day when tellers around the world celebrate the stories in all of us. Presented by the Tamiami Tale Tellers.
FREE Admission.

Saturday, November 23, 2019, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road
Fort Myers, Florida

FAPA2020 Book Awards Submissions

Each year the Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) sponsors the FAPA President’s Book Awards, which recognizes book publishing excellence and creativity in design, content, and production for authors and publishers. This year we have opened the competition from North America only to the English speaking world. We hope to encourage entries from all who share our complex and wonderful language.

Finalists are chosen by publishing professionals and librarians from both within and outside of Florida and are announced at the President’s Book Awards Banquet the first weekend of August.

2020 Submission Guidelines

  • Acceptable publishing dates for books submitted for the President’s Book Awards will be books published between January of the previous year and May of the awards year. Example: Between January 2018 and April 2020.
  • Books/eBooks must have a valid ISBN and include the year published within the book. eBooks may have an ASIN in lieu of ISBN.
  • FAPA membership is not required for entry.
  • Previous award-winning titles of FAPA President’s Book Awards may not be re-entered.
  • FAPA board members are able to enter books in the awards competition.
  • eBooks should be submitted in PDF format.
  • EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! Entries received before midnight January 15, will qualify for a $20 discount.

More Information Here

The Hudson comes to the Peace Southwest Florida Writers Conference
Saturday, April 18, 2020

For those who attended the very successful 2019 Conference you will be excited to learn that the organizing of the 2020 conference is well under way. The early bird registration ends January 1, 2020, and it’s coming fast. For the chance to sit down with a New York Publisher you need to act now, there is not much time left.
One jam-packed day of writing possibilities featuring individual classes, discussion panels, and a special keynote speaker.
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Cultural Center of Port Charlotte, 2280 Aaron St, Port Charlotte, FL 33952

Long trips & multi-day events not possible with your schedule or budget? Spare yourself the expense of a major trip. Attend a high quality event that brings quality presenters and publishing professionals to Southwest Florida. The conference is centrally located … a two hour drive for anyone in the primary service area. Reasonable hotel accommodations are available with blocks of rooms reserved. Conference registration is limited! Register early for discounts. See Flyer.

Writers Conference

  • Featuring literary agents & editors from NYC
  • Expert Faculty
  • Exposure to all writing
  • Choice of classes & panels
  • One-to-one sessions with faculty
  • Pitch your writing to agents

A special opportunity! – Have your writing reviewed or pitch your work to a publishing professional … including agents and editors from NYC. Submit your sample/pitch in advance and spend 20 minutes with someone who may aid you in your writing career.

One-to-One Sessions

Only for registered attendees! 1st pick of agents goes to 1st registered.

Next Steps… Watch for additional information

Registration fee includes: Your choice of class sessions, discussion panels, and workshops offered, keynote speaker, and your ability to schedule individual sessions with agents, editors and writing professionals. morning coffee, lunch, and dinner included in the registration fee.

For more information contact Brenda Spalding at


Writer's Digest Short Story

Show Us Your Shorts!

For 20 years, Writer’s Digest’s Short Short Story Competition has been looking for and shining the light on amazing short fiction. It’s that time again—we’re looking for writing that’s bold, brilliant and, most of all, brief.

Think you can write a winning story in 1,500 words or less? Send us your best stories and you could win $3,000 in cash, a trip to New York City for the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, and an interview for a feature article in our magazine.

Ready to be the next writer we spotlight? Enter by November 15 for the best price! Final Deadline December 16, 2019.

Hearts in the Sand

Sponsored by Southwest Florida Romance Writers

Bi-annual conference allowing writers to hone their craft and marketing skills
and network with industry professionals.
Enjoy nearby beaches & Florida sunshine

January 31 – February 1, 2020

Embassy Suites by Hilton
10450 Corkscrew Commons Dr,
Estero, FL 33928 (Naples / Ft Myers area)

More Info


Our play competition is searching for emerging playwrights. Hollywood has a long history of adapting plays and embracing playwriting talent.

Judges include: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights, an agent from Creative Artists Agency and more.

Seeking original stage plays!

We’re seeking to celebrate the craft of writing for the theater, and connect winning writers with career opportunities and participation in ScreenCraft’s thriving community of talented writers and mentors around the world.

Final Deadline is November 30th.

Click here to learn more.

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.

  • How to write a Query Letter
  • How to beat Writer’s Bock
  • MS Word tools, tricks, and formatting

We will also list any workshops scheduled by GCWA here. Also keep checking events, which include workshops from various writers organizations.

Please COMMENT below if you would like to add your suggestions for workshops.

If you are willing to help run a workshop, please include that information in your comment.

off the island
“Off the Island,” a special Sanibel Writers Conference event.  This year, as shown in the poster above, in lieu of the weekend conference, two events will be held on the FGCU Campus.  Gulf Coast Writers members are invited to attend free.

The North Fort Myers Public Library with the Lee County Library System is holding a Local Author Day on February 29, 2020 from 1 to 3 pm. Authors will have a chance to promote and sell their books. This is an indoor event.

The event is free for both writers and the public. Space is limited and invites will be sent out to the authors selected to participate by February 4th.

February 29th from 1 to 3 pm. Author set up and meet in greet starts at 12 pm.

North Fort Myers Library
2001 N Tamiami Trail
North Fort Myers, FL 33903

Join us in welcoming our local, independent authors. Have a chance to speak with the authors, purchase their latest books, and learn more about what inspires their work.

Deadline to submit application:
January 15, 2020

Event Space:
Two authors per table (6’ x 2’), 1 chair each.

The following survey acts as an application: