Come visit the Shell Factory and meet your local authors,
October 17, 2020 from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm.
Shell Factory & Nature Park
2787 N. Tamiami Trail
N. Fort Myers, Florida 33903
Authors who want to participate in the book signing, please read the author letter below.
Shell Factory Author Letter 2020
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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.” Organizers are looking for funny or family-friendly content.
Sign up at 2:30 p.m. The show airs live at 3:00 p.m. After the show, a participating visitor who reads may be eligible for a three-minute author interview that is posted on the “Writers on the Air” Facebook page.
The public is invited to:
Common Grounds Meeting Hall
12735 Tamiami Trail
North Port, Florida
next door to WKDW 97.5 FM radio station in the Springs Plaza.
For more information, contact Linda at Lschell2@verizon.net and visit the Writers on the Air page on Facebook.
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
- Fictional character development — adding dialogue, “show” vs. “tell”
- Selling your book — marketing and publicity
- Better Writing
- Revision. Saying more with less. Rewriting your prose. Did you say that already?
- Revision and rewriting your poetry. When in doubt leave it out.
- How to conduct a successful oral presentation. Can you hear me? Yes?
- Marketing one’s self as well as your new book. A Total Plan.
- How to use the new technology on your cell phone, tablet and PC. Is this thing on?
- Creating a good press kit, business cards, book marks, postcards for promotion. Say what?
- Ways to get unstuck when you have writer’s block. Don’t give up yet.
- Memoir Writing Workshop. You don’t have to tell your entire life.
- Prompts for writing poetry. Getting started. Yes, you can write a good poem!”
We will 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.
WANTED: Volunteer Tech for non-profit radio station WKDW 97.5 FM open mic radio show, “Writers on the Air” on Sundays in North Port at 12735 US 41 South between 2:00-4:00. Will train. No experience necessary. More than three techs needed so slot can be shared. Details: Linda 941-223-1262
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Elderly gentleman in South Fort Myers (close to Alico Road) looking for a ghost writer to help him write his memoir.
If interested, email Schwfs@yahoo.com
Book Signings Opportunities
at Southwest Florida Military Museum and Library in Cape Coral
The Southwest Florida Military Museum and Library would like to invite authors from Gulf Coast Writers Association who have written military related books to hold book signings at their facility. Charley Valera, author of My Father’s War and GCWA member, recently held a book signing at that facility with great results and non-stop activity. The museum is located at 4820 Leonard Street, Cape Coral, Florida 33904. You can find out more about book signings at the Military Museum by emailing
Missi.lastra@veterans-Foundation.org or calling the Museum at 239-541-8704.
Charley Valera will discuss his recent book signing at the upcoming “The Pitch, One Sheet, and Promoting Your Book” workshop on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at the Southwest Florida Military Museum from 10:00-12:00.
A quarterly publication called New Authors Journal, started in 1992, provides new authors with the opportunity to have their work published for the first time. Amazon’s POD service makes it possible for New Authors Journal to continue publishing.
They are seeking submissions for inclusion in the upcoming issue of New Authors Journal. Contributing authors will receive a free copy of the issue in which their work appears. Additional copies can be purchased directly from Amazon.
Contact: Mario V. Farina