Hi I’m April O’Leary and I’m reaching out to offer your writers something in this time of isolation due to COVID-19.

I am offering my spring Quick and Easy Book Writing Course free (discounted 100% off the $995 normal pricing) just as a way to give back to the local writing community. We’ll have a lot of fun together and hopefully, come out of this time with a book in hand ready to publish.

For more info go to www.olearypublishing.com/events. There is a Promo Code they can use to create the discount and get in free. If you have any questions reach out. I’d be happy to answer them. Have a great day!

April O’Leary

Founder, O’Leary Publishing
28089 Vanderbilt Drive, Suite 202

Bonita Springs, FL 34134

Southwest Florida Writers Conference Cancelled

It is with deep regret that we feel it is in everyone’s best interest to postpone the Southwest Florida Writers Conference (April 18, 2020)  until the danger posed by the coronavirus has passed. New cases are popping up here in Florida in the conference area. Our agents are from New York, an area severely hit by the virus. Flights from NY are already affected.

We are offering a refund to anyone that wishes for registration fees, one-to-one fees, and for the networking dinner that they have paid. If you do not request a refund they will be applied to the conference when rescheduled. It will also protect you from an increase in cost. Contact us if you request a refund.

We hope that when the crisis is over and a new date is set, possibly in April 2021 that you will attend.

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

Be sure to register for the 2nd annual (2020) Southwest Florida Writers’ Conference to get the discounted Early Bird rate. The price increases on January 15th. Scheduled for April 18th at the Port Charlotte Cultural Center, this huge 1-day event will offer 45 workshops, 2 masterclasses, and private sessions with the New York and Florida literary professionals. Last year’s event was so successful that many of the agents, editors, publicists, and marketing experts are returning to find new writers to represent. For more information go to:  www.southwestfloridawritersconference.com.
Program:   
One jam-packed day of writing possibilities featuring individual classes, discussion panels, and a special keynote speaker.
Date:       
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Location: 
Cultural Center of Port Charlotte, 2280 Aaron St, Port Charlotte, FL 33952

 

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.”  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.

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
  • 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.

We are looking for interested female writers to write stories for our flag football magazine called: Forward Pass Magazine.

We are a female sports organization that is international, who travels around the world to teach girls and women how to play flag football and we feel we have great stories to share with the public, but we lack writers.

We also would like to find stories that are related to girls and women that are not necessarily sports related but feminist related.

Our organization : International Women’s Flag Football Association, uses flag football to empower females. We have traveled to many countries around the world introducing this and last year I myself went to India to train the Indian women and women from Afghanistan. Today the Afghanistan women are coaching girls flag football in Afghanistan.

Here are some past issues of our Forward Pass Magazine to give you an idea of what we have done in the past. If you read the stories, most of them have been written by me and were not edited. We are looking to step up in the quality of stories for our next issue.

http://www.iwffa.com/iwffa-magazines/

If interested please contact Diane Beruldsen,  president and the founder of the organization. iwffa@iwffa.com

Pen AmericaGrants & Fellowships

Since 1963, the PEN America Literary Awards, Grants, and Fellowships Program has honored many of the most outstanding voices in literature across diverse genres, including fiction, poetry, nonfiction, children’s literature, translation, and drama. With the help of our partners, PEN America confers distinct grants each year to support writers and works-in-progress in diverse genres including translation, YA and middle grade writing, and oral history. PEN America also offers a robust national program of fellowships for emerging writers and writing for justice. In addition, PEN America provides community engagement funding to Members, writers, and allies to support activity around press freedom defense, the intersections of literature and advocacy, and the defense of free expression more broadly.

APPLICATIONS FOR GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS NOW OPEN

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Click here for information regarding PEN America’s Literary Awards.

Book Signing Opportunities

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
email: mario@mariofarina.com.