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.

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.

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

Where:
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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DSCBZSX

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.

triopetra beachThree Rock Writers’ Resort announces the opening of applications for its 2019 residencies. Situated in one of the most magnificent places of Greece at the south coast of Crete island, Three Rock in collaboration with Strange Days Books publishing offers a two-weeks low cost (or no cost at all) stay especially for writers. Full stipend will be offered to one project and half stipends (discount 50% from the regular cost) to 20 other projects.

See more attached.

Thank you for your support!

Kind regards

Costis Malousaris