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 many 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.


February President’s Letter
January President’s Letter
December President’s Letter — Irene Smith

Meet your GCWA 2021 officers.
Tina McNeice has left the Board of Directors and is replaced by Carol Kennedy

Send your suggestions for speakers or topics at meetings this year to Bob McCarthy.

Recording of May’s meeting with Kathleen Sweeney can be obtained by contacting Christie Zarria.

Presentation slides for March 2021 meeting with DL Havlin can be obtained by contacting Christie Zarria.

Handouts from February 2021 Panel Discussion

Handout from Eric Simmons January 2021 Presentation–
Getting Your Book Into Libraries

Handout from Rebeca Seitz October 2020 presentation

Handouts from Bob and Judy’s 2019 presentation on Self-Publishing

Legal handouts from Anne Dalton’s November 2019 Presentation

Presentation slides from Charley Valera’s October 2019 Presentation

Submit your ideas for Workshops

Visit our new page for Blogs, Podcasts, and Webinars for writers.

Interested in joining a new critique or reading group? [list of current groups]


GCWA Writing Contest Winners

GCWA May 2021 Meeting

Speaker: Kathleen Sweeney
Topic : How To Create Professional Looking Images to Market Your Books and More with Book Brush
May 15, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Kathleen SweeneyJoin Kathleen Sweeney from Book Brush for a fun live walk-through of the Book Brush tools. Get ready to embrace the marketing side of writing & see why authors say Book Brush saves them both time and money! Learn how easy it is to use Book Brush to create your own eye-catching marketing images for all things social media. Plus explore video effects, create Box Set images, design your own book covers, animation and more! Kathleen will share handy tips & tricks along the way and have time for Q & A, too.
Bio: Kathleen is the Manager of Marketing and Customer Service at Book Brush. She has over 19 years of client service and business assurance experience. She thoroughly enjoys working with authors and helping them create eye-catching images. She lives in central Illinois with her husband and three busy boys. Her hobbies include reading and turning socks right side out.

The page to register for additional free sessions: https://bookbrush.com/book-brush-demos/

GCWA and Affiliate Organizations attend FREE
Others $5 per meeting. Pay for Zoom with PayPal here.

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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 the coming year. Dues are payable from Fall until January 31 and are good through the end of 2021. 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: