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. 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 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.


Join GCWA or renew your membership now. Dues cover your membership until January 2024!

Members, sign up to read your work at our monthly meetings, poem, essay, or short story–3 minute/500 word limit. Three-reader limit per meeting, first come, first served. If slots are filled you can schedule for a future meeting.  Contact president@gulfwriters.org.

Meet your new 2022 Officers.

GCWA 2022 Writing Contest Winners

Irene Smith, President letters
January 2023 President’s Letter
December 2022 President’s Letter
November 2022 President’s Letter
October 2022 President’s Letter
September 2022 President’s Letter
August 2022 President’s Letter
June 2022 President’s Letter
May 2022 President’s Letter
April 2022 President’s Letter
March 2022 President’s Letter
February 2022 President’s Letter
More President’s Letters

Send your suggestions for speakers or topics at meetings this year to Programs Officer.

Clarissa Thomasson January 2023 presentation [PDF]

December 2022 No Meeting (Holiday)

November 2022 No Meeting (Holiday)

October 2022 Speaker cancelled due to Hurricane Ian

Lucy Tobias September 2022 Handout#1 & Handout#2 [PDF]

Mary Lou Williams’ August 2022 [PDF] Handout for Workshop

Slides from Charley Valera’s July 2022 presentation [PDF]

Susan’s Grunin’s PowerPoint presentation June 2022

DJ Kristoff’s PowerPoint from April 2022 meeting [PDF]

Angelina Assanti’s Presentation from February 2022 meeting [PDF]

The TED Commandments from Claudia Volkman’s November 2021 meeting.

Geneva’s Prompts for Writing from September 2021 workshop.

Members can obtain recordings of our meetings by contacting Christie Zarria.

More handouts from past meetings.

Submit your ideas for Workshops

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

Interested in joining a critique group? Fill out the Critique Group Request Form and we’ll get back to you. Visit our Critique Group page.

Speakers Page

February 2023

Speaker: Molly Jebber
Topic: Let’s Talk Agents, Publishing, and Marketing
February 18, 2023, 10 a.m. to Noon

In person and Zoom meeting

Location: Map
Word of Life Church
6111 South Pointe Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33919

Molly will provide what to have in place before you acquire an agent and/or publish.  She’ll share what editors and agents expect and are looking for when they consider acquiring your work in today’s market.  She’ll also give us marketing tips she’s found successful.

Molly Jebber is a best-selling and award-winning author.  Her Amish Historical Romance books have made Publisher’s Weekly Best Ten List, USA Today, and have been in featured interviews on newspaper sites, and popular magazines across the U.S.  She’s a national speaker for Women’s Christian Connection.  She has served as a keynote speaker for writing conferences, and as a guest lecturer at libraries and events across the U.S. on writing, publishing, and marketing.  Molly just signed a contract with Sony Pictures/Pureflix to make a movie of LIZA’S SECOND CHANCE.  She loves God, her family, and friends.  She says yes to cupcakes, and no to coconut!

Visit http://www.mollyjebber.com for her full book list, new releases, speaking events, and her Sony/Pureflix Liza’s Second Chance movie updates!

March 2023

Speaker: Arielle Haughee
Topic: Crisp Up That Prose!
March 18, 2023, 10 a.m. to Noon

In person and Zoom meeting

Arielle HaugheeLocation: Map
Word of Life Church
6111 South Pointe Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33919

Crisp Up That Prose! – Tight writing is a necessity for attracting agents and editors as well as keeping readers interested. In this workshop, we’ll discuss frequently used fluff words, strategies for cleaning up sentences, and bad habits that can make prose cumbersome. We’ll utilize three strategies–cut, replace, and trim down–to make your writing as efficient as possible. Bring some of your writing that needs revision for a hands-on portion of class. You’ll leave with easy strategies to use in your writing and an editing checklist to help you spot fluff.

Arielle Haughee (Hoy) is a six-time RPLA-winning author and the owner of Orange Blossom Publishing. She is an editor, speaker, and writing coach, and was previously the Executive Vice President and Marketing Chair for the Florida Writers Association. She was honored with the President’s Award from FWA in 2020, and in 2021 Pling’s Party was awarded Children’s Book of the Year. Her press, Orange Blossom Publishing, publishes books about love, humor, and wellness for women and children. She is currently taking submissions for romance, women’s fiction, young adult, and nonfiction of interest to the female audience. More information at orangeblossombooks.com.

*Arielle is presenting via  Zoom; however, like usual, we are meeting in person and on Zoom.

More Speakers

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Others $5 per meeting. Pay for Zoom with PayPal here.

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