Joe Pacheco on NPR

Our April 7th broadcast today on NPR WGCU was a great success and in my opinion one of the best group poetry programs I’ve ever heard or participated in.

The poets and poetry were superb and the moderating by John Davis was masterful. I recommend you share the link below with your family and friends.

Poetically yours,
Joe Pacheco

This year, AUP is offering three-week Creative Writing courses in July, which may be of interest to members of Gulfcoast Writers Association. Our workshops offer participants the opportunity to write and share creative nonfictionpoetry or fiction in a workshop-style format working with our accomplished faculty members, Siân Dafydd, Biswamit Dwibedy and Amanda Dennis.

For every course, participants have the choice of enrolling for university credit or just for audit at a reduced price. Visit our website for more information or to apply for Summer 2022. There, participants can also learn more about our housing options and optional cultural excursions that can help enrich their experiences even further.

September 2022

Speaker: Arielle Haughee
Topic: Crisp Up That Prose!
September 17, 2022, 10 a.m. to Noon

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

What’s Stopping Me From Being Happy?
by Lisa Ellis

What's stopping me from being happy?Identifying blocks and learning new coping skills to assist you with your new journey to true happiness.

Do you truly know what makes you happy?

Are you feeling like you are stuck on a treadmill and not going anywhere?

Are you tired of repeating your same old story?

Needing clarity with relationships, finances or work?

Lacking the confidence, you need to move forward?

Are you feeling the need to let go of your old baggage?

Is it time to find new direction in your life?

If you’ve answered “YES” to any one of these questions, this book is for you! This book has various tools to assist you in clarity and releasing what is no longer serving you.
Happy Reading ox

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Lisa Ellis

Lisa EllisLisa Ellis, owner , operator of Boost Your Health Wellness Center.

Lisa has spent more than 2 decades assisting not-for-profit organizations and developing programs for personal and professional enhancement.

Lisa is proud to announce, her new book  “What’s Stopping Me From Being Happy?”
Now on sale!

She has assisted individuals with self-esteem challenges, overcome employment barriers and demonstrate the value of building bridges toward a healthier community through life skills coaching.  Lisa applies interaction and thought provoking messages to guide an individual toward self-discovery and self-awareness. Each step increases confidence through a personalized program enabling participants to explore new opportunities with clarity.

Clarity is the key to unlocking potential and recognition of personal drivers. Understanding and leveraging personal drivers can have a substantial positive impact on motivation and collaborative energy in our lives.

Lisa Ellis, Author of “What’s Stopping Me From Being Happy?”

Bilingual Facilitator (English or French).

Certified Life Skills Coach ~ Reiki Master/Teacher ~ NGH Certified Hypnotherapist ~ Energy Facilitator ~ Ancient Black Pearl Technique ~ CCMBA (Complete Cellular Mind Body Alignment) and so much more..

Lisa’s book

I’m Michelle, a member of the team over here at Reedsy. Thanks for submitting your writing contests to us. I’m happy to let you know that we’ve chosen your contests (GCWA Writing Contest, and GCWA Youth Writing Contest) as some of our best writing contests of 2022! Congratulations 🙂

We don’t allow just anyone onto our list, so we’ve created a little badge for the contests we select:

Best Writing Contests of 2022, recommended by Reedsy

Kateí buk’erá yará? : What do you see there? (Zemi Learns Borikenaíki)
by Ell Maldonado

what do you see there

Maldonado — I am Hungry

Dak’agáma jámu: I am Hungry (Zemi Learns Borikenaíki)
by Ell Maldonado

I am hungry

Finding Zemi’s Song (Zemi Learns Borikenaíki)
by Ell Maldonado

finding zemi's songZemi is a coquí frog living in Puerto Rico. One night, when he goes to sing, he can’t! His song is nowhere to be found! With the help of his friend Alida, Zemi travels to El Yunque to find Atabey- the Taíno cemí matriarch and mother of all living things. Will she be able to help Zemi regain his ability to sing?

Ell Maldonado

Ell Maldonado
Ell Maldonado is a two-spirit author and educator living in Florida with their family. Ell is passionate about teaching the Tainonaíki language and helping to teach others the Taíno culture. Ell is also a tribal member of the tribe Arayeke Yukayek.