2011/12 — Tom Nelson

Dear Members,

Just a few more days until our November 19th meeting at Zion Lutheran Church at 10am.Remember, we will be using Room 108, which is behind the main church sanctuary.

Our November guest speaker is Sid Simon, Master Storyteller, who will address us on how narrative and story telling can be used to enliven writing. A renowned author and speaker, this will be an entertaining and informative morning.

Last months speaker, Suzanne Barr, related her experiences in writing over twenty novels as a ghostwriter for a New York Times best selling author. A lively Q&A session followed. We thank her for sharing the time with us.

On October 22nd, 20 authors represented GCWA at the Alliance for the Art’s fall festival at the amphitheater grounds selling 59 books. Five GCWA authors made 22 sales at Faith Lutheran Church’s Fall Book Fair on Nov 5th.

Coming Special Events: Ken Feeley.

*Saturday, December 3rd will be the next exciting event for our members. Bell Tower Shops will host the Gulf Coast Writers from 10am to 4pm on the concourse of the shopping area in a book signing event called, Meet the Authors Day. Ken Feeley, Special Projects, advises that over 30 members have signed on for half and full day tables. The day will allow authors time to present their published works as well as interact with the public in a festive pre-Christmas setting.

*Now is the time to be perfecting your stories, poems and scriptwriting for GCWA annual writing contest with entries closing January 31, 2012. Check out details on www.Gulfwriters.org.

*Our application has been filed for the Southwest Florida Reading Festival in March at the Harbor Side Center. Extra tables and spaces have been procured to accommodate additional Gulf Coast Writers for this popular book event. See Ken for sign up.

*Tentative arrangements are being made by Ken Feeley for a new writer’s workshop Feb 11 or 25. More info to come.

A nominating committee for 2012 officers is in place. Be advised that we will be filling a number of Board positions. Those interested in running please contact Larry Stiles, Chair. 239 369 7719.

Lastly, remember there is no December meeting of GCWA.

See you Saturday.

Tom Nelson, President

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