2012/1 — Tom Nelson

Dear Members,

After a holiday interruption, it will be good to see all of you back at Zion Lutheran Church for our first meeting of the New Year, Saturday January 21st.

Workshop meetings have always been popular at GCWA and Ms. Pat Nease’s topic of Humor in Writing promises to be a fun-filled, lively time. Pat comes to us from her home in Panama City, Fl and is a celebrated story teller, writer and public speaker who will enlighten us with tips as to how to spice up our own writing with the right touches of wit and levity. As a multiple winner of various liars’ contests, Pat should fit right in with some of our fellow writer friends.

Our normal GCWA agenda will be amended to accommodate this program. We encourage everyone to come early in time for your coffee and a 10:00(sharp) starting time. After a very few announcements, we will immediately start with Pat’s program. A light lunch will be served and we will conclude by 1:00 pm. For this workshop program a one time charge of $10 for members, $15 non-members and visitors will be charged.

The deadline of January 31 for submissions to the Gulf Coast Writers Annual Contest is fast approaching. See the website for details of genre and prizes. Guidelines and Entry Forms can be found at http://gulfwriters.org/contest/. Poetry, Fiction, Non Fiction and Script writers are all encouraged to participate. Either submit your entrees at the January meeting or mail by the 31st. Judging teams are in place, anxious to peruse your work.

Important. There are two changes to the March meeting; date and location. The date is changed to Saturday, March 24th to allow member s to attend the popular Ft. Myers Reading Festival at the Harbor Side Event Center on the 17th. The location for this month will be at the Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Road, a change due to a conflict with a meeting previously scheduled at Zion Church. The library is just “around the corner” from the church.

Future special events.Co-coordinator, Ken Feeley 992 2726.

Ken will be hosting a beginner’s writer’s workshop on February 25th.
GCWA table spaces are available for the March 17th Harbor Side event at $20/3hours, 10am to 1pm or 1pm to 4pm.
Watch for website information regarding opportunities for our members to talk with aspiring young writers at the Island Coast High School.

As always, check out the website www.gulfwriters.org for updates and news.

See you Saturday,

Tom Nelson, President

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