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The Gulf Coast Writers Association provides a forum for fellowship, education and information among writers in the community. We promote writer welfare and spirit by encouraging members and others to pursue writing for pure joy or for compensation, whichever purpose better gratifies the individual.


Check out our CALENDAR and the updated Speakers for 2014

Meet your 2014 board members here.


Our photo pages are now on FaceBook.

The winners of the GCWA 2014 Writing Contest are listed here.

(Are you looking for Mississippi Gulf Coast Writers Association?)  

Writers' Upcoming Events

check the CALENDAR and EVENTS for more

Broadsides: Poetry Off the Shelf will be held at the Foulds Theatre, Alliance for the Arts, Thursday, April 17, 2014, 7PM. Limited edition prints of the broadsides will be available for purchase.

WriterAdvice Flash Prose Contest 750 words or less. Deadline April 18, 2014.

GCWA's Tim Jacobs and MIW's Lisa Wroble will appear on CSPAN's Book-TV on April 19, 2014, 11:45AM.

FAPA President's Book Awards recognizes book publishing excellence and creativity in design, content and production for North American authors and publishers. Deadline May 1, 2014.

Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Deadline May 1, 2014

The 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition is now open to submissions. Up to five $35,000 fellowships are awarded annually. Deadline May 1, 2014.

2014 Flash Fiction Contest Pikes Peak Branch National American Pen Women. Deadline May 1, 2014.

Chatter House Press Mini-Memoir Essay Contest for Women. The topic for the essay is "Success On My Own Terms." Deadline May 2, 2014.

Poetry at the Jacaranda Library in Venice Florida, May 15, 2014, 6:30 PM, and every third Thursday thereafter.

FWA Southwest Poetry & Short Story Mini-Conference at Woodmere Park, Venice, FL, Saturday, May 17, 2014, 8:30AM to 4PM. See calendar for more information. [flyer]

The London Magazine’s Poetry Competition 2014 opens on May 1, 2014, deadline June 30, 2014.

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest - a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00. Postmark deadline: July 31, 2014.


Hands-On Writing with Jeannette Batko, Wa-Ke Hatchee, 16760 Bass Road, Fort Myers, FL. Tuesdays, March 4 through April 15, 2014, 9 to 11AM.

FGCU 2014 Classes taught by Lisa Ashley in Punta Gorda
CreatespaceMarch 6, May 8, 2014, 1-3:30PM
Word for Writers & everyone else May 15, 2014, 1-3PM
Microsoft Word – intermediate – the next step May 22, 2014, 1-3PM

Prose Writing Workshop at Edison College, Punta Gorda, Room E-120 – March 29, 10AM to Noon. Contact Dour Gouck to register. See calendar for more information.

FGCU class by Robert Taylor will offer the four week series "Non-Fiction and Other Lies: Writing the Stories in Your Life." Thursdays, 10 AM to Noon starting April 3, 2014, at Harold Court, Punta Gorda.


The Ft. Myers Magazine is looking for illustrators to publish their work with GCWA's contest winners this summer. Contact Judy Loose or Pat Janda.

Charlotte Harbor Writers is looking for volunteers to read in retirement homes, schoold, and other locations. [see details]

SCENE Magazine in Sarasota is looking for stories for their June, July, and August issues. [details]

Veterans Park Academy for the Arts in Lehigh Acres will be hosting a Young Authors Conference for our 6th grade students on May 12, 2014. They need presenters who are storytellers, illustrators, and authors to join them for the day. Contact Tracy Duval at TracyLD@leeschools.net 239-303-3003

Robert Messier robert.messier77@yahoo.com, of Marco Island Writers is looking for science fiction/fantasy writers to help him brainstorm his next novel.

Aquarium by the Ocean: a Literary Journal is a new online daily publication seeking high-quality poetry and flash fiction. www.aquariumbytheocean.com

Florida Radio Talk Show Host Nancy Gaskins is seeking authors for interviews. [details] http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nancygaskins

Fort Myers Middle Academy is planning an AVID parent night in February. They are looking to have a local author visit with students and parents during the evening. They would also likely purchase a number of copies of the author's book (middle school appropriate) to give to the attending students.  If interested, please contact Bob Scallan at FMMA at 936-1759 or bobls@leeschools.net.

Meet the Author at Punta Gorda Library every Tuesday from October 1, 2013 through March 25, 2014, 10am to 1pm. Sign up for your table with Alison Layne, Librarian Supervisor,
941-833-5459. More information on our calendar.

Ellen Knoud, Young Adult Programming Director for Charlotte County Library System, is putting together a program for teens 12-18, which will include a writing workshop. If you can contribute help or ideas contact Ellen at 941-613-3193 or ellen.knoud@charlottecountyfl.com.

Are you interested in giving a workshop or speaking to creative writing students at Mariner High School in Cape Coral, FL? Contact Jennifer Christiansen.

Breeze Newspapers are looking for resumes and clips from writers in Lee County. [contact]

Mystery woman seeks ghost writer for autobiography. Send resume letter of interest to: P.O. Box 62025, Fort Myers, FL 33906.

Sanibel Captiva online newspaper will launch in mid-December. Looking for writers to cover two meetings on Captiva and five preview stories each month. Journalism experience is not required if you are a strong writer and can interview others for stories. Contact Shannen Hayes, Publisher, shayes@cantivachronicle.com and include three writing samples.

Would you like to Blog on a regular basis for a Naples Realtor? Contact Susan Sanderson 239-821-2370.

Aquarium by the Ocean: A Literary Journal is launching March 2014 and will publish high-quality poetry and flash fiction. It aspires to be one of the few publications that publishes original poems and short stories on a daily basis.

Laughing Fire Press is accepting submissions for its new digital quarterly international literary journal, Today & Yesterday. They are looking for quality writing that examines contemporary or historical socially-relevant subject matter, Contributors will be paid for their work. Please either query or send your submission to todayandyesterday@laughingfire.com

Always wanted to teach? Share your knowledge at FGCU Renaissance Academy.

Midlife Collage is looking for submissions. They run weekly, online writing contests for a cash prize.

Book Stores [and more]

[See our Events page and CALENDAR for more events, contests, and announcements.]


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Announcements & Good news

See our Good News page for more.

PRCW's Douglas Houck has published a new book, Energy & Light in Nineteenth-Century Western New York.

Rev. Benny E. Anthony will be the featured author at the Punta Gorda Library, May 27, 2014, 10AM.

Meet the author Joe Pacheco at the South County Library in Estero, April 17, 2014, 2PM.

Tim Jacobs's article about the small cable hut on Sanibel was published in the Santiva Chronicle.

Rev. Benny E. Anthony has published a new book, Through the Eyes of a Rooster.

Lorraine Walker Williams's poem Bird in Flight can be read on bucketoloty.net.

Carol Kennedy will be speaking at Women of Grace Community Center in North Fort Myers, Saturday May 10, 2014, 10AM.

Gary McLouth's poem Starstruck is published on bucketology.net

Mary Guay had an interview, March 25, 2014, on WELW Radio from Cleveland about her book Climate Change: Our Children Are in Danger.

Cyndi Anthony will be the featured author at the Punta Gorda Library on April 22, 2014. She has just published her sixteenth children's book.

Joyce (jd) Daniels first novel, Through Pelican Eyes, was published in March by Savvy Press.

Lorraine Walker Williams is writing a column for the Santiva Chronicle called Poetry Place.

Ruben Colon died peacefully March 4, 2014. Ruben was a lifetime member of the GCWA and he thoroughly enjoyed every meeting. Ruben’s obituary can be found here.

Mary Guay's article "Fifty Shades of Green to Save Your Life and the Planet" will be in the April e-newsletter of T. Colin Campbell, PhD.'s Nutritional Studies at Cornell University.

Delores Burton had a book signing and talk about "What is Mathematics and the Common Core?" at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island, FL.

Lorraine Walker Williams celebrated the release of her new book, Split Poems, with a Selected Reading at the Sanibel Library.

Jeri Magg has sold 2000 books. Ninety-three people attended her presentation at Seven Lakes.

Cheryl Abney has published a sequel to “Belle of the Glades.”

Bob McCarthy published an eBook on “Collaborative Blogging.”

Geva Salerno had a book launch party at The Edison Restaurant to celebrate her new book Center of Gravity.

Tom Miller published a new book, Irish Short Stories: The Druids. The cover is by Doug MacGregor.

Don Kahrmann published “Haiku.”

Jane Sweeney published “Caregiver: My Love Story.”

Laura Nonemaker’s new “Secret Garden” book has been released.

Mary Guay spoke on Climate Change at a class at FGCU. She is available to speak locally on Climate Change and actions individuals can take to reduce their carbon footprint.

The Punta Gorda Herald published a full-page writeup by reporter Al Hemingway about Writers Read on Feb. 15. 2014.

Lorraine Walker Williams won First Place Poem, Artists Embassy International and did a reading at the Palace of the Legion of Honor. She won Third Place and 1st Honorable Mention in NLAPW Portland Branch in January, 2014. Women's Voices of the 21st Century published 3 of her poems and National League of American Pen Women Press: Spirit, Peace and Joy Anthology published one poem in December, 3013.

Read the article about Jeri Magg and her book, Historic Sanibel & Captiva Islands: Tales of Paradise, written by Tim Jacobs in the Santiva Chronicle.

Nita DeWeese has published her first book, Stories Through Stained Glass.

Jeanne Meeks's mystery/adventure for women, RIM to RIM-Death in the Grand Canyon, has been nominated for a Lovey Award for Best First Novel. The nomination entitle her to speak and participate in author panels at the Love is Murder Writer's Convention in Chicago.

Joe Pacheco's Poem, NRA Sermon on the Mount, was published online at The New Verse News.

Interested in joining a new critique/writing group?

Children's book authors critique group forming for Lee and Collier counties first Wed. of each month. First meeting at South County Library, Estero, FL, April 2, 2014, 9-11AM. Contact Lisa Batch.

The Southwest Florida Branch of National League of American Pen Women would like to invite published writers to consider joining. Contact Lorraine Walker Williams for more details.

Patty Duncan would like to form a critique group of Playwriters/Screenwiters to meet in Fort Myers, Estero, or Cape Coral. 239-541-2617

Kid's Stuff, a critique group for writers of children's books, meets the second Saturday of the month, 10AM - Noon, at Edison College, Punta Gorda, FL, Room O-116.

Hunter Leake is interested in either joining or starting a critique group for creative non-fiction writing. email: hleake3@gmail.com

CC Writers Critique Group in Cape Coral is looking for two or three new members. Contact Patty Westbrook, patriciawestbrook@comcast.net.

Jeannie Greider jagfiction@aol.com is interested in members who write mystery/suspense and fiction. She wants to meet either Wednesday at 10:00 or Saturday at 11:00.

Bob Martin mrobert168@aol.com is part time and he has an interesting idea. He would like a group of memoir writers who are also part time. They would correspond by Skype when they are away and get together when they are here in Fort Myers.

Tom Miller author of “Irish Short Stories” started a new writer critique group for, poetry, short stories, letters to editors, etc. It will be held on Friday’s from 10am to 12pm at Congregational Church:  8210 College, Ft Myers

Carl Megill is looking for people from the Charlotte Harbor/Punta Gorda area who are interested in a Comedy Writers and Humorists Wanted group.

Anyone interested in joining a discussion group on the English novelist Barbara Pym can contact David Hauenstein for details.

[See our Good News page for previous announcements about our members.]

Peace River Center for Writers website address has changed to http://www.peaceriverwriters.com

Revised Marco Island Writers newsletter.

Pine Island Writers Events Page

Send you books and bios for posting on our website.

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Recent updates to our pages

New Members. We have a record number of members after February' meeting - 223.

New membership applications can be found here.

If you are interested in joining a critique or reading group, check the critique group page for possibilities

We have some new member's poetry on our Poetry page and a new story on Prose. We need members' new contributions on the Prose and Poetry pages.

See our calendar here. Members can sign up to add their own events. Contact webmaster.

We now have 80+ members bio's and their books posted on the website. If you would like to add your books and bio, contact webmaster.

Charlotte Harbor Writers group is encouraging all local authors to connect and network with them as part of a communication portal through which events and meetings can be shared. For more information about signing up, please contact Paul Holmes by email or by phone at (941) 833-3337.

Peace River Center for Writers website address has changed to http://www.peaceriverwriters.com/

Amazon's guidelines for Kindle self publishing can be found here. They are also listed under Publishing/Self Publishing and Publishing/Marketing.

Top Websites to Promote Your Book for Free also listed under Publishing/Marketing.

FacebookTim Jacobs created a Facebook page for Gulf Coast Writers Association. It is a good way to network. Members can post about their book signings and other good news and comments. Search for the page (Gulf Coast Writers Association Fort Myers) and click “Like.” Direct Link (There is another Gulf Coast Writer's Association in Mississippi - be sure to look for Fort Myers)

Members please send all news, events, etc. for the website to jcloose@looselinks.com


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