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.
GCWA has a new reciprocal membership agreement with Marco Island Writers.
Our photo pages are now on FaceBook.
(Are you looking for Mississippi Gulf Coast Writers Association?)
ommunity’s Next Meeting
June Speaker: Ben Bova
Dr. Bova is a frequent commentator on radio and television and a widely-popular lecturer. Earlier, he was an award-winning editor and an executive in the aerospace industry. Ben Bova’s novel, TITAN, has won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best science fiction novel of the year 2006. [more]
Topic: 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Writing
Ben Bova says "The question, 'Am I writer?' is irrelevant. The real question is, do you want to write? Writers write. You get up every morning and hit that keyboard. You get the words down and build stories." [more]
June 15, 2013, 10 am - Hodges University
Time 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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riters' Upcoming Events
The Art/Poems events are over for the year but you can see the artwork and poetry at www.artpoems.org.
Kid's Stuff meets at Edison College, Punta Gorda, June 8, 2013, 10am.
Copperfish Books and The Orange House Wine Bar invite you to a gathering for book and wine lovers at Copperfish Books, 1205 Elizabeth Street, Punta Gorda, FL, Monday, June 10, 2013, 6pm.
Comedy Writers and Humorists Wanted, Cape Coral Library, 921 SW 39th Terrace, Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 6pm. See Calendar for more information.
Pine Island Writers invite you to an Evening of Mystery with Annamaria Alfieri, June 17, 2013, 7-8:30 P.M., at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 7771 Stringfellow Road in St. James City, $5 fee.
Writing Workshop at FGCU Punta Gorda, Course #HC0533, Successful Writing and Self-Publishing, Series fee $30. Thursdays 10 - 1:30am, June 20, 27, July 11, 18.
Lunch and Learn at FGCU Punta Gorda, Series fee $15, learn writing for newspaper, newsletters, magazines and websites. Bring a brown-bag lunch. Thursday June 20 & 27, Noon to 1pm.
Do you have a song to share about our natural environment? Entries sought for CHNEP Song Contest. Deadline August 1, 2013.
Jeanette Batko will be teaching ‘Hands on Writing for Seniors’ at Health Park and also at the new N. Ft. Myers Share Club starting after September. Dates are to be announced in August 2013.
Call for Submissions: Shelf Unbound book review magazine announces the Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Independently Published Book. Deadline September 10, 2013.
Call for Submissions: Maine writer seeking personal essays and poems on grief/grieving for loss of person, pet, of figurative "loss" of some to Alzheimer's - anthology in progress. Deadline Sept 30, 2013. [more]
Midlife Collage is looking for submissions. They run weekly, online writing contests for a cash prize.
GCWA 2013 contest winners:
The winners will be published in the Ft. Myers Magazine summer edition and later on the GCWA website.
nnouncements & Good newsSee our Good News page for more.
Connie Hope has a column in the Lehigh Acres Gazette called Cooking by Connie.
The front page of the May 29,2013 Florida Weekly features the article about GCWA by Glenn Miller.
Always wanted to teach? Share your knowledge at FGCU Renaissance Academy.
Carmine & Dorayne Lombardo’s children’s book Love in the Lily Pond was read to 7 elementary classes – 5th grade at Hancock Elementary and six 3rd grade classes at N. Ft. Myers Academy of the Arts.
Jan Nieman is the new Columnist for the Lehigh Acres Gazette. You can find her column at Humor by Jan Nieman. She would love to hear your comments.
Gillian Birch has published her 5th travel guide, Days Out Around Fort Myers, available at Amazon.
Gerald Peterson’s op-ed piece was published in the Ft. Myers News Press on May 6, 2013.
Paul Holmes will be given a Charlie Award on June 6, 2013, for services to the Arts and Humanities.
GCWA reached a new high of 204 members in April.
Interested in joining a new critique group?
Carmine and Dorayne Lombardo are pleased to announce the release of our newly published children's book, LOVE IN THE LILY POND.
It's Published! Cheryl Abney's book, Belle of the Glades, is live on Amazon and iUniverse.
Paul Holmes' book, A Handbook to Heaven & a Guidebook to the Other Place, is now available on Amazon and at Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda.
Carol Kennedy's book A Taste of Chocolate for the Soul will be presented at Christian conference in June.
An article about GCWA by Glenn Miller from a Florida Weekly "EXTRA" supplement.
Thanks to the Lehigh Gazette for posting a complete listing of our Saturday meeting in their online newspaper.
Read the newsletter from Arts of the Inland.
Marco Island Writers newsletter.
Recent updates to our pages
Read the Serial Poem Creative Inspiration read at April's meeting - By Joan Winokur, Dan England, Lorraine Walker Williams, and Larry Stiles.
Read Lessons Learned from Pat Washington's Poetry Month presentation.
The poetry readings from April's meeting can be seen here.
We have removed the members only login pages from the website. Financial, minutes, and critique group information can be found on the Aboutus page.
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.edison.edu/charlotte/peaceriverwriters/
Tim 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 email@example.com
first time guests – free
except workshops & March Awards Meeting