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 2014 Writing Contest open for submissions. Deadline December 31, 2013.
Our photo pages are now on FaceBook.
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ommunity’s Next Meeting
There is no meeting in December.
January 2014 Speaker: Mark Wayne Adams
Mark is CEO of Mark Wayne Adams, Inc. and serves as VP of Communication for the Florida Authors and Publishers Association.
Mark has illustrated over thirty children's books in six years winning numerous children's book awards. An unexpected reward in his publishing journey has been public speaking. Whether at professional organizations or elementary schools, Mark offers valuable insight, inspiring presentations, and a voice that reaches audiences across the United States.
January 18, 2014, Zion Lutheran Church
Time 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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riters' Upcoming Events
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 aand 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, email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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,
Ryan Deiss's Kindle seminar, Orlando, FL, December 6-8. Tickets are $297 but Jennifer Fitzgerald has them for $75. Three-day seminar on how to write quickly, self-publishing, and marketing for Kindle. Call Jennifer at 239-822-8510.
The PRCW Writer's Breakfast will be held at 9:00 am on Saturday, December 7th, at the Wyvern Hotel, 101 E. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, in the Lulu Dining Room on the 1st floor. There is no charge, just the cost of your breakfast.
Arts & Crafts Event, Island Market, Isle of Capri, FL, December 7, 2013, 10AM to 4PM.
Writer's Picnic at Bayshore Live Oaks Park, Port Charlotte, FL. Bring your books, meet other writers, get your picture in the local papers. Sunday, December 8, 2013, 2-5pm. RSVP to Paul Holmes email@example.com if you plan to attend.
Open Mic will be held on Monday, December 9th, from 6:30-8:30 P.M. at Center Stage in Fisherman's Village, Punta Gorda, FL. Read or recite poems, essays, short stories, skits, radio plays, or anything else you've written. Singer-songwriters are invited to perform their original works. Listeners are welcome, too!
Arts-in-the-Glades holiday shopping sale in Everglades City, FL, December 14, 2013.
Kid's Stuff will meet on Saturday, December 14th, from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. in Room O-116. This is a critique group for aspiring and established writer's of children's books.
Read Around Florida is a fun adult reading program where adults read books of their choice by Florida authors or with a Florida theme and submit a brief review of each book. Each review that is submitted is an entry into a drawing for an iPad2! Deadline December 16, 2013. [more]
The PRCW Writers Tea will meet on Tuesday, December 17th, from 1:00-3:00 P.M. at the Port Charlotte Library, 2nd floor, near the Cultural Center. You are invited to attend and share some of your poems, stories or personal memoirs. Please bring a snack to share. Tea will be provided.
Prose Writing Workshop will be held on Saturday, January 11th, from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. in Room E-120, Edison State College, Punta Gorda, FL. The workshop will focus on writing the memoir, short story, novel, or work of non-fiction and preparing it for publication. Please contact Doug Houck at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Dream Quest One Poetry and Writing Contest is requesting submissions. Deadline January 16, 2014.
FGCU 2014 Classes taught by Lisa Ashley in Punta Gorda
Marco Island Writer's 2nd annual AuthorFest will be held March 8, 2014. Contact Joanne Tailele if you would like to participate.
Southwest Florida Reading Festival March 15, 2014.
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 email@example.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.
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.
Interested in joining a new critique group?
nnouncements & Good newsSee our Good News page for more.
Jess Fisher won two book awards from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association for his novel Desire - Gold for Humor and Silver for General Adult Fiction.
Chuck Wood two time winner of the Naples Players playwriting competition, 2005 & 2013, and the winner of the Firehouse Theatre (LaBelle) CBJ Memorial Playwriting Contest 2013 for Up Close From a Distance.
In August Jeanne Meeks published her mystery/adventure about a novice backpacker whose trek across the Grand Canyon turned into a nightmare, RIM TO RIM-Death in the Grand Canyon.
Marsha Perlman had two poems accepted for the anthology Women's Voices of the 21st Century: Experiences that Shape Women.
Mary Clarity of PRCW has published her book, Old Salt: Tales from Childhood, A Kings Point Cadet, A Fascinating Naval Career, which is her husband's story.
Laura Nonemaker's second book in her children's series, God's Secret Garden Series, was released in November. She is doing a "Blog Tour" and prize giveaway.
Joyce (jd) Daniels book of poetry SAY YES was put on the Cedar Rapids Gazette Best Seller List this past summer after a reading at Prairie Lights Bookstore.
PRCW's Robert Taylor has published his book Hardship Post. The manuscript won First Place in the Royal Palm Literary Awards for unpublished memoir.
Joyce (jd) Daniels and Marjorie Carlson Davis announce the release of Issue VI of Prairie Wolf Press Review with a wonderful selection of poetry and prose by talented writers from around the world.
Patrick T. Crissy's new book Interference Volume 1, is now available on Kindle.
The Gulf Coast Live broadcast of Joe Pacheco's new poetry book, Sanibel Joe's Songbook, is available here.
Phil Jason wrote a review in the Florida Weekly for Rayne Golay's novel, The Wooden Chair. Florida Weekly - Rayne Golay
Lew Knickerbocker's novel, The Earth Endures, is now available through the Library of Congress Talking Book program for persons who are unable to use standard print. The audio book was produced by Florida Bureau of Braile and Talking Books. Lew's book, Jockey on a Crocodile, is in line for future production.
Don Dawkins' new book, Oddbit: Sons of Monsters was just released on Kindle.
Obituary for Paul Nonemaker, Jr., Laura Nonemaker's husband. Memorial service on Friday, September 27 at 2pm, First Assembly of God Church.
Carmine and Dorayne Lobardo's new musical The Studio will have a word premier at the Cultural Park Theatre in Cape Coral during their 2013-14 season. It will be directed by Michael Moran, Executive Director of the theatre.
Violet Niggl is the "cover girl" for The Seniors Blue Book for Southwest Florida in their September-December 2013 issue.
Just published September 1, 2013 - My Life at the Marshfield Hills General Store by Sherry Campbell Bechtold.
Crossing the River, an article in the Charlotte Sun about PRCW, by John Perlot.
The Naples Daily News will run a piece by Joseph X Martin entitled "The 9/11 memorial in New York City," in September.
Dorothy Howe Brooks' new collection of poetry, A Fine Dusting of Brightness, is available from Aldrich Press and Amazon.
The Fort Myers News Press will run Joseph Martin's "Senior Moments" as a guest edittorial sometime in September.
Buffalo Irish Times will publish a three part series by Joseph X. Martin entitled "Buffalo's Southern Island" in its next three issues.
Peace River Center for Writers website address has changed to http://www.peaceriverwriters.com
Amy Williams has written kind words about Joe Pacheco and his Songbook in the News-Press.
Judy Loose's new novel The Janus Code by J.C. Ferguson is now available on Amazon.com.
Michelle James has the opportunity and unique privilege of traveling to South Africa on her first ever missions trip in September. She will be assisting a team of 18 other companions from her church, First Assembly Ministries.
Laura Allen Nonemaker's two new books, Fred D's Amazing Escape and Catie's Secret will be available August 2013.
Cheryl Abney received an honorable mention in the Firehouse Players Competition for her entry Coin-cidence at the Hendry House. She also had a write-up in the Calusa Belle News for her book Belle of the Glades.
Carmine and Dorayne Lombardo's new musical The Studio will be world premiered at the Cultural Park Theatre in Cape Coral during their 2013-2014 season. It will be directed by Michael Moran, Executive Director of the theatre.
Dr. Carol Kennedy will be Christian Educators Faces presenter, September 26-27, 2013 at Daytona Beach.
The Buffalo News published Joseph X. Martin's op-ed on a humorous approch to "senior moments."
Michelle James was interviewed by Becky Green, host of her own blog talk radio show.
Jeanne Meeks' short, slice-of-life story, A Kind Word, won first place in Midlife Collage contest in July. Her stories Eternally Yours, Robert and Home Run are now available on Amazon.
Robert D. Peterson's new novel, The Syndicate's Church, has been published and is available through Amazon or the Sanibel Island Book Store. It will be followed this fall by his next novel of a series, Deniable Justice, about Robert Link, an ex-government assassin.
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.
November Marco Island Writers newsletter.
Recent updates to our pages
Read A Children's Fairy Tale, the October 2013 progressive story by Carla Webb, C Kay Best, Patti Jefferson, and Laura Nonemaker.
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
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/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
GCWA 2013 contest winners:
First Place - Jan Nieman, "My German Pen Pal"
Second Place - Carmine Lombardo, "Love in the Lily Pad"
Third Place - Denise Holbrook, "A Christmas Song"
First Place - Gary McLouth, "The Big Tree"
Second Place - Patricia Sheehy, "I Just Want to Know"
Third Place - Martha Jeffers, "Cole's Barn"
First Place - Joan Heller Winokur, "The Bridge"
Second Place - Mary Beth Lundgren, "Study in Gray"
Third Place - Alan Coulter, "Dear New York Times Best Selling Author"
first time guests – free
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