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.
Meet your 2014 board members here.
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The winners of the GCWA 2014 Writing Contest are listed here.
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April 2014: Poetry Month
Speakers: Poets Carol Drummond, Jim Gustafson,
Time 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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riters' Upcoming Events
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.
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.
nnouncements & Good newsSee 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?
[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.
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
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 email@example.com
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except workshops & March Awards Meeting