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.
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?)
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Check out the new listing of members' Blogs and Websites.
Programming Survey: Members please fill out survey and return it by email, snail mail, or bring it to the next meeting.
October meeting will be a mini-workshop on Critique Groups.
Time 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
|Members - Free Non-members - $5.00
Membership application & information
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riters' Upcoming Events
The annual Joyce Henderson Contest of the Southwest Florida Romance Writers is open for submissions through Sept. 1, 2014. Finalists from the first round go to editors from Random House, Penguin, Sourcebooks. [details]
2014 Writer's Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards. Deadline: September 2, 2014.
Marco Island Writers meet at Marco Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive, September 10, 2014 at 6PM. [see newsletter for more]
Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards. Early-Bird Deadline Sept. 15, 2014. [details]
Brilliant Flash Fiction Finish the Story contest, Deadline September 15, 2014.
GCWA September meeting, September 20, 2014, 10AM, at Zion Lutheran Church. [more]
SCBWI, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Bootcamp Launching into Picture Books at Marco Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Dr., Marco Island September 27, 2014
Shelf Unbound Magazine Launches Third Annual Contest to Discover the Best in Self-Published Books. Deadline October 1, 2014The New Smyrna Beach Book Festival, part of Beach Weeks, October 4th & 5th, 2014
Fall For the Arts at Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers, FL, October 18, 2014, 10AM - 3PM. (GCWA tables are Sold Out)
Pikes Peak Writers invite you to submit workshop proposals for the 23rd Annual Pikes Peak Writers Conference to be held April 24-26, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. please submit your workshops by October 31st, 2014. [details]
The London Magazine's prestigious short story competition opens September 1, 2014. Deadline October 31, 2014.
NANOWRIMO stands for National Novel Writing Month challenges you to write a novel in 30 days. November, 2014.
NinjaEssays Writing Contest, Deadline November 1, 2014.
The 2014 Florida Book Awards Competition, coordinated through Florida State University Libraries, is open for submissions. Deadline December 1, 2014.
The Charlotte Harbor Writers, with the support of The Arts and Humanities of Charlotte County will hold the first Charlotte Harbor Book Festival on February 22, 2015, 9AM to 2PM, at History Park in Punta Gorda, FL. [application]
Peace River Center for Writers website address has changed to http://www.peaceriverwriters.com
Marco Island Writers newsletter.
nnouncements & Good newsSee our Good News page for more.
See Marsha Gordan's online interview on Joanne Tailele's blog.
Joseph Martin's Op-Ed, "The Left Turn People," was published in the News Press in July. In September the Buffalo News will publish his piece, "You can't go home again."
The Italian Cultural Society of New York has invited John and Nancy Petralia to speak and sign copies of Not in a Tuscan Villa at the Garibali-Muecci home on Staten Island, Sept. 13.
2014 FAPA President's Book Awards:
Patrick T. Crissy was presented the "Key to the City" of his hometown Hornell, NY for his contribution to the city in his book Interference.
August 20 Patrick Crissy will speak on "Tough Love for Writers" to the ABC authors in Sarasota, FL.
Joe Pacheco's poem, Where Were You on July 20, 1969, was published on Your Daily Poem.
Tom Conti has published his first book, My Cross to Bear. It only took him two and a half years. It takes a lot longer for some of us.
The Buffalo News published a new op-ed by Joseph Martin, "Reading - A Magic Carpet Ride."
Art Poems 2014 has been published and is available on Amazon. Several of our members are contributors.
Joan Heller Winokur's new book, The Sand Recognizes My Footprints, has just been released by Aldrich Press.
Lew Knickerbocker's novel, Jockey on a Crocodile, has been selected by the Library of Congress Talking Books on Tape program for inclusion in its library.
Bob Lerew, writer, poet, valued member of GCWA, passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014. He will be missed.
Karen Auriti's novel LEARNING TO WALTZ (published under her pen name, Kerryn Reid) received an excellent review from the Historical Novel Society.
Tim Jacobs is this weeks guest interview on Writing Under Fire, Joanne Tailele's blog. Check it out.
The Buffalo Irish Times published two of Joe Martin's articles and the first installment of a third piece in their last two editions - A Bunch of Squatters, My Father's Boots, and The Senator's Place (part I).
John and Nancy Petralia's book, Not in a Tuscan Villa, is now an Amazon BESTSELLER.
Carol Kennedy was keynote speaker at the annual Women of Grace Luncheon in North Fort Myers, FL.
Lorraine Walker Williams's new book Split Poems was reviewed by The National League of American Pen Women
Judy Loose was featured author at the new Fort Myers Downtown Library, South Building, talking about her book The Janus Code (by JC Ferguson).
Tim Jacobs appeared on CSPAN's BookTV in April 2014. Check it out here.
PRCW's Douglas Houck has published a new book, Energy & Light in Nineteenth-Century Western New York.
Rev. Benny E. Anthony was the featured author at the Punta Gorda Library.
Meet the author featured Joe Pacheco at the South County Library in Estero in April.
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 was the speaker at Women of Grace Community Center in North Fort Myers.
Gary McLouth's poem Starstruck is published on bucketology.net
Mary Guay was interviewed on WELW Radio from Cleveland about her book Climate Change: Our Children Are in Danger.
Cyndi Anthony was the featured author at the Punta Gorda Library. 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.
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.
Interested in joining a new critique/writing group?
[See our Good News page for previous announcements about our members.]
Recent updates to our pages
New page — Members' Blogs and Websites. Sixty plus members listed.
New Members. We have a record number of members for this time of year. After August meeting - 190+
New membership applications can be found here.
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
first time guests – free
except workshops & March Awards Meeting