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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.

 


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Writers' Upcoming Events, Contests,
Classes, and Opportunities

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Children's writers, contact Lisa Batch if you'd like to share a table at the SWFL Reading Festival, March 21, 2015.

Marco Island Farmers Market, Wednesdays, November 12, 2014 through April 22, 2015. Contact Joanne Tailele, President MIW, to sign up for a table.

ArtPoems stage presentation at Big Arts, Schein Hall, Sanibel FL, February 27, 2015, 7PM.

Spring Forward Writer's Week with Laura Lee Smith at Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin, FL, March 2-8, 2015.

Marco Island Author Fest, Wed. March 4, 2015 from 3:30-7:30 p.m. at Marco Center for the Arts. AuthorFest Registration

ArtPoems Gallery showing at Arts for ACT, 2265 First St, Fort Myers, FL, March 6-28, 2015, 7PM. Opening Reception March 6, 2015, 7PM.

Writer's Breakfast at IHOP in Punta Gorda, FL, March 7, 2015, 9AM

FAPA Spring Conference--Social Media: Branding. NOVA Southeastern University, 4850 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL. Saturday, March 7, 2015, 12-5PM

The Friends of the North Port Library will hold a book fair at 13800 S. Tamiami Tr, North Port, FL, March 8. 2015, 11AM to 4PM.

Open Mic at Center Stage in Fisherman's Village, Punta Gorda, March 9, 2015, 6:30-8:30PM.

Writer's Digest Annual Conference, New York City, July31-August 2, 2015. Early bird registration March 9, 2015.

Writer's Tea, Port Charlotte Florida Library, 2nd Floor, March 17, 2015, 1-3PM

The Florida Book Club at Sandman Books, Punta Gorda, FL. March 12, April 9, 2015, 7PM.

Calling all Poets young and old. Southwest Florida Poetry Contest deadline March 15, 2015.

Evening with the Authors, Marina at Edison Ford, Fort Myers, FL, March 20, 2015, 6PM.

Southwest Florida Reading Festival, March 21, 2015.

Storytellers Conference & Expo, Authors and Screenwriters, Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport. March 21-22, 2015. Free Pitch Fest Boot Camp Friday evening, March 20.

GCWA Annual Meeting, Election of Officers, and GCWA Writing Contest Awards. March 28, 2015, 10AM

Venice Book Fair and Writers Festival, Centenial Park, Downtown Venice, FL, March 28, 2015, 10AM-3PM.

Submissions for The Masters Review wanted. Deadline March31, 2015

2015 Sanibel PoetryFest at the Sanibel Library, April 1, 2015, 3PM.

Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards, EarlyBird Deadline, April 1, 2015.

ArtPoems stage presentation at Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL, April 8, 2015, 7PM.

Pikes Peak Writers Conference to be held April 24-26, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Children's Book Fair at the Farmers' Market, Downtown Bradenton, FL, April 25, 2015, 9AM to 2PM. [see calendar for details]

FAPA President's Book Awards Deadline May 1, 2015

Writer's Digest Writing Competition, EarlyBird Deadline, May 4, 2015

Sandhill Writers Retreat at Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, FL, Saturday, May 16, 2015, 9:00am-5:30pm

EssayMama Writing Contest, deadline May 25, 2015.

FAPA Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, August 8-9, 2015.

Speculative Fiction Conference in Orlando, FL, September 25-27, 2015

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS:

The Prose Writing Workshop, January 24th, February 14th, February 21st, March 14th, March 28th, and April 11th from 10:00 A.M. - 12 P.M.  Room E-120, Florida SouthWestern State College (formerly Edison), Charlotte Campus, 26300 Airport Rd., Punta Gorda, FL. Please contact  Douglas Houck to register.

Peace River Center for Writers monthly workshop for writers of all levels and styles. Thursdays, February 26, March 26, April 30, 2015, 4-5:30PM, in the Charlotte Room, O-116, at FSW State College (formerly Edison), 26300 Airport Rd, Punta Gorda, FL. [more on calendar]

Writing Poetry class taught by Dorothy Howe Brooks, a local published poet, to be held 4 Tuesday mornings from 10-11:50 a.m. beginning Tues. Jan. 27,  2015 at the LifeLong Learning Institute at Florida Southwestern College (formerly Edison College) on Airport Rd. in Punta Gorda. 
For more information or to enroll, call Fran Spevak at 941-637-3533 or email Dorothy Brooks.

Memoir 101 class, Artis Henderson, at FGCU Renaissance Academy at the Atrium at College & Winkler, Fort Myers, FL. February 9, 16, 23, and March 2, 2015 from 1:30 to 3PM. [see calendar for details]

Workshop for Writers to be hosted at Bimini (Bahamas) Big Game Club Resort & Marina, April 23-26, 2015.

Irish online publication, Brilliant Flash Fiction, seeks submissions of stories 1,000 words or less. They also have a modest writing competition called "Finish the Story" (details on website): 

OPPORTUNITIES:

Naples Herald online newspaper needs writers to submit content.

Become a Literacy Buddy. Help a child learn. [Details]

Joanne Tailele, President of Marco Island Writers is looking for authors to contribute to "Tips from the Writer's Block" on her blog. [details]

The Lifelong Learning Institute in Punta Gorda is looking for an instructor to teach memoir and journal writing.

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

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

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

Sanibel Captiva online newspaper launched in mid-December, 2013. 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.

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

 

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Announcements, Good news,
and Critique Groups

See our Good News page for more.


Joe Pacheco had a poem published February 20, 2015, on The New Verse News.

Lorraine Walker Williams pulished a video poem, Seeking Shells, on YouTube and the Santiva Chronical.

Richard Georgian's new book, Georgian Rider Chronicles, has been released.

Anita Dennis's memoir, Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl and the African Chief has been published by Westbow Press.

Tim Jacobs will discuss his book, H.E. Heitman, Fort Myers Early Entrepreneur, at the Downtown Fort Myers Library, February 11, 2015, 10AM.

Joyce (jd) Daniels novella, Minute of Darkness and Eighteen Flash Fiction Stories, was released in January, 2015.

Joyce Daniels interview on Cozy in Miami.

Patty Westbrook's first poetry book is now available in paperback and Kindle at Amazon.

The Buffalo Irish Times published three of Joseph Martin's articles in their December Issue.

Jeri Magg signedd a contract with History Press for her second book, The Women Who Made History on Sanibel and Captiva. Due for release in the fall of 2015.

Listen to Tim Jacobs' interview on Author Connection Radio Show.

Nancy and John Petralia's book, Not in a Tuscan Villa, topped the Amazon Kindle bestseller list on November 4.

Jennifer Christiansen received a publishing contract for her young adult novel, Lyla's Song.

Carla Webb's new book, 4 Fairies in the Land of Nothing, is available on Amazon and Kindle.

You're Never Too Old, a play by Carl Megill played in October at the Cultural Park Theatre in Cape Coral, FL.

Chuck Highfield has published his third novel, Sanibel's Secret Bank.

Joseph Martin has four articles included in the online version of the Buffalo Irish Times.

Connie Hope's new book, The Bonnie Neuk Tea Room is available. [press release]

Sherri Campbell has published a new book, Autism: A Guide for Families.

2014 FAPA President's Book Awards:
J.C. Ferguson (Judy Loose) won a Gold Medal in Adult Fiction: Action/Suspense for The Janus Code.
Alice Oldford won a Gold Medal in Home and Garden for Recipes and Life.
Patty Brassard Jefferson won a Silver Medal Children's Picture Books for Stu's Big Party.

Check out the Santiva Chronicle online. We have at least five members writing for them: Bob McCarthy, Tim Jacobs, Lorraine Walker Williams, Jose Colon, and Ben Feldman.

Interested in joining a new critique/writing group? Looking for members for your existing critique group? Contact Bob McCarthy.

Friends of the Fort Myers Library is sponsoring a Writer's Critique group every Monday from 10:30AM to 12:30PM, at the downtown library, South Building, 1651 Lee St, Fort Myers, FL.

Playwriters/Screenwriters group meets twice monthly in Cape Coral. New writers welcome. Contact Patty Duncan.

Port Charlotte - Interested in a book club who read their own works or favorite works of others? They are looking for a few writers to join them. Contact Alan Hodgson.

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.

Kid's Stuff, a critique group for writers of children's books, meets the third Saturday of the month, 10AM - Noon, at Punta Gorda Library, 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, Fort Myers, FL. Contact Tom Miller is you are interested.

Carl Megill is looking for people from the Fort Myers/Cape Coral/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.]

 

Send you books and bios for posting on our website.

Book Stores [and more]

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

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

Marco Island Writers newsletter.

Pine Island Writers Events Page

Desoto Arts and Humanities Councel newsletter

 

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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 January meeting - 225

New membership applications can be found here.

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 100+ 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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