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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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Tuesday, May 26, 2015 is the next workshop meeting at the North Port Library, 1:30pm -3:00pm.

Next Comedy Writers and Humorists Wanted meeting will take place Wednesday, May 27th at 6 p.m. at the home of author Ronnie Walter. please bring 3-4 double spaced pages of original comedy material to read. Remember to RSVP by email at carlmegill@msn.com or thier facebook page.

Writer’s Digest is proud to present the 23rd Annual Self-Published Book Awards, the premier competition for self-published authors. $8000 prize! Deadline June 1st, 2015.

Tuesday June 2nd, at 11:00 -1:00 is Punta Gorda library on West Henry Street. There you can join a small group of local writers who help each other improve our writing.

Springfield Writers' Guild 22nd Annual Poetry & Prose Contest, open on June 15 and will run until September 15. Details found at: http://www.springfieldwritersguild.org/.

North Street Book Prize is $6000! Submit your book online or by mail with a $50 entry fee. Categories accepted include Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction. Enter by June 30 at winningwriters.com/north

Legacy Press is accepting entries for a contest, for completed novels in adult fiction, set up in honour of Luke Bitmead. His debut novel was the first novel Legend Press published but he sadly died shortly after the novel was published. The award has been set up by his mother in partnership with us to support and encourage the work of struggling writers, and is the UK’s biggest prize for unpublished authors.
Closing: Submissions open 1st May until 1st August.
Prizes: A publishing contract with Legend Press and a £2,500 cash bursary.
Entry Fee: £10 per entry to support the prize.
Competition Page: http://www.legendtimesgroup.co.uk/legend-press/365-luke-bitmead-bursary

The Firehouse Community Theatre of LaBelle, announces Third Annual Playwriting Competition, welcomes full-length, previously unpublished plays, written by authors with a Southwest Florida connection. $25 fee, Deadline August 1, 2015.
For information and forms www.firehousecommunitytheatre.com or phone 863-675-3066.

Annual FAPA Convention August 7-8. See website for registration details and hotel accomodations. http://www.floridapublishersassociation.com

YRI stands for "You wrote it, You read it". PeaceRiver.CenterforWriters@fsw.edu hosts a monthly pot-luck & reading group. $20/members and $40/non-members, per session. Send a message to Debra Fewell to be added to the mailing list for locations and time.

The GCWA Classics Reading Group meets the first Monday of February, April, June, August, October and December, at 6:30 at the Marriott, Fairfield Inn across from Barnes and Noble on U.S. 41. We have two openings for 2015. Please contact Richard Georgian if you are interested in joining this group. The book for June is “Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov.

Flying South 2015 Writing Contest, deadline May 31, 2105.

Writer's Digest Annual Conference July 31 - August 2, 2015

FAPA Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, August 7-8, 2015.

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


Peace River Center for Writers monthly workshop for writers of all levels and styles has been cancelled until November. They meet in the Charlotte Room, O-116, at FSW State College (formerly Edison), 26300 Airport Rd, Punta Gorda, FL. [more on calendar]

Creative Writing-Self Publishing Course at the Cape Coral Arts Studio, Mondays, August 3—September 21, 2015, 6:30-8:30PM. (no class Sept 7) Contact instructor Barbara Taylor Sanders.

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): 


New Online Literary and Art Magazine “805”a new, online literary and arts journal published by the Manatee County Public Library — is looking for submissions.

Ghost writer wanted — True story of a child shot in a drive-by shooting. Contact Toyetta at simpsontoyetta@gmail.com

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.

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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Announcements, Good news,
and Critique Groups

See our Good News page for more.

Joe Pacheco's poem on the Baltimore crisis is featured today on the Bardball website. Click the link if you're interested.

Jess Fisher has published a new book of short stories, Shorts for the Beach.

Vi Niggl and Lisa Batch were interviewed by Lisa Greenberg on Fox 4 News at the Reading Festival.

Mike Fuller wrote an article, Four Paws on the 5th, about the Naples event, Cars on the 5th, which benefits the charity, St. Mathews House.

Tim Jacobs and Patti Brassard Jefferson have started the Gulf Coast Bookstore for local authors at the Butterfly Estates, Fowler St., Fort Myers.

Jennifer Christiansen's picture book, Saucy’s Taste of Paris, is available for pre-order on Amazon at a special price.

Marsha Perlman held a book launch party at CW Fudge Factory in Matlacha, Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 7-9PM

The Buffalo Irish Times published a few articles by Joseph Martin in thier February/March edition.

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.

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 signed 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. 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


[See our Good News page for previous announcements about our members.]


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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 website@gulfwriters.org


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