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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.


Check out our CALENDAR and the updated Speakers for 2014

Meet your 2014 board members here.


Our photo pages are now on FaceBook.

The winners of the GCWA 2014 Writing Contest are listed here.

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Writers' Upcoming Events

check the CALENDAR and EVENTS for more


Short Story to Movie Contest sponsored by The Other West Coast Motion Media productions. Deadline July 30, 2014.

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest - a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00. Postmark deadline: July 31, 2014.

The Firehouse Community Theater in LaBelle, FL announces the Second Annual Clarence "Bud" Jones Playwriting Competition. Deadline August 1, 2014. [details]

2014 Writer's Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards. Early-bird deadline: August 1, 2014.

Patrick Crissy is looking for members who are iterested in attending the Writers Digest Conference in NYC as a group, August 1-3, 2014.

Florida Authors and Publishers Association Fall Ed-U-Conference 2014 is coming to Pompano Beach, FL, August 8-9, 2014. [details and registration] [flyer]

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]

Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards. Early-Bird Deadline Sept. 15, 2014. [details]

Brilliant Flash Fiction Finish the Story contest, Deadline September 15, 2014.

Sign up for a table (before August 11) at Fall For the Arts at Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers, FL, October 18, 2014, 10AM - 3PM.

Shelf Unbound Magazine Launches Third Annual Contest to Discover the Best in Self-Published Books. Deadline October 1, 2014

Fall for the Arts at Alliance for the Arts, October 18, 2014, 10AM - 3PM. Contact Alice Oldford, aoldford@yahoo.com, for a table.

The 3rd Annual Sarasota Book Fair will be held at Art Center Sarasota, FL, October 25, 2014, 10AM - 3PM. Contact Brenda Spaulding. [flyer] [application]

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]


Memory, Motive and Method: A Workshop on Writing, at FGCU Herald Court Centre, Punta Gorda, FL, July 10, 17, 24, 31, 1 -3-PM

Great Danger: Building Suspense in Fiction, free progam by Ken Pelham at the Mid-County Library, Port Charlotte, FL, Monday, July 14, 2014, 6PM.

Will Powell will host a free six-week Creative Writing Class at North Fort Myers Recreation Center, Mondays, July 14 through August 18, 2014. [See calendar for more information]

email Lisa Ashley if you are interested in taking her CreateSpace and Word for Writers classes at a new location.

Fall classes in Memoir writing at Edison College in Punta Gorda, Mondays, October 27 through November 17, 2014, 1 - 2:50PM. [See calendar for more]


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

If you are interested in a short freelance job writing about Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte for a reale estate website contact Randi Thorton.

Fatinia Research, an e-publisher in Fort Myers, FL is looking for a writer interested in the world of finance and investing.

The Florida Baptist Witness online news is looking for someone with a sense of news who is open to blogging, shooting video, and using social media in addition to writing stories for FBW's print edition. [details]

New Direct Mail Magazine in Punta Gorda is looking for a part time writer/content coordinator to help put the magazine togeter. [details]

Joanne Tailele, President of Marco Island Writers is looking for authors to do online interviews on her blog. [details]

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

The Ft. Myers Magazine is looking for illustrators to publish their work with GCWA's contest winners this summer. Contact Judy Loose or Pat Janda.

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

SCENE Magazine in Sarasota is looking for stories for their June, July, and August issues. [details]

Robert Messier robert.messier77@yahoo.com, of Marco Island Writers is looking for science fiction/fantasy writers to help him brainstorm his next novel.

Aquarium by the Ocean: a Literary Journal is a new online daily publication seeking high-quality poetry and flash fiction. www.aquariumbytheocean.com

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.

Would you like to Blog on a regular basis for a Naples Realtor? Contact Susan Sanderson 239-821-2370.

Aquarium by the Ocean: A Literary Journal is launching March 2014 and will publish high-quality poetry and flash fiction. It aspires to be one of the few publications that publishes original poems and short stories on a daily basis.

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 todayandyesterday@laughingfire.com

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.

Book Stores [and more]

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Announcements & Good news

See our Good News page for more.

Joe Pacheco's poem, Where Were You on July 20, 1969, was published on Your Daily Poem.

Members who missed the June meeting please fill out a survey of interest for a digital workshop in January or February, 2015. Save the file [doc] or [pdf form] and email it to Alice Oldford.

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."

The Janus Code by J.C. Ferguson (Judy Loose) has been selected as a finalist in Adult Suspense Fiction for the FAPA President's Awards.

Recipes and Life by Alice Oldford has been selected as a finalist in Home & Garden by the FAPA President's Awards.

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.
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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?

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.

Patty Duncan would like to form a critique group of Playwriters/Screenwiters to meet in Fort Myers, Estero, or Cape Coral. 239-541-2617

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, Ft Myers

Carl Megill is looking for people from the 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.]

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

Marco Island Writers newsletter.

Pine Island Writers Events Page

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

Send you books and bios for posting on our website.

Recent updates to our pages

New Members. We have a record number of members after February' meeting - 226.

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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