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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.


GCWA 2015 Writers Contest October 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014
The winners of the GCWA 2014 Writing Contest are listed here.

Check out our CALENDAR and the Speakers for 2014/2015


Our photo pages are now on FaceBook.

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Writers' Upcoming Events, Contests,
Classes, and Opportunities

check the CALENDAR and EVENTS for more

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

Tom Miller's Critique Group resumes December 1, 10, & 17, 2014, 10AM to noon, at the Congregational Church, 8210 College Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL. Contact Tom Miller is you are interested.

Sanibel Island Writers perform their works at Big Arts, Thursday, December 11, 2014, 7:30-9PM.

Sandman Books Local Writers Event, 16480 Burnt Store Rd, Punta Gorda Florida, Saturday, December 13, 2014, 12 to 4PM.

Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition. Deadline December 15, 2014

Eckerd College Writers' Conference, St. Petersburg, FL, January 17-25, 2015, deadline for registration December 17, 2014.

The Heritage Writers Group, meets on the 4th Monday, (Dec 22, 2014), 10:0AM, in the craft room at Heritage Oak Park, Quesada Ave, opposite the Port Charlotte, FL YMCA. Visitors welcome. [see calendar for more]

GCWA 2015 Writers Contest October 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.

Dream Quest One Poetry and Writing Contest, postmark deadline December 31, 2014.

The Florida Book Club at Sandman Books, Punta Gorda, FL. January 8, Februry 12, March 12, April 9, 2015, 7PM.

Digital Workshop, Build Your Own Website, lead by Joe Jacobson of Words and Writers, January 31, 2015. Registration Form.

Author Tables Available at Rio de la Paz Festival, DeSoto Campus, SFSC, Arcadia, FL. February 15, 2015. [see calendar for details]

Essay contest for college students and young writers. Deadline February 15, 2015

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]

Southwest Florida Reading Festival, March 21, 2015.

Storytellers Conference & Expo, Authors and Screenwriters, March 21-22, 2015.

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


Prose Writing Workshop, Sept 20, Oct 11, Nov 8, Nov 22, 2014, Jan 10, 2015, 10AM-Noon, Room E120, Florida SouthWestern State College (Edison), Charlotte Campus, 26300 Airport Rd, Punta Gorda, FL. [see calendar for more information]

Hands on Writing Workshop with Jeannette Batko, Wa Ke Hatchee Recreation Center, 16760 Bass Rd, Fort Myers, FL, Wednesdays, October 15 through November 18, 2014, 10AM to Noon. For reservations call 239-424-3765. Lee Memorial SHARE Program. [see calendar for more info]

The Nort Port Library will begin a Novel Writing Course in November with an introduction October 15, 2014. Contact Janis Russell at 941-861-1307 to register.

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]

Poetry of Witness class by Dorothy Howe Brooks, Four Thursdays beginning October 30, 2014, 10AM to Noon.


Jacobs Writing Consultants is looking for a ghost writer. Details here.

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.

[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.

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.

Carl Megill's play You're Never Too Old will be playing in October at Cultural Park Theatre in Cape Coral.

The Buffalo Irish Times published two of Joe Martin's ariticles in their 3rd Quarter - "Passing the Torch" and "The Flight of the Gaels."

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:
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.

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.

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."

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.
[more information]

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.

Interested in joining a new critique/writing group?

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]


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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 November meeting - 217

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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