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March 2014: Annual Meeting, Election of Officers, and 2014 GCWA Contest Winners Awards
Time 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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riters' Upcoming Events
Carmine & Dorayne Lombardo, The Makings of a Musical, Fort Myers Downtown Library, March 12, 2014, 10AM.
Poetry Pod at the Englewood Art Center, 350 south McCall Rd., Englewood, FL, 10:30AM, March 14, 2014. See calendar for more.
Kid's Stuff for childrens writers, Punta Gorda Library, West Henry St, Punta Gorda, FL March 15, 2014, 10AM to Noon.
Southwest Florida Reading Festival March 15, 2014.
Calusa Heritage Day, Pineland (Pine Island), FL. March 15, 2014.
PRCW Moonlight Poetry Cruise on the evening of the full moon from 8:30 to 10PM, Sunday, March 16, 2014. See calendar for details.
Richard Georgian – Lecture presentation “The Art of Selling,” at Edison State College, Fort Myers, FL, Bldg "N" room 203, March 17, 2014 from 1:45 to 3 pm.
GCWA annual meeting and contest winners awards, Zion Lutheran Churh, 7401 Winkler Rd, Fort Myers. March 22, 2014, 10AM to Noon.
Story U workshop with Kim Weitkamp will be held at the Covenant Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall, 2439 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33901, Saturday, March 22, 2014, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Storytelling performance by Kim Weitkamp will be held at Peace Community Church, 17671 Pine
Ridge Road, Fort Myers Beach, Florida 33931, Sunday, March 23, 2014, from 3:00
Author Event at The Island Market, 324 Capri Blvd., Isles of Capri, FL March 29, 2014, 10AM to 4PM. Contact Angela at 239-389-5700. See calendar for more info.
Charlotte Harbor Writers annual picnic will be held at Bayshore Live Oaks Park on the bank of the Peace River in Port Charlotte, FL, Sunday, March 30, 2014, 2 to 5 PM.
Heart to Heart Publishing's Writer's Retreat at Amelia Island, FL March 30 - April 2, 2014.
Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Early bird Deadline April 1, 2014
"The other" Gulf Coast Writers "Let's Write" Literary Contest 2014 deadline April 10, 2014.
Art/Poems at Sydey and Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First Street, Fort Myers, FL, Friday, April 11, 2014.
Big Cypress National Preserve invites submissions for the Second Annual Poetry Contest. Participants are encouraged to explore the national preserve, and write about their experiences. Deadline April 14, 2014
The 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition is now open to submissions. Up to five $35,000 fellowships are awarded annually. Deadline May 1, 2014.
FWA Southwest Poetry & Short Story Mini-Conference at Woodmere Park, Venice, FL, Saturday, May 17, 2014, 8:30AM to 4PM. See calendar for more information. [flyer]
nnouncements & Good newsSee our Good News page for more.
Ruben Colon died peacefully March 4, 2014. Ruben was a lifetime member of the GCWA and he thoroughly enjoyed every meeting. Ruben’s obituary can be found here.
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.
Delores Burton will have a book signing and talk about "What is Mathematics and the Common Core?" at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island, FL, March 11, 2014, 5:30 to 7:00PM.
Lorraine Walker Williams will be celebrating the release of her new book, Split Poems, with a Selected Reading at the Sanibel Library, Wednesday, March 12, 3:00 p.m. [invitation]
Jeri Magg has sold 2000 books. Ninety-three people attended her presentation at Seven Lakes.
Cheryl Abney has published a sequel to “Belle of the Glades.”
Bob McCarthy published an eBook on “Collaborative Blogging.”
Geva Salerno is having a book launch party at The Edison Restaurant on February 26, 6PM, to celebrate her new book Center of Gravity.
Tom Miller published a new book, Irish Short Stories: The Druids. The cover is by Doug MacGregor.
Don Kahrmann published “Haiku.”
Jane Sweeney published “Caregiver: My Love Story.”
Laura Nonemaker’s new “Secret Garden” book has been released.
Mary Guay is speaking on Climate Change at a class at FGCU, Thursday, March 13. She is available to speak locally on Climate Change and actions individuals can take to reduce their carbon footprint.
The Punta Gorda Herald published a full-page writup by reporter Al Hemingway about Writers Read on Feb 15. 2014.
Lorraine Walker Williams won First Place Poem, Artists Embassy International and did a reading at the Palace of the Legion of Honor. She won Third Place and 1st Honorable Mention in NLAPW Portland Branch in January, 2014. Women's Voices of the 21st Century published 3 of her poems and National League of American Pen Women Press: Spirit, Peace and Joy Anthology published one poem in December, 3013.
Read the article about Jeri Magg and her book, Historic Sanibel & Captiva Islands: Tales of Paradise, written by Tim Jacobs in the Santiva Chronicle.
Nita DeWeese has published her first book, Stories Through Stained Glass.
Jeanne Meeks's mystery/adventure for women, RIM to RIM-Death in the Grand Canyon, has been nominated for a Lovey Award for Best First Novel. The nomination entitle her to speak and paricipate in author panels at the Love is Murder Writer's Convention in Chicago.
Joe Pacheco's Poem, NRA Sermon on the Mount, was published online at The New Verse News.
Artis Henderson's book, Unremarried Widow, was reviewed in The New York Times!
Read Santiva editor David Staver's excellent write-up about Tim Jacob's latest book Almost Home.
Joe Pacheco's poem Christie Hiawatha was published online at New Verse News.
Robin Montesano gave a PowerPoint presentation about health and the environment at the Punta Gorda Library reading room. Robin's book is Clues for the Cause, Questions for the Cure.
PRCW member Sharon Buchbider had a launch party for her new romantic thriller Obsession at Sandman Book Company, 16480 Burnt Store Rd, Punta Gorda.
Jennifer FitzGerald has published a new book, Killer Covers that Convert - 7 Simple Steps to Design Book Covers that Sell. She is giving away a free copy of 3 Secrets to Triple Your Book Sales and Make TONS of Money at her website, motherspider.com/cover-design/.
Robin Montesano did an interview with Jolisa Stewart on KDW Radio about her book, Clues to the Cause, Questions for a Cure.
A video trailer of Ileana Sisson's book, Seasons of Healing® When Your Relationship Ends- Practical and Spiritual Lessons for a Remarkable New Life is now available in YouTube.
Tim Jacobs latest book Almost Home is available at Amazon. It's Civil War history, a first hand account told by Sgt. Samuel Grosverer during his time at Andersonville Prison in 1864.
Artis Henderson held a reading from her newly-published book, Unremarried Widow: A Memoir, at the B&N in Fort Myers. She donated a portion of the book sales from that night to Hope Hospice.
Joe Pacheco had a reception and book signing of Sanibel Joe's Songbook at MacIntosh books on Sanibel Island, Monday, December 30, 4 to 6 P.M. Poetry reading will be accompanied by wine, cheese, and chocolate.
Robert D. Peterson's latest novel in his Robert Link thriller series, Deniable Justice, has just been published. This novel is a prequel to the first novel in the series, The Syndicate's Church.
Jess Fisher won two book awards from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association for his novel Desire - Gold for Humor and Silver for General Adult Fiction.
Chuck Wood two time winner of the Naples Players playwriting competition, 2005 & 2013, and the winner of the Firehouse Theatre (LaBelle) CBJ Memorial Playwriting Contest 2013 for Up Close From a Distance.
[See our Good News page for previous announcements about our members.]
Peace River Center for Writers website address has changed to http://www.peaceriverwriters.com
Marco Island Writers newsletter.
You can post your good news and events with CharlotteHarborWriters by sending emails to Paul Holmes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in joining a new critique group?
Recent updates to our pages
New Members. We have a record number of members after February' meeting - 223.
New membership applications can be found here.
If you are interested in joining a critique or reading group, check the critique group page for possibilities
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 email@example.com
GCWA 2013 contest winners:
First Place - Jan Nieman, "My German Pen Pal"
Second Place - Carmine Lombardo, "Love in the Lily Pad"
Third Place - Denise Holbrook, "A Christmas Song"
First Place - Gary McLouth, "The Big Tree"
Second Place - Patricia Sheehy, "I Just Want to Know"
Third Place - Martha Jeffers, "Cole's Barn"
First Place - Joan Heller Winokur, "The Bridge"
Second Place - Mary Beth Lundgren, "Study in Gray"
Third Place - Alan Coulter, "Dear New York Times Best Selling Author"
first time guests – free
except workshops & March Awards Meeting