Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Write Support!

It's time once again for the annual southeast Texas The Write Support. You're all invited to attend this day of writers helping writers. ATTENDEES will include fiction, nonfiction, and poetry professionals.

The Write Support
June 24, 2017
10 am – 4 pm
Howells Furniture Conference Room – 2nd Floor
6095 Folsom Dr, Beaumont, TX 77706

COST: FREE to all TGCW members. For all others, the cost is $10 at the door. Table space may be limited and will go to the first to reserve, please RSVP to Sylvia Ney. 

10 am – 1 pm              Bring your latest manuscripts and questions to share for honest feedback, and to encourage needed reviews. This is strictly time for critiques, edits, reviews, and general work on your manuscripts.
LUNCH                      On your own at your discretion. There are many restaurants within a five mile radius of this location.
1 pm – 4 pm                Come sell your books, and check out the work of others, ask questions, make connections, learn current industry news, or seek more critiques. This afternoon is geared more toward the publishing and purchasing aspects of writing, but anyone is welcome to continue to work on their own projects.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

June 17th Meeting

Our next meeting will be on June 17th, and Linda Whittington Hurst will be our presenter.

Linda Whittington Hurst is an award-winning author and illustrator who was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia, where her father was a Realtor and her mother a seamstress and housewife. She had one brother, Jim, who was her friend and protector when she was growing up. She met and married her husband of 47 years, Don, at college. They have two children, Chris and Geoff. Currently, Linda and Don are retired and live in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Although Linda dreamed of becoming a writer when she was a child, her dreams did not come true until she was an adult. Linda began writing while living in Dallas, Texas and homeschooling her two sons. Her first venture into writing was to develop a home school curriculum for elementary age children. After her sons graduated high school and went on to college and the military, Linda returned to teaching. As a college professor, she was friends with Bill Martin, Jr. and her academic mentor, Michael Sampson, both picture book authors. They encouraged her to pursue a writing career.

In 2011, Linda won the Pinnacle Award for Outstanding Teaching while serving as a professor at McNeese State University. That award allowed her to publish her first picture book, The Adventures of Red Feather: Wild Horse of Corolla, which went on to win the Writer’s Digest Honor Book Award. Later that same year, a novel she co-wrote with her best friend in Dallas, Linda Lee, won the Bloom Honor Book Award for a middle grade mystery. Since that time, Linda has written over sixteen children’s books. Her latest, Skinny Bill: The Story of Bill Martin, Jr., debuted at her alma mater, Texas A&M University-Commerce, in May at the Bill Martin Symposium, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Brown Bear, Brown Bear.

In addition to writing children’s books and educational books for elementary teachers, Linda enjoys editing for other writers and teaching courses on how to write children’s books. In her spare time, Linda loves to garden, paint, play the piano and, of course, read. A horse lover from her childhood, Linda is always on the lookout for interesting stories about horses that she can include in her books.

For more information, contact her via e-mail

Monday, June 5, 2017

TGCW's FIRST Anthology Call

This has been postponed due to hurricane recovery efforts!

Texas Gulf Coast Writers Anthology
Texas Gulf Coast Writers first Anthology is now open for submissions, with a tentative publication date of December 2017.  The deadline for submission is September 30, 2017 via  This is the only source we will be using for accepting submissions. 
Guidelines for Submissions
1.      Must be a 2017 member of Texas Gulf Coast Writers Association or pay a $25.00 submission fee.
2.      Stories and poems should be 5,000 words or less.
3.      Stories should be in MS Word, Times New Roman, 12pt, and double spaced.
4.      All Stories: We are open to all genres. Fiction, Non-Fiction or Poetry.  Please indicate which category you are submitting both in the subject line of your email, and in the header of your submission.
5.      Multiple Submissions: You may submit up to three stories and/or poems.
6.      Writers should include a two- to three-sentence biography that will appear in the book should their story be accepted by the board for publication.
7.      Make sure your name and contact information, as well as your bio, are part of the attachment.
8.      Content must be suitable - think PG13 – no excessive profanity, vulgarity, violence, etc.
What happens after I submit my story or poem? Please be patient after you press the SEND button. Wait for an email response that says: Thank you! Your information has been received. This is your confirmation that we have received your story or poem and that it has been entered into our database. This is the only confirmation you will receive.
How will I know if my story is selected? We do not send rejections. If you have not heard from us 30 days before the book’s on-sale date, that means we have decided not to use your story or poem. Submission is not a guarantee your manuscript will be published. IF your work(s) selected, you will be contacted and given a chance to review final edits.
PAYMENT - If your work is selected to appear in our anthology, you must sign a contract agreeing that this is your original, unpublished work, and that you grant TGCW the right to first publication. All rights will revert to you 30 days after the release of the book. In return, you will be PAID with one free copy. Any other profits will go to Texas Gulf Coast Writers.