Saturday, September 29, 2018

August/September Meetings

Merrilynn Williams shared valuable tips from the SFA writing workshop led by the Writers League. Group members made plans for future events and projects.

A special congratulations to member Melinda Pouncey on her acceptance and publication!

The official book launch is today:

Road Kill 3: Texas Horror by Texas Writers
Publisher: Hellbound Books
Launch date Sept 29, 2018
Place: Fleur Fine Books, 1720 Magnolia Ave, Suite 104, Port Neches, TX
From 3 - 5 pm

Phone(409) 344-0876

For ordering information:

Several authors from Hellbound Books who appear in this anthology, or others from this publisher, will also be in attendance, including Joe R. Lansdale (who was in RK1) and Stephen Graham Jones.

TGCW's next meeting will be October 20th.

Monday, July 23, 2018

June and July Meetings

June 16 - Dianne Ellis and Melinda Pouncey led a lesson on rewriting and proofreading. Visitors from Vidor Pet Quarterly discussed their publication and goals.

July 21 - Member Critiques and reviewing submission guidelines.

Please let us know if you have any particular speakers you wish to hear from, or want and special topics covered in future meetings. You may leave suggestions in the comments below, or approach a board member at the next meeting On August 18.

Happy Writing!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May 19 Meeting

Sylvia Ney will talk about setting goals and writing short stories, flash fiction, newspaper/magazine articles, poetry, and other forms in 10,000 words or less. Directed writing practice, critiques, and submission preparation will follow. Sylvia will also share writing opportunities and news.

Writers should come prepared to share their own work, experiences, and goals for the future.

We look forward to seeing you all soon!


Feel free to request speakers, topics to be covered, markets, or genre practice at future meetings.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

April 21st Meeting

In honor of National Poetry Month, this meeting will focus on writing poetry in all forms. Authors should come prepared to share their own poems, experiences with publishing poetry, and goals for the future.

If members do not write poetry, they should come prepared with their own shorter works: flash fiction, response to prompts, journaling, etc.

Wendy Lanier has extended an invitation to "a writer’s event in Wimberley, Texas "Serious Writers, Inc." is sponsoring a one day Tour Stop on April 17. You can learn more at

Sylvia Ney has shared a list of other conferences, workshops, etc. on her blog. You can find that list:

Feel free to request speakers, topics to be covered, markets, or genre practice at future meetings.

Friday, March 16, 2018

March 17 Meeting

Members who attended the 15th annual Jambalaya Writer's Conference will share their favorite news, tips, and exercises from the event.

Writing practice and critiques will follow.

To learn more about the conference, see member Sylvia Ney's blog post Sharing Your First Conference.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

February 17 Meeting

Merrilynn Williams will offer a short lesson, followed by directed writing practice and work on submissions for the next FIRST LINE magazine with the prompt: "I wanted you to be the first to know," Rowan tentatively confided in me." 

Don't forget about the changes and update to out meeting format and dues which can be seen in the January 31st announcement.

We look forward to seeing you all soon!


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

TGCW Changes and Plans

Due to many members still struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, we will waive membership dues for 2018. That's right, 2018 TGCW membership is free!

We will also be implementing a new format for our meetings:

20-30 minutes for news and lessons.
20-30 minutes for writing - this time will be directed by free form, assignments, or a variety.
30-60 minutes for critiques and polishing.

We hope this is the year you will each become a happy and prolific writer. Please check back periodically for updated meeting and event information.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

January 20th Meeting

We invite you to join us on January 20th for the first 2018 meeting of the Texas Gulf Coast Writers Group.

This meeting will include new formatting for the group, news, event notices, exciting opportunities, and more.

We hope to see you all for the start to a great year!