Space Coast Writers’ Guild
Welcome to the Space Coast Writers’ Guild, Inc. We are dedicated to encouraging, instructing, and developing writers of all genres. If this is your first visit, please take a moment to explore all we have to offer.
SCWG 2022 Anthology: Hope
Space Coast Writers’ Guild announces its 2022 Short Story Anthology, Hope. The deadline for submissions has been changed to June 30, 2022 at 11:59 PM. Click below for the full guidelines.
Space Coast Writers’ Guild
The Guild meets on the third Saturday of each month at 1 PM at the Eau Gallie Public Library, 1521 Pineapple Ave., Melbourne, Florida 32935.
Meetings begin with a brief business segment, including announcements, welcome of new members, introduction of the board members, and treasurer’s report. A presentation of some aspect of writing, by a guest speaker, follows.
Our Next Meeting: May 21, 2022
The next monthly SCWG meeting will be May 21, 2022.
This will be the SCWG Annual Meeting, as required by Florida Law. There are no elections this year, so the meeting will consist of a “State of the Guild” presentation by our president, Joanne Fisher. Following this will be an open duscussion, Q&A session on any and all topics. The winners of the Space Coast Writers’ Guild Annual Short Story Contest winners will be announced.
As usual, we will convene at the Eau Gallie Public Library in the meeting room. Enter through the main doors and make an immediate right turn. Again, the address is 1521 Pineapple Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32935.
Space Coast Writers’ Guild
May 14 and 15, 2022: Cocoa Village Summer Art & Craft Fair. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is an excellent venue to sell books! (Plus a lot of arts and crafts to look at and buy. And, food!)
May 21, 2022: SCWG Annual Meeting. “State of the Guild.” We’ll also have an open duscussion; Q&A, and the SCWG Annual Short Story Contest winners will be announced.
June 18, 2022: SCWG monthly meeting. Madame President Joanne will present TBD. Note: This Meeting will be held at the Melbourne Beach Public Library, 324 Ocean Avenue, Melbourne Beach, Florida.
June 30, 2022: Deadline for the Short Story Anthology Hope.
July 16, 2022: SCWG monthly meeting. Jay Heavner: Do you have “The Write/Right Stuff?” Note: This Meeting will be held at the Melbourne Beach Public Library, 324 Ocean Avenue, Melbourne Beach, Florida.
August 20, 2022: SCWG Monthly Meeting. Joni M. Fisher, presenting.
September 17, 2022: SCWG Monthly Meeting. The Fine Art of Story Struccture, by Linda Zern.
October 15, 2022: SCWG Monthly Meeting. SCWG’S 40th Anniversary Celebration! Woo-hoo!! Where did we come from? Where are we going?
October 15 and 16: Cocoa Village Fall Art & Craft Festival. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
November 19, 2022: SCWG Monthly Meeting. Cap Daniels presents, What to expect from the Publishing World and How to Position Yourself As a Novelist.
December 3 and 4: Cocoa Village Art & Craft Holiday Bazaar. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
December 17, 2022: SCWG Annual Holiday Meeting.
Join the Guild
Annual dues are $40. Monthly meetings are held the 3rd Saturday of each month at 1 PM at the Eau Gallie Public Library, 1521 Pineapple Avenue.
May is the month of mothers, May flowers, and Memorial Day.
Being a mother and a writer can sometimes be challenging, to say the least. How many of you have adult children who don’t read your works? Many of us are in this situation, and sometimes they don’t take notice until something cool happens in their lives that connects them to you as a writer. It’s quite a rare occasion, but when they come to that realization, they suddenly become extremely proud of you and begin to probe into how it got all started.
This may not be the case for all of you, I’m sure, but it certainly is for me. During the April meeting, my adult son accompanied me and helped me set everything up. He stuck around a few minutes to see his mother speaking and going about her SCWG business at the front of the room. On our way home, he let me know how proud he was of me and how easy I made it look. I was beyond flattered, and simply brushed it off. But he didn’t let it go, so easily. He began to question me about my books. During this alone time with him, I talked about all my books. He was amazed at how much I had accomplished in a short amount of time. Then he said something I’ll always remember. “Mom, your books would live on forever,” he said. “They will be your legacy.”
“Well, yes, my books are like children to me,” I explained. “Like a child just conceived, an idea pops into your head, then it grows and grows and grows until your masterpiece is published or is ‘born’. After this birth, it must be nurtured so it can grow and become an active part of society, just like a human child. In this industry, the nurturing is marketing, and the active part of society is the readers it captivates.”
“I never thought of it that way, but it makes sense.” Then he continued, “Well, I hope one of your books gets turned into a movie. Then I’ll watch it for sure.”
I rolled my eyes, quietly. I would rather he read the book and use his imagination instead of the silver screen, but the acknowledgement was the grandest part. I had been in a bit of a slump that day, but that conversation ignited a new spark that is slowly turning into a huge flame.
So, even if you’re not a mother, never give up your talent because—you never know, right?
Meeting Location Change:
June and July, 2022
The June and July SCWG meetings are being held at the Melbourne Beach Public Library, 324 Ocean Avenue, Melbourne Beach, Florida. This is due to the unavailability of the Eau Gallie Library. Beginning with the August meeting, the Guild will resume meeting at the Eau Gallie Library.