Space Coast Writers Guild
About the Guild
We’re All About Writers and Writing
Transforming wishes into reality and ideas into words, we offer a variety of programs and speakers at our monthly meetings.
You’ll have an opportunity to work with others who are dealing with deadlines, characters who won’t cooperate, rejections, re-writes, contract dilemmas, unresponsive editors, and agent searches.
There’s Something for Everyone
Whether you have been published for years and in several different languages, or are pre-published and hoping, the Guild has something for you!
SCWG currently has approximately 100 members, about one third of which have published books. Members are encouraged to attend monthly meetings and are invited to participate in critique groups, workshops, contests, conferences, and other SCWG activities. Membership is an excellent way to network, learn and promote your work!
We appreciate your enrollment!
SCWG memberships will auto-renew on your credit or debit card every 12 months. You can easily cancel your membership at any time by clicking on the UNSUBSCRIBE button at the bottom of any scwg.org e-mail. (Please note: There are no partial-year refunds).
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.
SCWG Board of Directors
Just two years ago, Cynthia took a leap of faith, embarking on a writing career. In 24 months, she’s amassed over 100 bylines and has three books in the works. The first title, The Happy Muse: How to Combat Creative Blocks, is due this spring. Her motto says it all: “Changing the World One Word at a Time;” her articles spotlight stories of inspiration, motivation, admiration, and good ol’ fashioned moxie. Her books continue to do the same. Now a member of three writing organizations, including the National League of American Pen Women, her trajectory knows no bounds.
Immediate Past President
Joanne Fisher is a Canadian, Italian, American author who has penned 14 books: 3 steamy romances, 4 Christmas Novellas, 2 historical fictions, 2 travel guides, 1 anthology and 2 murder/mysteries. Six of those are audiobooks. She has written several short stories for Space Coast Writers Guild Anthologies, and in April 2019 was elected President of the Space Coast Writers Guild. Joanne currently serves as Immediate Past President. She lives in Florida with her husband and two dachshunds, Wally and Madison. Please visit www.JoannesBooks.com
Dan, a native Floridian, was born in Kissimmee and has lived in the Melbourne and Palm Bay area for more than 60 years. He is a former electronic technician (antennas) and a retired police officer. He is the editor and Author’s Assistant for Joanne’s Books and is an avid amateur (ham) radio operator (AI4GK). Dan has short stories published in the Pets, Florida, Baker’s Dozen, and Survival anthologies. He is one of The Traveling Boomers, and is webmaster for SCWG and The Traveling Boomers. He lives in Palm Bay with his wife Joanne and their dachshunds, Wally and Madison.
Jessica recently published The Canine Cure: A Guide to Breaking Your Dog’s Bad Habits. Over her lifetime, she has raised many pups of various breeds. Using positive reinforcement techniques, she has successfully trained her dogs to be happy, healthy companions. She also has bred American Kennel Club-registered Cocker Spaniels and Rottweilers.
Jessica M. Broyles is the author of The Nested Charmer: A Matryoshka’s Hidden Legacy. She is currently working on the sequel, The Nested Charmer: Things Are Not as They Seem, and plans its release by the end of 2023. She has written many short stories and plans to publish them in an anthology that will be released later this year.
Jessica spent her career working with children and teens as a school counselor. She has learned that all children need love and positive reinforcement to live happy, well-adjusted lives. She writes her books at home in Titusville, Florida with her golden doodle Charlie by her side. Visit her website at https://www.jmbroyles.com
T.W. (Thom) Lofgren, originally from the Buckeye State, became an active member of the SCWG in 2019. His education includes a BFA in photography from Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology and a Master in Healthcare Administration from Central Michigan University. His photography career spans corporate and hospital settings as well as self-employment. Advancements in technology forced a change in careers, and he held several positions within the Claims department of a major insurance company.
He has written numerous short stories and published a novel, Too Late to Pray, which details a cat’s journey across a dystopian America.
Thom has served as Treasurer, Vice-President, and President in the Columbus, OH chapter of the ITVA (International Television Association), a professional corporate organization dedicated to the non-broadcast television industry. He looks forward to appling the skills learned there to further the development of the SCWG.
Ashley McGrath is a quality analyst for a call monitoring company. A University of Central Florida alumna, Ashley published her autobiography UnabASHed by Disability (available on Amazon) in 2014. Her writing has appeared in online columns, a disability blog, local publications, and several anthologies. Ashley is a Lifetime Member of the Space Coast Writers Guild and the coordinator of its Don Argo Award. She lives in Palm Bay, where she is active at her church.
Jack B. Rochester
I believe in mentoring novice authors through early drafts, helping them make smart choices for publishing their books, providing short video/audio lectures on the myriad aspects of writing and publishing (to post on our website), helping raise awareness and attracting new members, and helping make our meetings better and better. I’ve done all of these tasks as a member (and Board member) of the Independent Publishers of New England organization (IPNE.org) over the past 12-15 years (I’ve lost count) and over the last 10 years as head of Fictional Cafe, as well as many years of author consulting and mentoring as a business books editor and ghostwriter.