Welcome to the Gold Coast Writers’ Association

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The Gold Coast Writers’ Association (GCWA)

The Gold Coast Writers’ Association is a not-for-profit organisation. Our mission is to encourage and support writers from all genres, age groups, and levels of experience, to grow, learn, and excel in their craft.

Our events offer the opportunity to connect and share with like-minded people in a relaxed environment.

Workshops are held each meeting. Members can share their ideas at informal support group sessions covering most genres.

Guest speakers are invited from all genres of writing. Speakers are encouraged to share information about their writing life, discuss their techniques, and launch and sell their books. We encourage guest speakers to include a mini-workshop for members during their presentation.

Visitors are invited to attend meetings (entry fee: members $5, non-members $10). 

Membership offers the additional advantages of the informative monthly eWriteabout newsletter, writers’ support groups, competitions, workshops and many other benefits.

Meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month at:

Burleigh Waters Community Centre, Christine Ave, Burleigh Waters between 12:00 and 3:00pm. Afternoon tea is included and is a great networking opportunity.

Please note that due to ongoing renovations at the Burleigh Waters Community Centre there will be venue changes for our meetings in May and June 2022. See our events page for details.

Workshops provide informal opportunities for members and visitors to enjoy hands-on writing, listening, and reading activities in small groups.

The Monthly Meetings include a Guest Speaker with experience in one or more of the complex aspects of getting manuscripts to and beyond the publishing “post”.


Join us and discover your natural talents among like-minded people.

Pick up valuable information, guidance, and ideas through networking and sharing in our monthly events.

Here’s how to join

Please visit our Membership page.

Become a Member NOW and take advantage of these opportunities!

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We respect your privacy and will not share your information.

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A message from our founder and patron, Mary Maclaren

Destiny may well have distanced me physically, but my heart and enthusiasm will always be there at every meeting and I wish each and every one of you great success during the next twenty years and as usual, Power to your Pens!

A writer should know how to express feelings and emotions, but in regard to the success of Gold Coast Writers’ Association, words are sometimes inadequate. Between the scribbled idea at a local writing group’s meeting, to the extremely professional body we now have, twenty eventful years have elapsed.

Mary Maclaren

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