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.


Monthly meetings 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.

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”.

A message from our founder and patron, Mary Maclaren

mary-mcclaren-profile-picA 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.

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!

Mary Maclaren

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