The Gold Coast Writers’ Association supporting and encouraging writers of all ages, genres and styles on the Gold Coast


Where it all began


The Gold Coast Writers’ Association was founded in 1990, by Mary and Ray Maclaren as ‘Writers at the Fair’ and was incorporated in 1994.

Mary Maclaren has been a published writer since 1985. She also concentrated on competition writing for which she won many prizes, including the Rolph Boldrewood medal.

After founding the Gold Coast Writers’ Association Mary began to teach writing and she’s proud to claim that a few of her students became Mills and Boon writers, and many have been published in magazines.

Today the GCWA is a volunteer not-for-profit organisation and is dedicated to supporting and encouraging writers in the Gold Coast/South-East Queensland/Northern NSW regions, Mary as one of the association’s founding members continues to support the association’s endeavours.


The GCWA provides a hub of information, instruction, and advice on many matters pertaining to the craft of writing from amateur to professional standards.

Monthly meetings are held to encourage, educate and support writers, and to recognise members’ publication and competition successes.

The meetings provide opportunities to network, engage, share learning experiences, and connect with a wider public audience.

Published and unpublished attendees have the opportunity to meet other writers, hear motivational speakers and encourage newcomers to the craft of writing.

Each month, the association strives to offer members the opportunity to hear and speak with industry professionals, including published authors, literary agents, editors, publishers and media representatives.

The association also runs brief professional development sessions which can provide opportunities for members to launch books and practise their presentation and speaking skills.


To foster literary talent, to celebrate writing achievements and support Gold Coast writers by providing networking and development opportunities.


A robust Gold Coast writing community that is informed, inspired and growing through the opportunities afforded by the Gold Coast Writers’ Association.


Respect for all members, volunteers and the general public

Ensure privacy and confidentiality in GCWA activities

Maintain professionalism at all times

Uphold the reputation of the Association in recognition of its aims, rules and policies and provide a nurturing community which empowers everyone in the writing craft.

The GCWA’s contribution towards furthering the recognition of writers in the region is significant and ongoing, from meetings, events, the newsletter and organising writing competitions, through to the website and social media channels.

As an incorporated body, the GCWA is guided by its Constitution. A voluntary committee of dedicated people with a strong desire to assist local writers manages the affairs of the GCWA. The committee members’ skills and experience include a mixed range of professional occupations.

The Association also aims to cooperate and collaborate with other writing organisations to increase opportunities for the local writer.

                                                Mary Maclaren and Members of the 2020 Committee