About The Guild

Bay Area Professional Writers Guild Incorporated.


The only writers’ network in the Tampa Bay (FL) area comprising freelance non-fiction and fiction writers with a demonstrated track record in their fields, professional credentials, and high standards for ethics and quality.

The Guild is a 501(c)(3) public charity, and a State of Florida not-for-profit corporation, ID N16000006505. A copy of the official Registration and Financial Information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free within the state to 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352 or online at www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the State.

BAPWG writers deliver on target, on budget, and on deadline.

BAPWG’s network offers skilled contractors in the following areas:

Copywriting. Technical writing,

Ghostwriting and Authoring,

Screenwriting and Adaptation, Editing and Proofreading

Web content development, Blogging … and much more!

 Our Mission:

Founded in 1986, the Bay Area Professional Writers Guild seeks to provide resources to students and new writers with an interest in a professional career; to further the education, expansion and appreciation of the arts within our community; and to serve and support our members to further their careers.

We are also dedicated to increasing the professional and financial well-being of professional freelance non-fiction writers and authors in the Tampa Bay area through the sharing of resources, assistance in problem-solving, and joint marketing efforts.

Our objectives include, but are not limited to:

Providing encouragement and skills resources to students and beginning writers with an interest in freelance writing or self publishing;
Furthering the education, expansion and appreciation of arts in the community;
Promoting our intellectual growth;
Promoting our financial growth;
Increasing our understanding in dealing with editors and publishers;
Offering a quality resource of established, reliable and professional writers to editors, publishers, advertising and public relations agencies, and corporate entities.

Our next monthly meeting is open to the public!

JOIN US Monday1:00 PM, October 23, 2017

Our speaker is Tiffany Razzano, founder of Wordier Than Thou (WTT) meet-up group for writers and  other creative and artistic entrepreneurs. She is also Editor of the Tampa Bay Newspapers Pinellas Park Beacon  and Seminole Beacon. She will highlight the group’s success and some of the many new WTT programs of interest to writers and authors.

All Regular Meetings are at:

1:00 PM, Panera Bread, Bardmoor Plaza

10801 Starkey Road, Largo, FL 33777

(corner of Starkey & Bryan Dairy Roads Click the image at the top left for directions)

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Bay Area Professional Writers Guild Inc. (BAPWG) and
On Point Executive Center Invite you to a ‘nitty gritty ‘

“Freedom to Write Workshop”

Saturday, October 21, 8:30 am to Noon
West Shore Plaza, Tampa, inside next to Dick’s Sporting Goods

Open to writers with all skills from students to seniors with professional insight from successful writers and authors. Cost is an affordable $25, with all proceeds to BAPWG, an IRS 501(c)(3) public charity for future workshops & projects benefiting the local arts community. Workshop location map sent to all Registrants


8:30 AM-Registration, networking with Coffee and other beverages, muffins, bagels, fruit
9:00- 10:30: Bonnie Quick and Sue Kotchman on “Freedom to Write”
10:40-11:15: Louise Harris on “Marketing & Promoting Your Writing”
11:20-11:40: Steve Traiman on “Developing a Successful Freelance Writing Career”
11:40-Noon: Wrap-up and Evaluation Form.

Mail check to “BAPWG” to Joyce Ouellette, BAPWG Treasurer,
5521 – 78th Avenue North, Pinellas Park, FL 33781

Any questions, call Bonnie Quick, 727-479-7445 or Sue Kotchman, 727-410-0711

Kindle And Paperback Versions Now Available!

Book Cover

Our First Member & Student Anthology of essays, poems & short stories:

SINK or SWIM: How Overcoming Obstacles Makes Life Worthwhile

Sales information posted below:
Amazon Sale Page: CLICK HERE

Kindle version: $3.99; Paperback version: $15.99

2016 Writer’s Guild Anthology Book



BAPWG Sept 16

BAPWG authors & members at successful September 16 On Point Book Fair at West Shore Plaza, from left, Donna Parrey, Rita Moreau, Mike VanPutte, Louise Harris, Carol Perry, BonSue Brandvik, Sara Im, president Steve Traiman, Jackie Minnitti, Rick Rhodes.With own nearby booths were Sue Kotchman and Laura Moriarty, with Ruth Liss and Diane Cruz helping out at our booth.

Beaches Chamber BixExpo

May 12, 2017 Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber Tourism BizExpo


Sharing Steve Traiman’s Creative Copy booth are Sue Kotchman & Bonnie Quick- at May 12 Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber Tourism Lunch BizExpo  (Photo by Bob Schlesinger, Tropical Focus)

Sink or Swim - Book PromotionBAPWG members, from left, sharing Creative Copy by Steve Traiman’s member booth at Jan. 19
Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber BizExpo are, from left, Bonnie Quick, Louise Harris, Donna Parrey,with Sara Im also attending. (Photo by Bob Schlesinger, Tropical Focus)

Poynter Institute

Wendy Wallace, center, The Poynter Institute Director of Advancement, is presented a copy of our member anthology SINK or SWIM by project chair Louise Harris and president Steve Traiman, with thanks for getting two outstanding submissions for our Anthology from Poynter Student Writer Workshop alumnae.