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 Monday1:15 PM, February 26, 2018

2018 Calendar workshop meeting on Monday, Feb 28, 1:15 pm at our new Perkins
location. This meeting is one of the most important BAPWG will have in our 32 years. It will set the path to our future with renewed emphasis on programs to enhance all our freelance non-fiction writing and author skills, and supporting new writers and students in the area – our future members.

You all have been receiving copies of other members’ ideas going forward, and the good info on the Creative Pinellas “incubator” site in Largo – Cost is $38 a month but we need absolute member commitment to use the facility and volunteer certain hours a week at the site to cover all events. Open Mon-Fri, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm plus special after hours event time possible. Unless we get this commitment we can’t commit our funds to the rental.

Meeting Location:

Perkins Restaurant 8841 Park Blvd Seminole, FL 33777

Directions: Click Here

Upcoming Meetings & Events

March 26, 2018 Speaker is Steve Hopper, head of Hopper International, who will highlight “How to introduce, promote and market your book or other writing projects” with a nice list of tips for each area.

Pleas Note:
Your 2018 “Membership Renewals” are due so please bring your check or cash to the next meeting or mail to treasurer Joyce Ouellette at 5521 78th Ave North, Pinellas Park FL 33781. Suggested Donation Levels: Professional $30, Associate $15, Apprentice/Student $10. Those who joined since August 2017 have paid their 2018 dues.

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


Busy BAPWG booth at Nov. 11, 2017 Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading
(Photo by Rita Moreau)

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.