About The Guild

Bay Area Professional Writers Guild Incorporated.


The only writers’ network in the Tampa Bay (FL) area comprising freelance nonfiction 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.

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, May 22, 2017.

Our speaker is Kristen Noakes-Fry, ABCI, Executive Editor at Rothstein Publishing, with more than 30 years’ experience in information security and publishing. She will provide “Do’s & Don’t’s for a Successful Non-fiction- or Fiction – Book Proposal” as well as tips on writers’ info security.

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:

May 7 — Annual George Ewing & Diane Marcou Memorial Picnic for all area freelance writers
will be Sunday, May 7, at same Taylor Park site in Largo, 10 am – 4 pm.
BAPWG is a co-host with Pinellas Writers and St Pete Writers Club.

May 12 —  BAPWG again will share Creative Copy by Steve Traiman’s member booth at the Tampa Bay  Beaches Chamber Business Expo on Friday, May 12, 11:00 am to Noon at the TradeWinds Island Grand  Pavilion on St Pete Beach, prior to the annual Tourism Lunch that draws about 400 top business leaders and  potential clients. Members interested in attending should contact Steve by email to:  traimancreativecopy@gmail.com

July 24 — Our speaker is Best-selling local author Scott Deitche, including Cigar City Mafia and The Silent Don. He will highlight “Investigative Reporting – Covering crime – then & now” with a focus on his Mafia series and most recent release.

Kindle Version Now Available!

Book Cover

2016 Writer’s Guild Anthology Book

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

SINK or SWIM: Overcoming Obstacles Makes Life Worthwhile

Sales information posted below:
Amazon Sale Page: CLICK HERE

Kindle version: $3.99; Paperback version: $15.99




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.