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.

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, January 23, 2017.

Our speaker is John Eddy, from the H&R Block office in our Bardmoor Village Plaza. He will highlight “Tax Saving Tips for Writers & Authors,” plus copies of all available 2016 tax forms, and a focus on home office and other deductions for self-employed writers.

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:

Thursday, January 19, 2017: The annual Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber Business Expo and Installation dinner is Thursday, January 19, 2017  in the Tradewinds Island Grand Pavilion at 5500 Gulf Blvd in St Pete Beach. The Expo runs from 4 to 6 pm, with about 400 key member/business owners attending.

We will have our new BAPWG banner and sign-up sheet for possible member prospects who will get copies of our Member Directory. We’ve gotten a few attending meetings over the years and some prospective business leads as well. Secretary Bonnie Quick is our official BAPWG booth representative and ALL members are encouraged to attend with your business cards and/or brochures. There’s free parking, free appetizers and a cash bar available.


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)