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About Us

Learn all about our Mission, History, and Our Team. You can also read about how we protect your privacy and how we use the personal information you provide us to operate this site.

Our Mission and Vision

Our mission and vision statements guide our near- and long-term goals and inspire us to help each of our members reach their writing and literary goals. READ MORE


Our Story

Emerald Coast Writers (formerly West Florida Literary Federation) traces its origins to Spring 1986 when Ron Cannon and a small group of literary-minded residents worked with twelve community groups to found WFLF. For 30 years, the group’s mission has been to bring people together who are interested in the literary heritage of West Florida; to promote literary efforts through programs, workshops, awards, and related activities; and to educate and assist members in their literary interests. READ MORE

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Our Team

We are a non-profit writing organization run entirely by volunteers and headed by a Board of Directors. Special committees handle various projects and initiatives. We operate under a set of Bylaws. READ MORE

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NW Florida Poet Laureate

The Poet Laureate of Northwest Florida is an area resident honored by Emerald Coast Writers for his or her record as a published poet and whose work is regarded by the community as representative of this region. Former poet laureates include Adelia Rosasco-Soule (1986), a world traveler and author of several books including Panhandle Memories; Leonard A. Temme (1989), PhD, a research physiologist with Naval Aerospace Medical Research Lab; Mary Hood (1992), PhD, a professor of microbiology at University of West Florida; Laurie O'Brien (1995), the Director of the Creative Writing Program and Associate Professor of English at University of West Florida; Dr. Henry Langhorne II (2003), MD, a Pensacola cardiologist; Juliet Z. DeMarko, MA, former restauranteur and chef; and Jamey Jones, MFA, college instructor and author. READ MORE

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Our Privacy Policy

Our privacy policy describes how we collect, use, and manage the personal data of users of our site. This policy includes explanations who, what, where, when, and why of our data collection processes. READ MORE

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Our Member Directory

Emerald Coast Writers’ member directory contains information on many of our members. Each entry may include a member bio, a cover photo and description of one of the member's published books, a member's writing excerpt, and a link to the member's website. DIRECTORY

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