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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

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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

Asia Samson is a professional spoken word artist who has toured over 2000 colleges all over the country since 2006.  He’s been seen on HBO Def Poetry Jam, Ted Talks, the Story Conference, Entrepreneur’s Conference, Button Poetry, NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest, and So Far Sounds. He has worked with companies like Disney, To Write Love On Her Arms, Nokia Mobile & most recently, the US Military. He has broken college-booking records for the most booked poetry act garnering him the awards of APCA College Performer of the Year and thrice the APCA Spoken Word Artist of the Year.

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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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