Open Mic Night

Join us for our Open Mic night hosted by the Hostess with the Mostest Jeanette Hickman! This is an opportunity for artists of all mediums to express their talent: Music, live painting, stand-up comedy, spoken word, poetry, reciting, acting, dancing, any form of creative performance is welcome to our Open Mic Night! Craft beer from Riptide Brewing Company, wine, and light bites will be served as part of this exciting evening!

Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Performer sign-up list opens at 6:30 p.m.
Performance segments are 5 mins each

Indie Author Day 2018


Mark your calendars! The third annual Indie Author Day will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018.

On this one day, libraries and organizations around the world welcome local indie authors, writers and their communities in for a day of education, networking, mingling, writing, open mics, panels and so much more! We’re proud to offer free registration to all participants!

Possibilities! The Hudson comes to the Peace

 

 

 

Long trips & multi-day events not possible with your schedule or budget? Try this!

Title: “Possibilities!  The Hudson comes to the Peace” (“River” that is)
Primary Area Served: From Sarasota/Bradenton to Naples/Marco Island and inland (Everyone is welcome)
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019  —  7:00 AM until  8:00 PM
Theme: Writing’s possibilities!
Areas included: Books (fiction & non-fiction), Magazines, Newspapers, TV/radio, & Electronic media.
Location: Charlotte County Cultural Center, Port Charlotte
Program: One jam-packed day of writing possibilities featuring 70 individual classes, discussion panels, and a special keynote speaker.
One to One Sessions: A special opportunity! – Have your writing reviewed or pitch your work to a publishing professional … including 16 agents and editors from NYC. Submit your sample/pitch in advance and spend 20 minutes with someone who may aid you in your writing career.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in the registration fee.

Spare yourself the expense of a major trip. Attend a high quality event that brings quality presenters and publishing professionals to Southwest Florida. The conference is centrally located … a two hour drive for anyone in the primary service area. Reasonable hotel accommodations are available with blocks of rooms reserved. Conference registration is limited!

Discounts for early bird registrations!

For more information go to:  http://www.abc-artisansofbooks.com/writer-conference.html

Words with Wine

Words with Wine

WORDS with Wine: A Creative Weirdos Poetry Gathering is hosted by Jamilla D. Brooks and Patti Brassard Jefferson at P.J. Boox. Our first event is Wednesday, June 27 at 6 pm – 9 pm.  Cover is $5 and if you are sharing your WORDS then your cover is waived! Check us out on Eventbrite and Facebook: https://wordswithwinepoetry.eventbrite.com/.

About:
We are a TRIBE of creatives, so if you have been seeking a place to express yourself… look no further… you have found it!
WORDS with Wine encourages you to: Be Yourself! Express Yourself! Use your WORDS wisely!

Combine adventure with writing on this unique retreat.

Check the flyer and the website.

From GCWA Special Projects Officer, Sloan Jordan:

  1. The price on the attached includes everything except for lunches. I will be flying from Florida and will not be flying with the group.  The price of the land only is $3,999 CAD, or at today’s rate approximately $3,075 US for the whole trip except for the airfare and personal activity unrelated to the workshop.  I think it is a great price!
  2. The hotel looks fantastic
  3. I went on the Dublin trip and it was well worth the money for the experience of Dublin and Ireland as provided by the workshop folks. I’m sure this will be just as great but will also be a great wine-tasting experience
  4. You can say on the website that people interested could contact me by email (sloan@sloanjordan.com) for further questions or the travel agency directly.

Join Dr. Gerard Collins, an award-winning Newfoundland author, mentor, and university educator, on this creative writing retreat in Tuscany, Italy.

Your writing getaway includes round-trip air from Saint John, New Brunswick (other travel arrangements available), 6 nights at the Belvedere di San Leonino villa in Chianti, Italy, writing workshops and one-on-one feedback sessions, all breakfasts and dinners, ground transportation, taxes, and airport fees.

During our 6-night stay at the villa, Gerard will offer two creative writing workshops and host individual meetings with all participants, where the focus is on you and your writing, and where Gerard will provide detailed feedback on your writing.

Writers Helping Writers

Writers Helpng Writers (previously Writers Read) is a group for local writers that meet at the Punta Gorda Library on West Henry Street on the first Tuesday of each month from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

The authors attending the meeting may provide several copies of their work in progress to be reviewed for feedback. Depending on the number of attendees, each writer has a ten-minute slot to read their story/poem followed by a five-minute discussion period. This group gives a writer the opportunity to read their work aloud. We gather to help each other improve our work.

Several of us are self-published and can give tips on going that route. Some are published by a small press. We are happy to share our experiences.

All writers are invited to participate no matter what level. Doesn’’t matter if you’re simply thinking about writing and want to attend to get a feel for what transpires at a meeting. Those of us who have been attending for years are happy to share our experiences and encourage others not to give up.

Thanks to the Charlotte Arts and the county library there is no charge for attending the meeting and you don’t have to be a member of anything. You just have to want to write something.

So if you have been or are now thinking of writing, don’t be bashful, come join us the first Tuesday of any month from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. We want to hear your story.
Paul Holmes (pgholmes@comcast.net)

Writers on the Air

Every Sunday WKDW 97.5 FM nonprofit radio invites writers of all levels to READ their poem, story, or screen play on its weekly program, “Writers on the Air.” (3 to 5 minutes is suggested). We’re looking for funny and family-friendly content.. We tape weekly on Sundays at 3:00 P.M. Sign-up is 2:30. The previous week’s taping is broadcast on the radio at 5:00 PM on Sundays.  Worldwide viewers can hear the show on the Internet.

Join us at Common Grounds Meeting Hall, 12735 US-41, North Port and relax in our family-friendly BYOB Listening Room, which offers snacks and comfortable seating. Find us next door to WKDW 97.5 FM radio station, which is south of Warm Mineral Springs if heading south from Venice. We are south of Caddy Carts. The public is WELCOME.

For more information, contact Linda Schell, Lschell2@verizon.net, 941-223-1262.
For cancellations, visit our FACEBOOK PAGE: Writers on the Air.
Location: Common Grounds Meeting Hall, 12737 S Tamiami Trail, North Port, FL 34287 

 

REGISTRATION OPEN SOON!! ​

Thirteenth Annual Sanibel Island Writers Conference
November 8 – 11, 2018
BIG ARTS & the Sanibel Island Public Library, Sanibel Island, FL

Keynote Speaker: Ann Hood

Presenter lineup:

Steve Almond 

Lynne Barrett

Emily Black

Brock Clarke

Erica Dawson

John Dufresne

Beth Ann Fennelly

Tom Franklin

Tod Goldberg

Stephanie Elizondo Griest

Steve Kistulentz

Joyce Maynard

January Gill O’Neil

Michael Ruhlman

Christopher Schelling

Mark Schwartz

Darin Strauss

Registration open soon!

The dates for this year’s conference are November 8-11, 2018.

If you have any questions, please send them to Tom DeMarchi at tdemarch@fgcu.edu or call 239-590-7421.

Looking forward to seeing you on the island in November!

Sincerely,
Tom DeMarchi & the whole SIWC crew