Writers Read

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 next meeting is May 1st.

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 

Nonfiction Writers Conference

8th Annual Nonfiction Writers Conference
May 2-4, 2018
Opening Speaker: Gretchen Rubin

Presented by Nonfiction Authors Association
An Educational Community for Writers

We are thrilled to announce that our opening session for NFWC 2018 features New York Times bestselling author Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, Better Than Before, and The Four Tendencies.

Gretchen will share her perspectives on Happiness, Habits and Productivity for Authors. She will also explain what it was like to find out that her book was on the New York Times bestseller list, how that has impacted her career, and what is was like to get the call that Oprah wanted to interview her for Super Soul Sunday! As an attorney, writer, and podcast host, Gretchen has much to share with our nonfiction writer community.

Register for the 2018 Nonfiction Writers Conference

The Nonfiction Writers Conference is VIRTUAL
Attend from Anywhere!

Since 2010, the Nonfiction Writers’ Conference has taken the concept of the traditional in-person writers’ conference and turned it into a one-of-a-kind ONLINE experience. Featuring 15 speakers over three days, all sessions are conducted via teleseminar, which means attendees from around the globe participate via phone or Skype–NO TRAVEL REQUIRED!

The Sandhill Writers Retreat at Saint Leo University
Saturday, May 19, 2018 9:00 am-5:30 pm
Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida

The Sixth Annual Sandhill Writers Retreat will renew the writer in you. The full-day retreat will take place on the beautiful, serene University Campus, located in rural Saint Leo, Florida, approximately 35 miles north of Tampa. The retreat will feature twelve hands-on writing classes in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and writing for veterans. Saint Leo’s celebrated faculty Steve Kistulentz (Panorama, Little Black Daydreams, The Luckless Age), Anne Barngrover (Brazen Creature) and John David Harding will be joined by a host of nationally-acclaimed writers/poets, including recent winner of the David Martinson-Meadowhawk Prize in Poetry and retreat favorite Michael Hettich (The Frozen Harbor, Systems of Vanishing, The Animals Among Us); fiction writer and editor John Henry Fleming (The Legend of the Barefoot Mailman, Songs for the Deaf, ed.); memoirist, novelist and PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award finalist Lisa Lanser Rose, (For the Love of a Dog, Body Sharers); poet and Zora Neal Hurston scholar Phyllis McEwen; whose poetry is featured in A Woman For Our Times: Alice Walker; and writer and poet US Army Major (Ret) Matthew Mobley, whose work has appeared in Oh Dark Thirty Literary Review, Bridge Eight and F(r)iction Literary Journal, among others.

Attendees will be guided through lessons in craft and imaginative exercises that lead to new works. The retreat will also include a faculty reading and book signing, a reception, and an optional lunch-time open reading for participants.

The Sandhill Writers Retreat is open to writers of all levels who wish to hone the craft and renew the joy of writing. Teachers, students, active and retired military and the general public are all invited to attend.

A very limited number of private one-on-one manuscript consultations are available on a first come, first served basis for an additional fee. Manuscripts of up to 15 pages of poetry, fiction and nonfiction must be submitted to Retreat Director Gianna Russo by May 1, 2018.

Retreat registration includes access to all activities. Both a box lunch and a one-on one-manuscript conference may be purchased for an additional charge. All participants must be pre-registered to attend. Early registration will close on at midnight May 15, 2018. Late registration from May 16-19, 2017, incurs an additional late fee of $15 per registrant. To read more detailed information and register online, visit this page:

https://www.saintleo.edu/sandhill-writers-retreat

For additional information contact Director Gianna Russo at gianna.russo@saintleo.edu

ArtPoems is a creative collaboration of artists and poets. As a platform for the creation of new art and poetry it adds a unique vision and voice to the Southwest Florida cultural landscape each year. Founded in 2007 by Lorraine Walker Williams and Joe Pacheco, ArtPoems will celebrate its twelfth year in 2018.
 
Each season ArtPoems artists and poets are paired and exchange art and poetry. The artists create new art works inspired by poetry and the poets write new poems inspired by artwork. New creations emerge from this shared inspiration and collaboration.
 
This year ArtPoems will be performed at two venues and exhibited at the Arts for ACT gallery in downtown Fort Myers. 

Multimedia Stage Presentation
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Reception 7:00pm
Stage Presentation 7:30pm
Schein Hall — BIGarts
900 Dunlop Rd
Sanibel, Florida

Gallery
April 2 – 27 2018
(Art Walk, April 6)
Arts for ACT
2265 First Street
Fort Myers, Florida and Fort Myers

 

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

Florida Writers Conference

This is the conference for you if you’re looking for three days devoted to the craft and business of writing. With more than 70 workshops and panels ranging from sessions for beginners to deeper, more interactive workshops, the Florida Writers Conference offers a satisfying and supportive celebration of the writing world in all its infinite variety.

You need to be here because this is where your muse lives.

Registration opens April 1, 2018

Writers Open Workshop

Peace River Center for Writers
Time changed to 10 am.
A Writers Open Workshop of prose and poetry will be held every other Friday from January 19th to April 27th, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm in Room D-203 at Florida SouthWestern State College, Charlotte Campus, 26300 Airport Rd., Punta Gorda. There is no charge. This workshop is open to the public. So invite your fellow writers. The facilitators will be John Pelot, Dobie Pasco, and others. Writers of all levels are welcome. Please bring samples of your writing to read or discuss on a flash drive for projection at the workshop or e-mail to jpelot@fsw.edu​.

​Click here to visit Peace River Center for Writers​ website.