Spring 2017 Visiting Writers Forum

Spring 2017 Visiting Writers Forum
Join us for the Spring 2017 Visiting Writers Forum, brought to you by the Ringling College of Art and Design Creative Writing Program. You’ll get email reminders the week before each event that include an author’s bio, samples of their work, and links to more information about them.

The entire Spring lineup is below. Mark your calendars!

This series is free and open to the public. All events are from 7:00 – 8:15 pm in room 209 of the Larry Thompson Academic Center (2363 Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota, FL 34234).

For more details visit www.visitingwritersforum




     Bil Lepp, the world’s funniest storyteller, is coming to Fort Myers on February 10th and 11th 2017. Bil is a nationally renowned storyteller and five time winner of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest.  Bil’s outrageous, humorous tall tales have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life.  He has won numerous awards including the Storytelling Circle of Excellence Award and the Parents’ Choice Gold Award for his first children’s book.  He has performed 13 times at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN, at the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, and on Comedy Central.


    “With Lepp, the sorry low-down lie becomes a grand and glorious creation, a verbal sculpture in which a hundred small fibs, stretchers, falsehoods and prevarications are piled together, shaped and molded into one stunning, awe-inspiring cathedral of flapdoodle and bull.” Bob Wells, Duke Divinity Magazine.  Before becoming a full time liar, Bil Lepp had a career as a minister. He now lies religiously.  To find out more about Bil, visit his website at www.leppstorytelling.com.




Bil’s storytelling performances will be held at the Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33919, on Saturday, February 11, 2017.  Matinee at 2 pm, evening at 7:00 pm. Tickets, $10 for members, $15 for non-members.  Matinee and evening performances will be different.




Join Bil for a storytelling workshop on Fri, Feb. 10, 2017, 7-9pm.  Tickets $15 for member, $20 non-members.  Call (239) 939-2787 or visit www.artinlee.org.












                                                 STORY SLAM 2017


 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2017         7PM – 9PM

Alliance for the Arts                                    www.artinlee.org
10091 McGregor Boulevard
Fort Myers, FL 33919                                    239-939-2787

. Join ten local storytellers for an evening of laughter and
tears, joy, sadness, fun and excitement.
. Fairy tales, Historical tales, Personal tales, Tall tales, Folk tales
. Experience the range and power of storytelling that will
entertain, captivate, and connect.
. Presented by Storytellers of the Round Table

storytellersRT@gmail.com                         Tickets: $15

Feb 25, 2017 @ 10 am – 3 pm (1815 Fowler Street, Fort Myers, 33901)

Join us for the Butterflies & Blossoms (and Boox!) Festival hosted by The Butterfly Estates, The Gathering Place & PJBoox Downtown.

PJBoox Downtown authors may showcase at the free event by going to www.pjboox.NET and reserving their space. Space is limited and on a first come, first serve basis. Come show your support for local indie authors and your local indie bookstore!


You can subscribe to our Facebook events page @ www.facebook.com/pjboox

February 11, 2017 will be the annual fundraiser for The Fort Myers Friends of the Library at PjBoox – Reflections. We will have hundreds of new books by indie authors on sale for only $5! Come support the Library, indie authors and your local indie bookstore!

Feb 11, 2017 @ 10 am – 6 pm

13550 Reflections Pkwy, Suite 2-203, Fort Myers 33907


Starting in January, Artis will teach a seven-week writing workshop at the Alliance for the Arts. The class is open to all levels, including both fiction and nonfiction writers. Students will have the opportunity to bring work to share and receive feedback on their writing in a supportive, encouraging environment. Contact Artis at artis.henderson@gmail.com with questions or sign up here.

Nathan Hill’s “Evening with an Author” at the Lee County Alliance for the Arts

Just today, his novel “The Nix” was chosen by Amazon as one of the best books of 2016.
I would appreciate spreading the word to GCW..

Could you see if GCW would do a blast about Evening with the Author– Nate Hill
at The Alliance for the Arts
DATE: Tuesday, December 6
TIME: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

He is a marvelous writer, teacher and the members of GCW will surely
Benefit from attending

Write for a week next March 19-26 in Jamaica!

We’ve rented a large house, will be doing some touring. There will probably be too much rum. It’s a supportive, nurturing group–and we have two spaces (out of fifteen) left open. If anyone wants to write for a week in Jamaica, please get in touch at jordan.w.hartt@gmail.com.


Hello GCWA,

As fellow writers, we would like to offer the members of Gulf Coast Writers Association, Inc. a discounted rate to the Tallahassee Writers Conference.  This conference is sponsored by the Florida State University School of Information in conjunction with the Tallahassee Writers Association and will take place on September 24, 2016, at the Turnbull Center in Tallahassee, FL.  

According to the event website:

           “The TWA Writers Conference provides aspiring and established writers with the opportunity to network and learn more about their craft.  The conference brings in world class talent to cover topics ranging from mysteries, non-fiction, and young adult literature to marketing and promotion in the modern age of publishing.  Whether you are a beginner or an advanced writer of poetry, fiction or nonfiction, you will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with other writers, editors, agents, cover designers, publishers and more!”


In exchange for your assistance in promoting the conference through your social media presence, on your organization’s website, and at meetings, we will add your organization to the discount list available during the registration checkout. 

If you have any questions that we can answer or if your organization agrees to this arrangement, please contact us at the email provided below. 

We look forward to hearing from you. 

Sue Tabaka-Kritzeck

Member of the Tallahassee Writers Association


**Check out the web page for more information about the conference.**


Hi – I’m wondering if your membership might be interested in attending these writing retreats? Gerard is a Canadian author (originally from Newfoundland, now based in New Brunswick) and is offering retreats in Salem MA in November and Ireland in spring 2017. 

Please share in whatever way you see fit. Thanks so much!

Award-winning fiction author, Dr. Gerard Collins (PhD, MA, BA, BEd), is hosting two unique Go and Write retreats over the coming year: in Salem, MA, November 6-11, 2016 and in Ireland, UK, April 20-May 1, 2017. Gerard offers group workshops, customized written feedback and one-on-one meetings with each participant, and these particular Go and Write retreats combine inspiring travel with dedicated writing time.

The Salem retreat will feature five nights at the luxurious Salem Waterfront Hotel, workshops and individual consultation, and a day-trip to Henry David Thoreau’s Walden Pond and Louisa May Alcott’s home in Concord.
Ireland in 2017 offers workshops and individual sessions, five nights in a castle in Dublin, two nights in Ennis, a trip to Sligo and Yeats’ stomping grounds, and ends with a two-night stay in London.
Gerard has teamed up with Freedom Tours and Travel to offer these incredible creative writing retreats. Participants can register through the travel company directly by visiting www.freedomtours.com or calling (506) 632-1012 or (800) 561-2324 toll free.
Visit www.goandwrite.ca to see details about both retreats, or you can contact Gerard directly at gerardcollins@gerardcollins.ca or 506-432-1530.
Please feel free to share this email with those you think might be interested – you can also find it on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/goandwrite.ca/.
Gerard Collins, PhD, is the New Brunswick-based, multi-award winning author of Finton Moon and Moonlight Sketches. Originally from Newfoundland, he has lectured at Memorial University for nearly two decades, has taught at UNB, and has delivered writing workshops across Atlantic Canada. Gerard is a member of the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick and Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador.