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

Florida SouthWestern State College is honored to announce the opening of Jack KEROUAC & Ed RUSCHA: On the Road at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery with a public preview reception on Friday, June 29th from 6-7pm and an exceptional performance by legendary Kerouac-collaborator David Amram from 7-9pm. Pairing renowned West Coast Pop/Conceptual painter Ed Ruscha’s illustrated edition of the classic Kerouac novel with the author’s original 1951 manuscript for the first time, this groundbreaking exhibition brings together two of 20th Century America’s most visionary and influential artists. Featuring readings by Sanibel Joe Pacheco, songs by Ronny Elliot, and Pamela Epps on the sax.

Friday, June 29th 6- 7 pm
For additional information please call: 239-489-9313
Bob Rauschenberg Gallery / Florida SouthWestern State College / 8099 College Pkwy / Fort Myers, FL 33919

Naples Center
July 5, 12, 19, 26
10:00am-12:00pm

REGISTER

This course is open to all writers who wish to grow and further their understanding of all aspects of the writing process: from early sketching and brainstorming, through the drafting and revising process, to copy-editing and publishing. Since audience is one of the most important aspects of writing, you will have an opportunity to share the content of your work with like-minded, aspiring authors in a constructive, acceptance-oriented, creative and vibrant writing group in search of effective writing methodologies. This class welcomes whatever you are writing or want to write – memoir, stories, novel or poems – for input, guidance and discussion. Instructor: Lisa Wroble


FAPA Book Awards Submissions Deadline extended to May 28!

Each year, the FAPA President’s Book Awards program recognizes book publishing excellence and creativity in design, content, and production for North American authors and publishers. Books published between January 2017 and May 2018 are eligible for this year’s awards. Eligible books may be entered in forty-three categories.  There are also two separate cover design categories.   Discounts are available for Early Bird Submissions. The Early Bird Submissions deadline is February 28, 2018. The final submission deadline is May 21, 2018.

For more information and to submit a book, please visit https://fapa.submittable.com/submit or click on the button below.

Submit Your Book

 

Executive Committee

(1 Year Term)

Corporate Board

(3 Year Term)

Judy Loose

Judy Loose

Board (term ends 2019)

jcloose@looselinks.com
More about Judy

Gianni Franco

Gianni Franco

Treasurer

Arlyn Euken

Arlyn Euken

Secretary

Tom Nelson

Tom Nelson

Board (term ends 2020)

normsson@yahoo.com
More about Tom

Sharmin Fairbanks McKenny

Sharmin Fairbanks McKenny

Membership (co-chair)

Laura Nonemaker

Laura Nonemaker

Membership (co-chair)

Jan Nieman

Jan Nieman

Board (term ends 2021)

jannieman@comcast.net
More about Jan

Sloan Jordan

Sloan Jordan

Special Projects

Don Cappelli

Don Cappelli

Board (term ends 2021)

doncappelli@hotmail.com

Mike Cole

Mike Cole

Website Manager

Al York

Al York

Officer at Large

Our Volunteers are how we operate

Being on the Board or Executive Committee is extremely important to our association. Since we are a volunteer based, 501c3, the only way we can maintain the operation is through our member’s continuous donation of time.

We realize not everyone can give in this way all the time, and thus we have one-year terms for most of our officers. The Board meets four times per year outside of our general meetings, and the Executive Committee meets eleven times. Giving of just one year is all that is asked, and who knows, you may find you enjoy it and want to offer more.  Each term begins on April 1st.

The Great American Read

Click on “Take the Quiz” below and see the list of 100 books.

May 22, 2018, 8:00 PM
WGCU Presents

As host of The Great American Read, Meredith Vieira will take viewers on a journey across the country to uncover the nation’s 100 most-loved novels. What’s your favorite?

How many of the 100 books have you read?

Take the Quiz

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!

Chais Voris


Chai (pronounced Shay) Voris is a new fiction writer that made her living  as a technical, business  and training development writer. She is now blessedly retired and decided to start writing for enjoyment. She is a born storyteller or drama queen as her mother likes to put it. Chai  decided to start giving voice to the many characters that roam around in her head (did I mention crazy?) Chai lives on Pine Island with her wife Deborah Hunter, her mother-in law Marjorie Hunter, and her sister-in-law Peggy Richards. She is lucky to also  live across the street from her mother, Melanie and her father (a published author and her inspiration) James Lee Voris.

Chai is currently (2018) President of Pine Island Writers.

Last Call for Entries!

Deadline extended to April 23, 2018

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that’s worth telling everyone! And welcome to all, having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00. All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com

Guidelines:
Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.
And/or write a short story, 5 pages maximum length, on any subject or theme. Genres: fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or neatly hand printed.
Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.
Deadline: All entries must be postmarked by: April 23, 2018 at 11:59 PM, PST.
All contest winners will be published on May 31, 2018
Prizes:
Writing First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.
Poetry First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.
Entry fees:
$10 per story, $5 per poem.
To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the cover sheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation.
Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”
Mail to:
Dream Quest One
Poetry & Writing Contest
P.O. Box 3141
Chicago, IL 60654

Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for details on how to enter!