STAY TUNED  &  Mark Your Calendars

TIME: 9 AM – 2 PM
1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island, FL

There will be room for  authors to choose between a  long, 4ft table or a square card table, depending on how many books you have. This will be in the large room. All set-up is done for us. Just bring your props and books.

Details have not been finalized.

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.  Sign-up is 2:30. Our show  airs live on Sunday at 3:00.  Worldwide viewers can hear the show on the Internet. (

After the show, and time-permitting, a visitor who reads may be eligible for a three-minute author interview that is posted on the Facebook page for “Writers on the Air”.

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 in the Springs Plaza just south of Caddy Carts if heading south from Venice.  The public is WELCOME. Readers need not be published.

For more details, contact Linda Schell,, 941-223-1262. For cancellations due to weather or holidays, visit our FACEBOOK PAGE: “Writers on the Air.”

Thursday, November 8-Sunday, November 11, 2018 (8:00 AM – 8:00 PM on the 2nd, 3rd, & 4th; 8:00 AM – Noon on the 5th), BIG ARTS, Sanibel Island
12th Annual Sanibel Island Writers Conference
Registration open now.

Join Ann Hood, Joyce Maynard, Alastair Moock, Steve Almond (creative nonfiction), Andrea Askowitz (narrative performance), Julianna Baggot (YA literature), Lynne Barrett (plot & structure), Jenny Bent (literary agent), Jill Bialosky (editor), Emily Black (memoir), Brock Clarke (fiction), John Dufresne (fiction), Tod Goldberg (fiction), Stephanie Elizondo Griest (travel writing), Major Jackson (poetry), Steve Kistulentz (fiction), Tom McAllister (fiction), Annemarie Ni Churreain (poetry), Jan wary O’Neil (poetry), Jane Roper (nonfiction), Michael Ruhlman (food writing), Christopher Schelling (literary agent), Mark Evan Schwartz (screenwriting), and Darin Strauss (narrative) four four days of workshops, panels, readings, consultations, and concerts.

For more info, visit

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:
Information about registration here.



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 or call 239-590-7421.

Looking forward to seeing you on the island in November!

Tom DeMarchi & the whole SIWC crew

Sarasota Screen Writer’s Retreat

Three day screen writers retreat at Ringling College of Art and Design.

In an intense 3 days, Robert McKee teaches the substance, structure, style and principles of Story. Learn how to apply classical story design – the kind that has resulted in masterpieces of all kinds – to your own cinematic, theatrical or literary premise.

Seminar tuition: $865

Begins: Friday, October 19
Ends: Sunday, October 21
Time: 9:00 am – 7:30 pm

Venue: Ringling College of Art and Design
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida
USA 34234-5895
Map and Directions

We are pleased to offer a discount to you, your writing groups and College students and educational professionals. Students and college professionals may contact Kimmi at 941 309-1200 x 104 for the discount code and writers and writers groups may apply the code MCKEE10 for a 10% discount!

We so look forward to you coming to our beautiful county and enjoying the seminar in an intimate setting.

Here is the link! Space is going fast!

Kimberly Heath-Carrico
Production Coordinator
AFCI- Certified  FcP, FcF

Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office

The 8th annual Venice Book Fair and Writers Festival takes place March 16 in Blalock Park from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tents will be assigned as they are reserved. The first deadline for tents is Nov.1, 2018.

Each 10-foot x 10-foot tent may be used by one or two authors, at $150. After Feb. 1, 2019 the cost goes to $175, if tents are still available. Between Nov. 1 and Feb. 1, tents may be reserved for $150 if any are left. Most authors will want to reserve a tent by Nov. 1 to ensure they have a place at the book fair. Each tent will include an 8-foot table and two folding chairs. Authors must pro- vide their own table covers and booth identification signs. As in the past, we plan to have the students available to help get books to and from tents.

The Writers Festival takes place Friday, March 15 at the new Venice Public Library, 300 S. Nokomis Ave. Proceeds from the fair go to Venice Heritage Inc., the 501(C )3 fundraising organization that supports the extension of the Venice Museum and Archives and the restoration of the oldest existing house in Venice, the Lord-Higel family pioneer home.

The book fair has an improved website. Please check out

Florida Writers Conference

Undecided about attending the next Florida Writers Conference? Read what some of last year’s conference attendees wrote in their conference surveys:
“I’m amazed (such an overused word, but appropriate here) at the breadth of this conference and how smoothly it runs.”
“I think the conference was the best and most intense conference I’ve ever attended.”
“Having attended trade conferences and overseeing a conference myself, I am highly impressed with this conference, especially the amount of content and value for the money.” 

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. See the FWA website for details.

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:

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!