Tim Jacobs


Pine Island Writers is hosting Timothy Jacobs – author, CEO and owner of JWC Publishing on Monday, Nov. 4th at 7pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church in the Fellowship Hall at 7771 Stringfellow Rd., St. James City on Pine Island.  Mr. Jacobs is presenting Your Writing Is Your Business. If you have ever wanted to succeed as a writer, you need to treat your writing as a business. He’ll be sharing his experience by giving you a variety of tips, ideas, and insights to help you turn your writing into a business. Light snacks and beverages will be served and Mr. Jacobs will have numerous books available for purchase. A donation of $3 non-members and $1 for members of PIW is requested to cover the cost of this presentation.

Tim is an ex-president of GCWA.


NaNoWriMo 2019 is right around the corner. This wildly popular phenomenon, National Novel Writing Month, starts November 1, and you’re urged to write an entire novel by the end of the month.

Wouldn’t it be great to actually finish a 50,000-word novel in 30 days? Since 1999, that very idea has inspired millions of writers from all over the world to embark on this journey. In 2015 alone, more than 430,000 finished their manuscripts.

NaNoWriMo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides tools, structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds — on and off the page.

NaNoWriMo believes in the transformational power of creativity. Writing a novel alone can be difficult, even for seasoned writers. NaNoWriMo helps you track your progress, set milestones, connect with other writers in a vast community, and participate in events that are designed to make sure you finish your novel. Oh, and best of all, it’s free!

What is NaNoWriMo?

Sign up here.

Date changed to October 24, 2019 from October 10, 2019

Award-winning author and Gulf Coast Writers Association member Charley Valera is inviting everyone to his official book launch party. The book in an autobiography titled, A Military Mustang: The Extraordinary Life of Captain John W. Arens. Captain Arens and Valera will be in attendance to talk with readers and sign books. There will be books available to purchase at the event.

Date changed: October 24, 2019 from 5:00-7:00
Military Heritage Museum,
900 W Marion Ave,
Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Florida Writers Conference

Last year we asked you: Where Does Your Muse Live?

This year we recognize we are all Writers@Work!

Undecided about attending the next Florida Writers Conference?  Read what some of last year’s conference attendees wrote in their conference surveys:

“The instructors were top-notch!”

“Great variety of workshops.”

“It was well organized, and everything ran on time. The speakers were true experts and I gained a lot from their workshops.”

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, and many other opportunities to network and learn, the Florida Writers Conference offers a satisfying and supportive celebration of the writing world in all its infinite variety.

Together we are all Writers@Work!

The Hudson comes to the Peace
Saturday, April 18, 2020

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! Register early for discounts. See Flyer.

Writers Conference

  • Featuring literary agents & editors from NYC
  • Expert Faculty
  • Exposure to all writing
  • Choice of classes & panels
  • One-to-one sessions with faculty
  • Pitch your writing to agents

A special opportunity! – Have your writing reviewed or pitch your work to a publishing professional … including 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.

One-to-One Sessions

Only for registered attendees! 1st pick of agents goes to 1st registered.

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

Date:           Saturday, April 18, 2020
Location:    Cultural Center of Port Charlotte
2280 Aaron St,
Port Charlotte, FL 33952

Program:    One jam-packed day of writing possibilities featuring individual classes, discussion panels, and a special keynote speaker.

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Registration fee includes: Your choice of class sessions, discussion panels, and workshops offered, keynote speaker, and your ability to schedule individual sessions with agents, editors and writing professionals. morning coffee, lunch, and dinner included in the registration fee.


Rick Wilber, award-winning author, editor of Isaac Asimov magazine, and teacher will lead a workshop “Writing Science Fiction that Throws You a Curve Ball” on Thursday, October 17th, from 2:00-3:00 P.M. at FSW Charlotte Campus, 26300 Airport Rd., Room D-203.  A literary reading by Rick from his new collection , “Rambunctious:  Nine Tales of Determination,” will be held after the workshop from 4:00-5:00 P.M. in Room O-122 (the large hall along the cafeteria).  A reception with refreshments will be held after the reading.  The workshop and reading are free and open to the public.
Florida SouthWestern State College

Creative Writing Class

Barbara Sanders four-week creative writing class starts
Thursday, September 19, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Lake Kennedy Senior Center,
400 Santa Barbara Blvd,
Cape Coral, FL 33991

The next 4-week creative class will start on Thursday, October 24th, same time, same place.

 Please call Lake Kennedy to get on the sign-up list: 239-574-0575. 


Marketing Seminar for Authors

Many authors want to know more about how to promote their book and get more sales.

ABC Books 4 Children & Adults, Inc has some answers for you. We are hosting a marketing seminar on November 14, 2019, from 6 pm – 9-pm in Palmetto at the St Mary’s Episcopal Church. You can register for this event on Eventbrite.

Your event URL is https://www.eventbrite.com/e/charting-the-course-for-success-tickets-70664993899

Date And Time

Thu, November 14, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST


St Mary’s Episcopal Church
1010 24th Avenue West
Palmetto, FL 34221
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Sleuthfest 2020

Sleuth Fest 2020

Sleuthfest 2020 Registration Opens September 1!

Early registration discount ends January 5th, 2020 – standard registration runs until March 15th. Online registration also closes on March 15th, 2020. Onsite registration will be available during SleuthFest based on availability.

We want to let you know that registration for Sleuthfest 2020 is right around the corner. We have an amazing program planned, and you won’t want to miss a minute of it.

Sleuthfest will be on March 26-29 at the Doubletree by Hilton Deerfield Beach/Boca Raton.

Our Guest of Honor is Catriona McPherson. Author faculty includes Frankie Y. BaileyRichie NarvaezAlex Segura, and Chantelle Aimée Osman.

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