Call for Poetry

Call for POETRY Submissions

Create a poem inspired by one of the pieces of art
on display in the National Art Exhibit.

On Display February 7-March 25, 2020 at
Visual Arts Center
210 Maud St, Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Deadline for submission: February 26

 On-line submissions only

 Evening of Poetry & Art:  March 4, 2020 7-9pm

Details flyer

Creative Writing Workshop

The Creative Writing Workshop begins on Monday, January 27th.  It will be held each week during the Spring Semester (except March 9th) until March 30th, from 2:00-3:00 P.M., Room D-203,  at the FSW Charlotte Campus, 26300 Airport Rd., Punta Gorda, Florida.  The teacher will be John Pelot, PRCW President.  Bring samples of your Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction on a flash drive or hard copy.  There is no fee.

Writers on the Air

Every Sunday, WKDW 97.5 FM nonprofit radio invites amateur writers, poets, and comedians to perform or read on its program “Writers on the Air.”  Organizers are looking for funny or family-friendly content.

Sign up at 2:30 p.m.  The show airs live at 3:00 p.m.  After the show, a participating visitor who reads may be eligible for a three-minute author interview that is posted on the “Writers on the Air” Facebook page.

The public is invited to:
Common Grounds Meeting Hall
12735 Tamiami Trail
North Port, Florida
next door to WKDW 97.5 FM radio station in the Springs Plaza.

For more information, contact Linda at and visit the Writers on the Air page on Facebook.

The Elephant

“Stories You’ll Never Forget”

the elephantJoin the showcase of oral storytelling performances. We breath new life into this ancient art of one person sharing a story with another. Tellers tell their tantalizing tales. This is HUGE! Unforgettable! Captivating and fun! Sponsored by Storytellers of the Round Table. Emcee: Dr. Joel Ying

Naples, Florida

The Elephant 5: Stories You’ll Never Forget
Monday, April 6, 2020
7pm – 9pm
Sugden Theatre (Tobye Hall), 701 5th Ave South, Naples, FL 34102
Tickets: $20
Box Office: 239-263-7990

The Hudson comes to the PeaceSouthwest Florida Writers Conference
Saturday, April 18, 2020

Be sure to register for the 2nd annual (2020) Southwest Florida Writers’ Conference to get the discounted Early Bird rate. The price increases on January 15th. Scheduled for April 18th at the Port Charlotte Cultural Center, this huge 1-day event will offer 45 workshops, 2 masterclasses, and private sessions with the New York and Florida literary professionals. Last year’s event was so successful that many of the agents, editors, publicists, and marketing experts are returning to find new writers to represent. For more information go to:
One jam-packed day of writing possibilities featuring individual classes, discussion panels, and a special keynote speaker.
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Cultural Center of Port Charlotte, 2280 Aaron St, Port Charlotte, FL 33952

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

Next Steps… Watch for additional information

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.

For more information contact Brenda Spalding at


FGCU Literary Festival

4th Annual FGCU College of Education Literacy Festival 

Friday, January 31st, 2020
9:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.
FGCU Library Lawn

The Florida Gulf Coast University College of Education Annual Literacy Festival is the only university-sponsored literacy festival in the state of Florida. Every year it connects children’s and young adult authors and illustrators with over 2000 students from regional Title I schools. The College of Education purchases participating authors’ books and distributes them regionally before the event. Every student receives a book! College of Education teacher candidates visit classrooms to study the participating authors and integrate their books into the curriculum across their disciplines. The day of the FGCU COE Literacy Festival features author book signings, interactive workshops with authors, digital literacy, and STREAM activities.

Do you love writing fiction? Poetry? Fanfiction? Short stories, novels, or essays?  Then join other interested writers for a writing session followed by a chance to share your work for feedback!  (Sharing your work is optional).  You are encouraged to bring your own supplies.  Registration is not required, but space is limited.

Conference Room B (NF)
Saturday, January 25th, 2020
1:00pm – 3:00pm

North Fort Myers Library
2001 N Tamiami Trail
North Fort Myers, FL 33903