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“Stories You’ll Never Forget”

Join 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

Fort Myers, Florida

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Alliance for the Arts,
10091 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33919

Tickets: $20 non-members / $15 members
Box Office: (239) 939-2787
Featuring: Joel Ying, Mary Lou Williams, Rhonda Brazina, Tashahara Jallad, Christopher Pritchard, Lori Cornelius, Stephen Cavitt, Lisa Leonhardt, Marilyn Graham, Robin Schulte

Amelia Island Book Festival

Amelia Island Book Festival engages adults and young people in the joy of reading and writing through a series of public events featuring New York Times best-selling authors, independent publishers and authors, awards programs and workshops.

Thursday, February 13 through Saturday, February 15.

Schedule and locations

Writers’ Workshop

Writers’ Workshop

Including celebrity author Sandra Brown as luncheon keynote

Friday, February 14
8:00 am – 1:30 pm

Florida State College, Betty P. Cook Nassau Center, The Bean Center
76346 William Burgess Blvd., Yulee, Florida 32097

Amelia Island Book Festival and the Florida Authors and Publishers Association are pleased to present once again a stellar lineup of professionals to inform both aspiring and accomplished writers about the craft and business of writing. Join us for a half day of learning, networking, and entertainment, and get your manuscript critiqued!

This year’s Writers Workshop features six programs divided into two tracks—The Writing Craft and Publishing/Marketing, with sessions running concurrently in each time slot. Each session (one hour and 15 minutes) will offer a dynamic speaker or panel of professionals, with tips, discussion, insider advice, and opportunities for questions and answers. You can mix and match between tracks to attend whichever session you prefer.

Writers Workshop Schedule:
7:30 – 8 am — Check-in/Registration
8 am — Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:15 am – 12:15 pm — Workshop Sessions
12:30 – 1:30 pm — Luncheon Keynote

More information

Holiday Open Mic

holiday open mic

Holiday Open Mic, Wednesday, December 18, 7:30

Strauss Theater
2200 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL 33957

Please come and help us make the evening bright.

Joe Pacheco

Hearts in the Sand

Sponsored by Southwest Florida Romance Writers

Bi-annual conference allowing writers to hone their craft and marketing skills
and network with industry professionals.
Enjoy nearby beaches & Florida sunshine

January 31 – February 1, 2020

Embassy Suites by Hilton
10450 Corkscrew Commons Dr,
Estero, FL 33928 (Naples / Ft Myers area)

More Info

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

For those who attended the very successful 2019 Conference you will be excited to learn that the organizing of the 2020 conference is well under way. The early bird registration ends January 1, 2020, and it’s coming fast. For the chance to sit down with a New York Publisher you need to act now, there is not much time left.
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


The North Fort Myers Public Library with the Lee County Library System is holding a Local Author Day on February 29, 2020 from 1 to 3 pm. Authors will have a chance to promote and sell their books. This is an indoor event.

The event is free for both writers and the public. Space is limited and invites will be sent out to the authors selected to participate by February 4th.

February 29th from 1 to 3 pm. Author set up and meet in greet starts at 12 pm.

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

Join us in welcoming our local, independent authors. Have a chance to speak with the authors, purchase their latest books, and learn more about what inspires their work.

Deadline to submit application:
January 15, 2020

Event Space:
Two authors per table (6’ x 2’), 1 chair each.

The following survey acts as an application:

Creative Writing Workshop in the Vineyards of Tuscany


Alison MacLeod     May 3 – 9, 2020
Tobias Jones     September 6 – 12, 2020
Writing Retreat     October 11 – 17, 2020

In Vino Veritas is a residential writing workshop in the vineyards of Tuscany featuring personalized encounters with teacher/writers, morning workshops, guided wine tastings, and wonderful Italian cuisine. Limited to a maximum of 15 participants, In Vino Veritas brings together a small group of international writers who work on memoirs, fiction, and poetry, learning about writing in the morning and wine in the evenings. All is accompanied by exquisite food and conversation.
In 2020, we are thrilled to announce three exciting sessions. Alison MacLeod, author of Unexploded, long-listed for the Booker Prize, will lead a Fiction workshop in May. Best-selling author of The Dark Heart of ItalyTobias Jones will lead a Non-fiction workshop in September. And for those who do not want to attend a morning workshop, a Writer’s Retreat in October affords the opportunity to find inspiration in the landscape and wines of Tuscany, while discussing your day’s writing at mealtimes with the other writer-participants. For more information, see our website:
The backdrop to this exciting week is the Donatella Cinelli Colombini wine estate in Trequanda, between Florence and Siena. The day begins after breakfast with a three-hour workshop. The afternoon is free for writing, reading, swimming (in season!) or wandering through the vineyards. In the evening, wine flows over long Italian dinners that include sommelier-led guided tastings and exquisite food pairings. Some star-filled evenings are dedicated to readings.
Participants stay in superbly comfortable private bedrooms in rustic buildings in the middle of the vineyards. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner feature Tuscan specialties, like the famed Chianina steak, and produce comes from local farms in the Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or the very gardens of the Cinelli Colombini estate itself (vegetarians won’t get bored!).
Please do not hesitate to contact me for an electronic brochure.
Thank you for your attention. Cin-cin! Cheers!

The Spoken Word Open Mic
November 20, 2019, 7 p.m.

The Spoken Word Open Mic returns to the Sanibel BIG Arts Strauss Theatre, 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957, Wednesday, November 20th.

After a very successful first season, the Strauss Theatre will open the doors and stage to the first Open Mic of the 2019-20 season.  Sanibel and Southwest Florida poets and writers will perform their latest works.  Members of the audience are invited to join them on stage by reading original works or a favorite poem or prose passage.

If you wish to participate, please come early and sign our reader list.
Doors open at 7:00 PM    Admission $5 at door, cash only

For for info call Joe Pacheco, M.C.    472-1280