Third annual Indie Author Day

Have you ever said to yourself, “I should write a book”? Come meet some folks who have done just that at Indie Author Day.

The third annual Indie Author Day will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018. The event will be hosted at the Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, FL, from 9 am until 1 pm during its weekly Greenmarket.

Just what is an “Indie Author” anyway? The term applies to authors who have self-published a book. Ever since Amazon launched its self-publishing platform in late 2007, indie publishing has grown exponentially. In 2017, of the 1,000 top-selling eBooks on Amazon, 284 of them were written by self-published authors.

But indie publishing isn’t strictly digital. Indie authors also offer books in print form. Local authors who write in a wide variety of genres will be on hand to sign their books and to answer questions about their publishing journey.

Spots are still available for authors who want to join in the fun. Please contact for more details. GCWA members please also contact Irene Smith at in order to coordinate our participation.

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

We look forward to seeing you on October 5, 2018 at the Creative Writing Education Today Symposium to be held at the University of South Florida, Tampa.

The Symposium is free, the panel sessions promise to stimulate interest, inquiry, and discovery; and the audience discussion and thoughts will be published in New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing (Taylor and Francis) in 2019.  Please register for the Symposium, using the quick “Register here” link.



Dr. Dianne Donnelly
Creative Writing Pedagogy
Assistant Dean, Office of Research and Scholarship
College of Arts and Sciences
University of South Florida
Dr. Graeme Harper
Creative Writing Pedagogy
Dean, The Honors College
Oakland University, Rocjester, MI

Lona Root Haskins

Lona Root Haskins, a member of GCWA, has been invited to speak Friday, Sept 14th at 1:00 at Lakes Regional Library.

Lona came to the literary world very late in life. In 2014 at age 79 she published her collection of grief poetry, Grief to Celebration: The Journey Through the Loss of My daughter, Dianna Louise.  In 2015 at age 80 she published her parents’ memoir, Humble Roots: Earl and Caroline. Lona will be discussing her extensive research into the events of the early to mid 1900s and the impact of these events on her parents’ lives.


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

Indie Author Day 2018

Mark your calendars! The third annual Indie Author Day will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018.

On this one day, libraries and organizations around the world welcome local indie authors, writers and their communities in for a day of education, networking, mingling, writing, open mics, panels and so much more! We’re proud to offer free registration to all participants!

Welcome to the 16th annual Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $4,000 in prizes.
Please submit during April 15-September 30, 2018.
• TOM HOWARD PRIZE: $1,500 for a poem in any style or genre
• MARGARET REID PRIZE: $1,500 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style
• The top two winners will also receive one-year gift certificates from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $50 value)
• Honorable Mentions: 10 awards of $100 each (any style)
• Top 12 entries published online
Length limit: 250 lines per poem. No restrictions on age or country. Please click here for full details. Read the winning entries from the 15th contest. The results of the 16th contest will be announced on April 15, 2019. Fee: $12 per poem.

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