Writing for JusticePEN America’s Writing For Justice Fellowship, an opportunity for writers working in any genre to address aspects of the challenge of mass incarceration in the United States. Six Fellowships will be offered in this round, each with a $10,000 honorarium as well as funds for travel and research, and we hope this will enable extraordinary works to surface.

The 12 month-long Writing For Justice Fellowships will commission writers to create written works of lasting merit that illuminate critical issues related to mass incarceration and catalyze public debate.

Executive Committee

(1 Year Term)

Corporate Board

(3 Year Term)

Judy Loose

Judy Loose

Board (term ends 2019)

jcloose@looselinks.com
More about Judy

Gianni Franco

Gianni Franco

Treasurer

Arlyn Euken

Arlyn Euken

Secretary

Tom Nelson

Tom Nelson

Board (term ends 2020)

normsson@yahoo.com
More about Tom

Sharmin Fairbanks McKenny

Sharmin Fairbanks McKenny

Membership (co-chair)

Laura Nonemaker

Laura Nonemaker

Membership (co-chair)

Jan Nieman

Jan Nieman

Board (term ends 2021)

jannieman@comcast.net
More about Jan

Sloan Jordan

Sloan Jordan

Special Projects

Don Cappelli

Don Cappelli

Board (term ends 2021)

doncappelli@hotmail.com

Mike Cole

Mike Cole

Website Manager

Al York

Al York

Officer at Large

Our Volunteers are how we operate

Being on the Board or Executive Committee is extremely important to our association. Since we are a volunteer based, 501c3, the only way we can maintain the operation is through our member’s continuous donation of time.

We realize not everyone can give in this way all the time, and thus we have one-year terms for most of our officers. The Board meets four times per year outside of our general meetings, and the Executive Committee meets eleven times. Giving of just one year is all that is asked, and who knows, you may find you enjoy it and want to offer more.  Each term begins on April 1st.

The Great American Read

Click on “Take the Quiz” below and see the list of 100 books.

May 22, 2018, 8:00 PM
WGCU Presents

As host of The Great American Read, Meredith Vieira will take viewers on a journey across the country to uncover the nation’s 100 most-loved novels. What’s your favorite?

How many of the 100 books have you read?

Take the Quiz

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.. We tape weekly on Sundays at 3:00 P.M. Sign-up is 2:30. The previous week’s taping is broadcast on the radio at 5:00 PM on Sundays.  Worldwide viewers can hear the show on the Internet.

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 south of Warm Mineral Springs if heading south from Venice. We are south of Caddy Carts. The public is WELCOME.

For more information, contact Linda Schell, Lschell2@verizon.net, 941-223-1262.
For cancellations, visit our FACEBOOK PAGE: Writers on the Air.
Location: Common Grounds Meeting Hall, 12737 S Tamiami Trail, North Port, FL 34287 

Chais Voris


Chai (pronounced Shay) Voris is a new fiction writer that made her living  as a technical, business  and training development writer. She is now blessedly retired and decided to start writing for enjoyment. She is a born storyteller or drama queen as her mother likes to put it. Chai  decided to start giving voice to the many characters that roam around in her head (did I mention crazy?) Chai lives on Pine Island with her wife Deborah Hunter, her mother-in law Marjorie Hunter, and her sister-in-law Peggy Richards. She is lucky to also  live across the street from her mother, Melanie and her father (a published author and her inspiration) James Lee Voris.

Chai is currently (2018) President of Pine Island Writers.

Hungry Hill Writing

COMPETITION DEADLINE REMINDER

POETS MEET POLITICS 2018
INTERNATIONAL OPEN POETRY COMPETITION

Dear Poets,

There are just under four weeks until our Poets Meet Politics International Open Poetry Competition 2018 deadline on Saturday April 28th.

We invite entries, worldwide, for poems on any theme related to politics.

We will be awarding a first prize of €500 for each competition, with a second prize of
One week’s accommodation in the Creativity Cabin in Cork, Ireland, ( http://www.thecreativitycabin.com ) and a third prize of €100.

For more details on the judge, entry requirements, other competition details and our entry form, please click here.

Craft Short Fiction Prize

Craft Short Fiction PrizeJudge: Jim Shepard
Contest closes April 30

Welcome to our fiction contest! We are thrilled to have Jim Shepard as the judge for our contest. Jim Shepard is the author of seven novels, including most recently The Book of Aron, which won the Sophie Brody Medal for Achievement in Jewish Literature from the American Library Association and the PEN/New England Award for fiction, and five story collections, including his new collection, The World To Come. Five of his short stories have been chosen for the Best American Short Stories, two for the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, and one for a Pushcart Prize. He teaches at Williams College.

Three stories will be selected by Jim Shepard from a short list and published in CRAFT, accompanied by an introduction from Shepard and a craft essay from each author. Each of the three stories will also be available as downloadable pdfs. The author of the prize-winning story will receive $2000; the two runners-up will receive $500 and $300, respectively. A short list of finalists will be published online.

More information

MWAThe next Southwest Florida meeting of the Florida MWA will be Saturday, April 14th and will feature author Suzi Weinert. She will discuss her Garage Sale mystery series, her dance with Hollywood, and having her books produced for the Hallmark Channel.

All meetings start at 1pm. We meet in room 108 of the L-building at Florida SouthWestern State College – adjacent to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. I will put up signs inside. Check the Lee Campus map here for more details <http://www.fsw.edu/about/maps>

Parking: You are allowed to park in Lot 7 next to the L-building (usually reserved for faculty) on Saturday, even if there is an event going on at BB Mann.

You do not have to be an MWA member to attend this meeting – although MWA membership materials will be available – invite your fiction writing friends.

We will meet for lunch before each meeting at 11:30 at Jason’s Deli – 13550 Reflection Parkway, Fort Myers. It’s off Cypress Lake Drive near the FSW campus.

Contact me with questions: <author.mljoy@hotmail.com>