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 Lschell2@verizon.net and visit the Writers on the Air page on Facebook.

Submit ideas for workshops

At the November 2019 GCWA meeting, we asked what workshops people would like to attend.  The following are current requests for workshops.

  • How to write a Query Letter
  • How to beat Writer’s Bock
  • MS Word tools, tricks, and formatting
  • Fictional character development — adding dialogue, “show” vs. “tell”
  • Selling your book — marketing and publicity
  • Better Writing
  • Revision. Saying more with less. Rewriting your prose. Did you say that already?
  • Revision and rewriting your poetry. When in doubt leave it out.
  • How to conduct a successful oral presentation. Can you hear me? Yes?
  • Marketing one’s self as well as your new book. A Total Plan.
  • How to use the new technology on your cell phone, tablet and PC. Is this thing on?
  • Creating a good press kit, business cards, book marks, postcards for promotion. Say what?
  • Ways to get unstuck when you have writer’s block. Don’t give up yet.
  • Memoir Writing Workshop. You don’t have to tell your entire life.
  • Prompts for writing poetry. Getting started. Yes, you can write a good poem!”

We will list any workshops scheduled by GCWA here. Also keep checking events, which include workshops from various writers organizations.

Please COMMENT below if you would like to add your suggestions for workshops.

If you are willing to help run a workshop, please include that information in your comment.

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