National Art ExhibitionThe Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda is holding its Biannual National Art Exhibit beginning February 18, 2022, and running through April 16, 2022. In connection with the exhibit, they will hold a special Evening of Poetry and Art on March 23 from 7-9 pm.

We are looking for poets to be a part of this evening, where the visual arts come together with poetry. To do so, submit a poem for consideration inspired by one of the works in the exhibit. Deadline for submission is March 15, 2022. Ten poems will be selected to be read by the poets that evening.

Details about how to submit poems and how the selection process works are included in the Call for POETRY Submissions.

We are hoping to get poets from all of SW Florida! In order to get the word to GCWA poets, perhaps you could post the attached Call for Poetry Submissions on the website, or include the information in a newsletter. I’d greatly appreciate it. It’s always a wonderful exhibit of art from all over the country, and the evening of poetry is always fun and exciting.

Any questions, please contact Dorothy Brooks at

southwest florida reading festival

Authors, sign up for the Southwest Florida Reading Festival Saturday, March 5, 2022. GCWA has afternoon (1:00 to 4:00 p.m.) openings at our tables on the campus  of Fort Myers Regional Library, 2450 First Street, Fort Myers, FL.

The festival has a first-rate reputation with a diverse line-up of nationally acclaimed, bestselling authors and consistently receives rave reviews from authors and attendees.

PLEASE NOTE: The Reading Festival is NOT accepting individual author applications so you must sign up with GCWA if you would like to participate. Authors can sign up by emailing Christie Zarria. Registration must be made by January 30, 2022.

Please read and familiarize yourself with ALL the Reading Festival Guidelines  if you decide to participate.

Dr. Joel Ying

Dr. Joel Ying


Live storytelling is back at the Alliance for the Arts on Friday, February 4th from 7pm to 9pm.  Storytellers of the Round Table and The Elephant Showcase Storytellers will take the stage to tell their tales of love lost and love gained.

The tellers, in order of appearance, will be Dr. Joel Ying, Mary Lou Williams, Rhonda Brazina and Marilyn Graham.

Mary Lou Williams

Mary Lou Williams

Dr. Joel will tell two folk tales, “Three Sacks of Truth” and “The Spring of Youth” that originate from Asian folklore; Mary Lou will tell two fractured fairy tales, humorous retellings of  “Kermit, the Frog Prince” and “The Porcelain Man,” one based on a Grimm’s Brothers tale, the other on a modern day fairy tale; Rhonda will tell two personal stories, “Left Behind” and “Circle of Love” that link her life as an infant to her life as a mother; Marilyn will also tell two



personal stories, “Trombone Tale” and “Requited Love,” the first about unrequited love and the second about requited, as the title declares.

Experience the power of the spoken word.  Captivating, spellbinding, and entertaining.  The stories will be followed by a Talk Back, which is a Q&A session with the audience.
Meet the storytellers.  Discover the stories behind the stories.

Marilyn Graham

Marilyn Graham

The Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers.  The ticket price is $18 for members and $20 for non-members.  To purchase tickets visit or call 239-939-2787.




Masters Review Summer Workshop

Fiction. Essays. Edits. Experts.

Participants receive personalized feedback on a story or essay, detailed suggestions for improvement, and resources for submittingall from an experienced instructor. The asynchronous workshop allows writers to work with instructors remotely and strives to provide a workshop experience that can easily fit into their lives. Enrollment is open until August 30, 2021.

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How to Design A Book

Learn how to design a book cover and interior with the newest course available in the IngramSpark Academy! This course reveals important publishing industry standards to keep in mind for your book design, whether you work with a professional book designer or create your cover and interior yourself.

Take our FREE Book Design Course to learn more about:

The Importance of Book Formatting
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How to Work with a Book Designer

Pine Island Writers ARE holding Zoom meetings every Monday at 7 pm. If anyone would like to join us, please have them contact Chai Voris for the Zoom sign-in. We meet weekly to share our writing with each other and get feedback.

Chai Voris
Acting President and Treasurer
Pine Island Writers

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.