NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo 2020 is right around the corner. This wildly popular phenomenon, National Novel Writing Month, starts November 1, and you’re urged to write an entire novel by the end of the month.

Wouldn’t it be great to actually finish a 50,000-word novel in 30 days? Since 1999, that very idea has inspired millions of writers from all over the world to embark on this journey. In 2015 alone, more than 430,000 finished their manuscripts.

NaNoWriMo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides tools, structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds — on and off the page.

NaNoWriMo believes in the transformational power of creativity. Writing a novel alone can be difficult, even for seasoned writers. NaNoWriMo helps you track your progress, set milestones, connect with other writers in a vast community, and participate in events that are designed to make sure you finish your novel. Oh, and best of all, it’s free!

What is NaNoWriMo?

Sign up here.

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

Marco Island Writers Meetings

Meetings 2nd Wednesday of the month  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Mackle Park Community Center
1361 Andalusia Terrace
​Marco Island, FL 34145

Established June, 2011
Mission Statement:   To gather writers from all genres and skill levels to help one another improve their craft by sharing information and inspiration regarding writing or publishing for fun or profit.
Motto:    We are writers helping writers.
Strategy:
  • Networking and support of our members in the craft of writing
  • Writing workshops – among ourselves & with writer coaches
  • Critique Sessions (Read and Recommend), Flash Fiction, Technology Tips
  • Annual AuthorFest — writers helping writers to reach readers

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.  Sign-up is 2:30. Our show  airs live on Sunday at 3:00.  Worldwide viewers can hear the show on the Internet. (info@KDWradio.com)

After the show, and time-permitting, a visitor who reads may be eligible for a three-minute author interview that is posted on the Facebook page for “Writers on the Air”.

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 in the Springs Plaza just south of Caddy Carts if heading south from Venice.  The public is WELCOME. Readers need not be published.

For more details, contact Linda Schell, Lschell2@verizon.net, 941-223-1262. For cancellations due to weather or holidays, visit our FACEBOOK PAGE: “Writers on the Air.”

Writers Helping Writers

Writers Helpng Writers (previously Writers Read) is a group for local writers that meet at the Punta Gorda Library on West Henry Street on the first Tuesday of each month from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

The authors attending the meeting may provide several copies of their work in progress to be reviewed for feedback. Depending on the number of attendees, each writer has a ten-minute slot to read their story/poem followed by a five-minute discussion period. This group gives a writer the opportunity to read their work aloud. We gather to help each other improve our work.

Several of us are self-published and can give tips on going that route. Some are published by a small press. We are happy to share our experiences.

All writers are invited to participate no matter what level. Doesn’’t matter if you’re simply thinking about writing and want to attend to get a feel for what transpires at a meeting. Those of us who have been attending for years are happy to share our experiences and encourage others not to give up.

Thanks to the Charlotte Arts and the county library there is no charge for attending the meeting and you don’t have to be a member of anything. You just have to want to write something.

So if you have been or are now thinking of writing, don’t be bashful, come join us the first Tuesday of any month from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. We want to hear your story.
Paul Holmes (pgholmes@comcast.net)