Upcoming Speakers and Events

Due to the Coronavirus, Pine Island Writers is suspending face-to-face meetings until further notice. Please stay tuned for our return.


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FSW Presents: Visitor Writer Series
Heidi Reszies

Florida Southwestern State College
Charlotte Campus
Building O, Room 117

Monday, March 23rd
4:00-5:00 P.M.

Noted Poet and Transdisciplinary Artist Heidi Reszies will read from her poetry collections.  She is a resident of Richmond, Virginia. Her creative practices negotiates the opening, the potential that occurs at the interstices of fragments—of language and image—and seeks to expand those liminal spaces. Her recent study & praxis explores book arts, letterpress printing, and the materiality of books; books as content and container, object and text. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks:
Recollections & Reenactments (Zoo Cake Press, 2017), Flowering Parts (Artifact Press, 2017), and Current Mood (Artifact Press, 2018). Her poetry collection titled Illusory Borders is forthcoming from The Operating System in 2019.

This is a Florida Literary Arts Coalition event. 
Refreshments will be served.

Free and open to the public

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To PRCW Members and other Writing Groups:

For several years I have provided copyediting services both privately and through the Peace River Center for Writers.  My fee is much less than the average to make this service available to new authors.  [$10 an hour or $2 per 250-word page (12 pt, double spaced), an average of 5 pages an hour.  $4 per page for manuscripts with a lot of errors.]  I have edited works of poetry, fiction, autobiography, and spirituality.  I use "The Chicago Manual of Style" and the "Cambridge Guide to English Usage" as standard works of reference.  If you need editing, please contact me at
prcw@fsw.edu or 941-676-2630.

Madelon Becker
Office Manager
Peace River Center for Writers
at Florida Southwestern State College

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Writers Helping Writers
Punta Gorda Charlotte Library
401 Shreve Street
Punta Gorda, FL

First Tuesdays of each month
11 am to 1 pm

Get help, advice and encouragement from your fellow writers to improve the writing you are currently working on and helpful information on getting the finished work published.  Everyone is welcome to attend and take part or just to sit and listen.  Thanks to the Arts and Humanities Council of Charlotte County and the Punta Gorda Library, there is no charge.  For further information contact Paul Holmes at

Writers Tea, Port Charlotte Library on Aaron Street, 2nd floor, 3rd Tuesday of the month, 1:00-3:00

You are invited to attend and share some of your poems, stories, or personal memoirs.  Please bring a snack to share.  Tea will be provided.  “Our group is an informal collection of kindred spirits who share writing and give input if asked.  We enjoy a leisurely round of reading, snacks, and conversation." Contact Arlene Kincaid at 625-7312 or
jmkmak36@gmail.com for further information.  There is no charge.

N.B. These writing groups are not directly affiliated with the Peace River Center for Writers.

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Frontier Poetry
New Voices

Submissions for New Voices poetry category are open year-round to any new and emerging poet who has not published more than one full-length collection of poetry. New Voices are published online only and will feature a number of poems from new authors each month.

They are thrilled to offer significant payment to their partner poets: $50 per poem, up to $150. They are proud to be paying for published pieces but will be highly selective in their choices for publication.

They also warmly invite under-represented and marginalized voices to submit. Their aim is to be an accurate representation of the diversity of their beautiful community. Your voice is valued there.

Submissions are open to new and emerging poets only (no more than one full-length published work forthcoming at the time of submission. For information about self-published works and pieces published via personal or social media pages, please see their FAQ page below).

Show excellence in your craft. Bend language, experiment with visuality and form—lay your heart bare on the page. The aim is to showcase writers who they believe will continue to produce great work. Send only your best.

They accept simultaneous submissions—please send a note if your work is picked up elsewhere (They want to say congrats!)

All submissions must be no more than 10 pages and no more than 5 poems.

They do not accept multiple submissions. Please submit all your poems in ONE document.

Please include a cover letter with your publication history
Expect 8-12 weeks for a response

To view a list of most commonly asked questions regarding submitting, please see our FAQ page.

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Pine Island Writers


Board of Directors

Jeff Nilsson - President
Chai Voris - Treasurer
Paul Petruzzi - Secretary/Historian
Jim Voris - Member-at-Larg


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