Upcoming Speakers and Events



Timothy Jacobs – author, CEO and owner of JWC Publishing
Monday, November 4, 2019

Your Writing Is Your Business

If you have ever wanted to succeed as a writer, you need to treat your writing as a business. He’ll be sharing his experience by giving you a variety of tips, ideas, and insights to help you turn your writing into a business. Light snacks and beverages will be served and Mr. Jacobs will have numerous books available for purchase.

A donation of $3 non-members and $1 for members of PIW is requested to cover the cost of this presentation.


Pine Island Writers is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging writers of every genre, ability and experience to grow further in their writing. This is accomplished through open meetings of shared writing and acceptance of critical feedback. The writers support and nurture each other to develop.  They also help promote each other's work as well as other local and international writers such as our guest speaker, Timothy Jacobs.
The Pine Island Writers regularly meet every Monday from 7-9 pm at St. John's Episcopal Church. Please visit if you are interested in improving your writing, reading good writing or if you have an interest in working with writers and helping them get published.


Location of all events: St. John’s Episcopal Church, Fellowship Hall. 7771 Stringfellow Rd. Pine Island.  See link on website for map and directions.

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Gulf Coast Writers Association
Writing Science Fiction that Throws You a Curve Ball
Speaker: Rick Wilber, Editor and Teacher

October 17, 2019
2 - 3pm
SW Charlotte Campus
26300 Airport Rd., Punta Gorda, Room D-203

Enjoy award-winning author, Rick Wilber, as he leads you in a workshop, Writing Science Fiction that Throws You a Curve Ball.

A literary reading by Rick from his new collection, Rambunctious:  Nine Tales of Determination, will be held after the workshop from 4:00-5:00 P.M. in the Auditorium.  A reception with refreshments will be held after the reading.  The workshop and reading are free and open to the public.  

Bio:  Rick Wilber has published more than fifty short stories, several novels and short-story collections, three edited anthologies (incl. Subtropical Speculations: An Anthology of Florida Science Fiction, 1991), a memoir (My Father’s Game), and a half-dozen college textbooks on writing and the mass media.  His novel Alien Morning (Tor, 2016) was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of 2016.  Rick is notable as an award-winning writer in the field of baseball fantasy, with some twenty baseball-themed stories published in Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Elysian Fields Quarterly, Spitball and elsewhere.  Wilber's father was baseball p player Del Wilber.

Rick lives in St. Petersburg and that area’s barrier islands have often figured into his stories and novels
.  Alien Morning is set primarily on one of those islands.  

Rick is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Western State Colorado University 
and an adjunct in creative writing at Florida Gulf Coast University. 

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Does your children’s book deserve a prestigious award? If so, enter the Northern Lights Book Awards. The NLBA recognizes children’s books as an art form and honors books that excel in aesthetic and literary qualities with an emphasis on permanency. It seeks out stories that will leave a lasting impression, ones that resonate with the reader not only now but in years to come.

We accept traditionally published and self-published children’s books regardless of copyright year. Not published yet? Don’t worry, we have a category just for you.

We are inviting PIW members to submit their children’s books at the normal fee of only $60 per title. You may also enter your title in as many categories as you see fit at no additional fee, (normally $10 per category). To receive this exclusive offer, simply write PIW under Associations/Societies when filling out the 2019 award submission form.

Awards and Recognition

Winners will be announced on our website, social media platforms, and through a press release sent to a comprehensive list of media outlets. Two (2) medalists will be selected per category. Each winning book receives a personalized certificate and 100 award seals.

One (1) grand prize winner will be awarded The Northern Lights Book of the Year Award. The book will also be honored with an Aurora Sparks Award and featured in the Aurora Sparks Toy Portfolio. The Northern Lights Book of the Year Award recipient will be invited to enter their book(s) in the 2020 NLBA at no cost. This distinguished author will be featured in the JWC Publishing newsletter, receive a certificate commemorating their achievement, and 200 award seals.

Enter today and give your book the mark of distinction it deserves.

We look forward to reading your book.

For further information, please click on this link?
Northern Dawn Awards
Please direct questions to

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Writers Helping Writers' (Used to be Writer's Read)
Punta Gorda Library
West Henry Street
Punta Gorda, FL

First Tuesdays of each month
11 am to 1 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.

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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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Sisters in Crime Mystery Writers
New Orleans Chapter

Mystery Writers in New Orleans Conference
November 16, 2019

They are hosting a conference, "A Journey into Mystery of the Criminal Minds" for writers, readers and fans of mystery and crime fiction. This craft program will explore how to craft believable and often unbelievable criminal characters and the worlds they inhabit. The Key Note Speaker is multi-award winning crime fiction writer Hank Phillippi Ryan.

Contact Pam Ebel, President, at
pebel@accesscom.net for further information on conference registration and hotel information.

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Pine Island Writers


Board of Directors

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


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