Upcoming Speakers and Events

We will be closed for Memorial Day. Please join us again on June 3, 2019 to have fun with words…seriously!

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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Poetry at the Pond
North Port Library-Veteran's Park
13800 Tamiami Trail

April 6, 2019
2-4 pm

Please come celebrate National Poetry Month with the poets of North Port Poetry Workshop. This outdoor event is fee and open to the public. Bring a chair or blanket, water, and sunscreen. The annual Open mic Event will include several rounds of poetry readings, a snack break, and a group photo request.

For more information: rszback@verizon.net

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Reverse Course
Paul Holmes

Many of you have entered into the idea of writers writing poems from the paintings of an artist. Why not reverse the process and let artists paint from poetry given to them by poets?

Paul Holmes is in the process of making this suggestion to local art galleries and libraries. He has taken the first step and would like to be sure that there are enough local poets who are willing to take part in such an endeavor.

If you have a poem that you think would inspire an artist to paint a really dramatic and beautiful picture and would like to be part of this first ever experiment then please reply to me at
pgholmes@comcast.net so I have the confidence to proceed with this new idea.

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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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Southwest Florida Writers Conference
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Cultural Center of Port Charlotte 2280 Aaron St.
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
(941) 625-4175

"Hudson comes to the Peace" - Writing's Possibilities!

Spare yourself the expense of a major trip. Attend a high-quality event that brings quality presenters and publishing professionals to Southwest Florida. The conference is centrally located; a two-hour drive for anyone in the primary service area. Reasonable hotel accommodations are available with blocks of rooms reserved.

Conference registration is limited!
Discounts for early bird registrations!

Registration fee includes: Your choice of 9 class sessions, discussion panels, and 70 workshops, keynote speaker, and your ability to schedule individual sessions with agents, editors and writing professionals. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included in the registration fee.

~Featuring literary agents & editors from NYC
~Expert Faculty
~Exposure to all writing
~Choice of 72 classes & panels
~One-to-one sessions with faculty
~Pitch your writing to agent

Have your writing reviewed or pitch your work to a publishing professional including 16 agents and editors from NYC. Submit your sample/pitch in advance and spend 20 minutes with someone who may aid you in your writing career.

Only for registered attendees! 1st pick of agents goes to 1st registered.

One jam-packed day of writing possibilities including a special keynote speaker.

For more information, visit the Southwest Florida Writers Conference web page.

Pine Island Writers


Board of Directors

Chai Voris - President
Jeff Nilsson - Vice President
Ed Zettle- Secretary/Treasurer
Jim Voris - Member-at-Larg


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