Upcoming Speakers and Events

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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The Reality of Abstractions

Meeting Date: Oct, 10th 2018
Jacaranda Trace: 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Elsie Quirk: 5 PM to 7:30 PM

This is the meeting you must make.

We will be focused upon a 2000 year plus a thinking and writing tool.
It’s not the pencil, it’s what you do with the pencil. The value of this tool has been proven over and over again to the miss-belief of its critics. Look back through history and you will find the use of this tool has won hearts and minds and wars. It has also helped the writer to create literature instead of writing. Think of this way. Anyone can be a writer, critic, or consumer of the written word.

The only place in all of Florida, the United States, North America, South America, Europe, Russia, China, Africa, and the space station will you find anyone teaching the power of the abstraction. 

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Gulf Coast Writers Association
Guest Speaker, Jack Dunigan
October 20, 2018
10am to 12pm.

Zion Lutheran Church
Fort Myers

Are you a creative person? Do you make a living with your ideas? If you’ve ever wondered why you haven’t made the money you’re worth, then you don’t want to miss this.

Our guest speaker, Jack Dunigan, will join the Gulf Coast Writers Association and share his insights on the business side of things. With years of experience writing for magazines, coaching, and pursuing writing as a business, Jack is prepared to give you some hard truths.

First time guests are free. For more info please call 770-906-7885 or visit us @Gulfwriters.org.

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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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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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