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.

Our own Pine Island Writer, Nina Pulliam, will have some of her photographs featured when the 7th Annual 2015 ART EXPO comes to the Saint James Civic Center, February 27 & 28. SJCCA is located at 3300 Fourth Avenue, St. James City, at the corner of Fourth and Lemon.

“Meet the Artists” reception will be held from 7:00 - 8:30 pm Friday. This reception is a great time to meet the artists and converse with them about their creations and also buy art before the show opens to the public on Saturday. Come out and give Nina our support!

Saturday the Art Expo and Photo Expo show and sale run from 9-4 pm. Art Expo is a juried show of fine art and craft for the artists of Greater Pine Island. All art is original and the mediums include painting, jewelry, sculpture, glass, fiber and wood, to name a few.


Pine Island Writers
Open Mic Sunday, March 1, 2015
2:00-5:00 pm.

This inaugural “Readin’ in the City” will take place at the Saint James Civic Center, 3300 4th Avenue, St. James City, FL 33956. 

You do not have to be a member of Pine Island Writers to participate in this event, and both writers and listeners are welcome! 

Presentations will be five minutes or under, and must be original (published or not). No reading of another’s writing, but poetry, short stories, memoirs, and even original songs are welcome.

There is no charge, but donations to the SJCC will be received. Bring snacks or hors d’oeuvres to share, your own beverage, and the willingness to 
have fun with words seriously.

For more information about this event, or about Pine Island Writers, please send email to
info@PineIslandWriters.org, visit http://pineislandwriters.org/, or like us on Facebook.

Our vision is to promote and develop the art of writing and the joy of reading among the residents of Pine Island and the surrounding vicinity. Meetings take place at St. John's Episcopal Church, 7771 Stringfellow Road, St. James City, each Monday night at 7 pm.


Poet and Painters
A wonderful way for your poetry to be displayed in a gallery.
This program is supported by Englewood Art Center and is open to all area poets.
Saturday Apr 4th at 1: 00 PM to sign up for a painting. This is on a first come, first selection of a painting.
All entries must be submitted to Englewood Art Center in an unfolded printed copy so it can be displayed along side of the painting.
All entries must be in the hands of the Art Center no later then high noon on April 10th.
All poems will be displayed and there will be a reception on April 11th.
Please take advantage of this opportunity and perhaps you will have chosen on of the winning pieces of art and your poem will be read at the reception.
Any questions, please email Edwin Ellis at edellis20@gmail.com


Peace River Center for Writers Events

The Writer's Breakfast will be held at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday, March 7th, at the IHOP, 1501 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda.  Writers are encouraged to bring a short piece of their writing to read or discuss.  If you are new to writing or would like to learn about writing, this is the place.  There is no cost except for your own breakfast.  This meeting is open to the public.  The facilitator is Doug Houck (

The Open Mic will be held on Monday, March 9th, from 6:30-8:30 P.M. at Center Stage in Fisherman's Village.  Come and read or recite your poems, essays, short stories, skits, radio plays, or anything else you've written.  Singer-songwriters are invited to perform their original works. Listeners are welcome, too!

The Prose Writing Workshop will be held on March 14th and 28th from 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. in Room E-120, Florida SouthWestern State College, Charlotte Campus.  The cost is $20 per session for members, $40 for non-members, $75 for five workshops.  The workshop will focus on reviewing and editing memoirs, short stories, novels, or other work, and preparing for publication.  Please contact Douglas Houck at
millerhouck@comcast.net to register.

The Writer's Tea will meet on Tuesday, March 17th, from 1:00-3:00 P.M. at the Port Charlotte Library, 2nd floor, near the Cultural Center. 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. You can call Arlene Kincaid at 625-7312 or Mary Grace Patterson at 575-0739 for further information.

The Writing Workshop with Dr. Elijah Pritchett, FSW Professor of Humanities, will meet on Thursday, March 26th, from 4:00-5:30 P.M. in the Charlotte Room, O-116, at Florida SouthWestern State College, Charlotte Campus.  This workshop is for writers of all levels and styles.  Writers are invited to submit short works of poetry, prose, or creative non-fiction to
peaceriverworkshop@gmail.com.  The workshop is free to FSW students and members of the Peace River Center for Writers.  

The Peace River Center for Writers
A monthly workshop for writers of all levels and all styles.  
4 - 5:30pm
February 26th, March 26th, April 30th
Charlotte Room O-116
Florida SouthWestern State College
Charlotte Campus (26300 Airport Rd., Punta Gorda)

Writers are invited to submit short works of poetry, prose, or creative non-fiction, and join in the workshop. The workshop will be FREE to FSW students and members of the Peace River Center for Writers.  Other interested writers will be required to join the Center for a $35 annual membership fee, which allows access to the workshop as well as other Peace River Center events.  The Workshop will be led by Dr. Elijah Pritchett, FSW professor of Humanities.  Submit materials to:

Pine Island Writers
March 23, 2015, 7pm
St. John’s Episcopal Church, Fellowship Hall

Speaker: Author, jd daniels
Topic: Because I have my Writing: One Writer’s Journey

jd daniels bio photo 300dpi

Come in for a relaxing evening with author jd daniels. Her books include:
Say Yes, Through he Pelican Eyes, and The Old Wolf Lady: Wawewa Mepemoa. She is also co-editor of Prairie Wolf Press Review and Cedar Rapids Gazette best Selling Author.

Cost for seminar is $5.00 for non-members


Pine Island Writers
April 20, 2015, 7pm
St. John’s Episcopal Church, Fellowship Hall

Speaker: Ann Dalton, Esq.
Topic: Five Legal Issues for Writers

This presentation is a must for all writers. Writing is not just about producing a great article or a best selling book. There are legal issues that writers which writers need to be aware. Copyright issues are a big one.

If you are a writer, this seminar is for you!

Cost for seminar is $5.00 for non-members

Check out Ann Dalton

The Sandhill Writers Retreat~

Renewing the writer in you

Saturday, May 16, 2015      9:00am-5:30pm
Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida
The Third Annual Sandhill Writers Retreat will renew the writer in you. The full-day retreat will take place on the beautiful, serene University Campus, located in rural Saint Leo, Florida, approximately 35 miles north of Tampa.  The retreat will feature twelve hands-on writing classes in fiction, nonfiction, journalism, young adult writing and poetry.

A faculty of nationally-acclaimed Florida authors includes fiction writer Karen Brown (T
he Longings of Wayward GirlsLittle Sinners and Other Stories, and Pins and Needles: Stories); creative nonfiction writer and editor of Florida Review Jocelyn Bartkevicius; poet Michael Hettich (The Animals Beyond Us and Systems of Vanishing); Tampa Bay Times columnist and bureau chief Ernest Hooper; and young adult writer Amy Christine Parker (Gated, and the sequel, Astray). 

These four renowned writers will be joined by Saint Leo writing faculty members Dr. Patrick Crerand, Gianna Russo and Dr. Kurt Wilt to guide attendees through lessons in craft and imaginative exercises that lead to new works.

The retreat will also include a faculty reading and book signing, a reception, and an optional lunch time open reading for participants. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch or order a box lunch for an additional charge. 

very limited number of private one-on-one manuscript consultations are available on a first come, first served basis.  There is an additional fee for the 15-minute consultation of up to 10 pages of fiction, nonfiction or poetry.
Who Should Attend
You are invited!  

The Sandhill Writers Retreat is open to writers of all levels who wish to hone the craft and renew the joy of writing.  Teachers, students, the military and the general public are all invited to attend.

All participants must be pre-registered to attend.  Early registration will close on at midnight April 30, 2015.  Late registration from May 1-12, 2015, incurs an additional late fee of $15 per registrant.
General public   $85
Teachers, student, seniors  $65
SLU faculty, staff, students $25
Veterans and active duty military  $25
One-on-one manuscript consultation  $75
Box lunch $8
*Five student internships, for which there is an application process, waive the registration fee.  To apply for an internship, contact the director.
Retreat Administrators:
Gianna Russo, Director
Angel Jimenez, Assistant Director, is a Saint Leo faculty member.
John David Harding, Staff, is a Saint Leo faculty member.

The Sandhill Writers retreat is supported in part by the School of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Language Studies and the Arts, and the Cannon Memorial Library.

Questions should be directed to Retreat Director and Saint Leo English and creative writing faculty member, Gianna Russo, at 352-588-8282 or gianna.russo@saintleo.edu.
Conference webpage:

Pine Island Writers

PO Box 266
Matlacha, FL 33993

Board of Directors

Gail C. Berreitter - President
Debra Basham - Vice President
Mitch Grant - Secretary
James Voris - Treasurer
Kelly O'Sullivan - Member-at-Large