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Pine Island Writers is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging all writers of every genre, ability, and experience to grow further in their writing. They accomplish this task through open meetings where, through the process of sharing and critical feedback, the writers support and nurture each other to develop their writing.  They also help promote each other’s work, writing workshops within the community, and other local and international writers.

The Pine Island Writers meet every Monday from 7-9 p.m. on Zoom and, during non-pandemic times, at St. John’s Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall on Stringfellow Road in St. James City. Please join a meeting if you are interested in improving your writing, reading good writing, or working with writers and helping them get published.

Member Spotlight

  • April Member Spotlight
    This month’s spotlight is on Nancy Leake, published author of poetry and children’s stories.
    Author Photo NancyFive Key Words that Define You as a Writer
    1. Imagination
    2. Sensitive
    3. Adventurous
    4. Thoughtful
    5. Curious
    Where are you from and What is your educational/professional background? From North West Indiana Who and What inspires you as a writer? Robert Frost, Maya Angelo, Walt Disney. Nature and children. What is your goal as a writer for this year? How do you intend to accomplish it? Gather some of my poems together and publish another book of poetry. When do you feel you are you most creative? When I’m alone in a quiet place with my thoughts. Why did you start writing? How long have you been writing? I loved reading to my daughters when they were small and making up stories for them. Thoughts, ideas and poems just kept coming into my mind so I started writing them down. I’ve been writing mostly since raising my children and finding the time to do so. Links to your website/social media? None

Our Vision

It is the vision of Pine Island Writers to promote and develop the art of writing and the joy of reading among the residents of Pine Island as well as the surrounding vicinity. We welcome writers of all skills and genre to our critique meetings to share their current work.

Mission Statement

To encourage writers of all genres, abilities, and experience by critiquing in a constructive and positive manner; to educate about the interactive art of the written word; to promote a pride of community through the craft of writing; and to produce and manage occasional publications.

President’s Message

Got voices in your head? Don’t worry! We’ve got a Zoom app for that!

Welcome to 2021 fellow writers and those interested in writers. Since March of last year, our writers group have gone from face-to-face meetings to meetings via Zoom. So, now you can be virtually anywhere and join our writers group even IF you aren’t a resident of Pine Island or even southwest FL. Our snowbirds have the ability to attend year round because of being online. We now embrace technology and meet online on Zoom every Monday (except major holidays) from 7-9pm EST. Come check out a meeting (or two) before becoming an official member. Try before you buy. Just contact us by emailing info@pineislandwriters.org or using our Contact Form and ask for the Zoom link. You may attend two before ever having to become a member.

We hope that this year will be better than last year for you. Maybe you have been inspired to write by all that you’ve endured in 2020–a pandemic, civil unrest, racial discrimination, political chaos, division, heroism–so many different emotions and events to arouse creative juices with a need to let out the pressure.  Pine Island Writers Group is the perfect place to get started. We are a Critique Group that shares our writings with each other to get feedback and encouragement. This is the meat and potatoes of this group and it is what everyone appreciates the most. Whether you write for yourself, to self-publish or to publish through a publishing house, you are welcome here. We attract writers from every genre–fiction, non-fiction, poetry, screen-writing, plays… We have writers with a myriad of experience from first-time journal writing to series novelists and poets. We have people who write for fun and for themselves to those who have won contests, awards and have had their works published. There are no egos here–just great people who care about writing and helping others succeed.

We are also in the process of creating monthly Special Events that are tentatively scheduled on Thursdays. They will be discussions and educational sessions on Special Topics and may include videos and guest speakers. Keep an eye on our calendar for actual dates and topics. These will be open to members and guests (for a small fee).

We are also in the process of upgrading our website to make it a better resource for Members and interesting to visitors. We will have a Members Only section, a writers blog and a Published Works section with direct access to purchase all published works by our paid members. Keep checking back to see our progress.

As a member of Pine Island Writers Group, you will also have access to Gulf Coast Writers Association. We have a continuing reciprocal agreement with them so that our members can attend their meetings and they can attend ours as a member–a two for one deal!

So join us to see if we can make this a place where you realize the voices in your head need to be put on paper. We want this to be a place where everyone learns, grows, and shares experience and expertise. Let’s make 2021 a very productive year!