About Us

President’s Message

Got voices in your head? Don’t worry! Pine Island Writers can help you with that!

Welcome to 2021 fellow writers and those interested in writing. Since March of last year, Pine Island Writers has gone from face-to-face to virtual meetings. You can join us every Monday (except major holidays) from 7-9pm EST year round, whether or not you’re a resident of southwest FL or a snowbird. Come check out a meeting (or two) before becoming an official member. 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. If you have been inspired to write, especially with all that has happened in 2020, Pine Island Writers group is the perfect place to share your creative energies. So join our constructive critique group where everyone learns, grows, and shares experiences and expertise. Let’s make 2021 a productive year of writing!

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting!

Chai Voris

President, PIW

History of Pine Island Writers

In the late 1990’s, a few friends came together to discuss how they could improve their writing skills. Word spread quickly on the island, and by 2000 the group was too large to continue to meet in each other’s homes.

A generous member volunteered her office in the industrial park as a meeting place. An ad was place in the Eagle and before long there were 20-25 participates at the Monday night gatherings. Not only Pine Islanders came, but published and unpublished writers from the surrounding area joined.

It was time to form an organization with the aim of providing support to those wishing to pursue and improve the craft of writing. In 2004, Pine Island Writers became a non-profit community based organization. They moved their meeting place again, this time to St. John’s Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall in St. James City, where they continued to meet until 2020, when they switched to online meetings due to the pandemic.