Schedule and Location

Welcome to the Sarasota Writers Group Blog. We meet the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Nokomis Fire Station. Coming from Sarasota or North, proceed a few blocks south of Albee Road on US 41 (past Matthews-Currie Ford) to Pavonia Road. Turn right (West, toward the bay) at the Fire Station's flashing yellow caution traffic light. If you are coming from the south on US 41, we are 2 blocks north of Dona Bay. Turn left onto Pavonia Road at the flashing yellow caution light. At the Fire Station, drive to the far end, or west side, of the firehall. Please do not block the fire doors! We meet in the training room at the far end of the complex. We Gather for a meet and greet at 6:00 pm Meeting called to order: 6:30 pm Ten-minute break: 7:50 pm Meeting Adjourned: 9:00 pm

Thursday, August 28, 2008


Literature is regardless of its size.
The format of the work could be in a poem or novel.
It is written from blood and/or tears of the author.
It allows the blind to see.
It becomes the pigment of the imagination.
They can be whimsical to serious.
Some become hindsight's present to the reader's future.

So many hear the rain claim its rain, but only a few look and see the rain fall to claim its raining.

James A. Geimer©28-Aug-08

Great Week For Our Group!

Our Sarasota FWA Group had a roaring end of summer boost into fall and a new season. The week launched with a full-page feature story, replete with photos, crafted by John McCafferty in the Venice Gondolier Sun. This, along with some interest in the FWA website resulted in six new people attending our meeting last night.

Mike Durr who's been working on a program to encourage active participation here on our FWA blog, presented his plan last night. It was met with interest and enthusiasm, especially by the new attendees who were immediately shown a way to become active participants. Simply put, everyone is invited to write seventy-five word thoughts, ideas, stories, news items or anything they just want to say. The object being exercising the skill of using words powerfully but succinctly. We can note whether our message is to share a concept with hope of feedback or make a powerful statement. Those requesting comment will provide the fodder for discussion at the next meeting. It's a great way to offer critique, get to know one another, and also the opportunity to learn writing skills.

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Friday, August 01, 2008

You Can’t Change Course on Autopilot

Su Haley recently sent me an article on thinking. The writer commented that he’s “less concerned with what [people] think than that they think.” He’s right on.

We’re all aware that we don’t have to think. Our brains run on autopilot just fine using intuition. That’s okay unless we want to improve; that requires thinking.

Mike Durr

Link to Mike's website