Schedule and Location

Welcome to the Sarasota Writers Group Blog. Meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of the month at the Nokomis Fire Station, located just a few blocks south of Albee Road (where Matthews-Currie Ford is located) at Pavonia Road. We are on the west, or bay side, of U.S. 41, by the Fire Station's flashing yellow caution traffic light. If you are coming from the south on US 41, we are just north of Dona Bay. Turn on Pavonia and pull to the far end, or west side, of the firehall. Please do not block the fire doors! We meet in the training room on the far side of the complex. Gathering time: 6:00 pm Meeting called to order: 6:30 pm Ten minute break: 7:50 pm Meeting Finishes at 9:00 pm

Thursday, August 28, 2008

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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