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

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Favreau Starts New Year With New Achievements

Ann Favreau, one of our most loyal FWA members, has started off the new year with a double bang!

First, the Englewood Sun newspaper is now running a story about Ann's life and about her new book WINDOW EYES. To read the article about Ann's life go to, scroll down to "Today's Printed News" and scroll further down to the article "Seeing the World Through Window Eyes."

And second, Ann also received word that her story TERROR IN A TAXI was selected for publication by Doorways Memoirs, an online ezine. TERROR IN A TAXI will appear for a year in this publication. Ann was also paid for this story, which makes her a true "professional" writer. To read TERROR IN A TAXI go to

A teacher for 27 years, Ann's life changed drastically in 1988 when she was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. But Ann was determined that her cancer was not going to ruin her life or stop her from traveling. As the article says, "Sentenced to a life with an artificial opening in her colon, Ann set out with her husband Raymond to travel the world. ... Along the way, Favreau became a voice for ostomates--people who live with an artificial opening in some part of their bodies from cancer or catastrophic illness.

"Her work with ostomates led her to speak in front of hundreds of people [and] write for ostomy publications." From there, Ann moved on to writing her own story and publishing a book about her experiences. Those experiences included an invitation to the White House to serve on a colorectal round table.

Ann's visit to the White House also included a sampling of an especially luscious White House dessert. Not one to let an opportunity slide by, Ann included the dessert in her "Desserts Around the World" story.

Ann is also the director of the Suncoast Writers Guild. She will be doing book signings for WINDOW EYES at the Jacaranda Public Library February 9th at 10:30 a.m. and the North Port Public Library February 20 at 3 p.m.

For further information about Ann's experiences with cancer or her world-wide travels, email her at

Congratulations, Ann! May the rest of 2010 be as exciting for you as its beginning!

Posted by
Russ Heitz