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

Friday, October 21, 2011

In Memory of Phil Dobrin

In Memory of Phil Dobrin

As writers we all celebrate the good writing of individuals who attend our writers groups on a regular basis to share their experiences and writing. Phil was exceptional, bringing quality writing and comment to both the Nokomis group and Suncoast Writers.

Phil's book, Adventures of a Surgical Resident, is a must read for anyone interested in the memoir's of a very successful medical doctor. Phil's ability to take very dry subject matter and turn it into a book full of information you should know, in a way the layman can understand. His stories are told well and bring a smile and laugh.

My life has been touched in very special ways knowing Phil. I'm sure yours as well. When I drive home from our meetings from Nokomis and look over and see the car seat empty my mind sees Phil sitting there helping me drive in the dark. I once told him if he sat in the back seat he could see better. The drive home was always interesting with Phil telling me more and more stories. We also had additional conversations about the meeting and Phil helped me see things in a different light and perspective. The secret we kept from our wives was the stop for three taco's and a senior drink.

For some strange reason, Phil stayed slim and trim and I added to my weight. Taco Bell will always remind me of Phil.

Phil left me with a treasure for my personal library, a signed copy of his book.

"With best wishes for a great friend" Phillip.

I know we all miss Phil.

Ed Ellis

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Aaah, Cooler weather!

Wednesday, Oct 19th 2011

We welcomed Barbara and Peter Frickel back from France this past Wednesday, along with the first cooler weather of the season, and we welcomed a new member as well. Peter Folares met our eclectic group, and heard some very good work read by many of the members. Rod read another of Ed Lyman's engrossing stories, which fascinated the group as usual. Ed's work never fails to send me to the closest dictionary. Irv did a piece on letter writing, followed by Ed, who actually got to go ahead of Peter for a change! Ed was inspired by Jim's poetry and read a whimsical poem written while eating at a Taco Bell. No, it was about Halloween.

Peter read another excellent passage from one of his favorite authors, followed by Kerri, who started a really good discussion after reading her piece about air-boats and alligators. What is a “Cracker” anyway? Jim again enthralled the group with his poetry and Russ read a chilling selection from Jack London, where the protagonist isn't a person. We closed with a congenial discussion about upcoming events, which include:

Peter Frickel's Web site has been added to the links section, check out his site when you can...

We are still shocked at the loss of Dr. Phil, and we will post an appropriate page shortly


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hello Everyone,

Susan is taking a break from the Blog for a while and I have volunteered to humbly try to fill her shoes while she is in Pennsylvania enjoying the cooler weather. I will post the details from Wednesday's meeting as soon as I master this page. Bear with me, I should have something intelligible, one hopes, shortly.

I can be reached at

George Mindling