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, November 17, 2011

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011

Turn out was great for our latest meeting as we welcomed back long-time member Joanne Phillips. After listening to Joanne's latest poem, “Jump Start,” we realized how much we missed her this past summer. We also welcomed new guests Denise, Cathy, and Rick as well, and look forward to seeing them as regulars.

We plan on donating to the Nokomis Volunteer Firemen on our next meeting, Dec 7th, so, if you could spare $5.00 to donate, please bring it to the next meeting. We don't charge dues or membership, but we do like to contribute to our gracious hosts, especially at this time of year. Thanks in advance, everyone!

Jim, (AKA James Kelly) had his new book of poetry, “From the Embers,” available and signed copies for everyone. He'll bring more next time if you didn't get a chance to pick one up at the meeting.

After a cordial meet and greet, we got to listen to Rod read, not one, but two of Ed Lyman's short stories. Both great, humorous stories from our Nonagenarian, (Ed is probably the only one who won't have to look this one up) “The Green Bras” and “The Way It Will Be” led off what was another night of great writing. From humor to poetry, and dark humor as well, it was a fast, entertaining evening.

Ed Ellis got to go in front of Peter again, and read his “Parallel Reality,” written the night before from 11:15pm til 5:30am. The writing was inspired by Joanne who asked “What was God doing before the Big Bang?” No wonder he couldn't sleep. We benefit from his insomnia...

Kerri again kept everyone's rapt attention as she continued with “English as a Second Language,” part of her “Homemade Rodeos, Cocoanut Heads, Marshmellow Alligators, Growing Up Floridian,” work. A great discussion followed about the use of real names or identifiable people in fiction work, or even in reporting or journals. Lots of good viewpoints!

Susan read a passage from Bill Moyer's “Language of Life,” which served as a prologue to Jim Kelly's great poems, “People and Leaves,” and “Awakened.” Joanne's return was marked by her “Be Careful What You ask For,” “I'm Not The Cook,” and the aforementioned “Jump Start,” which signals the return of a great talent. Joanne's humorous work is always a treat.

Russ brought us back to the realm of outstanding descriptive writing with a reading from Bill Prozini's book, “Illusions,” followed by Patricia with another piece of her dark humor that, again, caught everyone off guard. Great work. She is waiting on the publication of three poems to become a full member of the Horror Writers of America. Congratulations, Patricia!

Peter read another elegant writing, “My Frog Sings” the last chapter his book “Something of Value,” followed by Ben's revised Chapter One of his book, “Newearth.” The discussion that followed covered everything from science fiction to definitions and we suddenly found out we were out of time. A fast, fun evening.

Cathy, we look forward to hearing your work on Dec 7th, our next meeting, and I have a feeling we'll take up where we left off.

See everyone in three weeks! Next meeting is Dec 7th!

George (

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