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
need to update the blog Dirty Secrets of a Writers GroupI
posted back on November 25th, 2014. I realized I left something very
important out of the blog, so, with my apologies, I will add the
your speaking style detract from your writing. If you sound like
you're reading the telephone book when you are reading Steinbeck out
loud, get someone else to read your material to the group. We have a
regular member who is in demand to read other people's work. We call her
the "Voice of FM," and her interpretation and
inflection when reading makes even the aforementioned telephone book
a pleasure to listen to. I recently read a member's final proof and
was astounded to find myself intrigued by the book that I had a hard
time following during the readings. I realized then that every reader
embeds their own images and emotions on the written material, quite
different from having it interpreted for you by a reader who
flavors it by the way they speak. So, once again, don't expect an
audience to cheer your first attempt at explaining how you helped
develop nuclear fission if you, like me, read out loud like Elmer Fudd.
a good speaker, or hand out enough printed copies for everyone so your
audience can read for themselves.
Spread the word, please! My new book, Stay the Night, comes out as a Kindle ebook, Smashwords ebook on April 30. Paperback book follows in a couple of weeks. It can be preordered before April 30th on Amazon Kindle or Smashwords for a reduced price.
The Sarasota Writers Group welcomed new FWA member Wendy
Dingwall, author of Celtic
Curse: An Yvonne Suarez Travel Mystery. Wendy
launched her own publishing company, Canterbury
House Publishing, Ltd., and is
also a past president of the High Country Writers
Association in Boone, North Carolina. Returning for a second meeting
was Simona Pipko, author of
Baltic Winds, and a former attorney in the Soviet Union. While living
in New York City and teaching at the New School for Social Research
and New York University, Simona wrote articles for various
publications including the International Lawyer and ABA, Law and
National Security Intelligence Report. Simona read her first article
published in eMagazine which will be included in her upcoming 4th
book. Also joining us for the first time was Ty
and Helen Jodouin. Ty has two science fiction books available,
Voyage to Oblivion and Rogue Planet. We welcome Wendy,
Simona, and Ty and his lovely wife Helen, and hope they find our
eccentric group not only entertaining but constructive as well. We
had 18 attendees, 7 of whom are FWA members.
We kicked off our meeting after our usual meet and greet session with
comments about a very nice newspaper article in the North Port Sun by
Marissa Williams about Rod DiGruttolo and myself at the recent
friends of North Port Library Book Fair. Cathy
Marine, Maris Soule, and
Jane Ann McLachlan were
also at the Book Fair, representing the Sarasota Writers group.
Our first reader was Jenny Oberg, who read a delightful piece about
her recent zero-dark-thirty drive to Immokalee to watch the annual
Hot Air Balloon festival, followed by Ernie Ovitz, who is on the
brink of publishing his first book, The Seventh King. Ernie
elected to read his upcoming Toastmasters Presentation, which
incidentally, was about his book. Don Westerfield followed and
warned everyone ahead of time to get the hankies ready. Joanne
Dunlap was back, and is she ever back. Great to hear her great
writing once again, followed by George
Collias who read a short story from Faulkner, A Rose for
Emily, reminding us all what a great short story sounds like.
Mangani, who always stimulates the grey matter with phrases like
"pinking tourists" while describing growing up in Hawaii.
Simona then read her first article and we had to carefully disengage from
a political discussion about the material to one about her writing.
We do not discuss politics or religion during our meetings as all are
welcome to present their writing, but we will fervently discuss how
well someone writes about any subject.
Andrew Parker, who read the
final first chapter of his rewritten Bitch Trailer Park, a unique
story only Andrew could have written. Bill Elam delayed his trip home
by a day just so he could attend our meeting, and read a piece called
"Frozen Chosin," about the infamous U.S. Marine battle in
great meeting behind us, we wrapped up with a quick discussions about
the simple use of commas, and said goodnight. Next meeting: May
Every day (with the exception of Sundays) I and about 1200 other
writers are blogging, using a blog that matches the letter for that day. April 1
was A, April 2 is/was B. Friday will be C. Saturday will be D. Skip Sunday.
Monday will be E, and so on.
were pleased to have Stephen King as our guest, uh, no, that was the
April Fools joke, but we did have the wonderful Lisa Colburn, author
and publisher of "The Maine Garden Journal" as our guest
speaker. Lisa's marvelous story of crowd financing, researching,
writing, editing, publishing and printing her beautifully done book
kept our 15 members rapt attention during our first meeting in April.
We followed with readings for the remainder of the evening, including
the winning poems from the 5th grade entries at the recent Dearborn
Street Book Festivals. Future members of the FWA, I'm sure. Four of
the night's attendees were FWA members, and we welcomed one new
guest. Next meeting: April 15th Tax day.