During the April 10th meeting of the Marco Island Writers members and guests were pleasantly surprised by guest speaker, Janina Stankiewicz Chung who gave an inspiring talk about her novel, Far East of the Sun. Mrs. Chung was born in Belarus in 1938 and came to the United States with her family through the Displaced Persons Resettlement Program in 1951. Her novel tells the story of her family and explores another side of World War II, that of the displaced person. Her father was arrested by the Russians and sent to Siberia and managed to escape no less than five times. It was a heart wrenching and inspiring story of resilience and survival. Following Mrs. Chung, chairman of MIW, Joanne Tailele gave a brief talk on her experience in self-publishing her novel, Accident, as an e-reader on Kindle Amazon, Nook Barnes & Noble, Apple and other e-reader devices.
Gwen DeCrow, founder of MIW, announced the 2nd Annual Anniversary Party to be held June 12, 2013 at CJ’s on the Bay at the Esplanade on Marco Island. Members are invited to register for the event between now and the first week in June by contacting Gwen DeCrow. Paulette DeMaestre and Connie Gaerdner will be available at the May meeting to register more members and give a summary of the upcoming event.
After a short break, the members and guests broke into two groups to review pages of their works in progress (WIP). Marco Island Writers prides itself in helping each other perfect their craft with insight and feedback.
For the May 8, 2013 meeting, author and educator, Gary McLouth from Ft. Myers will give a presentation on writing short stores and share his book, Do No Harm, which creates an in-depth, thoughtful, and artistically arranged conversation between the voices of the father and son who serve as alternate narrators throughout the book. McLouth earned his Doctor of Arts degree in English at SUNY Albany (NY) where his dissertation of short fiction—“Death and Other Frustrations”—won the President’s Distinguished Dissertation Award. Currently, he teaches English with an emphasis on literature at Edison State College in Fort Myers, Florida.
For the second hour, let’s “Go to the movies.” Members and guests can sit back and relax as MIW member, Robert Messier gives a You-Tube presentation of videos that have inspired his novel, Seeds. Messier will demonstrate how the art of music and film can become the muse to inspire works of fiction.
Marco Island Writers always meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Marco Center for the Arts at 1010 Winterberry Drive. Doors open at 5 PM for networking with the meeting to commence from 6-8 PM. For further information, please contact Joanne Tailele at 239-784-2637 or consult the website at www.marcoislandwriters.com.