Sunday, October 25, 2020

Marco Island Writers:

Write and Learn…Write and Learn…

Marco Island Writers at the monthly meeting at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Submitted Photo

Marco Island Writers at the monthly meeting at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Submitted Photo

Writers attending the December meeting of the Marco Island Writers (MIW) were asked to introduce themselves and tell what kind of writing they focus on. The variety was astounding. From children’s books, poetry, fiction, historical fiction, science fiction, memoire, non-fiction, “bits and pieces” and “a little of everything.” One thing for sure, they are an enthusiastic group, united in crafting the written word.

Members and guests meet at the beautiful Marco Island Center for the Arts on the second Wednesday of each month from 6-8 PM. If you can make it there at 5:30 PM, there’s congenial networking and snacking. It’s a great place to gather, surrounded by the art of art center members or exhibiting artists.

The business meeting was held promptly at 6 PM, and the following writers were voted to the 2018 MIW Board: President Joanne Tailele, Vice-President Michael Meguid, Treasurer Connie Gaertner, Secretary Jenny Weckelman, Farmer’s Market Rich Goldhaber, Anthology Liz Noyes, Anthology Editor Joanne Tailele, Left Bank Art Fest Joanne Tailele. Members at-Large are Betsy Perdichizzi and Dolores Burton.

The group met Bill Green, editor for the Marco Eagle, who presented information about freelancing and the necessary guidelines for submission and quality of writing as well as photographs.

The presentation piqued my interest about freelancing, so I contacted Val Simon, the publisher/editor at the Coastal Breeze News (CBN) for their journalism focus and freelancing procedures.

The Coastal Breeze News (CBN) focuses on information that would be of interest to their readers on Marco Island, Goodland, East Naples and surrounding areas. This newspaper uses only freelance writers. Sometimes, they will ask freelance writers to cover activities they are personally interested in, like a musical event.

The main goal of CBN is to bring a fresh perspective on local news and information. Timelines for submissions to the CBN are nine to ten days before their next edition is published. Contact the CBN for specific publication dates. They are 100% local and 100% independent; everything they do stays local. Staff lives here, works here and plays here. CBN supports local charities and organizations which make this community #marcostrong. When an advertiser supports CBN, they’re also supporting the Marco Island community.

Hey you writers out there! Marco Island Writers would welcome your participation in their group where you would:

Meet other authors who have published
their books or in process of publishing.
Listen to great speakers and increase
your knowledge.
Have resources about contests and
have an opportunity to publish in the
Marco Island Writers Anthology, which
is sold each Wednesday at the Farmer’s
Market and at meetings.
Learn from other writers about their
experiences, classes and resources
they’ve sampled and recommend
(or not!).
Your $50 annual membership provides
reciprocal agreements with the Gulf
Coast Writers and Pine Island Writers.

So, you could make your New Year happier by attending the next MIW meeting on January 10, 2018. Happy Holidays!

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