Saturday, October 23, 2021

Island Writers moving



By Joanne Tailele 

Co-Chair of Marco Island Writers 

The August 8th meeting of the Marco Island Writers challenged the members to write the dreaded “Query Letter.” Just as our manuscript is far from ready on the first go-round, the query letter has to have a first draft. As writers, the muse within that drives us to write pushes us along through the original manuscript to the numerous rewrites and edits. The end result may be a culmination of years of blood, sweat and tears. The fun stops here for most of us. If you choose the traditional route in lieu of self-publication, step two toward publication is wrought with query letters, synopses and proposals. By far, the hardest part of the process is condensing your beloved 80K word “baby” into three to four paragraphs with enough punch to entice an agent to echo the words we all strive to hear; “Send It.” With stars in our eyes and dread in our hearts, MIW tackled the query dragon and won.

Beginning with our September 12th meeting, MIW will be moving to an exciting new location, the Marco Island Center for the Arts (or the Art League as most of you know it) at 1010 Winterberry Dr. Executive Director, Lynn Holley, has been fundamental in expanding the Arts to all creative disciplines for the benefit of the island by incorporating music and writing into the Art League’s curriculum. We joyfully accepted her generous invitation to hold our meetings there, particularly since we are bursting at the seams at our current location when season is in full swing. Meeting times will remain the same: Doors open at 6PM and meeting time is from 6:30PM-8:30PM every second Wednesday of the month.

For the September meeting, we are pleased to announce published author and songwriter, Steve Ortiz, will entertain and educate us through his storytelling with song, poetry and humor. You will be intrigued with his unique approach as he makes every word rhyme while playing his guitar. His book, Red Feather, will be available for purchase. The second hour will be a rousing Flash Fiction challenge to tickle our muse. Members will have a chance to share their stories and listen to feedback.

Whether you are a published author or only dreamed of picking up a pen, if you would like camaraderie with other like-minded individuals, please join us in September. This will be a meeting you will not want to miss. For more information, contact Joanne Tailele at 239-784-2637 or Krista Santora at 239-776-7580 Donations will be accepted at the door and there will be a 50/50 raffle.

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