Monday, December 6, 2021

Marco Island Writers Update

Submitted Photo: Elisabeth Noyes

Submitted Photo: Elisabeth Noyes


The 2017 panel of officers for the Marco Island Writers, Inc. (MIWI) was installed at the November 9th meeting: Elisabeth Noyes, president; Michael Miguid, vice-president; Joanne Tailele, secretary; Connie Gaertner, treasurer; Robert Blair, member at large. Committee chairs are Richard Goldhaber for the Farmers Market and Pauline Hayton for the MIWI Anthology. Thanks to all for your service in the past and for your continued commitment in keeping the group organized and running smoothly.

MIWI thanks Sonya Gunter from the Southwest Florida Romance Writers for sharing her wisdom on writing romance in today’s world at the November meeting. The many useful insights and great tips for the romance writers among us are appreciated.

Our members have had a busy November. In addition to manning the booth at the Farmers Market every Wednesday, MIWI is now inviting one non-member local writer to share the booth for a nominal fee of $20. If you are interested, please e-mail Richard Goldhaber at for available dates and further information. Member Betsy Perdichizzi, an accomplished local historian as well as author, presented “Hermits in Our Islands,” at the Fellowship Hall, Everglades Community Church on November 18. Betsy used his own words to describe Al Seely during the time he lived on Panther Key and Diamond Key.

On November 12, two members, Roseanne Pawelec and Dr. Dolores Burton, participated in a Friends of the Library program at the Marco Island Branch, featuring Marco’s own burrowing owls. Each read from their beautiful children’s books highlighting the owls. Roseanne has been donating one dollar from the sale of each copy of her book, “Ollie Finds A New Home: The Story of a Burrowing Owl on Marco Island,” to Audubon’s Western Everglades Owl Watch Program. To date she has given over one thousand



dollars! Dr. Burton’s “Bully Billy Is Back! The Burrowing Owls Are Worried,” is story of a mild-mannered young owl learning to cope with a bully. Both books are available at the major vendors.

b14-cbn-12-9-16-2Lastly, our third annual Anthology of prose and poetry debuted in November. We continue to donate part of the proceeds between the Early Learning Coalition of Naples and part to the school in rural India to whom we hope to ship books. The anthology price is $12 for non-members and $8 for members. Copies are available at the Farmers Market or check out our website for

Our own Liz Noyes will speak on the crucial task of revision, or the power of the word. Choosing exactly the correct word to elicit the intended emotion is essential to any good read, and writers need to be aware of this skill. We hope to see many of our members who are back for season at the December 14th meeting. If you have been thinking of coming to a meeting, don’t put it off any longer.

Marco Island Writers, Inc. is open to writers of all skill levels and genres. No matter what motivates your interest in writing, our group may be able to help you to move on to a new level of enjoyment with it. Our motto is “Writers Helping Writers.” Our meeting place is the Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. First time visitors are welcome with no admission fee. We meet the second Wednesday of each month, year round, from 6 to 8 PM. Doors open at 5:30 PM for sign-in and social prior to the meeting. For more information, call Elisabeth Noyes at 239-394-5856 or visit our website

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