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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

ENGLEWOOD’S DEARBORN STREET BOOK FESTIVAL

        ENGLEWOOD’S DEARBORN STREET BOOK FESTIVAL


   will be held Sat. February 15, 2014 in Pioneer Park
        10 to 3

As an author, if you wish to participate, it is time to reserve a space by sending us a check for $25, along with the signed release and table request forms which are below. 

      Please make your check to: 

      *FRIENDS OF THE ELSIE QUIRK LIBRARY*

           Send check, release and table  request to:

TABLE REQUEST, 1760 PARKER DRIVE

ENGLEWOOD, FLA. 34223 


A space may be shared by more than one author but each selling author is expected to pay the full entry fee of $25.

We ask the authors to furnish their own tables/chairs. There will be a bake sale table, Cafe Serenity will have a coffee tent, there will be Portie-Potties in the Park and we will have music, “Sax-On-the-Beach” for three hours. Leashed pets are welcome as long as they are picked up after.

Pioneer Park is located in the 300 block of W. Dearborn Street in Englewood between the Mango Bistro and the Amherst Depot Train Shop. You will see a sign saying Book Festival in front of the Park but please circle the block and enter the Park from the rear on GREEN STREET  where you will find ample parking.

There will be volunteers to direct you. You will look for a sign-in table to get your assigned space. Authors may register beginning at 9 A.M. 

We will have a large sign across State Road #776 advertising the festival several day in advance. We will be passing out flyers around town. We have already gotten some good PR and will be getting more. You can help us by talking up the festival to all our friends and groups or clubs you might belong to.

Because of insurance requirements cars must be parked in the designated parking area only, not in the park itself, and no liquor or wine is allowed to be consumed in the Park.

Our sponsors this year are Englewood’s two libraries, Elsie Quirk and Englewood Charlotte and our Book Festival committee members are: Lynda Citro, Catherine Davis, Diana Harris, Midge Orren, Dawn Penwell, Jennifer Perry and Phyllis Reading. We are all looking forward to seeing you and with your help having another successful book fest.

Lets hope for  good weather since there is no rain date.

Don’t hesitate to e-mail Diana Harris at


or call (941) 786-8204 if you have any questions.


PLEASE SIGN THE FORMS BELOW AND RETURN WITH YOUR CHECK.


      *2014 DEARBORN STREET BOOK FESTIVAL*

AUTHOR TABLE REQUEST FORM


Author’s name:___________________________________


Address:_________________________________________


e-mail address:___________________________________


Phone:__________________________________________


Date submitted:____________Date received:___________


Please circle one: I will being using a     TENT     or   TABLE

**************

BOOTH NUMBER (for committee use)


________________________________________________

    *HOLD HARMLESS RELEASE FORM*


By my signature appearing below, and in consideration of the acceptance of my application for entry in the 2014 Dearborn Street Book Festival, I hereby waive, release and discharge any and all claims for injury or damage to my person or property.

I understand that accidents can occur during events, but knowing these risks, never the less, I agree to assume these risks and hold harmless the Dearborn Street Book Festival sponsors and the Festival committee.


Name:____________________________________________


Date:_____________________________________________

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Great Southeast Book Festival


THE 2014 GREAT SOUTHEAST BOOK FESTIVAL - CALL FOR ENTRIES

NEW ORLEANS_The 2014 Great Southeast Book Festival has issued a call for entries for its annual competition honoring the best books of the late winter/spring. The Great Southeast Book Festival will consider published and unpublished works in fiction, non-fiction, biography/autobiography, how-to, compilations/anthologies, photography/art, children’s, cookbooks, poetry, spiritual, young adult, business/technology, unpublished manuscripts, wild card (anything goes!), nature/animals and regional lit. There is no date of publication restriction, but all entries must be in English. Our grand prize for the 2014 Great Southeast Book Festival winner is $1000 cash and a flight to our awards ceremony in March, 2014. Submitted works will be judged by a panel using the following criteria: 1) General excellence and the author's passion for telling a good story.
2) The potential of the work to reach a wider audience. For more information, visit www.greatsoutheastbookfestival.com. # # # CONTACT:
bruce@greatsoutheastbookfestival.com
323-665-8080

Attention Writers for Children

Hi to my fellow writers for children.

The December meeting of kid's stuff will be moderated in my absence by Mary Lundeberg.

Kid's stuff is for those interested in writing for children. If you would like the opinions of your fellow children's authors, bring a few copies of your work to share.

The meeting is from 10:00 to 12:00 in room 116, entered from the cafeteria next to the auditorium at Edison college on Airport road, in Punta Gorda.

Mary can be reached at marylundeberg@gmail.com with any questions.

I will be back for the January meeting.

Writers of Mirth Meeting

Hi Writers of Mirth,
Our next CWHW meeting will take place next Wednesday, December 18, at 6 p.m. at the home of Ronnie (aka Mrs. Clause) Walter. In addition to our usual reads, this will also be a pot luck Christmas party. Check with Ronnie as to what you can bring. The main courses have been taken care of, but I believe there is a need for a side vegetable and dessert(s).

If you intend to attend, please RSVP me at carlmegill@msn.com

See you there and Merry Christmas to all and to all a good "write." (See what I did there?)

Carl Megill
Event Organizer

Charlotte Harbor Writer's Tea

The Writer's Tea will be held on the 17th December from 1:00 to 3:00pm.

In the Charlotte County library near the cultural center.

Bring something to read, or just come and listen.

Any questions contact: Mary Grace or Arlene at mak36@embarqmail.com

Florida Writers Association Midwinter Writing Conference

Hi, George. Our Florida Writers Association Midwinter West Writing Conference and Reading Festival is approaching rapidly. The tables are filling up fast but we don't have enough writers signing up for the conference. Could you please send out a notice to all your members that this is a great opportunity and being local they won't have to spend a fortune on a hotel room and meals unless they want to? Ask all your members to pass along the information to any writers they know. This could be really big or it could flop. I would love to have it be a success and available every year.
 
 I am attaching a flyer for the upcoming Writer's Conference in Bradenton. Could you please send out the flyer with a request for your members to register?
 
If it goes well it will become an annual event. There will be AAR agents here as well as national speakers presenting information on every thing from writing to editing to self publishing, e-publishing, marketing and more. The conference has information for all levels of writers.
 
There is also a reading festival downstairs with sixty-six tables filled with books for sale that will be open to the public. Most tables have already been reserved but a few are still available.
 
We really need writers signing up for the conference to help alleviate the costs of bringing in the AAR agents.
 
Hope you can help.
 
Dona Lee
FWA Manatee group leader
editor of Sarasota Fiction Writer's "Plotting Success"
host of Culture Coast on REN
Curator at Village Voices Gallery
 

 
 
 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christmas Wish by Dorman Curry

We would all like to thank Dorman for this wonderful Christmas Wish. Being at the party we all had a good time listening to Dorman. Thank you for being a member of Englewood Authors.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except for that dang mouse. Scratch, scratch, scritch, scritch , with a rhythm you could not miss, made you wonder what was amiss. Stockings all hung, Christmas tree trimmed, bright lights shine among ornaments and tinsel and shinning bright star, everything ready for Santa and gifts.

Quiet reflections on what this is all about, celebrating a life which no one can doubt. All of a sudden you hear this sound coming from behind the tree, increasing in volume and speed, you couldn’t repeat. Scratch, scratch, scratch, - scritch, scritch, scritch which at it’s crescendo made goose bumps on your skin like when listening to the screeching sound made when raking your fingernails across a slate chalkboard.

All of a sudden there came a loud, heavy knock on the door, took a moment to get off the floor. Opening the door wide, you would never guess who was there. Big Ed Ellis and the entire group of Englewood Authors singing Christmas carols and spreading cheer and joy to all and even reading a story or two. What an inspiration to receive well wishes and encouragement from a group such as this when it comes from the heart with sincerity. No better Christmas gift could have been given and received.

Basking in the afterglow of such a nice event, things got quiet, wondering if Santa still had us on his list. While settling down waiting for Santa, again this sound from behind the tree lingered, only changed a bit to scratch, scritch, scratch, scritch, then suddenly stopped.

All of a sudden there was a loud crash, like a truck landing on the roof, accompanied by the sound like that of a hundred drum sticks beating on a drum. It was really Santa, his sleigh and reindeers led by Rudolph the red nosed reindeer. The roof being tin, they could not get their feet set down making this drumming sound. However it did announce their arrival and restored the faith that Santa would get here.

It quieted down somewhat and suddenly Santa with his bag full of gifts came crashing down the chimney. After the soot and dust settled down, a second look made me ask this big man dressed like Santa, “Is that you ED?”. No I’m Santa, he snorted, with your gifts. At that he dumped his bag under the tree and began passing out the gifts. Much to everyone’s joy all received gifts that had been ask for. Observing this grand occasion was heart warming and pleasurable. Santa said “OOPS’, there is something behind the tree yet. Pulling it out from under the tree he said “WOW”., this looks like a big nest made from pencil shavings, yes pencil shaving.

Spreading it out revealed a bright white paper wrapped box with gold ribbons and a silver star. Picking the box up he examined it, handed the box to me and said “MERRY CHRISTMAS’. Writing on top of box said, Scratch, Scritch. With that the paper and ribbons were ripped off, opened the box and therein was a beautiful blue covered book with gold letters which read:

MEMORIES OF A MOUSE



SCRATCH - SCRITCH

With this I wish Ed Ellis and the entire group of Englewood Authors and guests’

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

HAVE A HAPPY DAY

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Reception at Seacoast National Bank-Tue. Dec 10-5:30

Date: 12/6/2013 4:35:49 PM
Subject: Reception at Seacoast National Bank-Tue. Dec 10-5:30

 Please reply to this email, or call Jan Schmitz at 863.491.4100 if you will be attending the Holiday Gathering at Seacoast National Bank on Tuesday evening, 5:30-7:30 p.m., December 10. Artists and authors may bring work to display and sell. We will have racks for hanging artwork. There will be a drawing for a gift card for art supplies, concert tickets, and more. Light refreshments will be served. Meet and greet your fellow arts lovers.
 
 Karen Smoke, Secretary
DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council
P O Box 2451
Arcadia, FL 34265
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Telephone contact: Jane Hilton, President (863) 494-0630

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Charoltte Writers Annual Picnic

Paul has asked me for a count of people planning to attend the picnic. Please let him know by contacting his e-mail in the text.
 
 
Hi fellow authors.
 
  Judy Malbuisson Exec Director of the Charlotte Arts & Humanities Council has accepted our invitation to the Writers Picnic. This is good news, it is a chance for us to show the importance of the local writers contribution to the arts and humanities in our county.
 
I know you're busy with Thanksgiving preparations, but I would appreciate it if you could take the time to RSVP to pgholmes@comcast.net and tell me how many will be in your party at the picnic.
 
We really want the picnic to be as successful or more so than the last one, and to help with that success we need to know how many people we are catering for. So once again please, let me know if you're going to be there.
 
Just in case you've deleted the invitation e-mail, the picnic is on Sunday December 8th from two o'clock until five at the Bayshore live Oaks Park on the north bank of the Peace River.
 
Looking forward to receiving your RSVP; we are all looking forward to meeting you.
 
Paul Holmes.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Charlotte Writers Annual Picnic

Mark your calendars this was a great event last year. Englewood Authors Members are Welcome

It's fun and it's free.
Date Sunday December 8th. Time 2:00 - 5:00 PM.

Location: Bayshore Live Oaks Park, Port Charlotte.

North Bank of the Peace River, West of route 41.

Who is invited? All those on the Charlotte Harbor Writers list, and their guests.


Cost: FREE! But we will accept small donations to offset the rental cost of the pavilion.

As we are providing Soft drinks, and other stuff we need an approximate head count.

So please RSVP to pgholmes@comcast.net and tell me how many will be in your party.

The response to the question of including an open mic at the Charlotte Harbor Writer’s picnic has been overwhelmingly on the side of socializing, sharing ideas, and just getting to know our fellow writers.

Most of those who responded suggested that there are sufficient ‘Open Mics’ in the area, and our time together would be better spent listening to each other and not just all sitting there listening to one person.

I am pleased to tell you that Michael Hymans has kindly offered to bring his sound system, so we can allow people to make announcements regarding future events, group activities and other information that is useful and interesting to all of us. 

We have booked the same pavilion in Live Oaks Park, Port Charlotte, as you told us how much you enjoyed it and its central location.

Soft drinks, ice, plastic glasses and plates will be provided, you just need to bring some finger food to snack on while we chat and enjoy ourselves. Please remember no alcoholic beverages are allowed in the park.

Don't forget to bring your books; I am sure we will have a photograph of all the authors with their books, like last time.

So see you all then, don't forget to RSVP To pgholmes@comcast.net

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Diana Harris - Write-on-Englewood Contest

  “WRITE-ON-ENGLEWOOD” CONTEST 

          Short Story &Poetry Competition

  * Official  Instructions*

The 2014 Dearborn Street Book Festival committee is proud to announce our 5th annual writers competition.

Here’s what you need to know to enter.


*Short stories must be at least 500 words, no more than  800 words in length. We ask for unpublished work.
*Poetry must be at least 50 words, no more than 250 words in length of unpublished work.

*Handwritten copies will  not be accepted.

*You may  submit as many entries as you like.

*We request three printed copies of each entry, each with a cover  page with your name, address, phone and e-mail.

*Entry fee is $5. per entry, to be included with mailed entry, checks only, payable to:

         “FRIENDS OF THE ELSIE QUIRK LIBRARY”

*Prizes are: 1st Place-$75., 2-Place-$50., 3-Place $25.

*Judges are professional writers.

*Send entries after December 1, 2013 to: CONTEST, 11 Pebble Beach Rd.,  Rotonda West, Fla., 33947  postmarked by January 15, 2014.

*Winners will be announced at the Book Festival, Saturday February 15, 2014, in Pioneer Park on W. Dearborn St. in Englewood. You do not have to be present to win.

FOR MORE INFORMATION E-MAIL DIANA HARRIS   <diharris@comcast .net>

Friday, October 25, 2013

An Evening with Todd James

Enjoy an evening with award-winning author Todd James Pierce, where he'll be sharing fascinating stories based on interviews with Disney animators who worked in the 1940s and '50s. Find out how their experiences shaped the world of animation and amusement parks through illustration, design, and storytelling.
 
Todd James Pierce is the author of The Australia Stories (MacAdam/Cage, 2003) and Newsworld (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006), which won the Drue Heinz Literature Prize and was a finalist for the John Gardner Book Award and the Paterson Prize. He has recently finished a linked collection of short stories, all set at animation studios during the 1950s, as the Golden Age of Animation came to an end. He is also revising a nonfiction manuscript that presents the story of the men and women who created the first wave of American cinematic theme parks. In the past decade, he has completed over 100 interviews with individuals who worked at animation studios, largely Disney, between the 1930s and 1960s.

 

Academic Auditorium
Wednesday, Oct 30

7pm

Open to the public
free pizza served at 6:30 pm
 
Ringling College of Art + Design
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234-5895
 
 

Kathy Nixon

I am so proud to announce that my novel, The Heirloom Pearls, is now available as a book discussion kit at the Charlotte County Library.

My novel was also accepted for the Matlacha Authors' Day. Wish me luck!!!
 
Kathy, we all wish you luck because we know the hard work you put into The Heirloom Pearls.

Monday, September 30, 2013

A great opportunity thanks to Kathy Nixon

From: Layne, Alison   email

Alison.Layne@CharlotteFL.com

Date: 9/27/2013 3:11:00 PM
Subject: Meet the Author @your library

A place at my table has opened up again on Tuesday mornings at 10am at the

Punta Gorda Library!

This table will allow authors like yourself to promote your books, sell
your books, and meet the public was started April 2013.  Since then, we had
18 author sessions and interacted with 283 patrons.

What would a library be without authors?  I feel that this opportunity to

Meet the Author on Tuesday mornings has proven to be a successful way to
promote local talent.  You will be able to engage patrons as they enter and
exit the building since you will be right at the front door.

This will be an open table in the library that you will need to reserve (as
many times as you would like) from October 1-March 25.  You can have the
table until 1pm and I will provide information to the local paper to
advertise your appearance in the Community News section.

I look forward to hearing from all of you soon.  If there is anyone that
this email has not reached, please feel free to share as I do not know all
of the authors in the area.

Thank you,

Alison Layne, Librarian Supervisor -- Punta Gorda Public Library
Libraries and History Division
Charlotte County Community Services Department
941.833.5459 www.CharlotteCountyFL.com
"To Exceed Expectations in the Delivery of Public Service"

Friday, September 27, 2013

Write-On-Englewood Contest Rules - Dearborn Street Book Festival

“WRITE-ON-ENGLEWOOD” CONTEST
          Short Story &Poetry Competition

  * Official  Instructions*

We are proud to announce our 5th annual Dearborn Street     Book Festival  and Writers Competition

*Short stories must be at least 500 words, no more than  800 words in length. We ask for unpublished work.
Poetry must be at least 50 words, no more than 250 words in length of unpublished work.

*Handwritten copies will  not be accepted.

*You may  submit as many entries as you like.

*We request three printed copies of each entry, each with a cover  page with your name, address, phone and e-mail.

*Entry fee is $5. per entry, checks only, payable to:

        “FRIENDS OF THE ELSIE QUIRK LIBRARY”

*Prizes are: 1st Place-$75., 2- Place-$50., 3-Place $25.

Judges are professional writers.

*Send entries to: CONTEST, 11 Pebble Beach Rd.,  Rotonda West, Fla., 33947 postmarked by January 15, 2014

*Winners will be announced at the Book Festival, Sat. Feb. 15, in Pioneer Park on W. Dearborn St. in Englewood. You do not have to be present to win.

   FOR MORE INFORMATION E-MAIL DIANA HARRIS   <diharris@comcast .net>

News-Dearborn Street Book Festival

Englewood’s fifth annual Dearborn Street Book Festival will be held
10a.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 15, 2014 in Pioneer Park on W. Dearborn Street.

Entry fee will be $25 for authors who want to sell their books. The
Book Festival continues to grow and attracted more than 65 authors
last year, who were not just local authors but writers from all over
Florida. It was attended by several hundred people.

Many children’s writers will be present this year and children
programs will be presented. There will be music by
“Sax-on-the-Beach” and a coffee and food tent sponsored by Cafe Serenity.

The Book Festival will also be sponsoring the “Write-On-Englewood” Short Story and Poetry Competition which will be judged by professional writers. Winners will be awarded cash prizes.

Submissions of unpublished work are requested.
The Book Festival is sponsored by Englewood’s two libraries,
Englewood Charlotte and Elsie Quirk.
If you would like to be put on the Book Festival’s mailing list for
more information please send your e-mail or address to Diana Harris
at diharris@comcast.net or “Festival”, 1760 Parker Drive, Englewood, Fla. 34223.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Matlacha Authors Days - From Kathy Nixon


Matlacha Authors Days

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is it?

A. Matlacha Authors Days is a literary event that gives authors to increase their reader base and strengthen their platform by providing them the opportunity to speak to an audience in an “auditorium” setting. Authors will present information about their books, their writing, and their knowledge of their subjects in large tents provided for this purpose. Matlacha Authors days will be heavily promoted on local TV and other media. (Seventy TV spots on both NBC and ABC affiliates which reach viewers in seven counties and more than a half-million households.)

Q. Where is it?

A. Matlacha/Pine Island Florida – Matlacha is close to Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Punta Gorda, and Sanibel Island and in the vicinity of Sarasota, Venice, Port Charlotte, Bonita Springs, Naples and Marco Island. The site for the event is Matlacha Park part of the Lee County park system.

Q. When is it?

A. November 30th & December 1st, 2013 starting at 9 AM and lasting until 5 PM.

Q. Who is eligible?

A. All published authors who agree to the following entrance rules. 1) All books must be “perfect bound” paperback or be hard covered with exceptions for the following…cook books, children’s board books, craft instruction books, and wildlife identification books. Exceptions must be applied for. 2) Books published by micro publishers (less than three authors) or self-published books are welcome but will be required to pass a CRAFT edit. Any book with numerous grammatical, typographical, and production errors will be declined. Content will not be edited.

Q. Where and when do I submit a book for edit? 

A. All books requiring edit must be submitted and sent to the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce, 4120 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, FL  33993 no later than 10/10/2013. There is no charge for the edit. Any author whose entered books all fail edit will have their entrance fee refunded minus a $20 handling fee.

Q. What are the deadlines?

A. For sign up to participate ………………………. 10/10/2013

Since participation is limited to 100 authors it is recommended you sign up as soon as possible if you wish to be part of the event.

     For submitting a book for edit …………………. 10/10/2013

     For submitting your book cover, picture,

     and eight word headline for the TV ad ...………. 10/15/2013

     Group Tent Requests ……………………………  9/20/2013

 

Q. Is this an indoor or outdoor event?
A. Outdoor

Q. Are tents or shelters provided?
A. No.  A 10’x10’ space is provided for each individual. You may provide a tent or shelter or you may share a tent with another author(s).

Q. Are larger tents okay?
A. Tents larger than 10’x10’ require a permit. Sorry, that’s a Lee County ordinance. If you have a tent larger than 10’x10’ you must let the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce know NO LATER THAN 9/20/2013. There will be a small fee for the permit depending on the size.

Q. Can a group arrange for a large tent and share the costs?
A. Yes.  An organization or a group of individuals can rent a tent or bring a tent BUT we must know no later than 9/20/2013 to arrange for permits. If you want to rent a tent (includes setup and teardown) the Pine Island Chamber can help you. Contact Jennifer.  (239-283-0888)

Q What do I need to provide?
A. A table(s), table covering(s), chair(s), handouts, signage, and (of course) your books. If you are sharing tent space it is up to you and your partners to determine use of your 10”x10” area.

Q. Is electric available”
A. None for individual booths. Electric will be available in the presentation tents.

Q. What are the presentation sites?
A. There will be two sites. A 30’x 30’ tent with seating for 120 people will be provided for use by authors presenting information for fiction and non-fiction work. A 20’x20’ tent with seating for 30 people will be provided with half the space reserved for “blanket seating” for children and standing room for exhibition cooking, crafts, etc. for children’s authors, cookbook presentations, etc.

Q. Can I sell anything besides books?
A. Authors can sell their art or craft items if it is allied to their books. Absolutely NO food items may be sold because of county rules.  A limited number of vendor booths are available through the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce. Contact Jennifer for availability and participation rules.

Q. Am I protected from unruly authors or attendees?
A. Yes. Any author interfering with the actions of other participating authors or attendees that behave in a disruptive manner will be required to leave.

Q. Will authors sharing space in a tent be required to pay the participation fee?
A. Absolutely – Charges are per author not by space.

Q. Are all authors REQUIRED to speak and make a presentation?
A. No. However, they will miss a colossal opportunity to increase their base of readers and PR platform.

Q. Will all authors be in the TV ads?
A. Yes, if they submit the information (one book cover, picture of the author, and an eight word headline) before the time deadline.

Q. Will there be any TV coverage at the event?
A. Yes. The two TV stations will have feature reporters on site to record footage for their news programs.

Q. Is other promotion planned?
A. Yes. A complete PR saturation program will used to enlist talk radio, newspapers, local magazines and if finances allow, spots on the other two TV channels.

Q. May we setup late or teardown early?
A. No. In this type of event where individuals are speaking those activities are unfair and disruptive to those speaking.  Put yourself in their position.

Q. Is the public charged admission?
A. Yes – The donation of one can good item (or one dollar to buy a can) admits a whole family. All donations go to local food pantries. Other activities (dunk tank, etc.) are planned to raise donations for the wounded warrior fund.

This FAQ will be posted on DL Havlin’s blog site at    www.dlhavlin.wordpress.com 
Check this site for updates and news starting 9/10/2013.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Dearborn 5th Annual Book Festival

Englewood’s fifth annual Dearborn Street Book Festival will be held 10a.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 15, 2014 in Pioneer Park on W. Dearborn Street.

Entry fee will be $25 for authors who want to sell their books. The Book Festival  continues to grow and attracted more than 65 authors last year, who were not just local authors but writers from all over Florida. It was attended by several hundred people.

Many children’s writers will be present this year and children programs will be presented.  There  will be music by “Sax-on-the-Beach” and a coffee and food tent sponsored by Cafe Serenity. 

The Book Festival will also be sponsoring the “Write- On-Englewood” Short Story and Poetry Competition which will be judged by professional writers. Winners will be awarded cash prizes. Submissions of unpublished work are requested. 

The Book Festival  is sponsored by Englewood’s two libraries, Englewood Charlotte and Elsie Quirk.

If you would like to be put on the Book Festival’s mailing list for more information please send your e-mail or address to Diana Harris at <diharris@comcast.net> or “Festival”, 1760 Parker Drive, Englewood, Fla. 34223.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Gulf Coast Writers Group

From Kathy Nixon

From a member of Peace River Writers, which has joined with the Gulf
Coast Writers group to highlight writers from Naples to Bradenton at a
weekend gathering at the Lakeside Inn in Mt. Dora, FL from Friday
September 27-Sunday September 29.  All writers are welcome

There is no cost to participate, but you must make a reservation to
stay at the Inn at a cost of $99 for one night, $89 for a two night
stay, or $79 for a three night stay.  The Lakeside Inn phone number is
352-383-4101.  If you are interested, you must tell them you are with
the "Gulf Coast Writers" for the special rate.  The town is beautiful,
and there is plenty to do besides the book festival, so it might be fun
to bring a spouse or to come with another author.

Tables will be displayed in the lobby of the hotel throughout the
weekend with your own table space and signings planned for both Saturday
and Sunday.  On Saturday and Sunday mornings there will be a
storytelling hour with readings by children's authors.  Book signing
events will be from 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. And there will also be talks on the
writing craft during both days. At 6:00 there is a three-course dinner
for all writers--with a special price.

If you are interested in attending, you must first call the Inn for
reservations to be sure there is an available room.  Then you need to
e-mail Ken Feeley--with the Gulf Coast Writers to let him know you are
going.  His e-mail is klfeeley@embarqmail.com and his phone number is
239-992-2726 if you want to attend

Charlotte Harbor's Annual Picnic

Date: Wed Aug 14, 2013 6:50 am ((PDT))

Hi Writers.

Due to the recently announced Authors  weekend at Matlacha conflicting with
our Picnic date, we have changed the picnic to Sunday the 8th December.

So please mark 8th December on your calendars, we will miss you if you are
not there.

Paul Holmes
Comments by Ed Ellis

We attended the picnic last year and had a great time meeting with other writers from the area. We had several people say they wanted to attend and did not. This is a great event to bring your books and meet new friends.

Please mark the day on your calendars.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Margaret Jane Jones

Margaret has finished another book project. Please take a look at her link.

Book Selling Calendar

Ms. Kathy Nixon supplied some important information of locations, dates etc. of places where you might find buyers of your published work.

Member Help-Section

We are going to create a member help section where each month we will post a members story for members review.

The purpose is for EA Members to take a look at the written story, poem, or chapter and then create a dialogue with the author of the work. Each posting can be commented on using the blog form provided.

Each month a new selection will be posted.

EA Jacaranda Trace


Englewood Authors is proud to announce collaboration between Englewood Authors and Jacaranda Trace, Venice’s finest retirement community at 3600 William Pen Way, Venice Florida 34293

Englewood Authors will provide a meeting trainer and moderator for a writers group focusing upon memoir writing at Jacaranda Trace. The group will include interested residents of Jacaranda Trace and members of Englewood Authors.

The newly created writers group will be known as EA-Jacaranda Trace.

The writers group will meet in the second floor board room on the second Wednesday of every month from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM starting September 11th 2013. Parking is provided at the main building parking garage. Elevators are provided.

Englewood Authors Contact Information
Edwin R. Ellis -941-662-6867 or edellis20@fusemail.com

 

Jacaranda Trace Contact Information
Diana Verhulst Director of Arts and Leisure
941-408-0260 or DVerhulst@jacarandatrace.com

All Englewood Authors members are welcome to attend.

A new blog will be created in the near future which will contain directions and meeting times.

Aug 5th Meeting

For those of you who missed the Aug 5th meeting you missed a great meeting. We had a first time visitor and hopefully new member Mr. David Metcalf who made several contributions to the meeting in the form of comments from his vast writing experience.

We also had our first visit by Ms. Amy Hibbard who expressed her concern with Thursday meetings. We hope both return at future meetings.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Deltona Library Book Fair

From Josephine Qualls

June 24, 2013,

HELLO AUTHORS!!!
Or should I say, Buongiorno, Bonjour, Buenas Dias, Guten Abend, Shalom, Hi y’all…,

Travel is the theme of the Friends of Deltona Library’s upcoming 3rd annual Authors Book Fair.  “Let Your Imagination Take You Away” is our tag line. 
You are invited to participate in this exciting event scheduled for:

Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 10-4 pm.

We ask for you to join in the fun and dress in the attire of your book’s setting!  Decorate your table to make the patrons feel as if they have stepped into your characters’ world.  If you are not sure of your travel theme, we are here to help you decide!
  
Before our doors open, you are invited to a free author workshop conducted by Donna Loader, CEO of Royal Support Services, Inc. 

During the event, there will be 20 minute author speaking presentations in our adjacent room.  We will have prize raffles!  We will have generous sponsors handing out goodies to the attendees!  We will have media coverage before and during the event!

You and a guest will be invited to attend our free cocktail reception with no-host bar at Ruby Tuesday’s at 1212 Saxon Blvd., Orange City, Fl. 32763.

Tables cost $50 for a full 6 ft table or $25 for a shared table.
The optional 20 minute author speaking slots are $25.

To have your short-story, children’s, or poetry read by one of our invited VIP guests, we ask for a suggested donation of $25 to be made our organization.  It would be totally cool to have your book read by one of our guest VIPs!!

The application deadline to attend this event is July 31, 2013.  However, if space remains, we may accept some authors who “missed the boat.”

If you cannot physically attend the event, but still want us to promote your book by displaying your flyers and contact information, the fee is $25 to be on our “Gone Fishin” table.

Please review the attachments and mail the signed two page form and a copy of each book title you plan to sell at the event to the address listed at the bottom of the application.  Your payment may be made through the mail along with the application or electronically through PayPal.

We are looking forward to seeing you there… with beret, and all!

Aloha, Bon Voyage, Ciao, Sayonara, Auf Wiedersehen, May the Force Be With You,

Theresa D. Berger
Theresa D. Berger
Friends of Deltona Library
3rd Annual Author Book Fair Chairperson
386-215-1904


  2013 DELTONA AUTHORS BOOK FAIR
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2013
AUTHOR APPLICATION

NAME_________________________________________
EMAIL_________________________________________
HOME PHONE___________________ CELL PHONE__________________
MAILING ADDRESS____________________________________________
                                                                         CITY                   STATE     ZIP
SIGNATURE__________________________________________________

Please initial where applicable:

___ I PLAN TO ATTEND THE NO-HOST COCKTAIL RECEPTION ON FRIDAY EVENING AND BRING ___ GUEST.

____ I PLAN TO ATTEND THE FREE AUTHOR WORKSHOP ON SATURDAY MORNING AT 8:45 AM.

____ I WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE EITHER: ½ TABLE 3’ ($25)  ___or FULL TABLE  6’ ($50) __  IN EXHIBITION HALL. I plan to share a table with  ________________________________________.  

____ I WOULD LIKE TO CONDUCT A 20 MINUTE PRESENTATION DURING THE DAY’S EVENT ($25 FEE) ***PRESENTATION TOPIC MUST HAVE PRIOR APPROVAL OF COMMITTEE***

____ I WOULD LIKE A VIP TO READ MY CHILDREN’S BOOK OR SOME OF MY POEMS ($25 SUGGESTED DONATION)

____ I NEED AN ADDITIONAL NAME BADGE: ________________________
                                                                                       FIRST AND LAST NAME                  

____ I WOULD LIKE TO DONATE A “STAND-ALONE” PRIZE ITEM TO THE RAFFLE TABLE.

____ I WOULD LIKE TO BE A CORPORATE SPONSOR AT LEVELS OF: $1,000/$500/$250/$150
*** Please contact committee for SPONSORSHIP RULES AND REGULATIONS***

____ I UNDERSTAND IMPORTANT RULES OF THE EVENT: DISPLAYING TRAVEL-THEMED TABLE, NO CHILDREN AT TABLE, NO EATING IN EXHIBITION ROOM, NO LATE TABLE SET-UPS OR EARLY BREAK-DOWNS.

____ I AM UNABLE TO ATTEND EVENT BUT WOULD LIKE MY BOOK INFORMATION DISPLAYED AT THE “GONE FISHIN’” TABLE ON MY BEHALF ($25 TABLE FEE.) 

____ I UNDERSTAND ALL BOOKS I PLAN TO SELL AT EVENT MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH THIS APPLICATION AND ARE SUBJECT TO COMMITTEE’S APPROVAL.  BOOKS WILL BE RETURNED ON DAY OF EVENT OR MAY BE DONATED TO THE LIBRARY.

____ I UNDERSTAND ALL MY BOOKS ARE MY ORIGINAL WORKS AND ARE PROFESSIONALLY PUBLISHED. 

____ I UNDERSTAND I MAY NOT SELL OR PROMOTE ANY OTHER ITEMS OR SERVICES BESIDES MY APPROVED BOOKS.  I WILL MAINTAIN MY PROFESSIONALISM AT ALL TIMES.

____ I UNDERSTAND THERE ARE NO REFUNDS.  IF I CAN NOT ATTEND EVENT AFTER SUBMITTING PAYMENT, MY BOOKS MAY BE DISPLAYED ON THE “GONE FISHIN’” TABLE.  NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED DUE TO  INCLEMENT  WEATHER RESULTING IN CANCELLATION OF EVENT.  MONIES WILL BE APPLIED TO RAIN-DATE EVENT.

____ I UNDERSTAND THAT IF I MISS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE, I MAY STILL BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN  EVENT IF SPACE PERMITS.  HOWEVER, MY AUTHOR INFORMATION MAY MISS THE PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL PRINT DEADLINE.

MY WRITING BEST FITS THE FOLLOWING GENRE(S):

__FICTION                                      __EROTICA/ROMANCE         
__NON-FICTION                             __POETRY
__FLORIDA HISTORY                    __HISTORY/BIOGRAPHY
__MYSTERY                                   __CHILDREN’S
__ADVENTURE                              __YOUNG ADULT
__SCI-FI                                          __SELF-HELP
__COOKBOOK                               __OTHER_________________________


RETURN THIS 2 PAGE APPLICATION WITH YOUR 1 SAMPLE OF EACH BOOK YOU PLAN TO SELL AND CHECK/MONEY ORDER MADE PAYABLE TO FRIENDS OF DELTONA LIBRARY TO:

DELTONA REGIONAL LIBRARY
2150 EUSTACE AVE.
DELTONA, FLORIDA 32725
ATTENTION: 2013 AUTHORS BOOK FAIR COMMITTEE


To pay application fees via PayPal  visit http://www.friendsofdeltonalibrary.org
Application and book samples must be mailed or dropped off to above address.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: JULY 31, 2013




Friends of Deltona Library, a 501 (c)(3) organization
2150 Eustace Avenue, Deltona Florida 32725

  

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Free Writing Course and Kids Writers Meeting

Bill.MacDonald@charlottefl.com
Date: Tue Jul 9, 2013 10:44 am ((PDT))

The Charlotte County Library System, a division of the Charlotte County
Community Services Department, is pleased to announce Out of Sight, Out
of Mind: Writing in the Fictional Point of View at the Mid-County
Regional Library on Wednesday, July 24 at 6:00 p.m. Ken Pelham
first-place winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award for his novel
Brigands Key will lead this informative workshop presentation. Ken
covers how-to (and how-not-to) on the fine points of writing
consistently from a character's point-of-view, you'll learn to avoid the
traps of viewpoint. Writers of narrative nonfiction will learn how the
same techniques apply to their work. This program seminar is free and
open to the public. Reservations not needed. Call 941.613.3166 for
more information.


Hi, to all those who write for children.

The July Kids stuff meeting will be from 10:00 until 12:00 on Saturday the
13th July in room 116 (enter through the library next to the auditorium at
Edison College on Airport road in Punta Gorda.)

If you would like your work critiqued, bring a few copies to share.

You are welcome to just listen to this great stuff our friends have created
for kids.

Thanks to Mary Lundeberg for moderating the June meeting.

I will see you all on Saturday.

Paul, the '75 year old Kid'

Friday, July 5, 2013

International Writers Contest








Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2013: Open for Entries


Dear Ed,

I hope this email finds you well. I’m Alexandra, and I’m writing with an exciting opportunity for your network at Sarasota Writers Group. The Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition is now open for entries, and I’d really appreciate it if you could help spread the word as we’re really keen to engage with writers in the USA!

It would be great if you could share this message with your members in your e-newsletter or via email:

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition offers both existing and aspiring writers the chance to showcase their work to a wider, international audience. Now in its sixth year, the competition celebrates and nurtures creative talent, inviting writers to submit imaginative and original work in either category for entry: Poetry or Short Fiction.

Prizes include £500 prize money, publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual and a selection of books from partner organisations. Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted and the deadline for entries is 31 August 2013. For more information please visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting.

Would it be possible for you to share this message on Twitter about the competition?

Submit your #creativewriting, #poetry and #shortfiction to @AestheticaMag Creative Writing Competition before Aug 31 http://tinyurl.com/ckktess

I’d be happy to provide more information about the Creative Writing Competition, so please feel free to email or call me to find out more. I look forward to hearing from you and many thanks in advance!

Best wishes,
Alexandra

Alexandra Beresford
Aesthetica Magazine
PO Box 371
York
YO23 1WL
(0044) (0)1904 629137


I do hope that you will be interested in our 2013 competitions. However, if you would like to be removed from my contacts, please click here.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

July Meeting

Dear Members,

Our next meeting will be:
July 8th at 5:PM to 7:45PM
Location:
Elsie Quirk Library-upstairs conference room.

We are looking forward to seeing all members. The topic for discussion will be the difference in cost and production methods for black and white pages versus color pages.

Please bring something to read.

We welcome all who have an interest in writing.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Dear Members, We atteded this event last summer and had a great time meeting writers from all around the area from Ft. Meyers to Sarasota. It was a great event and I encourage you to mark your calendars for this next time.

1. Charlotte Harbor Writers. Second Writer's 'Picnic in the Park'.
Posted by: "pgholmes@comcast.net" pgholmes@comcast.net paulholmes7
Date: Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:52 am ((PDT))

To all members of Charlotte Harbor Writer's Yahoo list.

Second Writer's Picnic in the Park. Following our successful first picnic in the Park, we conducted a survey asking if you wanted to do it again. The answer was 'yes please', and 'we would like to do it twice a year'.

You also told us you really enjoyed the picnic site that we chose, and would
like to use that again.

So I have today made the reservation for Sunday, December 1st 2013 from two
o'clock until five pm. I will of course be forwarding more details nearer the date, I just wanted
to give you a 'heads up' so you can put it on your calendar. If you would like to be involved in organizing this event, please let me know and I will include you in the organizing committee.
Paul Holmes, Moderator Charlotte Harbor Writers .

pgholmes@comcast.net my phone number is (941)833 3337



From: Little Joe Micale
Date: 06/23/13 15:40:33

Hello Everyone!

Our next StoryTelling event at Calusa Harbour, 2525 First Street, Fort Myers
will be Tuesday, July 2, 2013. StoryTellers gather at 6:30 p.m. and
StoryTelling begins promptly at 7 p.m. in the Living Room.

Our roster so far:

Dwight Elam and Russ Miller.

Mary McAlister will be our lovely and charming emcee.

Please email me at ginmicale@gmail.com and let me know if you wish to
participate.

I had this superb synopsis from our last gathering all prepared to email,
and when I hit the "Send" button, my computer sent it to God knows where. I
was not able to retrieve it and I ran out of time to reconstruct it. That
will teach me to save my work periodically. That's my "Story," and I'm
sticking to it!

Bless you all and see you on July 2nd.

Ginny at the keyboard

Friday, June 21, 2013

Lovers of Laughter

June 21, 2013

From: CARL MEGILL
Date: 06/20/13 09:56:41

Hi Lovers of Laughter,

The next meeting of "Comedy Writers and Humorists Wanted" will be held next
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the Cape Coral Library, 921 SW 39th
Terrace, Cape Coral, Fl. Bring 3-4 double spaced pages of your funniest
stuff. Essays, memoirs, poems, scripts, if it's funny and you wrote it, we
want to hear it.

If you plan on attending, please RSVP me at carlmegill@msn.com . Do you know
someone who writes the funny? Bring them along. Know someone who likes to
laugh, bring them along, too. Comedy loves company.

See you there.

Carl Megill
Event Organizer