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Joanne Tailele, 2018 President and Webmaster
Marco Island Writers


Marco Island Poets,
We will have our first meeting of the new year on Tuesday, January 30, AT 4 PM at Liz Noyes house on Marco.
Come and bring something to read, share, critique, yours or others. Call Sara Mederios for details claydune@comcast.net

December 13, 2017  Meeting 

​Bill Green, from the Marco Eagle shared with us what the newspaper is looking for in submissions, who to get them to and the goals of the Marco Eagle.

We also enjoyed a Holiday party and Nominated the 2018 Board and Committee Chairman.

A special thanks to Pauline Hayton for was our editor for four years for the Marco Island  Anthologies.     

February 21, 2018   

NOTE: The February meeting will be held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month since Valentine's Day falls on the 2nd Tuesday. 

                                                                                               Writing Outside of the Box

For the February 21 meeting, we are asking you to write a short piece, OUTSIDE of your normal genre. If you write mystery fiction – try a romantic comedy. If you write, non-fiction documentary, try fantasy fiction. Poetry writer? Try dark thriller.  It doesn’t matter what you write, as long as it pushes you out of your comfort zone. As writers, we need to be flexible. Keep it short, max 500 words (which is two pages double-spaced) One page is even better. This is also an exercise in brevity. Conveying a story in a short period of time.

Don’t forget to have a Beginning, Middle and End.  (Notes by Liz Noyes)

Beginning (exposition) should provide setting, character(s), situation and mood. It gives the who, what when and where without providing the “happening.” 

The middle (rising action) brings in something that disturbs the situation at hand, something that throws off the balance. Something is introduced that creates a question or a worry (inciting incident). This worry or question may be increased by some additional complication(s) until something else (or something unexpected) turn the worry, question or conflict around (turning point or climax).

The End provides the resolution, it shows how the problem is solved.

Make five copies of your work and bring it to the meeting. We will give a little bit of time for those without stories to write. Then we will break into groups of 5, read and discuss the stories. We will be looking for how well we accomplished the Beginning, Middle and End and discuss how easy or difficult it was to write “outside the box.”

And have FUN!!!!

March 14, 2018.

RITA Award winner, Laura Drake, will be here all the way from Texas to present, "Laura Drake, The Tortoise’s Story – How to Keep Writing, No. Matter. What" from  6-8 p.m.  A brief business meeting will precede Laura at 5:45. Then from 8-9, she will teach a workshop," Queries That Close The Deal." and review several previously submitted queries from our members. 

$10 at the door for non-members, members free.

January 10, 2018

Understanding your characters.  We spent the meeting discussing how to get to know your characters, Members were presented with a Character Profile  taken from the back  of the Positive  Trait Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Guglisi. 

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