About our group
Because no writer is an island
STATEMENT FROM GUILD PRESIDENT HARRY BARNES
"Because of the coronavirus, there will be no SWG meetings until further notice, since the library, our meeting site, has canceled all meetings. It is, however, good to know they are taking all precautions to protect our health.
"The other good news is that now you have time to finish your novel, polish your poems, and let your literary muse run free. And, as one member reminded me, don't forget to journal this disastrous time, for someday your notes may reappear in one of your literary works of art.
"Please stay healthy until we meet again."
We meet four times a month, year-round. Saturday meetings are held in the Elsie Quirk Library, 100 W. Dearborn St., Englewood. The Friday Poetry Pod meets at the Englewood Art Center.
Our guiding principles are:
1) To bring together, in a professional setting, persons interested in the art of writing
2) To exchange ideas
3) To provide a support system
4) To provide critiques and educational opportunities
There is a general meeting at 10:30 a.m. the first Saturday of every month 10:30 at Elsie Quirk Library, Englewood. A short business meeting is followed by a keynote speaker, writing exercise, or writing activity. No meetings in July, August and September.
On the second Friday of every month, 10:30 a.m. at the Englewood Art Center. Those who wish to learn about and share their poetry meet to encourage one another, share comments and suggestions, or just listen. Prospective members are welcome to read, if time permits, without joining, for one meeting only.
Long Writers Group
On the second Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. at the Elsie Quirk Library. Those interested in publication of longer works (more than 25,000 words) bring their written work to read aloud and critique one another. It is helpful to bring 6-8 copies for others to follow along and write comments. Prospective members are welcome to read, if time permits, without joining, for one meeting only.
On the third Saturday of the month, 10:30 am at the Elsie Quirk Library. Both beginning and advanced writers, journalists, poets, novelists, short-story writers, and essayists from various backgrounds bring their written work to read aloud and critique one another’s writing. It is helpful to bring 15-20 copies for others to follow along and write comments. Each person has five minutes to read either two poems or a maximum of 1,000 words of prose. Prospective members are welcome to read, if time permits, without joining, for one meeting only.
Other Membership Benefits:
A newsletter that includes current information and members’ writing is published and sent to members every month.
Members have the opportunity annually to publish their work in INKLINGS — The Anthology of the Suncoast Writers Guild.
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