Writers Helping Writers

February meeting will be
Weds, Feb 10, 6-8 P.M.
in person and by Zoom,
with Ann Dalton, Esquire
as our featured speaker.
If you are familiar with using the mobile app for Zoom, and prefer to use your phone instead of your computer, click below on the One Tap Mobile button for more instruction.
Meeting ID: 826 4033 4864
Passcode: 739054
The meeting is also in person at the Marco Island Community Center, Mackle Park, same date/time
Liable Issues/the CASE Act

Anne Dalton, Esquire will present: The CASE Act as part of the $1.4 trillion Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Congress’s year-end government funding package gives authors and other creators a major tool to fight piracy and copyright infringement by creating a small claims dispute resolution process in the Copyright Office, an alternative to costly federal litigation.  Question and answer session after the presentation, so gather all those nagging questions about intellectual property laws you've been wondering about and prepare to join in!
A fun & educational trip through a medical anecdote collection.
About the Book:

Dr. Michael Hefferon's second foray into the world of medical myths is simply a delight to read, whether one is in some way connected with the world of medicine, or not. It is filled with an eclectic mix of medical anecdotes that not only entertain but truly inform the reader. He has woven a lifetime of medical encounters to illustrate the origins of these myths. Topics include JFK's Addisons Disease and Freud's cocaine habit. He also explores the world of medical outpatients (Psychiatric) on the night of a full moon. Chapters about the dwindling numbers of crib deaths and the exposing of Munchausen's Syndrome will open a fascinating window into medical mysteries.

Click on the cover for buying or reviewing.
About the author:

Dr. Michael Hefferon practices as a Pediatrician in Kingston, Ontario, where he is Assistant Professor in Pediatrics, and Oncology, at Queens University. Born in Dublin, Ireland, and raised in a bilingual Gaelic household, he secured a scholarship to study Medicine at University College, Dublin. Choosing to specialise in Children’s Medicine, he trained in Dublin, Liverpool, and Kingston, Canada. Dr. Hefferon became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1986. He lives in Kingston, Ontario, with his spouse, Catherine, while maintaining close contacts with the British Isles.
$55 via check or
 Members can pay their membership through our website for $57.
Thursday, February 18, 2021; $10 entry1
still suspended due to .... you know what!
Aug 9-2020 Meeting
A Sample Satellite Group.
Farmers Market

Congratulations to our member Nancy Murvine for taking first place at the 10th annual Florida Weekly Writing Challenge, the winners of which we celebrate this week. Please click on the link below to discover more!

FROM LAST MONTHS MEETING. Dear Friends and Fellow Writers,
At our January meeting, there was a major technical glitch interrupting the presentation on Book Trailers. For those of you that were not present, Cablevision in New York had a major outage in the middle of the presentation. Our presenter, John Kappenberg, felt terrible and next day he produced a video based on his trailer presentation just for us. Review the presentation in our Member's Corner below by clicking the link. -Dr. Dolores Burton

Mastering the Knife by Dr. Michael Meguid should be out early February via Amazon. It is #2 in the series. Roots & Branches was the first just a couple of months ago.
Betty Collier Marco Island Pioneer by Barbara Malta. From diary entries to research etc, Barbara gives pioneer Betty a voice.
Awaken to Unconditional Love, Don Fedor. Due out February 1, it's your opportunity to find peace & engage life’s challenges with love, instead of fear. 
Love & Crazy Nightmares by Ruth J. Princess
Big Hearts, Small Arrows by Aurelio Acebo, an E-book
Quantum by T. Milton Mayer, an E-book
Rehoming Pigeon a re-release by Joanne Tailele
Be sure to let us know when you release your masterpiece!

Grabbing the Reader WORKSHOP
Last day to sign up- Feb. 3 2021

Grabbing the Reader
Meeting attendees are still encouraged to come to the May meeting and listen to the readings and critiques even though the groups are (almost) set. If you signed up, get busy with your writing! Open/print the Anthology Rubric, in the Member's Corner below. This critiquing guideline will be helpful whether you are participating or just monitoring this workshop.
Start writing and polishing your submissions. This Fall's deadline is looming!

Also, we need to empty our inventory. Please ask at the meeting or drop Joanne a note. Bargain price of $5, any issue. Contact Joanne


March 10 - Marketing/Print and Digital, TBA
(guest of Dolores Burton) 

April 14 - Creating Story Worthy Heroes - Visit Jessica, Click Here!
Jessica Brody (author of Save the Cat writes a Novel)

May 12 - Grabbing the Reader Workshop

June 9 - Member Book Presentations
All new books from members in 2020 and 2021 and a chance to purchase them.

July 14 - Challenge your Writing Skills
Pauline Hayton, successful author and member of Marco Island Writers.

August 15 - How To Get Your Book Into Libraries, presented by Eric Simmons.


Big Things Coming for our sister organization, Florida Writers Assoc.
One of our members, Dr. Michael Meguid was inspired to make a trailer for his new books due to our meeting presentation by John Kappenberg last month. Dr. Michael says it was painless and not expensive, about $300. Have a look and see what you think!

If you are not a member the links below will not work for you. 
If you are a member and the links still don't work, 
please, let the editor know Newsletter Editor Link, Jennie

John Kappenberg's Presentation on Trailers

Anthology Rubric; Using Memory as a Backstory
Grabbing The Reader Workshop
Facebook Ads; Writing Conflict
How To Pitch; Pitch Generator Chart

Membership Benefits:
  • Regular meetings

  • Promotion of your books, short stories, essays, poetry via newsletter & website

  • Exclusive Members-Only Edition Newsletter (extras the guest newsletter does not have).

  • Events such as Markets, Fairs & Meetings

  • Opportunities for display, sale, & book signings.

  • Reciprocity with Gulf Coast Writers and Pine Island Writers

  • Fantastic moral support and comradeship with other writers

  • Sub-groups such as poetry and critiques

Marco Island Writers once again extend a heartfelt handshake and thank you for your membership. REMEMBER the entitlements for you as listed above!

We hope that, even if you can't attend every meeting, or serve on a committee, you know your participation has made a difference in the writing community. We continually strive to bring quality speakers and workshops to our members.

Interested in starting a new sub-group?Talk to our President about what sub-groups you would like to help develop. joanne.tailele@gmail.com

HAVE NEWS? - Won a reward or a contest? Doing a book signing or promotion? Let us know before the 1st of each month so it can be included in our monthly newsletter. Send news to Jennie Weckelman, Secretary at

Have a newly published book, or are you a new member to MIW? We'd like to feature your book on the "Book of the Month." Send a .jpg file of the book's front cover, a one paragraph synopsis, a one paragraph bio, and the link to purchase your book. Email to jweckelman@embarqmail.com Please put "Book of the Month" in the subject line. If we do not have any new books we will rotate, promoting previously published books of MIW members.


 Joanne Tailele, President
 Jennie Weckelman, Secretary, Webmaster, Newsletter Editor
Our Address:
606 Bald Eagle Dr.,
Marco Island, FL 34145