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January 2020 Member Newsletter

EVERY 2nd Weds of the month, at Mackle Park; 6:00-8:00 p.m.  
EXCEPTION: Jan 2020 meeting will be at the Center for the Arts 
 at 1010 Winterberry Drive instead of Mackle Park. 

Jan. 8, 2020 - Sheila Athens
Self- Editing and Book Coaching
Book Picture Elements to editing
Line-Level Self Editing
What does a book coach do for a writer?
This meeting only,
 meeting at the Marco Island Center for the Arts 
  1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island

Sheila Athens is a published author and a book coach who specializes in mainstream fiction, women's fiction and romance. In addition to her own private book coaching practice, she coaches writers and mentors book-coaches-in-training at Author Accelerator, the nation's premiere book coaching company. Her debut novel, The Truth About Love, has been published in three languages. She stays current on the publishing landscape by serving as chairperson for the Women's Fiction Writers Association Agent Pitch Events. For more about Sheila, visit Sheila's website

After her presentation, we will have a flash fiction exercise. Bring in 750 words or less that involve a New Years Resolution. Yours, someone else's., completely fictional. Make is serious or humorous, an essay or poem.  Please no politics or religion.  WE will read out loud for fun - no critiquing the last 30 minutes. 

Feb.12, 2020 - Joe Eckstein
Cover Designer / Illustrator

Joe Eckstein is a children's book author, illustrator, and cartoonist who loves to encourage and inspire people through art and stories.  Originally from Ohio and drawing and writing stories since he can remember, he has a Bachelor's degree in fine art from Bowling Green State University and has worked as an illustrator for leading children's education publisher Carson-Dellosa. His work has been published in books, greeting cards, magazines, and newspapers.   He will be demonstrating how to make your covers stand out from the crowd. The do and don't of cover design. And talk about using an illustrator for your picture books. Joe's Website

After his presentation, we will have two, five minute readings from members' own works. There is a sign-up sheet.
 March 11, 2020 -   Rich Goldhaber
Formatting Your Book Using Windows

Rich is a long standing member of MIW, has published 13 thriller novels, and is the Chairman of the Marco Writers Farmers Market.  The discussion will start with a normal Word formatted document and how to meet all of the formatting requirements for submission to Amazon for self publishing. Rich will do the presentation using his laptop and some handouts. Contact Rich

After his presentation, we will have a flash fiction exercise.

April 8, 2020 - Liz Noyes

Write a Haiku.  More info to follow. 

After the presentation, two readers will read from their books or their Work in Progress. 

Have you paid your 2020 Dues? 
Members not paid by the March 2020 meeting will be moved to Guest status. 
FYI - In order to allow for more speakers we will be raising the membership dues by $5.00 for 2020, Regular membership $55.00/ Family membership $80.00. You also have the option to donate extra to help our organization or to pay $10.00 at the door if you are not a member. First time visitors are always free.

Our Satellite Groups:
Long standing Writing Critique group meets
 10 A.M at the Marco Library on Fridays. Contact Virginia Read for more information. Email   Virginia Read  Poets meet: The first Tuesday of the month in season. This season is over for now and future meetings will be announced in the newsletter, but for more info contact Sara.  Email   Sara Medieros     
  Have you registered for the 
SW Fl Writers' Conference?

"The Hudson Comes to the Peace"
April 18, 2020 

Choices of agents or staff to pitch or receive feedback is based on the time/date stamp of your registration. 

Don't miss this opportunity to Learn, Pitch, Mingle with Authors, Agents, Editors. The sooner you sign up, the better chance you have of pitching to the agent of your choice or getting feedback from the staff person of your choice. 
Register by Dec. 1 & the cost is only $175.00; morning coffee, lunch & dinner Included.

For those of you that may have missed the experience, please revisit our website  
MIW Website, our Facebook page   MIW Facebook Page
and don't hesitate to present us with feedback for improvements.

 Come & Promote, Promote, Promote   
 Promote at Everglades City Events

 Art-in-the-Glades under the Pavilion in McLeod Park. Contact ;    Saturdays 
  Jan. 25, 2020; Feb. 29, 2020; March 28,2020

 Promote in Estero  
  Sponsored by the 
SW FL Romance Writers 
Jan 31 - Feb 1, 2020
  More Info 
Members $8 ea. Retail $12 ea.
Newest Anthology
Marco Island Writers' Poetry, Short  Stories & Essays    Vol. V  
The newest anthology is available for sale at the meetings. Now 5 volumes, for sale at every meeting  & at the  Farmer's Market.  See Pauline for purchase at the meetings. Start writing now for publication in 2021. See guidelines in the member's corner. Become a member* to submit!  
*sorry, only members can submit to the Anthology. 

Holiday Art Fest

 Holiday Art Fest
Wesley United
Methodist Church
Dec. 7, 2019

January Book of the Month 

100 Years of Thrillers and Chillers Movie Series

About The Series :  
The 100 Years of Thrillers and Chillers Series encompasses reviews of Horror Films from around the world from 1919 to 2019.  This is a reference collection with the movies author ranked by genre. 

About the Author:    Robert Messier 

Robert lives on a canal, in a studio apartment with his loyal cat Hobbit on the Isles of Capri in Southwest Florida. He has been writing most of his life but only recently decided to publish his work. Messier is a past co-chairman of Marco Island Writers, an organization dedicated to and for Writers helping writers in Southwest Florida. He can also be seen working voluntarily for the Marco Island Historical Museum's Summer Film Festival. Besides his 100 Years Horror Film Series, he has also published a nine series collection of Guitar Gods, a Trilogy of Baseball greats titled The Hall of Fame Game Trilogy and one novella, title Seeds


Marco Island Writers once again extend a heartfelt handshake and thank you for your membership and support. Membership entitles you to:
  • Regular meetings
  • Book Promotion of your books, short stories, essays, poetry
  • Exclusive Members Only Edition Newsletter (extras the guest newsletter does not have)
  • Opportunities galore  at Book events, Farmers Market, Meetings
  • Reciprocity with Gulf Coast Writers and Pine  Island Writers  
  • Fantastic moral support and comrade with other writers. 
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.
HAVE NEWS? - Won a reward or 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 .jpg file of book front cover, a one paragraph synopsis, a one paragraph bio and the link to purchase your book. Email to  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