Take a look at our wesite but please be patient. Updating in progress all the month of November. Comments and concerns are solicited in earnest at this time, so please take a moment to review. 
November 2019 Guest Newsletter

Meeting EVERY 2nd Weds of the month, at Mackle Park; 6:00-8:00 p.m.  
EXCEPTION: Jan 2020 meeting will be at the Art Center instead of Mackle Park. 
2nd annual Hootenany Sat. Nov 2, 2019, 10a.m.-3p.m.
Mackle Park, Marco Island; Help save the owls!
Sunday Nov. 3 - 1:00 - 3:00 pm or Monday Nov. 4 - 1:00 - 3:00 pm Where: Joanne's condo - 1346 Mainsail Dr. #1323, Naples, FL 34145
   Early Learning Coalition of SW FL, " We have 197 children that need a buddy!"  Tallie Tidwell, E.L.A.    Contact Tallie 
Our President Joanne says, "I have done this for years and it is very rewarding. I have two buddies again this year". 

Nov. 13.   -   Laurie Chandler
Mystery & Historical Fiction
National Best Selling Author
Sisters in Crime National Speaker

She LOVES talking mystery / historical. Among other writing tips, she will discuss the differences between suspense, mystery and thriller.

After her presentation, we will have two members read from their own writings for five minutes each, Pauline Hayton & Philip Reid.
Dec. 11 -  SHOW AND SELL
                 HOLIDAY PARTY
Bring your published books. Each author will 
get a chance to read the back cover of two
books. Then all books will be put out for browsing
and sale. So bring your cash too.  Bring a beverage or a snack to share to  celebrate the Holidays. 
The New Anthology will be available for sale as well. Great holiday shopping and camaraderie. 

There will be no member readings or flash fiction exercise at this meeting.

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?
For this meeting only we will be at the Marco Island Art Center               instead of at the Community Room, Mackle Park

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.

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 members read from their own writings for five minutes each.
                                                             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.

T h a n k  Y o u 
Dr. Rich Blonna for your October 9 presentation , How to Re-purpose Your
Book or Short Story for Social Media. Your insights were excellent. Sorry, but only  members may obtain a copy of his presentation in the Members Corner below.

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

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     
Friends of The Library Author Event
Sa turday Nov. 9, 2019 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Come to support our authors. 
South Regional Branch, Lely area.

  FREE To Participate! Holiday Fest

FREE tent space for members, Marco Writers, at the Holiday Art Fest at the Marco Methodist Church on Saturday, Dec. 14 on S. Barfield. We will have two tents if warranted. Bring your books, smiling faces and make some sales.   Contact Our Pres. to sign up. We need to anticipate how many authors are attending. 

  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  Farmer's Market Info 
Contact  Chairman, Rich Goldhaber to sign up. 

 Promote at Everglades City Events

 Art-in-the-Glades under the Pavilion in McLeod Park. Contact 
   mrepko@earthlink.net ;    Saturdays 
   Nov. 16. 2019; Dec. 7, 2019; Jan. 25, 2020; Feb. 29, 2020; March 28,2020

 Promote in Estero Jan 31- Feb 1, 2020 
  Sponsored by the SW FL Romance Writers Club
  More Info 
  I N  T H E  N E W S:
Who Was Barron Collier?
Photo of Barron Collier courtesy Florida State Archives
  Friday, November 15, at 5:30 p.m.   mrepko@earthlink.net     
  I N  T H E  N E W S:
Audubon Western Everglades
Speaker Series Talk in Naples is beginning  November 19th. 
Please join us in celebrating the burrowing owls!   
Members $8 ea. Retail $12 ea.
I n T h e  N e w s: 
 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. 

Book of the Month

About The Book :   THE LAST WAR    
An accidental explosion in a secret Iranian nuclear facility is detected by the United States Military. Their response leads to yet another war in the Middle East. This time, however, the deaths of thousands of innocent Israeli citizens has created a new calculus, and Israel will now accept nothing less than the complete destruction of Hezbollah. The world watches and hopes that this conflict will indeed be the last war.

About the Author:   

Rich Goldhaber spent 40 years in research and development in the medical products industry. He has leveraged his knowledge of science and technology into a second career as a Mystery/Thriller writer. Rich splits his time between Naples, Florida and Chicago. His novels can be purchased at Amazon.com or Barnesandnoble.com.


Marco Island Writers once again extends 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.   joanne.tailele@gmail.com
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  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