Welcome to Pinellas Writers

PINELLAS WRITERS is a diverse, educational, and motivational critique group for aspiring and published writers. For more than 30 years, writers have come to us to hone their craft, and, as a result, many have succeeded in having their work published. We proudly provide a congenial and supportive environment in which writers can receive personal advice and encouragement.

We welcome writers of all levels, from beginner to multi-published (and we have both types and everything in between as members). We welcome novelists, poets, essayists, bloggers, short story and article writers, memoirists, journalists, playwrights, and screenwriters. We welcome those who write in any genre, including mainstream, suspense, horror, literary, romance, humor, opinion, historical, and anything else we forgot to mention. We love to write, and love writers!

We meet every Saturday morning at the Largo Southwest Recreation Complex,131200 Vonn Rd., Largo, Florida 33774, starting at 9:30 and ending at noon. Paid members read aloud and receive gentle and constructive comments and suggestions. Our gatherings typically consist of between 25 and 35 attendees, and we usually manage to get through ten to twelve readings.

The only requirement to join Pinellas Writers is the payment of a $50 annual fee (which, at less than $1.00 per meeting, is a true bargain). Guests are welcome to attend a maximum of three meetings before becoming a member, to see if our group will be of help.

 

Fabulous Class Offerings In January, February, and March

All classes held from 1PM to 3PM at Panera’s Bardmoor Community Room (SE corner Starkey and Bryan Dairy Rds).

Cost: $10 for paid Pinellas Writers members, $15 for non-members.

JAN. 27: GMC, MRU, and You, with Lee Summerall. Goal-Motivation-Conflict and Motivation-Reaction-Units will change how you deal with realistic tension and conflict in your scenes.

FEB. 17: See it. Say it. With poet Lennie Hay. Enhance your creativity in all formats with this innovative class. Explore ekphrastic poems (inspired through images). A fun way to improve your visual-detail writing skills.

FEB. 24: Let’s Explore Book Covers, with Lee Summerall and Richard Erlanger. A quick but detailed tutorial on making a professional, genre-appropriate exterior for your e-book using pre-made covers. Bring your laptop or tablet.

MAR. 17: Memoir, with Annemarie Miklo. Learn effective ways to communicate your personal story with this intensive immersion.

MAR. 24: How the Great Masters Can Take Your Writing to the Next Level, with Lee Summerall. This innovative class will explore where great art and your writing intersect to bring nuance to your work.

MAR. 31: How to Write a Ballad, with Pat Callan. Pat’s lively classes always teach you a lot. Ballads can up your tension awareness and your facility with words. Bring pen and paper.

April 7: From Cozy to Bloodbath: the Mystery Genre, with Carol Perry and Lee Summerall. An overview of various genres and their requirements, and how to hack them.

Check Out New “Success Stories”

On the left, you’ll find a menu containing categories under which we post really great things you should be looking at. One of those is titled “Success Stories,” in which we post member accomplishments. Check out our new post featuring Carol Perry.

Another Reminder – Annual Holiday Party December 16, 2017

Our annual members-only holiday party will be on December 16 this year. As usual, for the first hour we’ll have five-minute holiday-oriented readings with no critiquing, so it’s an entirely pain and risk-free time to share your work. Then we’ll enjoy a fabulous pot-luck brunch buffet with a Honey-Baked Ham and some holiday fellowship. Members can bring guests for $5. In addition, we’ll be having a raffle for some great gift baskets and a set of audio books of Carol Perry’s fabulous cozy mystery series.  If you aren’t a member, join fast so you can join us! If you plan to attend please let us know what you intend to bring so we can fill any holes in our menu. Hope to see you there. 

 

Check Out New “Success Stories”

On the left, you’ll find a menu containing categories under which we post really great things you should be looking at. One of those is titled “Success Stories,” in which we post member accomplishments. Check out our new posts featuring Kyle Pierson and Barbara Schrefer.

Annual Holiday Party December 16, 2017

Our annual members-only holiday party will be on December 16 this year. As usual, for the first hour we’ll have five-minute holiday-oriented readings with no critiquing, so it’s an entirely pain and risk-free time to share your work. Then we’ll enjoy a fabulous pot-luck brunch buffet with a Honey-Baked Ham and some holiday fellowship. Members can bring guests for $5. In addition, we’ll be having a raffle for some great gift baskets and a set of audio books of Carol Perry’s fabulous cozy mystery series.  If you aren’t a member, join fast so you can join us! If you plan to attend please let us know what you intend to bring so we can fill any holes in our menu. Hope to see you there.