March 11, 2020 Meeting

March’s guest speaker will be Ritchie Gaydos. Ritchie will share a bit about his writing journey and will have time for Q & A so maybe we can all benefit from what he’s learned along the way.

Hope to see you there.

Check out Ritchie’s bio:

Ritchie received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Florida Atlantic University in 2003. He began writing seriously about two years ago, when he took a creative writing class. Ritchie has since written nine or ten short stories and is working on compiling these stories into a book. He is yet to be published, but is working towards that end.

News from Florida Writers Association:

Submissions for both RPLA awards and for the Collection Competition are now open.

The theme for this year’s Collection is “Create an Illusion.” Open submissions are from February 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020.
Details here:

We challenge all Lakeland Writers to enter. There is no entry fee and 60 winners are chosen for publication.

Royal Palm Literary Awards competition (RPLA) recognizes extraordinary writing in 28 genre-categories for adults and 5 for youth. Categories include fiction and nonfiction, short works and book-length, and poetry, stage plays, and “general catch-all” submissions. All entries receive extensive professional feedback. Submissions are accepted through April 30, 2020. Entry fees are tiered. The later you enter, the higher the fee. Entry details here:

Tonisha Mitchell messaged us to share the following:  I’m hosting the 2nd Annual Tampa Bay Black Authors Expo in April. I’d love to have your authors participate if they’re available! Here is the Eventbrite link. Thank you!

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January 2020 Meeting

The next Lakeland Writers meeting will be Wednesday, January 8.

Our guest speak will be Southeastern University film student, Kary Perez. Kary will share a little bit about her journey into the world of writing for and producing films. Let’s start 2020 together sharing our passion for the written word!

Kary Perez

Kary Perez is a young and aspiring female director and actress. Born and raised on the island of Puerto Rico, she takes great pride in her rich culture. She is currently finishing her Bachelors degree in Film Production at Southeastern University and hopes to one day work full time in the film industry. She has worked on many student short films, one of which she wrote and directed and was nominated for a people’s choice award at the Fire Film Festival​. This is only the beginning and she can’t wait to see all the amazing things God has in store for her life and career. She can be contacted at

Director & Actress Filmography:  

Pretty Boy (2019) 

Hottie from the Butterfly Bench (2019)

The War Within (2019)

Soul Box (2019)

Vogue 1986 (2018)

Unforgettable (2018)

Redesigning Dreams (2017)

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December 2019 Meeting

Some of us enjoy writing prompts so how about these?

1) Write a tongue-in-cheek, satirical tribute. Tell bad drivers, rude customers, and evil dictators how grateful you are for what they’ve done. Do it with a wink and a smile.

2) Three children are sitting on a log near a stream. One of them looks up at the sky and says…

Google “writing prompts” and you’ll find lots of sites with ideas.

The ones above were taken from

Wishing you all the happiest of holiday seasons and here’s hoping you plan to join us in the new year. Our January meeting will be January 8th.


November 13, 2019 Meeting

Don’t forget to number the lines of your text when you bring copies for critique.
It makes referencing so much easier!

Congratulations to Ellen Holder. Her entry entitled “Writer Still At Work” finished in the top ten entries into the 2019 Florida Writers Association Collection, Writers at Work. For more information:

Congratulations to Rachel Meinke for her book and film deal. Read all about it here:

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Lakeland Writers October 2019 Meeting

Usher in greatness as a writer this Autumn
Find out who you can be as you join us on Wednesday, October 9th, 2019.


March 11, 2020 Meeting

This month’s guest speaker will be short story writer Ritchie Gaydos. Ritchie began writing seriously about two years ago, after taking a creative writing class. He has since written nine or ten short stories and is working on compiling these stories into a book. Ritchie has yet to be published, but is working towards that end.

Hope to see you there!

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Next Lakeland Writers Meeting August 12, 2019

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