Archive for August, 2014

Next Meetings: Sept. 10, Oct. 15, Nov. 12


  • Community Southern Bank
    3340 South Florida Avenue
    Lakeland, FL 33803
  • All meetings begin at 6:30pm on the days listed. Most will last until 8:30.

 Spend an afternoon with: 

tim dorsey

Oct. 18 – Sat – Lakeland Library – 1 p.m.
100 Lake Morton Drive, Lakeland

Oct. 18 – Sat – Bartow Library – 3:30 p.m.
2150 S. Broadway Ave., Bartow

Tim Dorsey was born in Indiana, moved to Florida at the age of 1, and grew up in a small town about an hour north of Miami called Riviera Beach. He graduated from Auburn University in 1983. While at Auburn, he was editor of the student newspaper, The Plainsman.

From 1983 to 1987, he was a police and courts reporter for The Alabama Journal, the now-defunct evening newspaper in Montgomery. He joined The Tampa Tribune in 1987 as a general assignment reporter. He also worked as a political reporter in the Tribune’s Tallahassee bureau and a copy desk editor. From 1994 to 1999, he was the Tribune’s night metro editor. He left the paper in August 1999 to write full time.

Tim has since published seventeen novels in several languages: Florida Roadkill, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, Orange Crush, Triggerfish Twist, The Stingray Shuffle, Cadillac Beach, Torpedo Juice, The Big Bamboo, Hurricane Punch, Atomic Lobster, Nuclear Jellyfish, Gator A-Go-Go, Electric Barracuda, When Elves Attack, Pineapple Grenade, The Riptide Ultra-Glide andTiger Shrimp Tango (Jan ’14).

He lives in Tampa with his family.

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Next Meeting August 20

Please join us for our next Lakeland Writers meeting on August 20.

Lakeland Writers is open to all individuals who write for profession or pleasure.


Community Southern Bank
3340 South Florida Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33803
All meetings begin at 6:30pm on the days listed. Most will last until 8:30.

Bring a work to share (less than 1000 words). Need a writing prompt? Try one of these from Writer’s Digest Creative Writing Prompts:

You’ve entered a national spelling bee competition only to find out that your neighbor—and arch rival—has also entered the competition. You’ve both made it to the final three, along with a person neither of you know. Your arch rival comes to you with a plot to sabotage the third person, but aside from the fact that you want to win fair and square, you suspect that your rival is also trying to sabotage you. Write this scene.


You’re a pirate on a small pirate ship, that consists of only you, one other pirate and a captain. Recently you ransacked another ship and found a treasure map. After weeks of following it, you’ve finally found the island where “X” marks the spot. Write a scene where you find the buried treasure, only it’s not exactly the treasure you expected to find.


Our next meeting is scheduled for September 10.


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