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Next Lakeland Writers Meetings Wednesdays: 11/12, 12/17, and 1/14

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Join FWA’s Lakeland Writers for a write in on November 12. Bring your laptop or pen and paper for a chance to get your creative juices flowing. 

Not working on an NaNoWriMo project, just come for the pleasure of writing. We will not be conducting a critique this month.

On December 17, we will be reviewing some of the things we learned at the FWA conference in October. Bring a project to share with the group as we will be working on our critiques again.

And bring your suggestions for the January 14 meeting. And and all ideas will be considered.

See you soon!


    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.


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By Alison Nissen

I am often overwhelmed by my own credentials. They aren’t really that impressive, but I fret, nonetheless.

I would review the literary canon at my collegiate library and think: Wow, how am I supposed to read ALL of that? Then I would take, from the shelves, classics. I would hold them, open them, smell them. I would rub their worn leaves between my fingers, caressing the pulpy paper. The musty scent of the stacks would engulf me and I would spend the next hour perusing Hawthorne, Hemmingway, or Homer. I’d review the Forward. I’d test the weight. I’d read the first and last lines. Then, I’d put it back.

I would wander back to my dorm and hunker down for a night with Fanny Flagg or Robert Ludwig to keep me company.

Why? Because I didn’t really want to READ the classics. I just wanted to say…

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