I couldn’t find a fiction group in my area when I moved down to Florida in 2011. Most workshops met during the day or just outside of Naples. Others seemed to have lackluster participation. But eventually, I got tired of shipping my fiction off to friends and old professors for feedback, and I started my own workshop.
That was July 2014. Nearly five years later, the group is still going strong.
The Naples Writers’ Workshop meets every other Wednesday for a couple of hours as writers from all backgrounds and experience levels get together to share and critique each others’ work. While we focus mainly on short stories, we have also dabbled in novels and memoir as well.
The group is about 15 members strong. We held our first reading event in May 2018, our second in November 2018 and our third in May 2019. Between 55 and 70 people have attended each event, proving that there is a hunger for this kind of work locally.
We held our first Teen Workshop in 2019, with plans for future events. And we’re looking to begin fundraising to launch a literary magazine headquartered right here, on the fringes of the Everglades.
If you’re in Southwest Florida and interested in joining our workshop, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not in Florida? The group launched a podcast in 2019 called Why Is This Good? Tune in from anywhere to listen to us discuss good fiction and how those writers execute it.