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Pod: Writers’ Groups: Going Deep, Soaring High, Bringing Out the Best

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With Becky Bohan, Carol Anne Douglas, Dana Finnegan, Sara Fleming, Ellen Levy, Lois McGuinness, and Sara Yager: What makes a successful writers’ group? Members of the Carefree Writers’ Circle from North Fort Myers will discuss the purpose and value of writing groups. As an open, non-genre specific group, the Carefree Writers’ Circle helps develop novice writers and puts the polishing cloth to the work of experienced writers. Members will share their experiences of writing at this women’s community and provide tips on how to have a successful group. Becky Bohan has published both fiction and nonfiction. Her novel A Light on Altered Landwas a 2021 Goldie Finalist. Her newest release is the suspense/romance blend The Santorini Setup. She has participated in every ReadOut! For more information about this author and to view book purchase information, visit the Authors page. Carol Anne Douglas worked on the feminist news journal off our backs for 35 years. She now writes novels and plays. Her latest book is Sister Matthew and Sister Rose: Novices in Love, a story set in 1962. For more information about this author and to view book purchase information, visit the Authors page. Dana Finnegan, a retired psychotherapist, taught English literature at the college level in her early career. A leader of the Carefree Writers’ Circle for many years, Dana published the first installment of her memoir, Ollie, Ollie, In Free, in 2018. For more information about this author and to view book purchase information, visit the Authors page. Sara Fleming, after retiring from an adequate career, moved to Carefree Resort in FL, an all-women community. There she enjoys kayaking the numerous Florida waterways, biking, and participating in the community Writers’ Circle. For more information about this author and to view book purchase information, visit the Authors page. Ellen Levy is obsessed; writing has taken over her life. She spends part of everyday living in 1910’s with her characters, Deborah and Miriam, young Jewish women in love. Ellen summers in Boston with her wife and two cats, and winters At the Resort on Carefree Boulevard in Florida with 500 older women who celebrate the hard-earned freedom to be themselves. For more information about this author and to view book purchase information, visit the Authors page. Lois McGuinness, a longtime member of the Carefree Writers’ Circle, focuses on creative nonfiction. She made her literary debut in the 2020 ReadOut. For more information about this author and to view book purchase information, visit the Authors page. Sara Yager feels fortunate to have found the Carefree community since it inspired her to make films and also begin writing. She writes short pieces and haiku, taking common experiences and everyday events and trying to find some humor in them. Her short films have won several People’s Choice awards at Carefree film festivals. For more information about this author and to view book purchase information, visit the Authors page.

Pearls: Romance & Fiction

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The following authors will be reading excerpts from their work: Becky Bohan, Isis Brown, LaToya Hankins, and Anondra "Kat" Williams. Becky Bohan from The Santorini Setup, Isis Brown from Worlds Apart, LaToya Hankins from SBF Seeking, Anondra "Kat" Williams from Pat Greene Becky Bohan has published both fiction and nonfiction. Her novel A Light on Altered Landwas a 2021 Goldie Finalist. Her newest release is the suspense/romance blend The Santorini Setup. She has participated in every ReadOut! For more information about this author and to view book purchase information, visit the Authors page. Isis Brown is an elder millennial, carb connoisseur, and lover of animals. She loves getting lost in a good book, limited series, and music. Lots and lots of music. Every once in a while she'll write a book, and hope you have as much fun reading it as she did writing it. She believes there are far too few stories centering women of color, and she aims to help with that. For more information about this author and to view book purchase information, visit the Authors page. LaToya Hankins resides in Durham, NC. Her work includes novels SBF Seeking, K-Rho: The Sweet Taste of Sisterhood, and various short stories. She is a book reviewer for the Black Lesbian Literary Collective and her work has been featured in various anthologies. Hankins is working on her third novel, exploring the relationship between mothers and daughters. For more information about this author and to view book purchase information, visit the Authors page. Anondra "Kat" Williams is writer, poet, radio host and all around lover of words. Her first foray into writing was black girl love released in 2011 and her second book SistaGirlreleased August 2013. Both are a collection of short stories and poetry, detailing everyday love and life between women who love women. Since then she has written her first novela Pat Greene, a third collection of short stories About Love and is in the process of finishing Savannah, her first full length novel. For more information about this author and to view book purchase information, visit the Authors page.

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