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Writers Read features island’s literary talent

December 9, 2015
By BRIAN WIERIMA ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

From poetry slam to part narrative humorous life accounts, the "Writers Read" event hosted by the Sanibel-Captiva Island Writers, is all about the written word, penned by a vast array of literary local talent.

The Writers Read is an event which features writers on each end of the experience spectrum, as well, all the way from published and award-winning writers, to the first-time authors who just started up their writing niche' not too long ago.

All of that will be on display Thursday, Dec. 10, inside the BIG ARTS' Phillip Gallery, with tickets being $5 and are available at the Marks Box Office or by calling 239-395-0900.

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The 2015 March Writers Read group which read their pieces last spring.


"The big thing which goes on, is that the writers try and perform and read their pieces in an interesting and entertaining way," said Writers Read organizer and Sanibel resident Joe Pacheco. "They try and keep it entertaining."

This is the 31st Writers Read event, with two such events being scheduled a year. The first one is held in March and the second in December.

During the course of the year, members of the Sanibel-Captiva Island Writers meet in 10 groups of five on a weekly basis. There, they listen and critique each others' work, then each member will submit work and the members in each group will pick the best for the Writers Read event.

In the spring, a panel selects the best works, which is balanced with loose short stories, poetry, memoirs and other short writings.

"There's an entire mixture of works read," said BIG ARTS Marketing and Communications Director Marta VanderStarre. "But all the pieces are new and fresh works by the authors. Everything written is new."

Last March, there were 16 writers reading their pieces, with several of them having multiple pieces.

The experience level of each writer varies, as well.

"There are some professional writers and some who just picked up their pen," VanderStarre said.

The pieces picked are based on entertainment value, as well as how well written it is.

The Sanibel-Captiva Island Writers have been around since 1984 and are always looking to add to their group with either seasoned, aspiring or in-between writers.

For more information on the writing group or the Writers Read event Dec. 10, contact Pacheco at or call 239-395-0900 or



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