If you’re an aspiring author, poet, or just love to write, you can hone your writing skills at workshops around Naples, just in time to celebrate World Poetry Day on March 21. Here are four ways to get started this month.
The Lorenzo Walker Technical College in Naples guides you through the process of writing fiction and non-fiction books, from planning and organizing your story to understanding the importance of various elements of writing. The Focus on Your Book project meets Thursdays in March from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and costs $89.
The Botanical Garden of Naples offers writing workshops in the garden from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday until March 28. Writers gather outside the Fogg Café to share ideas and exercises, and are invited to inspire their poetry and other writing in the picturesque setting of the garden. . Workshops are included in regular admission to the garden and open to writers of all skill levels.
3. Become a better writer
The Renaissance Academy of Florida Gulf Coast University offers several writing courses, including its three-week Becoming a Better Writer series this month, which focuses on character, plot, and dialogue development. (239-434-4737)
The Gulf Coast Writers Association provides a place to meet other local writers. The organization has about 175 members and hosts monthly speaker events where authors share tips on everything from writing techniques to publishing and marketing your work. The next event is March 17, when historical fiction writer Karen Dean Benson will speak about character creation and the art of plotting a novel, at Zion Lutheran Church in Fort Myers.