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Last session of the Sanibel Writers Conference

Poetry read by (L to R) Denise Duhamel, William Greenway, Joe the MC and local Sanibellian poet and Jeffrey Thompson. Wonderful way to end an awesome experience! thank you BIG ARTS and thank you FGCU 🙂

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Crowd gathers inside BIG ARTS for keynote speaker Augusten Burroughs

It’s very loud in here – glad I am a student, as I did not have to jockey for a seat. it was suggested tat they shut down the bar in order to get everyone to come inside 😉 It’s ver nearly a full house.

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Dragonfly sculpture in the Boler Garden at BIG ARTS #swfl

Between sessions at the Sanibel Writers Conference – just had a panel full of memoirists talk about their genre and field questions – really stimulating and lively discussions. Looking forward to two more days of this 🙂

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A chilly good morning from the Sanibel Bean

First time trying Sanibel Bean coffee – loving it! So glad I went straight for thejeans this morning. It’s BRRR! Not sure how cold but feels like 60*F or less. looking forward to a funday of Sanibel Writers Conference conference sessions.

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The crowd is loving Walter Kirn at the Sanibel Writers Conference

It’s storming outside, loudly, and Sanibel has lost power twice while Walter Kirn has been reading from his memoir. He said, "let’s get this done and get the hell outta here!" LOL

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Fresh Planet’s vegetarian hummus pita wrap #swfl

This was a hit – and what you see in this photo is only HALF. I devoured the other half. The iced tea is unsweet- a plus in my book – and they gave me a free refill, saying, "Have a happy conference". It was $9 total and since I will get two meals out of it (it was just too much for me for a single sitting), well worth the price.

Fresh Planet Cafe is located in the Gulf Coast Towne Center in Fort Myers and I’m going to try and remember to eat there when I go to see Harry Potter on the 17th.

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Fresh Planet serves lunch at the Sanibel Writers Conference

I was happy to hear that there would be a lunch option on site at BIG ARTS during the conference. It means I don’t have to give up my excellent parking space to go in search of sustenance.

I had never heard of Fresh Planet and initially thought the announcement was "Fresh Market". That would have been awesome, but let’s see how these guys do…

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Second session at Sanibel Writers Cnference – BIG ARTS, Sanibel Island

My second session was "Songwriting", and it was sort of disappointing. No theory or style was taught – we just sat around and rhymed things, creating a song that the facilitator will perform in concert this evening. Whereas I have 6 pages of notes from my first session, I’ve only got a couple of lines from the second.

Here’s a shot of the art adorning the other wall at the BIG ARTS performance hall. Love the primary colors used and how shiny they are in person. Sorry, the light in here isn’t the best.

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Sanibel Writers Conference Gets Underway

The Sanibel Writers Conference starts today here at Big Arts on Sanibel Island in beautiful Southwest Florida. FGCU (Florida Gulf Coast University) is a partner in presenting this 4-day event, which includes workshops, panel discussions and readings.

Right now, folks are milling around, registering, picking up swag and drinking coffee. Will post some more as time permits.

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