Safety Harbor Writers & Poets

  Discover your voice - Nurture your dreams - Connect

When I moved to Safety Harbor from the Pacific Northwest in 2008, I knew I'd never want to leave. Besides the shimmering waters of Tampa Bay, the native wildlife, the majestic Grand oaks and the friendly people, there was an energy in my new city---a kind of creative invitation that I hadn't experienced in years. I did miss one part of my old life, though. I missed my former writers group. If only I had other writers I could connect with , I thought.

So, I started Safety Harbor Writers and Poets. We were a small group back then. If I remember correctly, there were only 4 people who attended our first meeting at a small downtown cafe. Now, Safety Harbor is known for  its writers groups, classes, writing contests, open mic nights, NaNoWriMo and other events geared toward the written word.   If you've been looking for a way to connect with others who share your dreams, then you've found your people!  -- Laura Kepner, co-author of A Brief History of Safety Harbor, Florida


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Are you looking for a critique group that encourages and helps you to become your best? Join me and other writers of all backgrounds and levels of experience, every fourth Thursday of each month from 6 to 7:50  p.m. at the Safety Harbor Public Library. Bring one poem, chapter, essay, short story or whatever you are working on and we will help you to make it shine. Bring approximately 6 to 10 copies if you'd like written feedback.

Upcoming dates: 3/26/15, (no meeting in April, but please come to the library for the annual Poetry Night on 4/23/15) 5/28/15, 6 /25/15. 


Now in its fifth year, Safety Harbor Writers & Poets Open Mic Night is one of the area's most lively, fun events of each month. Every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m., writers, poets, acoustic singer-songwriters, and all who love such art, gather at Tapping the Vine (737 Main Street, 34695) for an evening of positively-charged fun. You get 5 minutes at the mic to share your original words. Get there early, as the venue fills quickly.

Upcoming dates: 3/11/15, 4/8/15, 5/13/15, 6/10/15.7/8/15

When I moved to Safety Harbor from the Pacific Northwest in 2008, I knew I'd never want to leave. Besides the shimmering waters of Tampa Bay, the native wildlife, the majestic Grand oaks and the friendly people, there was an energy in my new city---a kind of creative invitation that I hadn't experienced in years. I did miss one part of my old life, though. I missed my former writers group. If only I had other writers I could connect with , I thought.

So, I started Safety Harbor Writers and Poets. We were a small group back then. If I remember correctly, there were only 4 people who attended our first meeting at a small downtown cafe. Now, Safety Harbor is known for  its writers groups, classes, writing contests, open mic nights, NaNoWriMo and other events geared toward the written word.   If you've been looking for a way to connect with others who share your dreams, then you've found your people! 
                                                                               -- Laura Kepner, co-author of A Brief History of Safety Harbor, Florida

Sunday, November 8, 2015  at SHAMc