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:  6/8/17, 7/13/17, 8/9/17, 9/14/17, 10/12/17, 11/9/17, 12/14/17

Have you entered your poem, story, art or photography in our writing contest? Check out all the details by clicking the contest tab above.

Call for Poetry:

Submit a short poem for the Rainy Day Sidewalk Poetry Project now through June 1st. Many of the poems will be chosen for our project and will be stenciled onto Safety Harbor sidewalks using a special waterproof invisible paint. The poetry will only appear when wet!

Poems should be short (five lines or less) and somehow touch on the subject of weather (rain, thunder, storms, a downpour, lightning, umbrellas, puddles etc.) or community / friendship. We are also looking for quotes from Safety Harbor's past. If you're a history nerd, check out old issues of the Safety Harbor Herald online. Let us know its author and where you found it (a link would help) when you submit the quote. Submit up to three poems in the body of an email and include your full name: All poems must be approved by the City of Safety Harbor.

Are you looking for a critique group that encourages and helps you to become your best? Join Laura and other writers of all backgrounds and levels of experience, every 2nd Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Safety Harbor Public Library.

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Young Writers After School Program
Sessions: Wednesdays  Time: 3:30-5:00pm

Age: 8-13   Cost: we are trying to find funding for this so it will not cost the family anything. Please contact Laura through the contact form on this page for more information.

SHAMc is starting a newspaper, written and run by kids. Tell Me Something Good will be distributed throughout the city and we want your unique perspective. Local author and editor Laura Kepner will help you discover a great story, organize your key topics, help you with interviewing techniques and much more. The newspaper will also include poetry, photography, essays and short stories as well as interviews and timely news articles.

Now in its sixth year, Safety Harbor Writers & Poets Open Mic Night is one of the area's most lively, creative 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, now gather at the Safety Harbor Art & Music Center, 706 2nd St. N. 34695 for an evening of positively-charged fun. You get 5 minutes at the mic to share your original words. Note: This is a new venue. Beer, wine, coffee, tea and soda will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit future arts programming at SHAMc. Feel free to bring finger foods to share.

Upcoming dates:   6/14/17, 7/12/17, (No gathering in August, sorry!) 9/13,17, 10/11/17, 11/8/17, 12/13/17

Safety Harbor Writers & Poets