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Motown Writers Network Announces
11th Annual Essence of Motown Literary Conference & Jam
A Celebration of the Literary Arts in Detroit
DETROIT – “Is There A Book In You?” is the theme of the 11th Annual Essence of Motown Literary Conference and Jam, hosted by the Motown Writers Network, in partnership for a second year with the non-profit organization, Detroit Impact. The conference is November 11 and 12, 2011 and aims to celebrate the literary arts with Detroit area authors, writers and avid readers.
The two-day event is an opportunity for aspiring and established authors and writers to connect with colleagues, peers and most importantly, patrons of their art: readers. Since 2000, the Motown Writers Network has served as a viable resource and networking organization for writers in the metropolitan Detroit area. This year is the organization’s 11th anniversary.
“I’m so excited about this year’s conference,” says Sylvia Hubbard, founder of the Motown Writers Network. “The conference has grown so much through the years and this being our 11- year anniversary as an organization just shows that the literary community in Detroit is alive and hungry for resources. And that’s what we strive to bring.”
Presenting at the conference are such notables as National Best Selling author, publisher and TV writer, Vincent Alexandria and Detroit author, Monica Marie Jones. The event will also feature literary experts, publishers for pitching sessions, workshops, and awards.
The conference host partner, Detroit Impact has supported the Motown Writers Network since its inception, according to Calvin Colbert, executive director.
”Sylvia and I go way back,” says Colbert. “Years ago, she volunteered with us as a young mother, bringing her children with her. She shared her dream to have the Motown Writers Network and we’ve seen her dream come true. So, definitely, we’re one of her strongest supporters. Writing and reading are very important parts of our programs at the Detroit Impact Center and we encourage those efforts every opportunity we can.”
For parents who want to attend the conference, there will be a Literary Kids Zone with activities for children and youth. Many of the conference activities are of no charge to attendees.
The two-day schedule for the 11th Annual Essence of Motown Literary Conference & Jam is as follows:
Friday, November 11th
6pm- 7:30pm Literary Networking hosted by Motown Writers featuring Inside/Out & Jessica Care Moore and other local poets w/a small open mic. Free to attendees.
7:30pm – 10:30pm Passion Fruit Poetry hosted by Echoverse $20 must be 18 or over
Nov 12 – 8am to 4pm – Writing, Publishing & Marketing Workshops ($40), Literary Kidzone, Author & Expert Panels, Social Media Coach Sessions, Community Literary Discussion, Writers Luncheon, Vendor Marketplace, Awards Presentations & More!
Over the past years, more than 2,000 authors, writers and readers have gathered to celebrate the literary arts in Detroit and to strengthen literacy in metro Detroit. To that end, conference attendees are encouraged to bring teen and adult books to the conference, which will be donated to the Detroit Impact Center’s Youth Library and Pro-Literacy of Detroit.
Sponsors of the 11th Annual Essence of Motown Literary Conference & Jam include Penguin Books (New York), Selah Branding and Design LLC, Detroit Poetry Blog, The Literary Loft, Royalty Industries and HubBooks.
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12 Steps To Great Story Telling Workshop
Starting Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 6:00 PM to Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 8:00 PM
Detroit Impact Center
Detroit, MI 48227
Once I became a professional writer, I was often asked, How do you write a story? Being not a professional creative writing teacher, I want to share just basic steps on my process and how others do as well.
In this workshop, Participants will learn the 12 Steps to Storytelling. When someone wishes to write a novel, there is a time-proven formula to telling a story. This blueprint is known as The Hero’s Journey. In fact, it is the framework around which most any novel can be built and is comprised of twelve events your hero must face. This storytelling technique has been around since before the time of mythology and will last until men stop telling stories. Once you’ve learned this technique, you’ll be well on your way to mastering the art of storytelling and I recommend all new writers follow this outline of this workshop.
Classes will be held on the following dates:
Tues, June 21st Thurs, June 23rd
Tues, June 28th Thurs, June 30th
Tues, July 5th Thurs, July 7th
Tues, July 12th Thurs, July 14th
Tues, July 19th Thurs, July 21st
Tues, July 26th Thurs, July 28th
Sylvia Hubbard has independently published 4 paperback books and over 10 e-books. Her foundation genre has always been romance, but she has ventured into suspense, erotic, mystery, paranormal and I/R. Always urban and contemporary styled, her writing is enjoyed all over the world by all nationalities. She’s always available for speaking opportunities at bookclubs, conferences, schools, and writing groups. In the upcoming year, she will be featured in several anthologies & will be publishing another paperback and 4 more e-books. She has a degree in Marketing/Management and minored in journalism, broadcasting (Specs Howard), drama, html programming, teaching assistant, customer service specialist, and commercial art.
- 12 Steps To Great Story Telling Workshop
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In advance The Essence of Motown Literary Jam staff and volunteers would love to thank all who have helped bring this to fruition.
The is the final schedule of events of all locations. The 15th events were re-scheduled to March 2010.PLEASE NOTE CHANGES TO EVENTS!!!!
All persons who have pre-paid in advance will have free entrance into the March events.
Nov 13th 6pm -9pm Literary Extravaganza Network Mixer (FREE TO THE PUBLIC)
Virgil Carr Center 311 E Grand River, Detroit 48226
Poetry Showcases, Award and Certification Recognition, Networking opportunities, Vendoring
Nov 14th 8am to 5pm The Essence of Motown Literary Conference (All events free to Public after NOON)
Northwest Activity Center 18100 Meyers, Detroit, 48235
- Writing Publishing Promotion and Marketing Workshops $40 (people who pay at the door entrance fee does not cover lunch. Menus and restaurant lists will be available at registration.) These workshops start at 8:30am.
- 5 Minute Publisher Pitches – All day registered writers will get an opportunity to pitch their book to publishers in five minutes.
- LITERARY MARKETPLACE OPEN TO PUBLIC FREE ADMISSION at Noon!
- Author Genre Panel – Registered authors will get an opportunity to speak to our general public about their works, answer questions and sell during discussion sessions. These start at 1:00 pm FREE TO PUBLIC
- Book Club Mix and Mingle – FREE TO PUBLIC - Readers and book club members are invited to come together talk about their literary groups and participant in discussions regarding literary issues in Metro Detroit. Please bring books to donate and to swap in an effort to increase literacy.
Nov 15th – ALL EVENTS HAVE BEEN RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 8TH 2011. Sorry for the inconvenience, but we do appreciate your support.
ADVANCE VENDORING HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL NOVEMBER 12, 2009. GO TO:
ArtServe is excited to be one of 75 organizations in southeast Michigan accepted by the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan to participate in the Community Foundation Challenge – Arts & Culture. This is an exciting opportunity for ArtServe to connect with loyal and new donors in support of its work to advocate for arts, culture and arts education in Michigan. And, it’s a way to leverage funding from the Community Foundation to support ArtServe’s efforts in the southeast Michigan region and statewide!
Like many of its non-profit partners, this year has presented financial challenges for ArtServe Michigan and the organization has sharpened its priorities where it can have maximum impact – leading statewide advocacy efforts, capacity building for artists and arts/cultural organizations, and strategic communications. ArtServe has also reduced its operational costs by over 25% and restructured its staff team to maximize its resources and build capacity for the future.