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#MotownWriters Weekly Featured Author, Keith Julius #michiganwriters #mittenlit #writerslife

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Name of Author – Keith Julius

Name of Book – “The Robber Of Youth”

Author Website – www.keithjulius.com

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Facebook Link – https://www.facebook.com/keith.julius.3

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Where are you from? – I was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, but I have lived in Temperance MI for over 30 years now.

Tell us your latest news? – I am a self-published author with 4 books currently available.  I am just starting book #5

When and why did you begin writing? – I can remember in 1972, at the age of 16, I wrote a detective novel that I asked my English teacher to review, so I have been writing for at least 46 years now.  I have always enjoyed reading and I love the idea of manipulating characters and events to make a cohesive story.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? – I have always considered myself a writer for as long as I can remember.  Though I didn’t consider myself an “author” until I self-published my first book – “Remorse By Degree” – in December 2015.

What inspired you to write your first book? – I suppose the urge to tell a convincing story is what inspired my first book.

Do you have a specific writing style? – I try to be realistic and accurate in my portrayal of people and situations.  At one time I was heavy into mystery and suspense, but lately I have been more interested in examining people and the things they go through in life.

How did you come up with the title? – I love descriptive, evocative titles of books, and I try to follow through with that for my own writing.  I try to make the title accurate, as in indication of what the story is about, yet hopefully I can grab people to make them want to learn more.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? – There’s a lot of hurt out there, especially with children in our society.  Kids shouldn’t have to grow up suffering for their parents’ mistakes and shortcomings.  Children are a precious commodity and they should be one of society’s most important considerations.

How much of the book is realistic? – I believe all of “The Robber Of Youth” is realistic, when you consider similar things are happening all the time and everything in the book has been experienced somewhere by somebody.  The situations involved are all too real, but it is entirely a work of fiction.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your life? – Four years ago I became a CASA volunteer.  CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate, and we represent and look out for children involved in cases of abuse and neglect.  I have seen families torn apart through hard times and things like addiction and alcoholism, and I have gone through training that has exposed me to a lot of harsh realities of what children sometimes have to go through.  Though there are no particular incidents that led me to this book, it can be considered an amalgam of many of the things I have seen and experienced in my work through CASA.

What books have most influenced your life most? – As a writer I have drawn inspiration from John Steinbeck for his characterizations and realism, Michael Crichton for his pacing, and the Doc Savage series because it got me interested in reading in the first place.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? – I met Michigan author Monica Sholar at a library function almost 4 years ago.  Hearing her talk about self-publishing inspired me to take the plunge myself.  Thank you, Monica.

What book are you reading now? – Lately I have been re-reading the collected short stories of Sherlock Holmes.  I still enjoy a good mystery.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? – I don’t read nearly as much as I would like to, and I hate to admit I am not familiar enough with any new authors to have read any of their works.

What are your current projects? – I am just starting book number five now.  I am working on some things to promote myself online, but I have a long way to go – and a lot yet to learn – concerning selling myself and my books.

Do you see writing as a career? – I would love writing to become a career for me one of these days, but at the rate, I am going that looks doubtful.  I hope to retire from my day job in a couple of years.  Maybe then I can devote more time and effort to my writing and see it become a career for me.

 If you had it to do over again, would you change anything in your latest book? – You can change and rearrange and revise forever.  At some point, you have to say this is the story I want to tell and I have told it to the best of my ability.  I see no reason to change anything that I have already published.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? – My interest in writing has always been there for as long as I can remember.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? – I have just started Book 4 of “The CASA Chronicles”.  Like the others in the series, it begins with an incident in a child’s life that causes concern about their well-being.  The CASA volunteer then follows the case, attempting to discover what happened and why it happened.  They also monitor the progress of the children and families to verify if there is an improvement in the situation.  Like my second book in the series – “Born For Adversity” – this one will be a bit more of a mystery.  An 8-year-old girl receives a gunshot wound at home under mysterious circumstances.  An investigation follows and slowly the secrets behind the incident come to light.  I don’t work from an outline, but rather from an idea of where I am starting and where the story needs to end up.  All I need to do then is fill in the pieces in-between.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? – I find marketing – selling and promoting – to be the most difficult part of writing.  These are things I don’t have a handle on and wish I knew more about.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? – John Steinbeck has long been my favorite author.  His people seem believable to me, with a gritty realism.  When the characters talk they sound like actual people, not someone made up.  You can’t rely on them to be good – or bad – all the time. Human nature doesn’t work like that.  I feel Steinbeck captured the way people truly are.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? – My CASA work occurs in Toledo Ohio, and it has taken me to parts of the city and allowed me to see things I never knew existed before.  This has certainly influenced the way I portray people and places in my writing.

Who designed the covers? – I designed the first additions of my books, then quickly realized I needed something better.  An author I met pointed me to Fivver.com for cover design work.  I was able to get new covers designed, but I was extremely dissatisfied with the response and service I received through the site.  I ended up re-vamping a lot of what the designer came up with.  I guess you get what you pay for.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? – The hardest part of writing a book, as far as I am concerned, is finding the time to do it.

Did you learn anything about writing your book and what was it? – “The Robber Of Youth” revolves around a young girl who gets involved in a human trafficking ring.  This was a difficult subject to approach, and I struggled over how descriptive I should be.  While researching the topic I was amazed at how prevalent this problem is and – even more startling – how young some of the children are who are forced into this lifestyle.  I’m hoping my book will raise awareness of this horrendous issue.

Do you have any advice for other writers? – Don’t expect to become a best seller and become rich.  Chances are it will never happen.  Write because you enjoy the process, not because you think it’s your ticket to riches.

Do you have anything specific you want to say to your readers? – My books are not light reading.  Don’t expect a happy ending all the time.  That doesn’t mean you want find glimmers of hope along the way.  I am dealing with subjects I feel are important for people to be aware of.  Though fiction, they are based firmly on reality.  It’s a tough world out there for a lot of people.  Ignoring bad things won’t make them go away.

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#MotownWriters: Happy National Punctuation Day! Sept 24th

A celebration of the lovely comma, correctly used quotation marks and other proper uses of periods, semicolons, and the ever-mysterious ellipsis.

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Jaylen LaGrande, businessman and author, is coming to #Detroit| Oct14th @Zoup in Southfield

Jaylen LaGrande will be at Zoup! (25254 Evergreen Rd., Southfield, MI).

 

Preorders available at www.JaylenLaGrande.com

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“The Writer’s Life” Writing Conference Registration Now Open Oct20th #motownwriters #michiganwriters #mittenlit via @RochWriters

Early Bird Registration is going on NOW for the Eleventh Annual Rochester Writers’ Conference at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

The event will run from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, and will cover a variety of workshops for fiction and non-fiction authors, as well as business of writing talks for all writers.

Registration includes all sessions, lunch and snacks, as well as all day coffee. Attendees get all of this for only $99 … the deadline to register for the Early Bird Rate is September 5.

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Presentations Include:

  • What’s My Genre? – An Overview of the Major Genres
  • Memoir Writing – Freeing Your Personal Mythology
  • The Independent Middle-Grade Author – From Inspiration to Distribution
  • Author Readings – How to Prepare and Execute a Reading
  • Why Audio? Why Now? – Audio Book Publication
  • Magazine Editor Panel
  • What to do BEFORE Publishing Your Book – Choosing Your Path
  • How to Produce a Podcast – A Live Podcast
  • Twitter for Writers
  • Literary Agent Panel
  • And More

Speakers Include:

  • Lev Raphael
  • Cindy LaFerle
  • David Stricklen
  • Devon Drake
  • Mackenzie Flohr
  • Mel Corrigan
  • Jeff Large
  • Stephanie Steinberg

Literary Agents Include:

  • Carrie Howland
  • Hope Bolinger
  • Bethany Morehead
Register NOW at the Early Bird Rate
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“The Writer’s Life” Writing Conference Registration Now Open Oct20th #motownwriters #michiganwriters #mittenlit via @RochWriters

Early Bird Registration is going on NOW for the Eleventh Annual Rochester Writers’ Conference at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

The event will run from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, and will cover a variety of workshops for fiction and non-fiction authors, as well as business of writing talks for all writers.

Registration includes all sessions, lunch and snacks, as well as all day coffee. Attendees get all of this for only $99 … the deadline to register for the Early Bird Rate is September 5.

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Presentations Include:

  • What’s My Genre? – An Overview of the Major Genres
  • Memoir Writing – Freeing Your Personal Mythology
  • The Independent Middle-Grade Author – From Inspiration to Distribution
  • Author Readings – How to Prepare and Execute a Reading
  • Why Audio? Why Now? – Audio Book Publication
  • Magazine Editor Panel
  • What to do BEFORE Publishing Your Book – Choosing Your Path
  • How to Produce a Podcast – A Live Podcast
  • Twitter for Writers
  • Literary Agent Panel
  • And More

Speakers Include:

  • Lev Raphael
  • Cindy LaFerle
  • David Stricklen
  • Devon Drake
  • Mackenzie Flohr
  • Mel Corrigan
  • Jeff Large
  • Stephanie Steinberg

Literary Agents Include:

  • Carrie Howland
  • Hope Bolinger
  • Bethany Morehead
Register NOW at the Early Bird Rate
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#MotownWriters Article: How to Write Fiction That’s Fresh

My agent recently had a confab with a number of editors in New York, all from various houses. I can’t tell you the details of which house wants what (she’d kill me) but I can say this: what everyone is looking for is something fresh. They want the unique, the immersive, and the truly different.

There are a few catches to this.

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#MotownWriters Weekly Feature, Author, Mark Love

Name of Author: Mark Love
 Name of Book: The Jamie Richmond Mystery Series: Devious, Vanishing Act, Fleeing
Beauty. The Jefferson Chene Mystery Series: Why 319? Your Turn to Die (coming soon)

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 Author Website https://motownmysteries.blogspot.com/
 Amazon Link https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B009P7HVZQ
 Facebook Link https://www.facebook.com/MarkLoveAuthor

Author’s Interview

Where are you from? I’m originally from the Detroit area, where I lived for many years before
moving to Kalamazoo in 2011.

Tell us your latest news? My next book, “Your Turn to Die” is the second Jefferson Chene
mystery, is at the publishers right now. Hopefully it will be released yet this year.

When and why did you begin writing? I was always writing stories as a kid. It was fun to create
characters and put them in difficult situations.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? About ten years ago I started getting serious
about working on a novel.
What inspired you to write your first book? A friend recommended a mystery and said it was
great. I figured it out within the first 30 pages. When I gave it back to her, she said ‘if you’re so
smart, you should write your own mystery. I took up the challenge.

Do you have a specific writing style? Not really.

How did you come up with the title? My first two books (Devious and Vanishing Act) fit the
story well but turns out there are a number of other works with the same titles. Since then I’ve
tried to find something unique in the story that sets them apart (Fleeing Beauty and Why 319?)

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Get caught up in the characters
How much of the book is realistic? It’s all fiction, but set in current times. I use a lot of local
landmarks, particularly in the Detroit area, that readers will recognize.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? I do use some events
from my personal life to make the characters and actions realistic.

What books have most influenced your life most? The works of John D. MacDonald and Elmore
Leonard.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Elmore Leonard.

What book are you reading now? No Middle Name by Lee Child

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? James Rollins, Greg Iles, John
Sandford.

What are your current projects? Finishing the final edits for “Your Turn to Die” and starting on
the third book in the Jefferson Chene series.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. Writers workshops. It’s
a great way to gain honest feedback from others who are serious about creating great stories.

Do you see writing as a career? It’s one of my passions. If I can entertain the readers with my
stories and make some money along the way, that’s a bonus.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? No. After
numerous revisions and edits, it’s as close to perfect as I can get.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I’ve always been an avid reader. There
were several teachers along the way who encouraged me to write.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? The blurb for the cover is at the bottom of
this message.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Taking the time away from
writing to promote is always a challenge.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? It’s difficult to

choose just one. Old favorites were MacDonald and Leonard. New ones are Lee Child, John
Sandford and James Rollins. They all draw you into a story quickly and make you want to keep
reading.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? I’ve done a number of author events
around Michigan but rely on my own experiences in Motown to enhance my writing.

Who designed the covers? Artists assigned by the publishers, but I do have input in the artwork.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? Editing. It’s always a challenge to trim the
story, to keep it flowing, eliminate redundancies and keeping the details straight.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? Patience.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Keep writing. Don’t be afraid to share your work
with others. Develop a thick skin. Welcome their feedback. When it’s ready, submit. Don’t be
discouraged if you get a rejection. Even the greatest authors do.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? I’ve got a story you’re going
to love. See it begins when…

 

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Book Excerpt 

Title: Your Turn to Die
Author: Mark Love

Blurb: It was supposed to be a friendly round of paintball. But blood, not paint, covers Kyle
Morrissey’s body. Though admired by the public for his charity, the businessman was no
choirboy. Could it be that more than one person want him dead? Sergeant Jefferson Chene and
his detective squad catch the case. With two new faces on the team, he finds himself in the
unfamiliar role as mentor. He is also cautiously beginning a relationship with Simone
Bettencourt, the beautiful woman he met while pursuing a serial murderer. Complicating the case
are two retired gangsters, a fortune in jewels, and Detroit’s history of organized crime. But the
squad must utilize every resource available to catch a killer.

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Freelance Marketplace Writers Group Meetup w/@RochWriters via @talktravel Sept18th @ 7:30pm Barnes & Noble Rochester Hills | #Michiganwriters #motownwriters

WRITERS’ GROUP

The Freelance Marketplace Writers’ Group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Barnes & Noble Bookstore at 2800 S. Rochester Road (just north of M59). Different topics and guests each month*, but we always discuss the Business of Writing (we are NOT a critique group).

Come once, once in a while, or every time. It’s FREE and OPEN to new, published, and working writers, photographers, and illustrators (although most of us are writers).

Freelance Marketplace Meeting at B&N in Rochester Hills

Freelance Marketplace Meeting at B&N in Rochester Hills

Here are the Tuesdays we meet in 2018:

 
September 18
October 16
November 20

 

*Please note we do not meet in December

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#MotownWriters Article Too Much To Do? How To Re-Focus Your Writing Priorities

Today I’m talking about something close to my heart – how to re-focus your priorities when you have too much to do!
 I wrote about this on my author earnings breakdown for the last year, so this is more a reflection on re-focusing and how you might do it too.

Do you feel like you have too much to do?

Writing, publishing, book marketing, as well as the day job, family, fitness – real life!!??
Do you have way too much on your writing To Do list and are you feeling overwhelmed and a little crazy?
 
My own situation of overwhelm: Writing under three author names, screenwriting, speaking, podcast, YouTube, courses, blogging, social media, publishing tasks etc.
 
Steven Pressfield in his book, Turning Pro, says “When we turn pro, everything becomes simple.”
What he means by that is we know what our focus should be and we do that and cut everything else out.
 
There will always be extra tasks. For example, marketing has to happen whatever route we choose for publication – but when it comes to the main bulk of time assigned to writing, we need to make some choices. And I do, too!
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Dear Michigan Writers, You’re invited to the Power of Yes – Chicken Soup for the Soul Sept 23rd @nicolasbooks ‏via @KKW_Writer cc @T_Glov

Dear Michigan Writers,

September 23rd, Nicola’s Books is offering a unique opportunity for writers to learn about Chicken Soup for the Soul – how to submit to their books, the variety of topics coming up for the next year, and what it’s like to be a published author for them – which includes a generous payment. Once accepted by CSS, an author becomes a part of the family and receives advance notice on future topics. If you are new to writing for Chicken Soup for the Soul, we will offer tips and guidelines. If you are familiar with CSS and have even published with them, you can enjoy the three stories about saying YES to new adventures. We will have the readings, a Q and A, and a book sale and signing. Refreshments will be served.

We hope you are able to join us. 

Best wishes,

Kaye Curren

Sunday, September 23 @ 3 p.m.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Yes – A Reading and Presentation

Learn first-hand how Chicken Soup stories are curated for anthologies, and enjoy a reading from Michigan authors featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Yes! Featured authors will include Women Writers of Ann Arbor/Ypsi founder Kaye Curren, Nancy Beaufait, and Tammy Nicole Glover.

About the Book

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Yes! celebrates the empowerment we feel when we say “Yes!” to something that challenges us. Change your life for the better by doing the things that scare you. These 101 true, revealing stories will help you do just that. In a world where “why” is too often asked and “no” is too often an answer, this book encourages us to ask “why not” and celebrates the tremendous power in saying “Yes!” The authors of these 101 stories explain how saying “Yes!” changed their lives for the better. Whether it’s something little, like trying a new food or something big, like jumping out an airplane, you’ll be ready to shake up your own life after you read about their experiences.

About the Authors

Nancy Beaufait resides in Madison Heights, with her dog Cash, and her cat, Simon.  Nancy has lived in Michigan all her life and loves her mitten state. She always loved writing and the old-fashioned art of writing a letter and slipping it into the mailbox is a favorite pastime of Nancy’s. Nancy will retire from nursing soon and have more time to write.

Kaye Curren lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Kaye writes essays and humor for various blogs and magazines and has recently been published in Laugh Out Loud: 40 Women Humorists Celebrate Then and Now…Before We Forget. She is the author of Memories A La Carte, Essays on a Life. Find her musings at https://www.writethatthang.com.

Tammy Nicole Glover is a freelance writer and inspirational blogger. She writes short stories and devotionals. She has written several pieces for Believers Bay online magazine and is a contributing writer for GACCS Teen Magazine. You can follow her on Facebook @ Balm4theSoul and Twitter @ T_Glov.

 

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Book Launch at Pier 1 Imports w/#MichLit Ardith Arnelle` Price Saturday 22nd @1:30pm

The Narrow Door Blazes with Fire
Note from the author:

I am so excited about my new book called “Looking Through the Sea of Glass.” It has been a sensational journey to write my fourth book guided by the Holy Spirit. I want to share this new book with you on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at Pier 1 Imports, located at Tel-Twelve Mall, 28538 Telegraph Rd., Southfield, MI 48034, from, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

More details:

You will also have the opportunity to win a Pier 1 Import gift card when you buy a book after the book reading.

There will be various demonstrations of products sold by Pier 1 Imports and a chance to win prizes after the demonstrations from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Come out and join us at Pier 1 Imports and have a wonderful time, meet new people, buy my books, and enjoy the product demonstrations.

See you on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at Tel-Twelve Mall, Pier 1 Imports located in Southfield, MI.

Books can be found online: Online Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Goodreads, Bookbub and various Christian websites and International websites.

Follow me on LinkedIn and my blog site.

Website & Bloghttps://drmozart18.com

Business Email:drmozart18@gmail.com

Pinterest: AJAP Heavens Edge

LinkedIn: – Ardith Arnelle Price

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#MichiganWriters September 2018 Newsletter

September 2018 Newsletter 

(The better late than never edition)

Michigan Writers News & Events

Dunes Review Reading & Release Party

The new issue of Dunes Review is almost ready. Join us at Brilliant Books in Traverse City on October at 12pm for the launch of the new issue.

Michigan Writers Cooperative Press

Chapbook Contest Submissions Open Soon!

Submissions for the new chapbook contest will open in October, so get to work on polishing up your manuscripts for a chance to win our annual contest. This contest is for Michigan Writers members only.

And don’t forget to check out the books from last year’s contest winners. Follow the links below to purchase Margaret Fedder and Kathleen Pfeiffer’s books from Brilliant Books.

Margaret’s book is available for purchase here.

Kathleen’s book is available for purchase here.

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September Reading List

Stop what you are doing. Click through and read. 

Poetry: Eric Smith, “The Shed” & “Sky Valley Rider”

Essay on Craft–Poetics: Carolyn Forche, “The Lost & Unlost”

Fiction: J.M. Coetzee, “As a Woman Grows Older”

Events

John Hartig at the Glen Arbor Arts Center 
Thursday, September 13 @ 7:30 PM 

After a year’s hiatus for construction, the Glen Arbor Arts Center’s Artist-in-Residence [AIR] program resumed in May 2018. This program of working residencies was established in the 1990s, and now attracts applicants from throughout the United States.

John Hartig, a resident of Trenton, Michigan, is one of seven artists selected to participate in the 2018 program. He plans to work on his book-in-progress, Great Lakes Champions: Stories of People Who Have Championed Cleanup of the Great Lakes during his residency.

Hartig will offer a conversational review of his residency on Thursday, September 13, 7:30 pm at the GAAC gallery. The GAAC is located at 6031 S. Lake St., Glen Arbor. The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, please go to: GlenArborArt.org.

 

Poets Meet Musicians 
Monday, September 24 @ 7-9 PM

Poets Meet Musicians is a free, monthly event where the public is invited to share both poetry and music. Bring some poetry or some songs to perform. Mingle with other poets, musicians, and local performers. Everyone is welcome! 

Join us for poetry, music, and good company.

Acoustic Mead Tap Room
119 N. Maple, TC 49684
Details? Tom 231-392-6121

Melissa Grunow
Detroit Area Book Launch:
I Don’t Belong Here: Essays 

September 29 at 7 PM 

Join Michigan Writers member and this year’s MW Coop Press chapbook contest judge, Melissa Grunow to celebrate the release of her 2nd book, I Don’t Belong Here.

This Detroit area book launch will feature a reading, celebration, and book signing. Appetizers and beverages will be provided.

Melissa Grunow is the award-winning author of Realizing River City

The Grey Wolfe Scriptorium 
145 E. 14 Mile Road 
​Clawson, MI 48107 https://www.facebook.com/events/386541111829304/

Member News

Congratulations to David & Robin

David Stendel has published a new book, Just Call Me Spaz: Growing Up and Living with Epilepsy, with the Mission Point Press. Stendels’ book recounts his challenges and triumphs in living with epilepsy. You can purchase the book from Brilliant Books.

Robin Gaines’s novel, “Invincible Summers” was awarded a Shelf Unbound 2018 Best Indie Notable 100 distinction and was a Runner Up in the Florida Book Festival General Fiction category. Purchase the book from Brilliant Books.

Holding Court at the Michigan Writers Table at the National Writers Series Event on August 29.

Workshops / Conferences

3rd Annual Lost Lake Writers Retreat

October 4-7, 2018

Springfed Arts and Inspiration Alcona are proud to announce the teacher lineup for the 2018 event, to be held Oct. 4-7 at Lost Lake Woods Club in northeast Michigan’s Alcona County. The location is a hotel overlooking a small lake on the edge of the forest.

Novelists Jacquelyn Mitchard and Michael Zadoorian will lead prose writers. Mitchard’s “The Deep End of the Ocean” was made into a movie starring Michelle Pfeiffer in 1999. In March, Zadoorian’s “The Leisure Seeker” debuted as a film starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland.

Poets Cecilia Woloch, Jack Ridl and Kathleen McGookey will lead poets, along with songwriter Emily Rose. Woloch’s “Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem” is a book-length work that has been developed into a stage performance. Ridl has a new book, “St. Peter and the Goldfinch,” coming in 2019. McGookey is a specialist in prose poetry with three books, two chapbooks and a translation of French poetry to her credit. Rose is a Detroit songwriter who has won Best Acoustic Songwriter at the Detroit Music Awards four times since 2009.

Information about the retreat is available at InspirationAlcona.org and Springfed.org.

Katey Schultz hosts Airstream Dispatches

“I had serious fun with this prompt! I haven’t felt that in a while. I was drawn to keep at my draft and would not have written it if not for the habits of mind you are trying to encourage in addition to actual writing.” ~ Airstream Dispatches participant

Airstream Dispatches is a worldwide book club for writers hosted by author Katey Schultz. This innovative approach to accountability provides prompts, instruction, and community support for 6 months, at an affordable price. From September through March, we read 6 books, meet for 6 live webinars (recorded for those with schedule conflicts), and write from 6 prompts. Participants also have access to interviews with the authors of the books we study (including the chance to ask them questions), and an optional online forum where drafts can be posted.

The end result? New writing, deeper craft knowledge, and gentle accountability with a community of like minded creatives. Join this fast-growing community that posits writing as something that is both serious and playful. Early bird pricing ($247) ENDS Sept. 9th Bird Pricing $275 until Sept 17th – Only 5 spaces left! http://www.kateyschultz.com/airstream-dispatches/

Kick Out the Cobwebs & Write More Poems!
w/ Holly Wren Spaulding

The 21 Day Poetry Challenge provides a supportive structure and gentle accountability to foster a daily practice of reading and writing poetry. Receive 21 hand-selected poems by some of our best contemporary poets; 21 original writing provocations; two live webinars; daily guidance on the process; audio inspiration; and feedback on work in progress. Our fall theme: Return.
September 1-21, 2018 or December 1-21, 2018, $315
*This is an email-based course with a webinar component.
“Thanks, Holly, for your wonderful and kind guidance last month. You helped me produce 20+ poems that I would not have produced otherwise.”  Floyd C.,
New Writing, Improved Craft, Steadier Practice
Join award-winning writer and acclaimed teacher, Holly Wren Spaulding, for the Fall 2018 session of Poetry Immersion, an online writing intensive for committed and emerging poets who want to write more, learn in community, and receive feedback on their work in progress. Our fall theme: Deeper Practice.
Oct.1—Nov. 19, 2018, Online, $400. Space is limited.
“Immersion is certainly what I needed. I thank you for all of your work. You are a skilled, considerate, positive, and inspiring teacher. This has been an infusion, a blast, and a boost.” Michael H., Spring 2018
Members of Michigan Writers receive $10 off either offering with discount code: MICHWRITERS when they register.

Glen Arbor Arts Center Writing Workshops 

Northern Michigan author and poet Anne-Marie Oomen leads two exploratory writing workshops at the Glen Arbor Arts Center, 6031 S. Lake St., Glen Arbor.

Oomen is the author of Love, Sex and 4-H (Next Generation Indie Award for Memoir), Pulling Down the Barn and House of Fields (both Michigan Notable Books), and An American Map: Essays (Wayne State University Press); and a collection of poetry, Uncoded Woman (Milkweed Editions).  She has written seven plays, including “Secrets of Luuce Talk Tavern,” winner of the 2012 CTAM playwriting contest.  She is an instructor at Solstice MFA at Pine Manor College (MA), and Interlochen College.

Seeing Voices: A Workshop in Writing from Art

November 13, 2018

$25 GAAC members, $35 nonmembers

Through the ages, looking at art has been a unique and lively way of coming to writing.  Starting as far back as the Greeks, examples abound of writing inspired by art, called ekphrasis, which roughly translated means “to give voice to the mute.” In this two-hour class, we invite our beloved but silent paintings to speak to us through stories, dialogues, and poems! We will explore works of art, learning the art of “entering” a piece, investigating how paintings work in our imaginations.  We’ll read some striking models.  Then, using our own Glen Arbor Arts Center’s permanent collection as inspiration, we’ll practice ekphrasis, writing creative responses to these artists’ work. This important interaction partners visual arts with literary arts, creating a multi-arts conversation that extends and enriches the power of the collection.  Bring notebooks with a hard cover—you’ll be moving around the room—and your favorite writing implements.

Skill level: Beginning and experienced writers, poets and prose writers of all genres.

Five Rivers: A Life Writing Class

November 15, 2018

$25 GAAC members, $35 nonmembers

Use the Five Rivers of life—the five senses—to tell your life stories: those intense memories, that narrative of love or war or birth or death that you’ve always wanted to tell but never quite figured out how. Enjoy this clear and direct way to zero in on the essence of your memories, to bring to the surface meanings you didn’t know were there, and to enter the world of your past with grace as well as practical strategies. You will use the five senses to highlight and develop your life writing—and you will learn a base structure for developing your ideas. In addition, Anne-Marie will offer readings as models and advice for continuing your work.

Even one moment of life writing (memoir) is a rewarding project and a promising step toward legacy. Bring notebooks and pens, laptops if you have one (recommended but not required), and a brave and willing heart. Participants must be willing to write in class.

To learn more and to register, go to GlenArborArt.org and click on “Classes.”

Contests / Publishing Opportunities

Tom Howard / Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

September 30 is the last day you can enter this year’s Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry ContestS. Mei Sheng Frazierwill judge, assisted by Jim DuBois. We will award $4,000 in prizes and publish the winners on our website. We’ll also announce the results in our newsletter (50,000+ subscribers) and Twitter feed (107,000+ followers).

$1,500 Tom Howard Prize for a poem in any style or genre
$1,500 Margaret Reid Prize for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style
10 Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any category)

New this year: Our co-sponsor Duotrope will award one-year gift certificates (value $50) to the top two winners.

• Entries may be published or unpublished
• You may submit any number of entries
• You may enter from any country (English language only)
• Fee: $12 per poem
• Each poem may have up to 250 lines
Click here for details or to Submit.

NMC Magazine Submissions 

The notion of raw, uncensored creativity compiled from diverse and versatile backgrounds and mediums is nothing new to the NMC Magazine. We invite students, faculty, staff, and alumni to exercise their creative freedom, to garner their visions, opinions, and words.

The deadline for submissions is October 19th.

Submit your fiction, poetry, nonfiction, essays, art, designs, illustrations, photographs, or whatever else deserves an audience to nmcmag@mail.nmc.edu.

Hard copies can be delivered to Fine Arts (attn: Caroline Schaefer-Hills) or Scholars Hall 214 (attn: Alissia Lingaur).

Visit nmc.edu/nmcmagazine to download and complete a submission form for each entry.

Celery City Poetry Chapbook Contest 

The Celery City Chapbook Contest is open!
Deadline: October 1, 2018

Two categories: Kalamazoo County, and State of Michigan

Please submit 16-20 pages of poems, a title page with name and contact info, and a title page with only the name of the manuscript. Only one poem per page.   Do not include artwork or photographs.

The fee is $10 for each entry. Please make check out to Friends of Poetry and mail to 2272 114th Avenue, Allegan, MI 49010.

Manuscripts may be mailed to the above address or emailed to mme642@aol.com. We prefer email submissions.

Winners receive 50 copies of their book with input on cover design and a reading at a local venue. We have reprinted previous winners’ books for a modest fee.
Previous winners include Janeen Rastall, Joseph Gross, Nancy Nott, Polly Opsahl, Michelle Bonczek Evory, Julie Stotz-Ghosh, and Amber Pryor.

Further questions?  Email mme642@aol.com.

Mission Point Press

Mission Point Press, a Traverse City partnership of professionals, provides inspired editing, design and marketing services to authors across the country. We also provide ghost writing services and help for those seeking an agent. Authors who use our editorial services can publish under the MPP imprint. For Michigan-based authors, MPP now offers state-wide distribution. For more information, visit www.missionpointpress.com.

Wayne State University Press
Made in Michigan Writers Series

The Made in Michigan Writers Series is devoted to highlighting the works of distinguished statewide writers to showcase Michigan’s diverse voices. Since 2006, the series has published poetry, creative nonfiction, short fiction, and essays by Michigan writers with the aim of encouraging the recognition of the state’s artistic and cultural heritage throughout Michigan, the Midwest, and the nation.

Click here for more details on this series.

Writing Groups

Group Updates

If you are part of a public or open writers’ group, please contact us to share your meeting times or to update your group’s information!

Brush Creek Writers

Brush Creek Writers meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 2:00pm at Brush Creek Mill, 121 South State Street, in Hillman, Michigan. The group’s founder and facilitator is Katherine Stevens, a retired English Teacher, MA English, Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College, Vermont.

Although Brush Creek Writers has been established for seven years, the group welcomes all writers, both beginning and accomplished.

The second Thursday of the month has a focus of prose and has a prompt for everyone to try. The fourth Thursday of the month has a focus of poetry.

For more information, please contact Kathy Stevens at 989-742-3469, or kathyvstevens@yahoo.com , or on facebook at brushcreekwriters.

Michigan Writers Newsletter Submissions

Next Deadline: September 27, 2018

Want something to be featured in the Michigan Writers Newsletter? Please submit your news submission to: newsletter@michwriters.org.

Please compile your information into a succinct email of 200 words or less. Be sure to include date, time, place, and how to get more information, if necessary. Please do not direct the editor to other websites to find information. If you would like the information featured in the newsletter, include it in your email. Are you a member of Michigan Writers? Be sure to let us know.

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#MotownWriters Article : This is Gonna Leave a Mark: What Makes a “Real” Writer?

Those who’ve followed my blog long enough know I’m no fan of the Schrodinger’s Writer Game. Is the writer real or unreal? What IS a real writer?

For ages, we quibbled that a real writer had an agent. A real writer scored a legacy publishing deal. One had to pass the NYC gatekeepers to be a real writer.

On and on and on.

Now that writers no longer regard self-pub and indie as publishing mutations that escaped an Amazon basement (mostly), the debate has lost heat.

Publishing existentialism is soooo 2013 *flips hair* .

Yet, I wonder if this new publishing paradigm is hurting more than helping. And that is a hard thing for me to say since three of the five books I’ve published never would have made it to print if legacy remained the only model.

Even though I signed with one of the most prestigious literary agencies in NYC (in 2012), the big publishers regarded a book on author branding and social media with as much enthusiasm as Ebola.

Maybe I was ahead of my time. Perhaps the stars were not in alignment. It doesn’t matter.

The only thing I know is that I would never have become a “real” writer without the other forms of publishing. Indie and self-pub are highly effective for “test marketing” new concepts, voices, and genres.

read more This is Gonna Leave a Mark: What Makes a “Real” Writer?

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Register NOW for the Path of Consciousness Spiritual and Writing Retreat via @NamouWeam| Oct. 5-7, 2018 #michiganwriters #motownwriters

The Path of Consciousness is a spiritual and writing conference and retreat that will help you transform your writing life with the help of various ancient, sacred and creative teachings, including writing and storytelling. Choose to stay for the one-day conference or the 3-day all-inclusive retreat (Oct. 5-7, 2018)

The event is close enough to drive to and far enough to find peace, spiritual growth, and writing time at an affordable price. For more information, and to register, visit www.ThePathofConsciousness.com

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3rd Annual Lost Lake Writers Retreat  October 4-7, 2018 #michiganwriters #michlit #motownwriters | Registeer now

3rd Annual Lost Lake Writers Retreat

October 4-7, 2018

Springfed Arts and Inspiration Alcona are proud to announce the teacher lineup for the 2018 event, to be held Oct. 4-7 at Lost Lake Woods Club in northeast Michigan’s Alcona County. The location is a hotel overlooking a small lake on the edge of the forest.

Novelists Jacquelyn Mitchard and Michael Zadoorian will lead prose writers. Mitchard’s “The Deep End of the Ocean” was made into a movie starring Michelle Pfeiffer in 1999. In March, Zadoorian’s “The Leisure Seeker” debuted as a film starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland.

Poets Cecilia Woloch, Jack Ridl and Kathleen McGookey will lead poets, along with songwriter Emily Rose. Woloch’s “Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem” is a book-length work that has been developed into a stage performance. Ridl has a new book, “St. Peter and the Goldfinch,” coming in 2019. McGookey is a specialist in prose poetry with three books, two chapbooks and a translation of French poetry to her credit. Rose is a Detroit songwriter who has won Best Acoustic Songwriter at the Detroit Music Awards four times since 2009.

Information about the retreat is available at InspirationAlcona.org and Springfed.org.

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