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Watch “How to be a Twitter Pitch Success Story & Land a Literary Agent” on YouTube

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Procrastination is a Self-Perpetuating Cycle: 9 Tips for Getting Unstuck #motownwriters

Procrastinating? Here’s how to break the pattern of putting off your writing. by Katie Davis When the year begins, all fresh and shiny, we tend to make promises to ourselves. When we first took over the Institute for Writers, I wanted to help our community of writers––our students––so I polled them.

read more https://annerallen.com/2019/01/procrastination-9-tips-get-unstuck/

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Celebrate National Thesaurus Day January 18th

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I can’t think of another word to describe National Thesaurus Day, but then again that would not seem to be pro-thesaurus of me.
Born on January 18th, 1779, Peter Mark Roget created the very first thesaurus in 1852 when he published his book of synonyms, Roget’s Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases.
His work has helped countless writers and poets to make their writing better and livelier.
Related image“Whether you are looking for a new word or trying to complete a sentence, the thesaurus can be your best friend,” says NationalDayCalendar.com “Expanding your vocabulary improves both written and spoken communication skills, creative writing abilities, and can be helpful in advancing your career.”
So how should one properly celebrate the day?
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Why and how to convert DRM-free EPUBs to Kobo’s KEPUB format

I’ve got two Kobo e-readers now, the Clara and Forma, that Kobo sent me to try out and review. I am very happy with both of them. They’re great readers for reading anything in EPUB format. But, as I’ve noted before, they also support Kobo’s own extended version of the EPUB format, called KEPUB—used for the books Kobo sells from the store, or for DRM-free EPUBs that readers convert and sideload themselves. In this post, I’ll go over the differences between the formats from a reader’s point of view, and discuss the easiest way I’ve found to do bulk conversions from DRM-free EPUB to KEPUB.

KEPUB vs EPUB

There are three major differences I’ve noticed between KEPUB and EPUB ebooks.

screen_013First, KEPUB books support Kobo’s “fast flip” function. On Kobo readers such as the Clara or Forma, you can hold your finger down on the lower right or lower left…

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Detroit Veteran Finds His Voice in Prolific Anthology of Poems Read more: via @digitaljournal @DeanZPoetry

 

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DETROIT, MI –  Not many are aware of the emotional turmoil many veterans go through but one Detroit Veteran, Dean Zeviar Aka Earnest Navar Williams, has found his voice in his debut anthology, A Poet’s Diary 1.

Zeviar’s book is a diverse collection of thought-provoking poems that focuses on human experiences of all kinds- from love and war to racism and religion. His style of poetry is emotional and thought provoking but it is perfectly balanced with a sublime mix of humor and unique imageries that show all of life’s realities. And as if the powerful imagery were not enough, each poem is accompanied by a picture which helps with the interpretation.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/4090894#ixzz5c62NROhD

 

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Here:Say Storytelling Monday, January 21 @ 7 PM & 2019 Lineup #michiganwriters #motownwriters

Here:Say Storytelling
Monday, January 21 @ 7 PM

Join us for some great stories and great company.
This month’s theme is: Moonlighting

Workshop Brewing, 221 Garland, Traverse City
$5 requested donation at door.
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February 4: Open Mic
February 18: In Sickness and In Health
March 4: Open MIc
March 18: Shock and Awe
April 1: Open Mic
April 15: SOS!
May 6: Open Mic
May 20: You Are Here

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Motor City Comic Con back for 30th year via @detroitnews #motownwriters

Tickets went on sale this week for the 30th annual Motor City Comic Con. The pop culture exposition is planned for May 17-19 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. To celebrate three decades of comic book heroes, interesting celebrities and eye-popping cosplay, the event is expected to be bigger than ever this year.

“When Motor City Comic Con was founded back in 1989, it started from my passion for collecting comic books introduced to me by my father,” said convention founder Michael Goldman in a press release. “We had a couple thousand attendees our first year to over 60,000 last year. Our fans have been so supportive over the years and we are grateful. I am happy to be here 30 years later and offering more content and interaction. We plan to continue to grow and impress for another 30 plus years.

 

read more https://www.detroitnews.com/story/entertainment/arts/2019/01/01/motor-city-comic-con-back-30th-year/2461117002/

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Overcome Your Fear of Writing Feb2nd 1pm @detroitlibrary main with @waynebibbs

Join Wayne Bibbs at the Main Branch of the Detroit Public Library on Feb 2nd, from 1-3 pm for his presentation "Overcome Your Fear of Writing".

Connect at

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Detroit Public Television looks to play bigger role in school readiness via @crainsdetroit #motownwriters

Detroit Public Television has launched a five-year plan to help prepare children for school
Among the things DPTV is contemplating: virtual preschool
Station is piloting efforts in Brightmoor neighborhood
DPTV President and CEO Rich Homberg: Goal to be in partnership.

Detroit Public Television is coming out from behind the camera to take a bigger role in getting children ready for school.

Through a pilot launched in Detroit’s Brightmoor neighborhood last fall, the station is aiming for bigger impact in early childhood education.

read more https://www.crainsdetroit.com/nonprofit/detroit-public-television-looks-play-bigger-role-school-readiness

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Midwest Night of Elegance Book Signing hosted by Members of Aspiring Writers Association of America #AWAOA April 5th 6pm Troy #MichiganWriters #motownwriters

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JUL 18 – 21 Urban Playwrights United 10 Year Reunion by Urban Playwrights United via @VanessaLynn1 #michiganwriters #motownwriters

Register now

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DATE AND TIME

Thu, Jul 18, 2019, 7:00 PM –

Sun, Jul 21, 2019, 2:00 PM EDT

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LOCATION

The Emerald Room

23795 Van Dyke Avenue

Center Line, MI 48015

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DESCRIPTION

Can you believe it’s been 10 YEARS! Through these years UPU has literally changed the lives of hundreds of creatives, through relationships, encouragement and life long bonds that cannot be broken. We want EVERYONE to come join us in the Motor City to reflect, enjoy and do what we do best of all…CREATE!

Festivities begin Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 7pm and conclude on Sunday, July 22, 2019 at 12pm noon.

Some of the Anniversary activities include:

  • Network Mixer

  • Short Film Showcase

  • Short Play Showcase

  • Tour of Detroit

  • Industry Panels

  • Writing Masterclass

  • Industry Town Hall

  • Two Minute Play Competition

  • Outdoor Picnic (family reunion style)

  • 10 Year Anniversary Gala

  • Awards Ceremony

  • Reunion T-Shirt

  • Entertainment and MORE!

Host hotel will be The Hampton Inn, 32035 Van Dyke, Center Line, MI. Group Room Rate is $139.00 per night for Double Queen or Single King. $159 per night for Suite. Free breakfast, free parking.

TRANSPORTATION will not be provided to and from scheduled events. Transportation is only available for the Detroit Guided Tour.

Full Registration is just $350.00 and includes all scheduled activities and one ticket to the Gala Dinner also includes free submission to the film and play showcases and one reunion T-shirt.

For more information about event, organizer, payments plus to Register now, go to:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/urban-playwrights-united-10-year-reunion-tickets-53198641569?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

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An Evening with Jen Sincero Wed. January 16 @ 7 PM #michiganwriters #motownwriters

An Evening with Jen Sincero
Wed. January 16 @ 7 PM  

Jen Sincero is the bestselling author of the wildly popular Badass series. Her breakout volume, You Are a Badass®: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life became a #1 New York Times best-seller by helping millions of people tap into their buried potential.

It has sold more than two million copies and is published in twenty-plus languages. She has appeared everywhere from The New York TimesForbesFast CompanyOprah Magazine, and Cosmo to The Dr. Oz Show, Comedy Central, and The Howard Stern Show. In other words, she is living her best life.

Now Sincero brings us the essential third volume, You Are A Badass Every Day, designed to help people apply the fundamentals of badassery to a daily regimen and see their dreams through to the end.

Evening includes a stage conversation / Q&A with author and a
post-event book signing.

TICKETS: cityoperahouse.org
$5 Students, $20 Reserved, $30 Premium Reserved; Plus COH ticket fees.

Traverse City Opera House
Doors open at 6PM
Live Music, Cash Bar, and Morsels Sweet Tre

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