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Essence of Motown Literary Conference & JamNovember 12 – 13, 2010
Detroit, Michigan

unless otherwise indicated $
registration at the door w/limited meal tickets available

Nov 12 – 5:30pm to 9pm
The Detroit Impact Center
9930 Greenfield, Detroit, MI 48227 (Nr Plymouth)

Networking, Poetry Performances & More!

Nov 13 – 8am to 6pm
Northwest Activity Center
18100 W McNichols, Detroit, MI 48235 (nr Meyers & Outer)

Writing, Publishing & Marketing Workshops$, Literary Kidzone, Author & Expert Panels, Publisher Pitches, Social Media Coach Sessions, Manuscript Critiques, Awards Presentations & More!

Featuring National Bestselling Author, Relentless Aaron and hundreds of local authors all under one roof!

Readers please bring books for our book drive. For more information, click here about our book drive.

Nov 13 – 7pm to until $
Pub Rub Restaurant
Adams & Woodward 48226

Jazz with Yancyy & Spoken Word Poetry with Brook Blander. Two Detroit artist bringing music and words to celebrate the written word and an ending to a great affair. $5 entrance charge (separate from Conference fees or a five book donation).

All donations made go to support Pro-Literacy of Detroit & The Detroit Impact Youth Center and Library. Contact us for more information or make a monetary donation byclicking here.

Conference Site

Registration Site

Send Promo Items to:
Motown Writers
Attn: Sylvia Hubbard, Chairperson
PO Box 43439
Detroit, MI 48243

Ship Book Donations to:
Detroit Impact Center
Attn: Book Donations
9930 Greenfield, Detroit, MI 48227


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Sponsors Include:
Penguin (NY), Miller Design Studio, Rolling Out Magazine, HubBooks, Pub Rub Restaurant, 220 Communications, Scribal Press & More.

Press Release: “Is There A Book In You?” is the theme of the 7th Annual Essence of Motown Literary Conference and Jam


For Immediate Release
October 15, 2010

Media Contact:
AND Communications
Andrea Daniel
(313) 468-2459

Motown Writers Network Announces

7th 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 7th 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 12 and 13, 2010 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 10th 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 10- 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 New York best-selling author, publisher and visionary, Relentless Aaron and Detroit urban music author, Chris Campbell. 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 7th Annual Essence of Motown Literary Conference & Jam is as follows:

Friday, November 12

Poetry Night, hosted by Poetry, Pages and Scribes and EchoVerse Entertainment (Free)
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Detroit Impact Center
9930 Greenfield
Detroit, MI 48227

  • Featured poets TBA
  • Limited open mic

Saturday, November 13

Essence of Motown Literary Conference (Fee & Free Activities)
8:00-9:30 a.m. – Registration
9:30-6:00 p.m. – Activities
Northwest Activities Center
18100 Meyers
Detroit, MI 48235

  • Workshops (schedule to be released soon)
  • Book Marketplace
  • Writers Luncheon
  • Keynote Address by Relentless Aaron
  • Author-Readers Panel
  • Literary Awards
  • Literary Kids Zone

There will be an Essence of Motown Literary Conference After- Affair following the conference with Detroit jazz saxophonist, Yancyy and spoken word artist Brook Blander at 7 p.m. at the Rub BBQ and Pub, 18 W. Adams in Detroit.

Over the past seven years, more than 1,500 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 ProLiteracy of Detroit.

Sponsors of the 7th Annual Essence of Motown Literary Conference & Jam include Penguin Books (New York), Rolling Out Magazine, Miller Design Studio and HubBooks.

For information on tickets, sponsorship and vendor opportunities, please visitmotownwriters.


Sylvia Hubbard
Author, Blogger and Founder of Motown Writers Network & The African American Electronic Literary Network

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