July 2017 Michigan Writers Newsletter

News, Events, & Resources for Michigan Writers
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July 2017 Newsletter

Michigan Writers
News, Events, & Opportunities

On Sunday, June 11, the Michigan Writers Cooperative Press celebrated this year’s Chapbook Contest winners at a reading and reception held at the Interlochen Center for the Arts.

The event was a huge success and a lot of fun. The crowd was standing-room-only and overflowed into the balcony of the Writer’s House. Readings from the new books by Christina Campbell, Kevin Griffin, and Nancy Parshall were received enthusiastically. Thank you to all who attended and helped to make the evening memorable.

If you missed it, make plans to attend next year–and don’t forget to check out all three books, which are for sale at the links below.

Christina Campbell, And Sarah His Wife (nonfiction)
Kevin Griffin, Line and Hook (poetry)
Nancy Parshall, Proud Flesh (fiction/stories)

Dunes Review Submissions Update

Michigan Writers members have one more month to submit poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for consideration for the Summer / Fall issue of Dunes Review! The deadline is August 1. Contributors will receive 2 copies of the journal and an invitation to our launch celebration at Brilliant Books in Traverse City on October 21. We look forward to reading your work!

Click here for submission info.

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July Reading List

Poetry: Tony Hoagland: "America"

Fiction: Courtney Santo: "Society of Jumpers"

Essay on Craft: Dinty Moore: "How to Bring Your Voice to Life in Personal Essays"


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W. Bruce Cameron
Friday, July 7 @ 7 PM

City Opera House, Traverse City

Doors open at 6pm, with live music, cash bar and Morsels sweet treats. Q & A and book signing post event.

About W. Bruce Cameron:

Nationally syndicated humor columnist and New York Times best-selling author, W. Bruce Cameron is perhaps best known for A Dog’s Purpose, his heartwarming—and at times, heart-wrenching—novel of the lessons our canine companions teach us about life and love. A Dog’s Purpose, which Cameron followed up with a sequel, A Dog’s Journey, and several spinoffs.

His newest book, A Dog’s Way Home is a more edgy novel than his past dog novels, with a plot line inspired by a Denver law that bans pit bulls.

Cameron’s work cuts to the truth of the American experience. Books like 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, which spawned an ABC sitcom; its successor,8 Simple Rules for Marrying My Daughter and the Oprah-approved How to Remodel a Man are insightful, relatable, and uproariously funny.

Here:Say Storytelling

Pack a picnic dinner and join us at 6:30pm on Sunday, July 16, for an outdoor evening of live storytelling.

“Summer Reruns” features some of our favorite stories from past Here:Say shows, presented by Interlochen Public Radio at the Upton-Morley Pavilion at the Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Michigan Sisters in Crime

Date: Saturday, July 29, 2017 @ 2-4 PM

Michigan Sisters in Crime is a new chapter of Sisters in Crime, a national organization of mystery, suspense, thriller, and real crime writers.

Join us for our inaugural membership-building kickoff event!
Cost: FREE

Time: 2:00-4:00 (an informal get together at a local pub follows)
Location: Aunt Agatha’s Mystery Book Store
213 South Fourth Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The event features a panel of four crime experts who will discuss "Bad Guys."

Find more information and signup instructions, visit Michigan Sisters in Crime on Facebook. Contact us at michigansinc with questions.

Poets Meet Musicians
Monday, July 31 @ 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. All levels of experience are welcome!

Join us for poetry, music, and good company.

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

Off The Page Writers Series
July, 11: Travis Mulhauser
July 18: Tom Stanton
July 25: Viola Shipman
August 1: Aaron Stander

Benzonia and Darcy of Beulah Libraries in Benzie County have a roster of award-winning authors scheduled for this year’s “Off the Page” series. Now in its fifth year, the series brings writers and readers together.

All programs begin at 7 pm, and seating opens 30 minutes prior to presentations. A hospitality and book-signing period concludes each program. Facilities are handicap accessible with hearing assistive technology available.

Travis Mulhauser,author of Sweetwater Girl, will speak on Tuesday, July 11, 7 pm, at Darcy Library. Mulhauser is a 2017 Michigan Notable Book Award winner and has received national attention with his debut novel that tells the story of 16-year-old Percy who rescues a neglected infant during a Northern Michigan blizzard. Mulhauser is originally from Petoskey and now lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Tom Stanton is an author of several nonfiction books and teaches journalism at University of Detroit. His most recent book, Terror in the City of Champions, tells the stories of the Black Legion terrorist group and the mid-1930s success of boxer Joe Louis and the Detroit Tigers, Lions and Red Wings. Stanton is a 2017 Michigan Notable Book winner and received the Michigan Author Award for Ty and the Babe. Stanton speaks on Tuesday, July 18, at the Mills Community House.

On Tuesday, July 25, at 7pm at Darcy Library, author Viola Shipman speaks. A Michigan resident for 10 years and award-winning memoirist, Wade Rouse, created the pen name Viola Shipman in honor of his two grandmothers. The Charm Bracelet is set in a fictional Lake Michigan shore town and tells the story of three generations of women. The next book in the Viola Shipman series inspired by family heirlooms, The Hope Chest, was recently published.

Aaron Stander concludes the 2017 programs on Tuesday, August 1, 7 pm, at Darcy Library. He is author of the Ray Elkins mystery series, starting withSummer People. The most recent story in the series, Gales of November, brings together former classmates near their old school on Lake Michigan. Stander is familiar as the host of Michigan Writers on the Air at Interlochen Public Radio.

For more information, contact Benzonia Library at (231)882-4111 or Darcy Library at (231)882-4037.

Member News / Celebrations

No member news this month. Please share your celebrations with us!

(Note: we often hear great news from newsletter readers, but we reserve this space to promote the news, publications, and other writing-related celebrations ofcurrent members.)

Workshops / Conferences

Glen Arbor Art Association Presents
A Poetry Workshop w/ Holly Wren Spaulding
Monday, August 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Thoreson Farm in Glen Arbor

Poet Holly Wren Spaulding will teach a day-long poetry writing workshop focused on the natural world and humans’ place within it. The workshop is open to writers of all skill levels. Cost is $85 for GAAA members, $95 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Go to: http://www.glenarborart.org/all-programs/classes/adult-classes/

Bring a notebook, and join the conversation about how to respond as writers and nature lovers, to the beautiful, changing natural environment.

Lost Lake Writers Retreat

The 2017 Lost Lake Writers Retreat, Oct. 5-8, will feature poets Wyn Cooper, Jack Ridl and Whit Hill, as well as novelist Craig Holden, nonfiction writer Maureen Dunphy and memoirist Anne-Marie Oomen. The retreat, held in a lodge overlooking a lake in rural Alcona County, is co-sponsored by Inspiration Alcona and Springfed Arts. Visit InspirationAlcona.org orSpringfed.org for details.

Contests / Publishing Opportunities

Vallum Award for Poetry 2017

Vallum is accepting original and previously unpublished poetry submissions!


Submit up to 1-3 poems of maximum 60 lines each. The $25 entry fee covers 3 poems. You may submit more than once.
Poems may be on any theme or subject, but must be original and not previously published. Begin each poem on a new page, use 12-point font and single spacing.

1st prize is $750, 2nd $250. Both 1st and 2nd prize-winning poems will be published in Vallum Magazine and on Vallum’s website. Honourable Mentions may be selected and published but are not eligible for cash prizes.

Send us your best work!
DEADLINE: July 15th, 2017

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.

Mission Point Press

Mission Point Press, a Traverse City partnership of professionals, provides inspired editing, design and marketing services to authors across the country. As proof, three MPP books have been nominated for a Michigan Notable Book award this year. For Michigan-based authors, MPP now offers state-wide distribution. For more information, visit www.missionpointpress.com.

Writing Groups

Alcona Authors

The Alcona Authors writers group is taking July and August off so we can go on vacation. The series will resume Sept. 9 and 23, then the first and third Saturdays of each month. Meetings are at 10 a.m. at the Harrisville branch of the Alcona County Library. See InspirationAlcona.org for more 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. We are currently studying Bob Dylan’s poetic style.

For more information, please contact Kathy Stevens at kathyvstevens , or on facebook at brushcreekwriters.

Future Author Syndicate

Local writers gather at the Petoskey District Library for readings and critique of their writing every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Sometimes writing prompts will be provided. Group led by Thomas Johnson.

Free and open to the public.

Call 231.758.3100 for more information.

The Syndicate’s goal is to encourage all writers, regardless of age or genre, to improve their skills through practice, critique, and, ultimately, publication. For many writers, a support network motivates and encourages them. The group will be informal, but stay within a structured meeting format. Attendees will have a chance to read their work (if so desired) and then get feedback from the other participants. Everyone is welcome to attend, new and veteran writers alike.

Michigan Writers Newsletter Submissions

Next Deadline: July 27, 2017

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