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MFDMO Seeking Interns for 2019 Spring, Summer and Fall Semesters


The Michigan Film & Digital Media Office (MFDMO) is accepting internship applications for the Spring, Summer & Fall 2019 terms!* This is an UNPAID internship, but college credit can be earned.

This position yields many opportunities to learn about the services and programs provided by the MFDMO, work directly with the Film Commissioner and MFDMO staff and help cultivate and foster the economic growth of the creative industries in Michigan.

Main Job Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Assist MFDMO staff members in the implementation of the next Strategic Plan that may include recommendations related to developing public/private partnerships, enhancing talent, strengthening relationships with colleges and universities and building the digital and creative sectors in Michigan
  • Provide support to the MFDMO staff in organizing documents, streamlining processes, preparing records for reporting purposes and helping maintain office operations
  • Participate in meetings with various industry partners (producers, writers, designers, and other creative entrepreneurs etc.), when available

Education and Experience

  • Knowledge and experience in relevant software applications – spreadsheets, word processing, and database management
  • Proficiency in spelling, punctuation, grammar and other English language skills
  • Social media experience (optional)
  • Ability to stay on task and ask questions for clarity (preferred)


Key Competencies

  • Attention to detail
  • Confidentiality
  • Reliability
  • Initiative
  • Enthusiasm

Requested Time Commitment

  • Minimum of eight hours per week (1 full day or 2 half days)
  • Long-term commitment preferred (i.e. school term)

* Note:  You must be actively enrolled in an academic program to be considered for an internship.  Interested?  Send your résumé to mfo@michigan.org or contact Erika Murdey at the Michigan Film and Digital Media Office, 517-241-1275

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Running an auto shop is hard; running an auto shop as a woman is harder; running an auto shop with your ex–who is about to become your STEP-FATHER–and his hot brother is just insane. (And then there’s the rooster.)

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Universal book link: https://www.books2read.com/EdiesAuto

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Photography by: Lindee Robinson Photography
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Library director wins state award

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Portage Lake District Library Director Dillon Geshel, above, has received the Michigan Library Association’s Up and Comer Award for 2018.

HOUGHTON — In some respects, the Portage Lake District Library is about 11,000 square feet on the Houghton waterfront. In others, it’s extending its reach to the Houghton downtown, across the canal and beyond.

read more http://www.mininggazette.com/news/local-news/2018/10/library-director-wins-state-award/

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Michigan International Women’s Show Exhibitor Registration NOW AVAILABLE for May 2-5 2019



Shop, sample and share the fun at Novi’s favorite event for women. Discover hundreds of boutiques filled with the latest fashions, trendy jewelry, gourmet treats, health and beauty, and so much more. Enjoy fashion shows, top chefs, and celebrity guests. Bring your mom, sister, and best friend and spend the day doing everything you love!



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[NaNoWriMo] [USA :: Michigan :: Detroit] Quick Note from Detroit


Dear NaNoWriMotown,

Detroit Municipal Liaison (ML) Owen here, just ducking in quickly to say hello and let you know that the train to National Novel Writing Month 2018 is already in motion! Jump on board!

1.  This weekend is the Bake Sale! This is a great opportunity to support our region without spending much of your own money. Please consider bringing a batch of something tasty to one of the drop zones tomorrow (Saturday, October 6). You can find all the information on the forum, the facebook page, or nanowrimotown.com. We need you! And your cakes, and pies, and cookies, etc…. This is our first chance to fund the region for the year, let’s make it count!

2.  Next week, NaNoWriMo (the national organization, aka the mothership) is also launching something new – BYOWB (Bring Your Own Writing Buddy) Week. Next week is the time to tell all your friends, family, co-workers, baristas, peers, rideshare drivers, strangers who hold still long enough… that the greatest adventure in noveling is about to begin! Make sure they get set up on the site and point their home region towards Detroit.

See you soon,
ML, Detroit Region

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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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Free book edit contest from BobsWriting.com | Deadline for entries is 15th October, 2018. #motownwriters

Hello Motown Writers Members,

I am offering a contest with the prize being a free edit of a full-length manuscript and would be grateful if you could inform Michigan writers.

Details are at http://wp.me/P3Xihq-1

Entry is free.

As a professional editor since 1999, I work for a number of small, independent publishers, and a steady stream of authors pre-submission. In 2007, I won the Preditors and Editors “Best Editor” award (because one of my clients entered my name, then drummed up support).

Deadline for submissions is 1October 15, 2018.

With thanks,


Click here for details about contest  https://bobrich18.wordpress.com/2018/08/05/free-book-edit-contest/



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New Featured Books at Source Booksellers thru August 27, 2018 via @sourcebksellers ‏#detroit #indie #bookstore

 Featured Books
(From bottom to top right)
1. For young readers – The Encyclopedia of Fish: A Complete Visual Guide
2. Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines edited by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, China Martens,and Mai’a Williams
3. The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chödrön
4. I’m Still Here: Black Identity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
5. 3,650 Jokes, Puns & Riddles by Anne Kostick, Charles Foxgrover & Michael J. Pellowski
6. Meatballs: [Falafels, Skewers, and More] by Valer Drouet & Pierre-Louis View
Saturday, August 25
10 a.m.
Chair Yoga w/Gail
Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support.
This class is free and open to the public but we do encourage a love donation for our generous instructor who donates her time.
1-5 p.m.
North Cass Summer Sidewalk Sale! 
We feature a 25% Sale on Nothing Personal
by Richard Avedon & James Baldwin
2-4 p.m.
Tuxedo Summer Youth Edition 

Celebrating the Craft and Creativity of Detroit’s Young Writers, featuring Detroit Youth Poet Laureate Imani Nichele
To sign up for the open mic, email tuxedoproject.fellow@gmail.com.

  • This event is FREE and open to young artists (ages 6-18) of all backgrounds and genres.
  • Refreshments and other treats will be served during the event.
Come in for your copy of the New York Times Sunday Edition!
Call us to reserve your copy at (313) 832-1155 or email to sourcebooksellers@gmail.com.
We’re Open Seven Days a Week!
(Except select holidays as noted)
Mon.-Sat. 11a-7p
Sun. 12-5p
All year long remember to…
See you soon!


The Source Booksellers Team

Source Booksellers | 4240 Cass Ave., Ste. 105 ~ Detroit, MI 48201 | (313) 832-1155 | Email | www.sourcebooksellers.com
Source Booksellers, 4240 Cass Avenue, Suite 105, Detroit, MI 48201
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In Praise of the Black Men and Women Who Built #Detroit… NY Times Book Review of Black Detroit by Herb Boyd #Motownwriters #michiganwriters #michlit #mittenlit

In Praise of the Black Men and Women Who Built Detroit https://nyti.ms/2xNZTxF


A People’s History of Self-Determination
By Herb Boyd
Illustrated. 416 pp. Amistad/HarperCollins Publishers. $27.99.

Detroit has found its griot in Herb Boyd. Traditional West African storytellers, griots carry their people’s traditions from generation to generation, and are renowned for their encyclopedic knowledge, their wit and their ability to bridge the past and present. In the tradition of the griot, Boyd has written a song of praise to what he calls “the city’s glorious history.” BUY BOOK NOW

read more https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/06/books/review/black-detroit-herb-boyd.html

Herb Boyd, second from right, at Wayne State University in 1977, as his daughter reads to Alex Haley. Also in the group is Rosa Parks, second from left.Creditvia Harper Collins

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Detroit Twisted Storytellers: Road Tripping hosted by @satori_10 September21st #michiganwriters #motownwriters

The Wright Museum
The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers has a global mission to connect humanity, heal and transform community and to provide an uplifting, thought-provoking, soul-cleansing entertainment experience through the art and craft of storytelling.
a Michigan 501(c) nonprofit organization
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Thank you!
Thank you for your generous support!

Satori Shakoor
Producer, Curator & Host


Featuring Twisted Storyteller

Twisted Musical Guest

Twisted Dance Guests


Event Sponsors
Upcoming Events
Save The Dates! 
September 21, 2018
October 19, 2018
November 16, 2018
December 21, 2018
Thank you for your continued support!
The Society for the Re-Institutionalization of Storytelling, 1546 Lee Pl, Suite 2E, Detroit, MI 48206
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#MotownWriters Article: Three Secrets to a Daily Writing Practice That Lasts


Three Secrets to a Daily Writing Practice That Lasts

Some writers try to write 2000 words before lunchtime, and some schedule a block of time for writing every day. I’m not that kind of writer. I’m a busy mom, blogger, and novelist whose schedule — and energy level — can turn on a dime. Despite that, I am the kind of writer who writes every day. And I have two books and a successful blog to show for it.


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Comedian and actor Brandon T. Jackson announced as #NABJ18 panelist #detroit @nabj Conference Aug1-5 cc @detroitnabj @brandontjackson

Comedian and actor Brandon T. Jackson will join an activism panel at #NABJ18
Nationally acclaimed comedian and actor Brandon T. Jackson will join #NABJ18 as a panelist at the highly anticipated and timely panel discussion, “When Art Meets Activism.”
Don’t wait! Register for #NABJ18 today.
Pre-registration ends on June 1. Secure your space now.
Book your room for #NABJ18 today before they’re gone!
Rooms at the official #NABJ18 hotel in downtown Detroit are filling up. See below for reservation instructions.
Hotel information
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center


Reservation instructions

To make your hotel reservation, click here to register online;
Register by phone at 1-877-901-6632 and reference “NABJ” to receive the discounted standard room rate of $179 + tax.
Important notes:
– All room reservations must be made by Friday, July 13, 2018.
– Reservations made after this date will be based on availability and may not be at the negotiated room rate.
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National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), 1100 Knight Hall, Suite 3100, College Park, MD 20742
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Mending a Broken Heart Book Signing Event @tonyatheauthor #michiganwriter #motownwriters #michlit $ May5th #Detroit

Mending a Broken Heart: Through Spiritual Healing and Waiting on Ordained Love

by Tonya K Austin 



Come out and join me for a meet and greet with Q & A, refreshments, excerpts of the book, and a good time. Bring your already purchased copy of the book “Mending a Broken Heart” or buy your copy at the signing. Cost of book is $15 (includes autograph). You can order the book online at http://www.outskirtspress.com/mendingabrokenheart or by calling me directly at the number listed in this post. There will be giveaways for the first 10 people and laughs for all to enjoy (there’s something for everyone). Please feel free to reach out to me if you have questions at 313-970-9322 or to order your book in advance or email me at lkaustin@umich.edu. Can’t wait to meet you and greet you with a big heart and a warm smile~



Sat, May 5, 2018

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT

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24361 Greenfield Rd

Southfield, MI 48075

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DPL Author Series : 2nd Annual Writer’s Conference via @detroitlibrary @DplEdison May19th #michiganwriters #michlit #motownwriters #Detroit



Detroit Public Library Author Series Presents: 2nd Annual So,You Want to be a Writer…Now What? Come see how the professionals do it. Published authors share their experiences and advice on taking your book from concept to publication. From writer, to author! Scheduled authors include: J.D Mason; a national bestselling and award-winning author whose many novels include; Seducing Abby Rhodes, The Real Mrs. Price,andDrop Dead Gorgeous. “Mason has become a major name in African American fiction. Her stark portrayals of her characters and their innermost thoughts bring the readers right into the emotional center of the story“. Kiesha Ervinone of the hottest writers in the urban fiction genre is a prolific writer. She is the author of the national best-sellers Cranes in the Sky, ChynaBlack series, Me & My BoyfriendMina’s Joint and Hold U Down.Drew Philp is the author of A $500 House in Detroit: Rebuilding an Abandoned House and an American City. His work has been published both nationally and internationally and has appeared in publications including BuzzFeedThe Guardian, The Detroit Free PressDe Correspondent, The Metrotimes, and The Michigan Daily. This is event is free. Refreshments will be served



Sat, May 19, 2018

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT

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Detroit Public Library

Edison Branch

18400 Joy Rd, at Southfield

Detroit, 48228

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Kalamazoo Public Library Presents: Writers Block with @CathieWeir via @KzooLibrary ‏(@youtube)

Kalamazoo Public Library Presents Writers’ Block with Cathie Weir.

2015 recipient of the Community Medal of Arts Award, Cathie Weir has written about her journey before, during and after a double lung transplant in 2008.

I’ll See You Later: When actress and comedienne Cathie Higgins Weir was diagnosed with a devastating disease, she approached her recovery with the same zeal and humor she showed on the stage.

As an accomplished actress, Weir has seen many strange things in her thirty years on stage, but ten years ago she encountered an amazing sight while waiting for a double lung transplant. Her father appeared to her in a dream.
This ghost simply told his daughter, “I’ll see you later.”
The phrase would both haunt and comfort her during the demanding times ahead. As Weir recounts in this new memoir, she had been diagnosed with emphysema at fifty-six. Her father died at fifty-nine. She was terrified she only had three years to live.
Was her father’s appearance a warning? In the hilarious, harrowing adventure ahead, Weir would learn the truth.
Weir’s memoir isn’t merely about her personal fight with emphysema but expands its scope to look at the realities of organ donation, the importance of being your own medical advocate, and the bonds that connect donors, recipients, and their entire support networks.



Kalamazoo Public Library presents Writers’ Block, a forum where independently published local writers can tell the world about their work.

At the bottom of their website is a signup form

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