Essence of Motown

Announcing: A CELEBRATION! New Book #MichiganWriter is here and available. What My Left Hand Was Doing #MotownWriters Author, @JoannCastle | Booksigning Events



Trade paperback, 324 pages. $22.


You are Invited… to attend any and all of my upcoming book signings. I’m getting some great
feedback from those who read pre-release copies. I am also celebrating that my book is featured
on the cover of Publishers Weekly magazine, along with other independent authors. You don’t
want to miss this. Here’s my schedule: Mark your calendars!


Upcoming events

Sunday, 4-29- 18 Author’s Fair, Preservation Detroit, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Jam Handy, 2900 East Grand Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48202

Sunday, 4-29- 18 SOURCE Booksellers, 4:00 PM. Book talk and conversation

with Joann Castle and Greg Hicks.

4240 Cass Avenue, Suite 105, Detroit, MI 48201

Sunday, 5-20- 18 Family & Friends Book Signing, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Pages Bookshop, 19560 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48223


Against the Tide Books
Personal Histories in the Struggle for Justice
For more information: 313-701- 8871

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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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#MotownWriters @Meetup: Rock Your Social Media w/@SylviaHubbard1 @DetroitLibrary April14th #Detroit #Michlit #MotownLit

Saturday, April 14, 2018 10am – Noon

#MotownWriters @Meetup: Rock Your Social Media w/@SylviaHubbard1 @DetroitLibrary


(Please forward this to a friend and bring several friends with you.)

Detroit Author & Founder of Motown Writers Network, Sylvia Hubbard has published over 40 books on suspense romance and a book on Internet Marketing for Writers. On April 14th, 2018, she will provide easy-to-use tips and tricks on marketing your books using various social media channels.

Ms. Hubbard has received numerous awards and recognition for her work. An avid blogger, Ms. Hubbard has had five #1 Best Sellers on Amazon. Her current work is Ravenous and she has two more books coming up in 2018.

See ya  Saturday April 14th and please bring a donation to help us out.

Also bring your literary challenges, new books to announce and achievements.

Networking is key to our survival as writers and authors! This is your chance to learn, network and connect!



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Michigan Authors: Sign up for #MotownWriters Blogging Challenge for September 2017 #amblogging

We all need help in blogging. I’m an avid blogger. I love to blog, but I sometimes need that inspiration and encouragement from others.

So I want to bring first a 4-week blogging challenge starting September 1st.

Just 4 times a month you can go to your blog and post out a message, answer the question, meet the challenge.

4 times

That’s it.

So even if you don’t blog, it’ll be good to just try.

Now usually in a blogging challenge, you have to wait for that week in order to get what the challenge is, but I’m like I’m going to help you in advance and as the challenges are release come back and post your link so others can come visit and see what you did. Continue reading

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Check out #MotownWriters #MichLit Radio Shows w/host @Andi2747 #podcast #MotownLit

Michigan Lit Radio Show (Listen Live

Wednesdays at 530pm EST at

(646) 915-9177) or go to:


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Don’t forget to check out #MotownWriters Books of the Month for November #MichLit | #GiftGiving

Featured BOMs

Would you like to be books of the month?

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Author event at Detroit Public LIbrary, Skillman @DetroitLibrary Branch, @KimOnTheWeb #MichLit #MotownLit

Quicken Loans Noontime Author Series: Kim Brooks     
Wednesday, November 18, Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Presenting award winning author, and “Christian Fiction’s rising star”
Kim Brooks. She’s written several books; He’s Saved But is He For Real?She That
Findeth, and How to Date and Stay Saved . Book signing and light refreshments.

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#MotownWriters Book Spotlight #RestoringTheCharacter @RJDockeryCEO MichLit

This book is for the men out there that want to live up to the standard that we were created with from the beginning of time. For some it may be restoration time for others it is a matter of putting into practice the traits that you already know is laying dormant.

Continue reading

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#RestoringTheCharacter @RJDockeryCEO serves as a guide for women when setting the standard of what you want in a man #MichLit

Available for all your digital devices on September 1, 2015!

Get it for your Kindle, Kindle Fire, iPad, MacBooks, Samsung Tablets and more!

This book is for the men out there that want to live up to the standard that we were created with from the beginning of time. For some it may be restoration time for others it is a matter of putting into practice the traits that you already know is laying dormant.

Restoring the Character of a Gentleman also serves as a guideline for women to use when setting the standard and expectations of what you want out of a man that you may consider dating or marrying.

Finally this is a publication for the parents who are raising a young man, that desire to instill some great values and qualities in him, for him to remember once he is an young adult.

* Men in the last 10 years or so have gotten away from respect and honor.

* Gentleman qualities need to be restored for this generation and beyond.

* It is my desire that each reader takes away at least one life nugget to live by.

Twitter handle: RJDockeryCEO 

Link (URL) on Amazon:

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Nov 8-9, 2013 Essence of #MotownLit Conf & Jam #Detroit | Give, Write & Network Books! #literary #literacy #michlit

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The Essence of Motown Literary Jam & Conference

November 8th –9th, 2013

 Various Locations, Detroit, Michigan

* most events are FREE to public

To celebrate the written word in Metro Detroit with every reader and writer around!

Detail Schedule of Events

November 8th, 2013 6pm – 10pm – Free to Public
(donation of 3 or more gently used books encouraged, for our book drive or min $4 for entry)

Location: SOURCE BOOKSELLERS, 4240 Cass Avenue, Ste. 105, Detroit, Michigan 48201

Networking, Poetry Performances, Comedy Show & More!

Hosted by EchoVerse, ReppinTheD &  MotownWriters

All ages can attend


November 9th, 2013 8am – 4pm

Location: Julian C. Madison Building LLC
1420 Washington Blvd · Detroit, Michigan

  • 8am Registration for Morning Workshops
  • 8:30 Keynote Speaker
  • 8:50 Workshops (2)
    • Write To Be Read| Write to Finish Facilitator TBA
    • Editing Essentials Facilitator: @TenitaJEditor
  • 9:50 Workshops (2)
    • Getting an Agent or Publisher Facilitator: Karen White Owens
    • Taking Book to Stage Facilitator: Octavia Lesley @detroitwriter71
  • 10:50 Workshops(2)
    • Social Media Made Simple – Stephanie Lewis @23_Exchange
    • 360Digital Publishing Symposium
  • 11:00 Poetry Symposium hosted by Aurora Harris
  • 11:30 Marketplace Opens
  • Noon – VIP Lunch for Morning Workshop Participants with speaker
  • 12:10 2013 Awesome Party Reunion & presentations
  • 12:30 Detroit Cares Presentation
  • 12:40 Too Blessed To Be Depressed Author Panel (Inspirations & Autobiographies)
  • 1:30 All Male Literacy Panel w/Questions & Answers
  • 3:15  Love Shouldn’t Cost A Thing (Romance Genre Panel)
    • Literary Voice Vendor Winner Announced
    • National Writers Union Presentation
  • 3:30 Potpourri of Different (SciFi, Fantasy, Horror, Graphic Novels & Comics)
  • 3:45 Telling A Good Story (Fiction Panel)

3:55 Kindle Winners (Must be present to win) Continue reading

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Meet @CharlieCurve, #MotownLit’s Keynote Lunch Speaker! Get yr tickets now!

Note from Essence of Motown Literary Conference Chairperson, Sylvia Hubbard:

You ever get to a point in life where you think you’ve reached the ceiling and can’t go any farther. You think that you’ve accomplished enough and those other things you want to accomplish you aren’t as passionate about anymore because you feel you’ve used up enough energy trying to get to your other goals.

I think when I first met “Charlie Curve” I was at that point in my life. I was a good author, I had a great fan base and MWN was just going. Everything was chugging along a little at a time and I was becoming … complacent.

I got invited to an event by a friend about four years ago and I wasn’t really interested in going, but for some reason I was like Jonah and the whale. No matter how far I ran, that whale kept coming to drag me back where I needed to be.

At this event was this guy and he turned on a light switch inside of me.

The first time I heard Charlie Wollborg aka @CharlieCurve, I couldn’t help but smile and know that things can get better. Not just for myself, but my world around me. I’ve never wanted to really make an effort to introduce myself to someone. I’m a writer and I’m shy, but for some reason I just told myself Charlie had to know my name.

Since meeting him, he’s truly made an impact in my life and has helped me target myself, re-energize my work and organization and made me grow in the direction I need to go.

He’s one of those people placed on Earth that you just have to meet!

Meet Charlie Wollborg

Charlie is a purveyor of attention. He helps growing brands stand out from the clutter.

He opened the doors at Curve Detroit Marketing Strategy & Creative Design after being thrown out of several well respected ad agencies. As a marketing strategist and creative director, he has delivered blue sky ideas and bottom line results for blue chip national clients and budding local brands.

When he’s not building brands, you’ll find Charlie inspiring, educating and entertaining business audiences with his lively keynote presentations on social media, branding, marketing and motivation. He helps smart companies stay on top of what’s new, what’s now and what’s next in the world of marketing and technology. He’s earned applause and laughter at several Ignite events and recently took the second place prize at the PowerPoint Karaoke World Finals.

Along with a few cool friends, Charlie helped bring the acclaimed TED conference to Michigan in the form of TEDxDetroit. He also carves out a little time for Motor City Connect, a Detroit-based social network and professional development organization he helped create.

Connect with Charlie :



On November 10th, “Charlie Curve” will be joining the Essence of Motown Literary Jam and Conference as the lunch keynote speaker at 12:30pm at the Northwest Activity Center.

We’re excited and deeply honored to to have him be apart of our event.

Register now and use the share buttons below to invite other readers and writers in Metro Detroit!

click here to see the back of the flyer.

I hope you join us all weekend long and help strengthen the Metro Detroit’s Literary and Literacy Community!



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Celebrate the written word in Metro #Detroit w/every reader & writer around @ #MotownLit Nov 9-11

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For Immediate Release
October 3, 2012
Media Contact:
AND Communications
Andrea Daniel
Motown Writers Network Announces
9th Annual
Essence of Motown Literary Jam & Conference
To celebrate the written word in Metro Detroit with every reader and writer around!
DETROIT – October 3, 2012 – “Literary Digital Detroit” is the theme of the 9th Annual Essence of Motown Literary Jam and Conference, hosted by the Motown Writers Network, in partnership with the non-profit organization, Detroit Impact. The conference is November 9 through 11, 2012 at multiple locations around Detroit. The goal is to celebrate the literary arts in the digital age with Detroit area authors, writers and avid readers.
The three-day event opens at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 9 at the Lafayette Lofts, 1301 Lafayette, with networking, and poetry by the InsideOut Youth Poets, followed by the Passion Fruit Poetry Festival hosted by EchoVerse at 7:30 p.m. (must be 18 years and older to attend) with Comedian Mic Larry bringing the laughs. On Saturday, November 10 the conference starts at 8 a.m. at the Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers, and includes writing, print publishing and electronic publishing, business and marketing workshops (must be registered to attend), a Poetry Panel Discussion on the history of spoken word in Motown, and an all-male Literacy Panel Discussion.
Sunday, November 11th, conference attendees are invited to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Museum at 5pm to see the play “Chatline,” produced and written by Detroit playwright, Raquel L. Draper.
“This is our 12th year as an organization, and our ninth conference. As it grows every year, it confirms how important literary and literacy work is in our community,” says Sylvia Hubbard, founder of the Motown Writer’s Network. “Our All-Male Literacy Panel Discussion returns this year to continue the conversation we started last year on increasing literacy in our community, and how literacy is impacted in the digital age.”
The Literacy Panel Discussion begins at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, with moderator Vicki Thomas,City Beat Reporter for WWJ Newsradio 950. Panelists include, Detroit City Councilman James Tate; Dr. Ray Johnson, Educational Consultant, founder and former Principal of Paul Robeson Academy (Detroit, MI); John Cromer, President and CEO of Lolamax Management; Truman Hudson, Jr., President of DEX Design Associates, and adjunct faculty member at Wayne State University and Wayne County Community College District; Jesse Cole, author of Walk Like A King, and founder of 1,000 KINGS teen leadership initiative; Eddie Connor, author, educator, evangelist, motivational speaker, and TV host, and other community leaders.

The 9th Annual Essence of Motown Literary Jam and Conference is November 9 through 11, 2012, at the Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers. For information on tickets, sponsorship and vendor opportunities please visit  or call (313) 289-8614. You can also send an email to
Other conference highlights include the Detroit Poetry sponsored panel discussion on the History of Spoken Word in Motown; the Detroit Police Officers’ Book Fair with Detroit Police Officer authors displaying and selling their books, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Fallen Police Officers’ Fund; Sandy’s Land Open House for parents and children; Book Party 2012 for authors to announce new and upcoming book releases, and Detroit’s Independent Film Highlights featuring local film makers’ movie trailers or productions. These activities are free!
Additionally, the community is encouraged to donate new or gently used books to the Motown Literacy Project to increase literacy in Metro Detroit. And throughout the conference, attendees will have the chance to win the new white paper Amazon Kindle, literary swag bags and other prizes.
Sponsors of the 9th Annual Essence of Motown Literary Jam & Conference include Passion Fruit Poetry, VKI, Literary Voice &,,,, AND Communications,,, Michigan Literary Network, and and HubBooks.
For more info call 313.289.8614
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Writers’ Pass Schedule&Details of Workshops for Essence of #MotownLit Conference Nov 10th #Detroit REGISTER NOW!

Essence of Motown Literary Jam & Conference 

Writers’ Workshop Pass



Here is a listing of writers workshops. Please RSVP and purchase your tickets as earlier as possible to ensure you will be able to have lunch.

9:30am – Workshop Set 1

Classroom 1 – Journalism & Publishing in the 21st Century

Classroom 2 – Beginning Writers’Toolkit (Writing & Publishing)

Ballroom – Erotic Writing & Marketing w/Bestselling author, Dawn Prochilio (free to public)

10:30am – Workshop Set 2

Classroom 1 – Copyright, Contracts & The Law

Classroom 2 – Ebooking, Blogging & Digital Marketing for Authors & Businesses

Ballroom – How to Write A Synopsis/Query Letters & Submit Your Manuscript. Author, Dawn Prochilio (free to public)

11:30am – Workshop Set 3

Classroom 1 – Beyond Writing: The Business of Being an Author

Classroom 2 – Book to Screen – Taking Your Project to the next level

Ballroom – Detroit Poetry sponsored panel discussion on the History of Spoken Word in Motown (free to public)

Green Room –Manuscript Pitches w/ Dawne Prochilio (5 min sign ups limited to spaces on a first come first serve bases)

12:30pm – Green Room Lunch for Morning Participants – Keynote: Charlie Curve, Social Media Expert; Using your Brand to help Community


If you have more questions, please feel free to 

To see the entire details of the conference, see the cards below or check out our site at


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Upcoming Events: Metro #Detroit Kick Off Party

Click the following to get more informaton on this Events.


It’s that time again! Time to gather, meet, and receive free goodies as we prepare for the coming madness of November. That’s right, time for the annual Kick-off Party!

[When] Saturday, October 27th, 1-4pm

[Where] Woody’s Diner [WEBSITE]
208 W 5th Ave
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 543-6911

Click HERE for more details!! See you there!

via Events.


I’ve already signed up to take the challenge. If you’re interested in seeing what my page looks like on the site, CLICK HERE.


If you’re participating, please go to the site and join, but also let us know you’re doing so and comment below!

I hope to see you at the kickoff event. Make sure you check out & also subscribe the Motown group at:

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The 2012 Essence of Motown Literary Jam and Conference Top Vendor Award!

Literary Voice is proud to be a part of the Essence of Motown Literary Jam and Conference!  Our Authors will be on hand to sell and sign copies of their work!  Most importantly, We will be there to meet you! although our authors have been to prior Essence of Motown Literary Jam and Conferences, this will be our first as Literary Voice.  To honor this occasion, Literary Voice will present the first Annual Essence of Motown Top Vendor Award sponsored by Literary Voice!  This Award will be given to the top vendor based on a combined vote and point system.  The scoring will be as follows:

  • Literary Voice will judge each vendor table on Appearance. Giving each vendor up to a maximum of 25 pts.
  • Literary Voice will judge each vendor on Buzz. We will see which table gets the most attention. Awarding up to 25 pts.
  • There will also be a secret ballot by the public! The vendor with the most votes will get 25 pts.

The Vendor with the most points will win the Essence of Motown Top Vendor Award for the 2012 conference! So get your table and get ready for fun!  The winner will be announced at the conference @ 2pm November 10th. May the best vendor win!!!!

Kelly Greene

Literary Voice

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