Motown Writers Network Announces
11th 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 11th 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 11 and 12, 2011 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 11th 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 11- 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 National Best Selling author, publisher and TV writer, Vincent Alexandria and Detroit author, Monica Marie Jones. 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 11th Annual Essence of Motown Literary Conference & Jam is as follows:
Friday, November 11th
6pm- 7:30pm Literary Networking hosted by Motown Writers featuring Inside/Out & Jessica Care Moore and other local poets w/a small open mic. Free to attendees.
7:30pm – 10:30pm Passion Fruit Poetry hosted by Echoverse $20 must be 18 or over
Nov 12 – 8am to 4pm – Writing, Publishing & Marketing Workshops ($40), Literary Kidzone, Author & Expert Panels, Social Media Coach Sessions, Community Literary Discussion, Writers Luncheon, Vendor Marketplace, Awards Presentations & More!
Workshops, Luncheon, Social Media Sessions entry will be $40 dollars. All other events are free to the public. RSVP will include a free bag with books, donated items and other chances to win a free e-reader and more.
Over the past years, more than 2,000 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 Pro-Literacy of Detroit.
Sponsors of the 11th Annual Essence of Motown Literary Conference & Jam include Penguin Books (New York), Selah Branding and Design LLC, Detroit Poetry Blog, The Literary Loft, Royalty Industries and HubBooks.
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