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12 Steps To Great Story Telling Workshop

Starting Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 6:00 PM to Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Detroit Impact Center
9930 Greenfield 
Detroit, MI 48227

Event Details

Growing up telling stories on paper, no one came and told me how. This was education I learned from reading and studying the craft of writing.

Once I became a professional writer, I was often asked, How do you write a story? Being not a professional creative writing teacher, I want to share just basic steps on my process and how others do as well.

In this workshop, Participants will learn the 12 Steps to Storytelling. When someone wishes to write a novel, there is a time-proven formula to telling a story. This blueprint is known as The Hero’s Journey. In fact, it is the framework around which most any novel can be built and is comprised of twelve events your hero must face. This storytelling technique has been around since before the time of mythology and will last until men stop telling stories. Once you’ve learned this technique, you’ll be well on your way to mastering the art of storytelling and I recommend all new writers follow this outline of this workshop.

Classes will be held on the following dates:

Tues, June 21st     Thurs, June 23rd

Tues, June 28th      Thurs, June 30th

Tues, July 5th         Thurs, July 7th

Tues, July 12th       Thurs, July 14th

Tues, July 19th       Thurs, July 21st

Tues, July 26th       Thurs, July 28th


Sylvia Hubbard has independently published 4 paperback books and over 10 e-books. Her foundation genre has always been romance, but she has ventured into suspense, erotic, mystery, paranormal and I/R. Always urban and contemporary styled, her writing is enjoyed all over the world by all nationalities. She’s always available for speaking opportunities at bookclubs, conferences, schools, and writing groups. In the upcoming year, she will be featured in several anthologies & will be publishing another paperback and 4 more e-books. She has a degree in Marketing/Management and minored in journalism, broadcasting (Specs Howard), drama, html programming, teaching assistant, customer service specialist, and commercial art.

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Reader’s Chat Scheduled June 30th 5:30 pm EST | Reader Discussion Questions for Unfinshed Business by @lajefferson

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Welcome to our new feature The Motown Book Club

 See Below for our future books to read and don’t forget to join us for the chat at the end of the month with our June feature. 

Product Details
Unfinished Business by La Jefferson
Unfinished Business is the story of one woman’s addiction to the wrong man, for what she discovers is the wrong reason, and what she risks getting him out of her system for good.
Product Details
Unfinished Business by La Jefferson

1.      How much could Lydia have loved Roy if she was able to put him off so easily for another go-round with Thomas?

2.      What was the significance of the Officer Boyle?

3.      Why did Lena allow her husband to bring other persons into their marriage bed? Was it insecurity or control?

4.      Between Lydia & Thomas, who is at fault for this unfinished business between them?

Was Sandra within her right as Lydia’s friend to be angry with Lydia once the truth about Thomas is revealed?

Extended Description

Lydia couldn’t have shocked folks more when she ended her relationship with the man everyone hoped she’d marry—until they discover why: Thomas Cunningham. After third breakup, Thomas returns to reclaim Lydia. Yet, Lydia has a different plan—a plan to finish this business she and Thomas started so many years ago. Her plan goes awry with an unexpected night of passion. As Lydia explores their undeniable connection, she risks exposure and danger as the truth about Thomas comes to light. Before the smoke clears, Lydia risks everything—her livelihood, her friends, and her chance at true love.
Product Details
Unfinished Business by La Jefferson

L.A. Jefferson

Twitter @lajefferson
Author of contemporary/romantic fiction. Fitness & natural hair enthusiast. Mother of two. Preparing myself for literary stardom. Stay tuned!
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Book Chat with Author coming soon!

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In advance The Essence of Motown Literary Jam staff and volunteers would love to thank all who have helped bring this to fruition.

The is the final schedule of events of all locations. The 15th events were re-scheduled to March 2010.PLEASE NOTE CHANGES TO EVENTS!!!!

All persons who have pre-paid in advance will have free entrance into the March events.

Nov 13th 6pm -9pm Literary Extravaganza Network Mixer (FREE TO THE PUBLIC)
Virgil Carr Center 311 E Grand River, Detroit 48226
Directions at:

Poetry Showcases, Award and Certification Recognition, Networking opportunities, Vendoring
Nov 14th 8am to 5pm The Essence of Motown Literary Conference (All events free to Public after NOON)
Northwest Activity Center 18100 Meyers, Detroit, 48235
Directions at:

  • Writing Publishing Promotion and Marketing Workshops $40 (people who pay at the door entrance fee does not cover lunch. Menus and restaurant lists will be available at registration.) These workshops start at 8:30am.
  • 5 Minute Publisher Pitches – All day registered writers will get an opportunity to pitch their book to  publishers in five minutes.
  • Author Genre Panel – Registered authors will get an opportunity to speak to our general public about their works, answer questions and sell during discussion sessions. These start at 1:00 pm FREE TO PUBLIC
  • Book Club Mix and Mingle – FREE TO PUBLIC – Readers and book club members are invited to come together talk about their literary groups and participant in discussions regarding literary issues in Metro Detroit. Please bring books to donate and to swap in an effort to increase literacy.

Nov 15th – ALL EVENTS HAVE BEEN RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 8TH 2011. Sorry for the inconvenience, but we do appreciate your support.



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TAKE THE CHALLENGE AUG.18th @ 10 am for Artserve

ArtServe is excited to be one of 75 organizations in southeast Michigan accepted by the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan to participate in the Community Foundation Challenge – Arts & Culture. This is an exciting opportunity for ArtServe to connect with loyal and new donors in support of its work to advocate for arts, culture and arts education in Michigan. And, it’s a way to leverage funding from the Community Foundation to support ArtServe’s efforts in the southeast Michigan region and statewide!

Like many of its non-profit partners, this year has presented financial challenges for ArtServe Michigan and the organization has sharpened its priorities where it can have maximum impact – leading statewide advocacy efforts, capacity building for artists and arts/cultural organizations, and strategic communications. ArtServe has also reduced its operational costs by over 25% and restructured its staff team to maximize its resources and build capacity for the future.


Simon Perazza’s presentation for Grant presented at The Essence of Motown Literary Meet and Greet 2009. Click HERE

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6th Annual Essence of Motown Literary Meet and Greet

For Immediate Release         Contact: Sylvia Hubbard

Popular Writers Group Hosts Annual Celebration of Literacy
Detroit, MI (July 31, 2009)—Motown Writers Network presents its sixth annual Essence of Motown Literary Meet and Greet showcasing local and national authors on Saturday, August 8 from 11am-2pm at Barnes and Noble (WSU Campus) 82 W. Warren, Detroit. Panelists will discuss areas such as marketing and promoting before and after publishing, finding readers and working together to create a stronger reading community.

More than 50 popular authors are scheduled to attend the event that has grown into one of Michigan’s premier literacy and literary events. Dozens of book lovers of all ages will experience the joys of purchasing autographed books, hearing passages from their favorite authors and and celebrating the written word. Some of the featured authors include:

  • jessica Care moore, poet and recording artist
  • Karen White Owens, best-selling romance author
  • Jacqueline D. Moore, African American Literary Award Nominee
  • Sandra Epps, author and artist
  • Monique Mensah, new author of dramatic fiction

“In a city that plays host to a multitude of writing talent, there are, surprisingly, very few outlets for networking within the Detroit literary community,” admits Motown Writers Network founder Sylvia Hubbard. “Aspiring Metro Detroit writers and authors will be happy to forego their otherwise national travels to attend this wondrous local event.”

Motown Writers Network,which began in 2004, brings together literary groups, readers, poets, illustrators and publishing professionals in order to strengthen the literary community.

For more information or to register call (313)289-8614

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