NaNoWriMo USA :: Michigan :: Detroit Update

Dear NaNoWriMotown,

NaNoWriMo 2019 starts in just 10 days! Can you believe it? The Kick-Off Party is this Saturday at the Ferndale Public Library from 1-4pm. It’s a potluck, with a cook-off contest for the brave! Want to come in costume? Come in costume! Get free swag and goodies! Meet new writers and prepare for the adventure ahead!

Did you participate last year in the inaugural Team Championship? If so, you may have been one of the amazing writers who enjoyed a huge boost to their productivity! We’re talking 211% more words than the average Detroit writer! More than doubled chances of winning! What could be that magical? The fun-spirited competition between Detroit writers that is the Team Championship! All the information is here. Even if you participated last year, please read the forum post, as some of the details have changed due to the new website.

Speaking of, a lot has changed on the new website! I want to be sure everyone, new and old alike, knows where to find all the important Detroit information:

• The regional landing page is here, which has links to all of our social media, the discord server, and more!

• The regional forum is here. Come introduce yourself and start a conversation!

• Looking for write-ins and events? The master post is here! The Kick-Off and Late Night First Push Parties are coming up fast!

Are you ready for November 1st? Come tell us all about your novel, your excitement, and/or your terror! I know I always experience all of the above in November!

ML Owen (previously theboysgonehome)
ML, Detroit Region

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REPORTING #20BOOKSEDINBURGH – How do you build an author brand?


First of all, why should you build a brand? Aren’t authors all about writing books? Brands are for merchandise, aren’t they?

Well, no. Not these days.

Or perhaps a better way to look at it, is that authors (and our books) ARE merchandise, or at least, merchandisable.

In fact, taking it a step further, if you follow (and if you don’t, why not?) well-known authors, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, https://kriswrites.com or her partner, Dean Wesley Smith, https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/ , we should all be considering licensing our products – from ideas, to worlds, to characters, and everything in between, for future merchandising that we control.

So today, the first step – branding, courtesy of Dakota Krout (if you missed it, read more about his phenomenal success and his advice in this earlier post.


Decide on your public face.

Pick a few things about you that you feel represent you as a…

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The New #Detroit Writing Room has workshops, memberships and networking for local writers | via @DETWritingRoom (Aug Thru Nov Events listed) #cowork #space #coaches #learning

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How to Write a Book for Your Business in 30 Days

November 21, 2019

Participate in National Novel Writing Month by writing a business book in 30 days. Book coach Vickie Gould will teach you how in this 6:30-8 p.m. workshop! Time is the scapegoat many use as the reason why they can’t write their book. The truth is that lack of clarity is what keeps most from finishing. Once you know exactly what topic is the best for your business, it becomes simple to map out how to write it. You will leave with a clear understanding of the best topic to pick for your business book — one that will grow your business for years to come. You will create your own personalized calendar to write your book in 30 days and learn a simple structure for the contents of your book. Tickets are $35.

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Dirty Show 21 – Call For Art – Now Open

If you are an author/artist, here is your chance to display your art work and literary work

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2019 LIVE FREE Coalition Fellowship Opportunity! APPLY BY November 1st


The Live Free Detroit Coalition is looking for fellows! We are a coalition of organizations, individuals and institutions working to advance a collective LIVE FREE agenda to address issues of violence, criminalization and criminal justice reform. Core components of this collaborative are to:
1.) Convene the sector of grassroots leaders working to reduce violence, criminalization and impact criminal justice reform;
2.) Support leaders with resources and support to build their capacity and successfully lead advocacy efforts to address LIVE FREE related agendas;
3.) Implement a collective strategy for advancing a LIVE FREE strategy in key Detroit neighborhoods and schools; and
Collectively fundraise to support grassroots organizing efforts.
Fellows should expect to commit 10-15 hours per week. Expectations include attendance at bi-weekly meetings, work collaboratively on a project, attend trainings and community meetings, and there may be some limited travel opportunities. There is a monthly stipend.
Fellows will engage in project…

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Auburn Hills Writers October Session

Hello Writers!
Our group meets Thursday, October 17th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Auburn Hills Library located at 3400 Seyburn in Auburn Hills.


  • Writing News
  • NaNoWriMo 2019
  • Writing Exercise
  • Critique

Critique Session:

  • bring writing tool of choice
  • manuscript for critique (2 pages, double spaced, 12 font), bring 7 sets
  • book that has been helpful to your writing

Critique Guidelines:

  • Be kind
  • Be specific
  • Be encouraging
  • Be careful (critique on style and technique, not your opinion)*;) winking

See you Thursday!

Mychelle Martin, Facilitator
"Nurturing the Auburn Hills Writing Community since 2011"

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And as always, please let me know if you wish to be

Hello Writers! Our group meets Thursday, October 17th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Auburn Hills Library located at 3400 Seyburn in Auburn Hills. Agenda:Writing NewsNanoWriMo 2019Writing ExerciseCritiqueCritique Session:bring writing tool of choice manuscript for critique (2 pages, double spaced, 12 font), bring 7 sets book that has been helpful to your writing critique Guidelines:Be kindle specificBe encouraging careful (critique on style and technique, not your opinion)See you Thursday!Mychelle Martin, Facilitator"Nurturing the Auburn Hills Writing Community since 2011"Please forward this email to any writer you feel may benefit from its contents. And as always, please let me know if you wish to be

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Next month promotions ideas to help #MotownWriters authors

Everyone needs a little help. Get your net month promo together.

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The 2020 Michigan Writing Workshop: April 25, 2020

The 2020 Michigan Writing Workshop

Screen Shot 2016-12-25 at 10.34.26 PM.pngAfter successful 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019 events in Michigan, Writing Day Workshops is excited to announce The 2020 Michigan Writing Workshop — a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in Livonia, MI on April 25, 2020.

This writing event is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (200 total). All questions about the event regarding schedule, details and registration are answered below. Thank you for your interest in the 2020 Michigan Writing Workshop!


This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Saturday, April 25, 2020, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Detroit Livonia Novi. In other words, it’s one day full of classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning…

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New message from your #NaNoWriMo USA :: Michigan :: #Detroit Municipal Liaison, EBuff75 #motownNaNoWriMo

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New message from your USA :: Michigan :: Detroit Municipal Liaison, EBuff75

Hello to all of you from NaNoWriMoTown! Welcome to the 2019 incarnation of NaNoWriMo, which marks 20 years of literary abandon!

First, a bit of an apology. We know that the new website has been quite glitchy and it’s been affecting us as well. Headquarters is working diligently and are fixing bugs as quickly as they can. Please be patient with them (and us) as we all get used to a completely new format.

Now, make sure to go out to the new site and log in. Take some time to explore and find your way around. The Detroit region’s page has links to the forums, Discord, and website if you need any of those. If you need to visit the old site for any reason, don’t worry, the old site is still there in archive form. This might be useful if you wanted to find your old buddies, as that is one aspect which didn’t translate over to the new site. 😦

So what’s going on here in our neck of the woods? Your leadership team has been hard at work securing locations for events and planning our team competition for the year. You may have seen this year’s Time Travel theme and we’ve got some great ideas related to that which we’ll share with you as we move forward – or backwards, depending on which way you’ve got your time machine set!

We do have some events set up already and we’re finalizing a few more. Please mark these on your calendar:

Meet & Greet: Tuesday, October 15th, 6 – 8pm

Pre-NaNo LARP: Saturday, October 19th, noon – 4pm

Kick-Off Party: Saturday, October 26th, 1 – 4pm

• Night Owl / First Push – details TBD

• Motown Midway Madness: Saturday, November 16, 10:30am – 4:30pm

• Boot Camp: Sunday, November 24th, 1 – 9pm

• One Last Push Party: Saturday, November 30th, noon-midnight

• TGIO Party: Sunday, December 1st, 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Looking forward to seeing everyone over the next few weeks!

ML, Detroit Region

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Deadline Extended for the Missouri Review Editors’ Prize, Cash and Publication Opportunity

The deadline for the 29th Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize competition has been extended to OCTOBER 15, just ONE WEEK from today! We remain open for submissions in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. First-place winners in each category receive $5000, feature publication in our spring issue, and are honored at a gala reading and reception in Columbia, Missouri. Contest finalists are often published in the magazine also, or, in the case of poetry, as part of our Poem of the Week online feature. All entrants are considered for publication.

This opportunity is open to writers at all levels. We pride ourselves on focusing on the quality of the writing first and foremost—our allegiance is to finding and supporting strong work. Past winners have ranged from established writers with long records of publication to beginning writers who have never published before. In fact, for our fiction prize winner in 2018, the prizewinning story was her first published piece. This is why we are particularly excited to get the word out to Motown Writers Network. I’ve attached a flyer promoting the contest. We would love it if you would pass the word along via e-mail and social media, as well as posting the flyer somewhere your community is sure to see it.

We accept submissions online or by mail. The new postmark deadline is October 15. Winners will be announced in January of 2020.

You can find out more about the contest through our website.

This year we are offering two contest entry options. At the standard level ($25 to enter), entrants receive a year-long digital subscription to the Missouri Review ($24 value) as well as the third offering from TMR Books, Jason Brown’s collection of linked stories, A Faithful but Melancholy Account of Several Barbarities Lately Committed ($14.95 value). At the all-access level ($30 to enter), entrants receive the same year-long digital subscription and Brown’s collection, plus full access to our entire ten-year archive of value-added digital issues, complete with print and audio versions of the magazine.

Thanks very much for sharing news of this opportunity with your community. We look forward to reading your writers’ submissions!

All best,

Bailey Boyd, contest editor

The Missouri Review

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University of Missouri

Columbia, MO 65211

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