It’s 2020 which can mean new beginnings! Become the author YOU want and need to be! #2020vision #bookpromo #authorassistant

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#MotownWriters will suspend @Meetup programming scheduled for Saturday, March 14th, 10am at @DetroitLibrary – Main #michiganwriters #michlit Join us online at our FB group #ASKMEANYTHING

As the world follows the development of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, Motown Writers Network recognizes our responsibility in safeguarding the health of the literary community at this critical time. In solidarity with the state of emergency that has been declared by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Motown Writers will suspend programming scheduled for Saturday, March 14th at The Detroit Library

Please share with others and join us online instead at our Facebook group

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Check us out online at our Facebook group for a LIVE #ASKMEANYTHING session with 5 tips to to make book sales without leaving your house @ 10am

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Feel like you’re needing extra Marketing for 2020, then check out the 21st Century Marketing For Authors !

It will be a benefit with marketing, promoting and social media.

 
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21st Century Marketing For Authors

The best guide you’ll have in understanding & navigating book marketing in the 21st Century

Available only to order as a paperback. This is a 24-page booklet (5×8) to take you to the next level in marketing your book and becoming the author you were meant to be.

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Also, a free partial pdf for you to enjoy while you’re waiting for your book to arrive in the mail as a thank you!

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Need help getting your Literary Goals together? Grab an Author Planner from Author and Founder of Motown Writers Network, @SylviaHubbard1. Get a 1hr literary empowerment consultation with purchase. $25

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Free Writing Publishing and Marketing Checklist when purchased and a one hour consultation with me. (Either face to face if in Metro Detroit or a phone)

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“How to Promote Your Own Book” Workshop @DETWritingRoom in #Detroit with @CherrieWoods #michiganwriters #michlit #motownwriters

Saturday, April 4, 2020, Noon to 2 pm 
“How to Promote Your Own Book” Workshop
Detroit Writing Room (Detroit, MI)
1514 Washington Boulevard, Suite 203 Detroit, Michigan 48226
Cost: $35 / $45 incl. PR guide 
Presenter, Cherrie Woods (Book Publicist/ /Author)
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Metro Detroit Book and Author Society MDBAS Grants and More! via @bookandauthors #michlit #michiganwriters #motownwriters

Metro Detroit Book and Author Society 

 

Metro Detroit Book and Author Society Bringing together readers and authors since 1972
Grants for the Spring 2020 Luncheon

The Metro Detroit Book & Author Society is now accepting applications for the $2,000 James C. Dance Award for the Arts grant and the $2,000  Mary J. Ritter Literacy Award grant.

This year, we’re moving to an online-only application process. No more printing, scanning, and attaching of forms! A link to the application form and guidelines for the Spring Luncheon on May 18th, 2020 is available at: bookandauthor.org/grants
Applications are due no later than April 15th, 2020.
Find out now!

Spring Luncheon Authors Finalized
We have a great lineup of authors for you this Spring! Please see the complete details on our website. Tickets go on sale April 6th and we look forward to seeing you there.
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#MotownWriters: Shakespeare in#Detroit [video]

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Writing & Publishing Workshop March 12th 6pm @ Taylor Library wsg Sylvia Hubbard

Learn 8 goals you need to make and how you can achieve them to build your brand & increase book sales

All Attendees will receive a Resource Link

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#MichiganWriters Scholarships Contest and Interlochen Programs #motownwriters #michlit

News, Events, & Resources for Michigan Writers

Interlochen College of Creative Arts
2020 Creative Writing Programs

Deep Revision Workshop
Monday, April 13 – Saturday, April 18, 2020

Join Katey Schultz and Anne-Marie Oomen for a week-long writing retreat focused on deep revision. This is a fully-immersive, facilitated writing residency that blends traditional instruction with self-guided writing time, with the end goal of revising a large portion of a full or partial manuscript.  Applications are currently being accepted.  

Interlochen Writers Retreat
Monday, June 8 – Thursday, June 11, 2020

Join us in 2020 to celebrate the 15th year of Interlochen’s Writers Retreat and spend four days writing new material in the course of your choice, attending presentations by award-winning faculty, and enjoying lakeside lunches and evening readings while making connections in the literary world. 

Faculty:

  • Peter Ho Davies: Breaking Rules
  • Andy Mozina: Humor
  • Christine Maul Rice: Fiction Incubator
  • Holly Wren Spaulding: Troubled Times
  • Artistic Director: Katey Schultz
  • Writer-in-Residence: Anne-Marie Oomen
  • Writer-in-Residence: Mary Kay Zuravleff

All verified members of Michigan Writers can enroll for $450, a significant savings (which is more than an annual MW membership costs).

Scholarship opportunities available for the Writers Retreat:
Anne-Marie Oomen & Katey Schultz ICCA Creative Writing Scholarship  Scholarship Application Deadline is March 1, 2020 

Mystery Writing Intensive
Monday, June 22 – Thursday, June 25, 2020

Join Aaron Stander and accomplices for a four-day intensive retreat that will walk you through the genre of mystery and crime writing.
Poetry Writing Intensive: Short Poems
Tuesday, July 21 – Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Join poet Holly Wren Spaulding for two days of generative writing exercises, conversations about the craft, and appreciation of the art and practice of the short poem.

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Palmer Park Art Fair authors tent deadline has extended to March 29

It’s not too late to join the author tent at the Palmer Park Art Fair. We have extended the deadline to Monday, March 29.

 

You can also apply for the Funky Ferndale author tent at the same time!

 

 See below to download the forms

Greetings. I am contacting to see if you may be interested in selling and signing your books in the Detroit metropolitan area.

Integrity Shows is pleased to announce that we will again be incorporating a literary aspect to our art fairs. Thousands of people attend these annual events and we will be making sure that they are aware of their opportunity to meet authors and purchase books. Many attendees have shown that they are an educated group of buyers of art and books. I believe they represent the perfect audience for your book(s).

Last year, the Palmer Park Art Fair was our first endeavor to offer authors a valuable space to sign and sell books. Our author tent was comprised of tables with more than eighteen local self-published authors and publishers who were very pleased with their experience. In fact, most of those original authors will be returning this year. If you participate, you will also have the opportunity to perform a short reading and QA session on the main stages during the fairs.

In addition, we are excited to tell you that we are also adding an author tent to the Funky Ferndale Art Fair this year.

Attached are applications for both the Palmer Park (due extended to Monday, March 29) the Funky Ferndale (due Sunday, May 17) author tents. You may submit applications individually or simultaneously. Please send a check with your application(s) or contact me with a credit card number to put on hold.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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Jody Mitchell
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Detroit, MI 48221
Office 313 486 2666
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Download Palmer Park here: FF20 Authors

Ferndale here: PP20 Authors (1)

 

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Camp NaNoWriMo: Your next, great writing adventure! via @NaNoWriMo

Set your own word-count goal, work on your own creative project.

Camp NaNoWriMo 2020: Your next writing adventure

It’s time to check out Camp NaNoWriMo! If you haven’t heard of Camp, it’s a month-long writing challenge like NaNoWriMo that takes place in both April and July. The key differences are that you can set your own word-count goal, and officially tackle any writing project, novel or not.

Need to finish those last 10,000 words of last November’s novel? This is the time! Want to write 75,000 words of that memoir you’ve been dreaming about? This is the time! Just hoping to get 3,000 words for that cookbook you’re putting together? Let’s get it, writer.

Get your Camp badges and banners!

Introducing Writing Groups!

Camp NaNoWriMo is now hosted on our redesigned site, and we’ve taken the opportunity to make some improvements to what we used to call cabins! “Cabins” were 20-person writing groups on the old Camp NaNoWriMo site that expired at the end of Camp where you could share your progress, cheer each other on, and chat about your writing life.

We’re now introducing “Writing Groups”! Like cabins, they’re 20-person groups you can create… however, they don’t expire! You can post messages and chat in your groups like you used to… and also share automatic updates about how your writing is going, including the projects you’ve announced and badges you’ve earned.

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Reminder: #Meetup with #Motownwriters @DetroitPublic Library – Main every 2nd Saturday

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Motown Writers Meetup Group

Detroit, MI
3,222 Writers

Hi everyone. This is a group for everyone in the Detroit Area (and Michigan area) who like to write. Whether it’s a novel, short story, poem, autobiography, or any other gener…

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#MotownWriters Monthly @Meetup

Saturday, Feb 8, 2020, 10:00 AM
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If you’re interested in speaking at our group or sending promotional items to our group, please contact us

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Please send items in bulk of 50, please.

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JUL 17 and 18 The #Detroit Writing Room Summer Writing Retreat by The @DETWritingRoomRoom via @Steph_Steinberg

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Date And Time

Fri, Jul 17, 2020, 1:00 PM –

Sat, Jul 18, 2020, 5:00 PM EDT

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Location

The Detroit Writing Room

1514 Washington Boulevard

Suite 203

Detroit, MI 48226

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Meet fellow writers and enhance your writing skills at an intimate writing retreat in downtown Detroit this summer.

About this Event

This summer, join The Detroit Writing Room for a weekend retreat to connect with fellow writers, write in a creative space and learn from published authors.

The Detroit Writing Room is offering a Summer Writing Retreat Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18. If you need an escape to unblock writer’s block and get your creative juices flowing, this experience is for you.

The two-day retreat includes time to network with aspiring and veteran authors, writing and publishing workshops, and free writing time. Meals and a Friday happy hour are included in the ticket price. All levels of experience are welcome. Must be 21+.

Come with your laptop and/or writing materials!

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Michigan Writers March 2020 Newsletter

News, Events, & Resources for Michigan Writers

 

March 2020 Newsletter 

Keep reading, keep writing, and join us for our upcoming member social!

And don’t forget to sign up for our scholarship contest!

Michigan Writers News & Events

Michigan Writers Member Social

Sunday, March 15 @ 2 – 4 PM

Please join us for a MW member social on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at Horizon Books in Traverse City, from 2 – 4pm.

There will be soup, snacks, coffee, tea, and good writerly company. Come on out!

If you plan to attend, please RSVP at the link below so we can plan appropriately for refreshments.

RSVP to this link or complete form below. 

MW Annual Scholarship Drawing
For MW Members Only!

5 More Days to Enter 

Michigan Writers will award three scholarships:
one $450 scholarship and two $225 scholarships.

Entries must be received by March 5, 2020

Three lucky members will be able to use their scholarship toward tuition for the Interlochen Writers Retreat (June 8 – 11, 2020), or another writers retreat or Interlochen workshop of your choosing (subject to MW approval).

Scroll down to see the full slate of Interlochen programs below.

Winners will be selected by blind random drawing.

You must be a member of Michigan Writers to enter the drawing. 

If you are not a member of Michigan Writers, please join by visiting michwriters.org/join.

Click here to complete the entry form for your chance to win.

Note: Enrollment in programs at Interlochen is dependent on spaces available at time of registration.

Dunes Review
Submissions are currently closed and the editors are hard at work on the new issue, which will arrive in April.
Dunes Review

Summer / Fall 2019

Issue Available Now

Get Involved

If you are interested in becoming more involved in Michigan Writers, please reach out to us and let us know a bit about yourself and how you’d like to be involved. Contact: info@michwriters.org

MW Co-op Press Chapbook Contest

Submissions are now closed for this year’s chapbooks contest. We are currently jurying manuscripts and winners will be announced soon!

The 2019 chapbook contest winner was Megan Klco Kellner. Her book, What Will You Teach Her? is available for purchase here.

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March Reading List 

Stop what you are doing. Click through and read.

Fiction: Hadley Moore, “The Entomologist” & “Not Dead Yet”

Poetry: Fleda Brown, “Wakened By Crows” & “Edward Hopper’s Automat

Essay: Randy Cunningham, “Return to the River”  

Events

Glen Arbor Arts Center
Invites Writers to 
Write a COLOR Story
January 10 – March 26

Ekphrasis is the Greek term meaning to write about visual art. Area writers are invited to engage with the Glen Arbor Arts Center’s new exhibition, COLOR, and use it as a source of prompts and inspiration. The exhibition features work by 29 visual artists, and runs January 10 – March 26 in the GAAC Gallery, 6031 S. Lake St., Glen Arbor.

COLOR, the exhibition, is a celebration of chroma, hue, tone, tint, and value. Color – both the thing and the idea – plays a larger, more dynamic role than merely acting as a seasonal picker-upper. Applicants to this show were asked to submit work for consideration that answers some of these questions: How is color used to express emotion? Tension? Shape? Energy? Action? How is color used to tell a story? And, what happens when an artist chooses to invent a palette for a subject – rather than be dictated to by the scene? Area writers are welcome to sit and consider the works, and write their own color stories.

The GAAC Gallery is open without charge to the public.

Hours are Monday – Friday, 9 am – 3 pm; and noon – 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information about the COLOR exhibition, go to GlenArborArt.org, and click on EVENTS.

Ellen Stone Reading & Book Launch
March 5 @ 7 PM
Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor

Ellen Stone’s first full length poetry collection, What Is in the Blood comes out March 1 from Mayapple Press (http://mayapplepress.com/what-is-in-the-blood-ellen-stone/)  What Is in the Blood is a poetry memoir about growing up in rural Pennsylvania with a mother with bipolar illness, then caring for her in the Midwest after raising three daughters. It is also a book about how the natural world holds and cares for those who rely on it for solace.

Ellen Stone advises Poetry Club at Community High School and co-hosts a monthly poetry series, Skazat! in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her poems have appeared recently in Halfway Down the StairsMantis, Switchback, The Citron Review, and Pretty Owl Poetry. Ellen’s poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart prize and Best of the Net. She can be reached at www.ellenstone.org.

Ellen is indebted to Michigan Writers for awarding her their chapbook prize (The Solid Living World, 2013) and publishing her work in Dunes Review. She will be reading from her new book at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor on March 5 at 7.

Ellen will also be reading April 30 at Landmark Books in Traverse City with Jen Sperry Steinorth, author of A Wake with Nine Shades.

Spring Season Tickets on Sale Now!

March 5: An Evening w/ Peter Heller

Peter Heller returns to the National Writers Series Thursday, March 5, with his latest book, The River.

In The River, Wynn and Jack, best friends since freshman orientation, share a love of mountains, books, and fishing. Their friendship is as inspiring as their appreciation of nature and adventure.

Tickets and info are available online at www.cityoperahouse.org.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for music, Morsels and a cash bar. The stage event begins at 7 p.m., followed by a book signing. Books will be available to buy at a 30% discount from Horizon Books.

Upcoming:
March 15 event:
Battle of the Books Grand Traverse, a friendly reading competition for area fourth- and fifth-graders organized by the National Writers Series, celebrates its finale March 15. Author illustrator Ben Hatke will award the prizes and talk about his work, including one of this year’s battle books, Zita the Spacegirl. Join us at the City Opera House, March 15 2 p.m. for this free event. More info at www.battleofthebooksgt.com.

April 9 event:
The National Writers Series brings author Terry McMillan to the City Opera House on April 9. McMillan, author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting to Exhale, has a new book about friendship, loss and aging, It’s Not All Downhill from Here. Guest host is Rochelle Riley, former columnist for the Detroit Free Press. Details at www.nationalwritersseries.org.

April 22 event:
Pam Houston, author of Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country. comes to the National Writers Series April 22. When Houston finished her tour for Cowboys are my Weakness, she impulsively bought a ranch that she couldn’t afford — and found a sense of place she couldn’t live without. The event is at the City Opera House. More information at www.nationalwritersseries.org.

May 14 event:

Traverse City’s own Bob Giles, author of a memoir about covering the Kent State shootings 50 years ago, When Truth Mattered, will be at the National Writers Series May 14. Giles was an editor at the Akron Beacon Journal and his book gives readers a look inside the newsroom. Cynthia Canty, former host of Stateside on Michigan Radio, is the guest host at the City Opera House. More information at www.nationalwritersseries.org.

May 20 event: 
The National Writers Series brings legal thriller author Scott Turow to the City Opera House May 20. Turow’s new book, The Last Trial, catches Sandy Stern as he’s about to retire, but first must defend an old friend accused of murder. Guest host Pat Livingston is the news director at UpNorthLive. More information at www.nationalwritersseries.org.

June 11: Elaine Weiss (interviewed by Michigan Writers’ Susan Odgers!)
June 28: Anthony Kronman
July 10: Mark Nepo

Poets’ Night Out
Sunday, March 29, 2020 
City Opera House

Come out for a Traverse City tradition and enjoy some great poetry!

 

Poets Meet Musicians
Monday, March 30 @ 7-9 PM
Acoustic Mead Tap Room

Poets Meet Musicians is a free, monthly event where the public is invited to share both poetry and music. Bring some poetry or some songs to perform. Mingle with other poets, musicians, and local performers. Everyone is welcome!

Join us for poetry, music, and good company.

Acoustic Mead Tap Room
119 N. Maple, TC 49684
Details? Tom 231-392-6121

Glen Arbor Arts Center 
Fresh Water Poetry Throwdown 
Sunday, April 19 | 2pm

“Who owns the water?” People? Communities? Corporations? Nobody? That question is the basis for the April 19 Fresh Water Poetry Throwdown at the Glen Arbor Arts Center.

As part of its 2020 Student Exhibition, also entitled Who Owns The Water?, the GAAC is challenging high school students to come up with an original written response to this question; and to perform or read it at the GAAC Gallery on April 19, 2 pm, before a live audience. Each writer may read up to five minutes.

The Fresh Water Poetry Throwdown is open to students in grades 9 – 12 attending schools in Benzie, Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties. Poems may be the work of one be the work of one author or a team of writers working in any genre: poetry or prose, free verse, traditional verse, haiku, rap, beat or other experimental forms.

There is no charge, but poets must pre-register by Friday, April 3 for one of the 20 available slots. To pre-register, call the GAAC: 231/334-6112.

Who Owns The Water? opens April 7 and runs through May 1. To read more about the exhibition go to GlenArborArt.org, and click on FOR ARTISTS.  The Glen Arbor Arts Center is located at 6031 S. Lake St., Glen Arbor.

Member News

Congrats, Ellen and Sue!

Ellen Stone’s first full length poetry collection, What Is in the Blood comes out March 1 from Mayapple Press (http://mayapplepress.com/what-is-in-the-blood-ellen-stone/). See events above for more info on her upcoming readings. She can be reached at www.ellenstone.org.

Sue William Silverman’s new memoir-in-essays collection, How to Survive Death and Other Inconveniences (University of Nebraska Press, March 1), was named “one of 9 essay collections feminists should read in 2020” by Bitch Media. This is her fourth book of creative nonfiction. For more information, please visit www.SueWilliamSilverman.com

Above is Teresa Scollon reading from Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself on Feb. 23 at Horizon Books in TC, where she organized more than 20 readers and lots of listeners for some great poetry and good company.

Please send us your news so we can help you celebrate!

Workshops / Conferences

Katey Schultz Flash Form Writing Class

INTO THE FLASH is my signature, live, online, 5-week course in flash form writing offered only once a year. As a past participant noted,

“I was surprised by how much my creativity increased and by how much I enjoyed writing time during the webinar, not to mention the ideas and confidence all of this generated. This was probably one of the best classes I have ever taken, and the online format was part of what made it so effective. There was enough face-to-face interaction, with plenty of time for exploration and reflection.”

Whether you’re published or at the skill-building stage, this course will expand your imagination and deepen your writing practice. Learn how to choose the right word for the right character, master scene, be concise, and employ original metaphors. Experience the benefits of gentle accountability and community, while remaining in your own home and keeping your writerly privacy. Into the Flash is the best of both worlds! Early Bird registration is open until March 17th for $330.00. Join me and a small group of open-hearted writers as we sharpen our powers of observation while also waking up to life, one flash at a time.

Please view the sample syllabus, additional details, and registration opportunities here: http://www.kateyschultz.com/into-the-flash/.

Interlochen College of Creative Arts
2020 Creative Writing Programs

Deep Revision Workshop 
Monday, April 13 – Saturday, April 18, 2020

Join Katey Schultz and Anne-Marie Oomen for a week-long writing retreat focused on deep revision. This is a fully-immersive, facilitated writing residency that blends traditional instruction with self-guided writing time, with the end goal of revising a large portion of a full or partial manuscript.  Applications are currently being accepted.  

Interlochen Writers Retreat 
Monday, June 8 – Thursday, June 11, 2020

Join us in 2020 to celebrate the 15th year of Interlochen’s Writers Retreat and spend four days writing new material in the course of your choice, attending presentations by award-winning faculty, and enjoying lakeside lunches and evening readings while making connections in the literary world.  

Faculty:

  • Peter Ho Davies: Breaking Rules
  • Andy Mozina: Humor
  • Christine Maul Rice: Fiction Incubator
  • Holly Wren Spaulding: Troubled Times
  • Artistic Director: Katey Schultz
  • Writer-in-Residence: Anne-Marie Oomen
  • Writer-in-Residence: Mary Kay Zuravleff

All verified members of Michigan Writers can enroll for $450, a significant savings (which is more than an annual MW membership costs).

Scholarship opportunities available for the Writers Retreat:
Anne-Marie Oomen & Katey Schultz ICCA Creative Writing Scholarship  Scholarship Application Deadline is March 1, 2020 

Mystery Writing Intensive 
Monday, June 22 – Thursday, June 25, 2020

Join Aaron Stander and accomplices for a four-day intensive retreat that will walk you through the genre of mystery and crime writing.
Poetry Writing Intensive: Short Poems 
Tuesday, July 21 – Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Join poet Holly Wren Spaulding for two days of generative writing exercises, conversations about the craft, and appreciation of the art and practice of the short poem.

Glen Arbor Arts Center 
2020 Writing Workshops 

Good Reading, Good Writing

If you’re a writer, you’re also a reader—someone who reads not only for pleasure but to discover and analyze good writing. Karen Anderson will explore both in “Good Reading, Good Writing,” May 20, 1 – 3pm. Workshop cost is $25 GAAC members and $35 nonmembers.

Criteria for good writing include: Does it matter to me? (What’s at stake?) Does it move me? (What do I feel?) Does it surprise me? (Is it fresh, original, free of clichés?) Students will discuss how these criteria might be applied to their work and then draft a brief essay to implement these ideas.

Karen Anderson is a writer who lives and works in Traverse City, Michigan. She was a columnist for the Traverse City Record-Eagle for 30 years and has contributed weekly essays to Interlochen Public Radio.
Personal Power Tools

Karen Anderson explores how the arts give us tools for expressing our power in “Personal Power Tools” October 14, 10 am – 12 noon. In this workshop, students will engage in discussion and visit the “Power Tools” exhibition to discover how it enlarges one’s vision of personal power. Workshop cost is $25 GAAC members and $35 nonmembers.

What is personal power? When do you feel most powerful? Least powerful? What would you do if you had more power? Students in this workshop will write a brief essay to capture these important ideas.

Karen Anderson is a writer who lives and works in Traverse City, Michigan. She was a columnist for the Traverse City Record-Eagle for 30 years and has contributed weekly essays to Interlochen Public Radio.

 

Writing The Personal Essay And Poetry

Share ideas, look “through the lens” of poetry, and experiment with line breaks in Patricia Duffy’s “Writing The Personal Essay And Poetry” August 14, 10 – 11:30 am. In this workshop, students will gather ideas for writing, learn about crafting the ideas into personal essay and poetry formats, and end with a celebration read-around. Workshop cost is $15 GAAC members and $25 nonmembers.

Students will compare the styles of poetry and essay in order to determine which voice works best for their topic of choice. Weather permitting, the class will spend a small part of the workshop outside in nature looking and note-taking for “distance” in their ideas.

Patricia Duffy is a writing instructor at Mott Community College in Flint. She is the author of the novel Give or Take, and a new poetry collection Driftwood Fire. She gains writing inspiration from Michigan cycling trails and her writer’s group, Instructors as Writers.

For more information about these workshops, go to GlenArborArt.org, and click on CLASSES. The Glen Arbor Arts Center is located at 6031 S. Lake St., Glen Arbor.

 

ODYSSEY WRITING WORKSHOP:
A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE

FOR FANTASY, SCI-FI, & HORROR WRITERS

About Odyssey

Over its 25-year history, the Odyssey Writing Workshop has become one of the most effective programs for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Graduates describe Odyssey as inspiring and transformative. Fifty-nine percent of Odyssey’s graduates have gone on to professional publication, and they include award winners, Amazon bestsellers, and New York Times bestsellers.

Odyssey combines advanced, comprehensive lectures; in-depth feedback; and 1-on-1 guidance.  Class meets for over 4 ½ hours, 5 days a week, and students use afternoons, evenings, and weekends to write, critique each other’s work, and complete other class assignments. You can find a video of Odyssey graduates describing their experiences here:  http://ow.ly/UWiD3.

Each year, writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror from all over the world apply to Odyssey.  Fifteen are admitted.

The application deadline is APRIL 1.  Those wanting early action on their application should apply by JANUARY 31.  All applicants receive feedback on their writing sample.

The 2020 workshop will be held from JUNE 1 to JULY 10 on the campus of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire.

The Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, funded in part by donations from graduates and supporters, and in part by student tuition. The tuition, $2,320, includes a textbook, weekly group dinners, and weekly snack breaks.  Housing in campus apartments is $892 for a double room and $1,784 for a single. College credit is available for an additional fee.

Financial Aid is available. Click here for more info.

Contests / Publishing Opportunities

Once and For Always—An Anthology of Abuse 
Deadline: April 1, 2020
Seeking work written by survivors of domestic violence and/or verbal abuse. Survivors may be grown children, partners/spouses, ex-partners/ex-spouses, siblings, etc. For purposes of this collection, an abuser is anyone who attempts to control his or her partner.

We want to see your creative non-fiction, poems, memoir, essays, and/or prose as a word.doc or docx— no pdfs. Maximum 20 pages for prose and three poems or six pages for poetry. Previously published work is welcome, as long as the author retains permissions and includes acknowledgement(s). Deadline is April 1st 2020.

Please keep in mind abuse does not begin or end in words. Sometimes silence or not speaking can be a powerful form of verbal abuse. Abuse is a means of control and/or power over, and it takes on a range of complex forms. Our objective is to look at abuse in all its varied verbal form(s). If you are in doubt as to whether your piece fits the specs, submit.

For more background, please visit this site: https://www.verbalabuse.com/about-verbal-abuse/

Submissions: Please include a cover letter, a brief bio, and copy both editors to the email:

Judith Skillman:jskillman54@gmail.com

Barbara Molloy: bmolloy124@hotmail.com

Sequestrum
Editor’s Reprint Awards Open

Sequestrum is now accepting submissions for the sixth annual Editor’s Reprint Award! Deadline in April 2020.

$1000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the best previously published fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Prose and poetry will be judged separately, with one grand-prize winner (and runner-up prizes) in each genre.

Fiction and nonfiction guidelines are here: www.sequestrum.org/editors-reprint-award-fiction-and-nonfiction.

Poetry guidelines are here: www.sequestrum.org/editors-reprint-award-poetry.

42nd annual Nimrod Literary Awards:
Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry &
Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. 

The Awards offer first prizes of $2,000 and publication and second prizes of $1,000 and publication, along with a trip to Tulsa to receive the Awards and take part in our annual writing conference.

The postmark deadline for this year’s Awards is April 1st, 2020.

The Awards are among the most distinguished literary prizes in the country. One of the oldest “little magazines” in the country, Nimrod has continually published new and extraordinary writers since 1956. We are dedicated to the discovery of new voices in literature, and the Nimrod Literary Awards are a special way to reward talented poets and fiction writers.

For more information about Nimrod, please visit our website at www.utulsa.edu/nimrod, and to submit online visit https://nimrodjournal.submittable.com/submit.

Mission Point Press

Mission Point Press, a Traverse City partnership of professionals, provides inspired editing, design and marketing services to authors across the country. We also provide ghost writing services and help for those seeking an agent. Authors who use our editorial services can publish under the MPP imprint. For Michigan-based authors, MPP now offers state-wide distribution. For more information, visit www.missionpointpress.com.

Wayne State University Press
Made in Michigan Writers Series

The Made in Michigan Writers Series is devoted to highlighting the works of distinguished statewide writers to showcase Michigan’s diverse voices. Since 2006, the series has published poetry, creative nonfiction, short fiction, and essays by Michigan writers with the aim of encouraging the recognition of the state’s artistic and cultural heritage throughout Michigan, the Midwest, and the nation.

Click here for more details on this series.

Audiobook Recording Services by
Motor City Woman Studios

Audiobooks continue to rise in popularity. The Association of American Publishers recently released a report indicating a sizable increase in audiobook sales, jumping by 37.1%, an additional $127.1 million, since 2017.

Let Motor City Woman Studios transform your book into an audiobook and increase your visibility.

Services provided include:

–Hands-on Audio Engineer

–Access to narrators

–Editing to comply with ACX Standards (must be met to be listed on Audible and Amazon)

–Reserved Studio Recording Time

–Delivery to audiobook distribution platform

For a custom quote, email hello@motorcitywoman.com

Writing Groups

Freelance Marketplace Writing Group — Rochester Writers

The group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Barnes & Noble Bookstore at 2800 S. Rochester Road (just north of M59).

Different topics and guests each month, however the main conversation is always about the Business of Writing (this is NOT a critique group).

UPPAA

UP Publishers & Authors Association has been building a community of authors in Michigan since 1998. Information at http://www.UPPAA.org

Our big event is an annual conference in Marquette, the next is June 5-6th, 2020.

UPPAA also annually publishes the UP Reader.  For more info about submitting work, click here: http://www.UPReader.org

Group Updates

If you are part of a public or open writers’ group, please contact us to share your meeting times or to update your group’s information!

Michigan Writers Newsletter Submissions

Next Deadline: March 27, 2020

Want something to be featured in the Michigan Writers Newsletter? Please submit your news submission to: newsletter@michwriters.org.

Please compile your information into a succinct email of 200 words or less. Be sure to include date, time, place, and how to get more information, if necessary. Please do not direct the editor to other websites to find information. If you would like the information featured in the newsletter, include it in your email. Are you a member of Michigan Writers? Be sure to let us know.

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