Learn about podcasting with AWC on March 13 at Specs Howard

Why is podcasting a trend you need to follow?
Podcasting is a rapidly growing, important channel that should be in every digital strategy. A powerful storytelling medium that will build long-term relationships and generate web/social media traffic and media coverage for your business, organization or cause.

Between 2018 and 2022, projections indicate that podcasting advertising revenue will grow at a nearly 30 percent annual rate. Even traditional communications platforms such as television are using podcasting as a way to grow audiences and mine for stories.

How can communications professionals and other professionals use podcasting successfully to present relevant topics and potentially advance their careers?

We look forward to seeing you at this “must see” program on how to strategically utilize podcasts and plan, organize and promote them successfully.

Our expert panel, will provide advice and expertise from their leadership in podcasting.

Expert Panel
Zak Rosen is Director of Podcasts at Graham Media Group. Zak is the producer of the How to Survive the End of the World podcast. He is a Detroit-based story maker, featured on many radio broadcasts such as NPR, CBC, BBC, PRI, APM, Deutsche Welle and Radio Helsinki. Along with his wife, Zak also created and hosted the podcast, Pregnant Pause with Zak and Shira.

Juliet Hinely is a freelance audio producer and story editor. She produces, edits, sound designs, and consults on narrative audio works for podcasts, audio tours, live events, and more. At Audible, she helped develop and produce their original comedy and educational programming. Based in Ypsilanti, she co-curates the live listening event series Radio Campfire, and hosts a small audio artist residency, called The Listen Inn.

David Philips and fellow geek Tom Waltonspiel began producing the IT in the D podcast. By 2015, after helping others develop their own podcasts, they formed a multi-studio network now known as Podcast Detroit, with more than 100 productions, almost 300,000 weekly listeners and 20M total listens.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Specs Howard School of Media Arts
19900 W. Nine Mile Road, Southfield

Ticket prices:
$25 members, $35 future members, $15 students

Thank you to our sponsors!

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What You Need to Know About Writing Groups

What You Need to Know About Writing Groups

Writers often get the advice, “you need a writing group.” As someone with a bit of experience with writing groups — and in my fifth year of leading my own — I happen to believe that’s true. But not all groups are created equal. The right group will help you grow far beyond what you could’ve accomplished on your own.

read more: https://www.inkitt.com/writersblog/what-you-need-to-know-about-writing-groups/

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Writing Tips: How To Turn A Thesis Into A Book That Sells

Writing a thesis is a huge accomplishment, and in today’s guest post Tracy Stanley discusses how all the work you put into that project doesn’t have to end once the thesis is submitted to your academic advisors. As always, your writing can be turned into more than one asset; it’s possible to turn that thesis into something you can sell.

I spent four years researching and writing for a Ph.D. on the topic of How Work Environments Contribute to Creative Behaviours and Employee Engagement.

When submitted it was 103,850 words and I knew that no more than six people in the world would read it. As a result, it was unlikely to have an impact on anything. Yes, I’d written shorter academic articles, but these were also designed for a mainly academic audience.

read more: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2019/02/08/writing-tips-how-to-turn-a-thesis-into-a-book-that-sells/

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JUL 18 – 21 Urban Playwrights United 10 Year Reunion by Urban Playwrights United via @VanessaLynn1 #michiganwriters #motownwriters

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Thu, Jul 18, 2019, 7:00 PM –

Sun, Jul 21, 2019, 2:00 PM EDT

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The Emerald Room

23795 Van Dyke Avenue

Center Line, MI 48015

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Can you believe it’s been 10 YEARS! Through these years UPU has literally changed the lives of hundreds of creatives, through relationships, encouragement and life long bonds that cannot be broken. We want EVERYONE to come join us in the Motor City to reflect, enjoy and do what we do best of all…CREATE!

Festivities begin Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 7pm and conclude on Sunday, July 22, 2019 at 12pm noon.

Some of the Anniversary activities include:

  • Network Mixer

  • Short Film Showcase

  • Short Play Showcase

  • Tour of Detroit

  • Industry Panels

  • Writing Masterclass

  • Industry Town Hall

  • Two Minute Play Competition

  • Outdoor Picnic (family reunion style)

  • 10 Year Anniversary Gala

  • Awards Ceremony

  • Reunion T-Shirt

  • Entertainment and MORE!

Host hotel will be The Hampton Inn, 32035 Van Dyke, Center Line, MI. Group Room Rate is $139.00 per night for Double Queen or Single King. $159 per night for Suite. Free breakfast, free parking.

TRANSPORTATION will not be provided to and from scheduled events. Transportation is only available for the Detroit Guided Tour.

Full Registration is just $350.00 and includes all scheduled activities and one ticket to the Gala Dinner also includes free submission to the film and play showcases and one reunion T-shirt.

For more information about event, organizer, payments plus to Register now, go to:


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Southwest #Michigan Writers’ Conference – Oct 26th #michiganwriters #motownwriters


A free conference to inspire aspiring writers to become self-published.
The conference is a a day of advice, instruction and camaraderie featuring sessions by well-known self-published authors. The conference is free and open to the public.
More information and updates, click here
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4 Reasons Writers Should Read More Books

4 Reasons Writers Should Read More Books

Good readers are good writers. Everyone knows that. But why? Plenty of people read who never write, so how does picking up more books help build your creative muscles to create your own work of fiction?

read more https://www.inkitt.com/writersblog/4-reasons-writers-should-read-more-books/

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Grab your #Michigan Author Starter Book today $20 Everything you need to start your writing publishing and marketing journey, but was afraid to ask #motownwriters #michiganwriters

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The Story About The Story: Or, How Writers Talk About Their Books


Being an author of books requires you to be a many-headed beast.

Don’t get me wrong — it starts with one head, one neck, one breath weapon, and at that point you are a monster singularly-tasked with doing the one thing explicit in the title: you must author a motherfucking book. That’s your first job. Your first breath weapon is ink and prose. You are a beast with that one burden:




But as with all RPGs, you are eventually going to level up.

You are going to finish the first draft of that book and you are going to be forced out of your quiet and contemplative lair where you will now be out in the greater world, stomping across the fantasy map at large, and you will suddenly find that you cannot help but see that the tasks before you necessitate the sprouting of many more heads, each with tasks to complete, each with terrifying and strange breath weapons you’ve never before seen and certainly never practiced. You’ve leveled up, but so has your quest, so have your enemies, so have all the tasks at hand.

What I’m trying to say is:

Being a writer is about more than writing.

Writing a book is about more than sitting down and writing the book.

read more http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2019/01/29/the-story-about-the-story-or-how-writers-talk-about-their-books/

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4 Tips For Authors in Public. How to Overcome Your Fear of Being Seen

In today’s article, Nate Hoffelder from The Digital Reader shares his fears and tips for overcoming them. [Nate helps me with tech support for this website, so I’m thrilled to have him share a more personal story.]

Whether you are an introvert or extrovert, putting yourself out there can be scary, but at the same time, it is also crucially important.

You need to step out of your comfort zone and go meet people where they are because waiting for them to come to you will stifle your career.

My greatest mistake as a blogger was that I gave in to my fear of meeting people. I should have been actively pursuing every opportunity for publicity, but instead, I let my self-doubt stop me from getting on conference panels, I quietly ducked interviews, and I even let my dislike of noise keep me going to parties during conferences.

I have had a successful career as a blogger, but I also know I would have been bigger and much better well-known if I had resisted my fears (actually, gut-wrenching panic would be a more accurate description).

read more https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2019/01/11/4-tips-for-authors-in-public-how-to-overcome-your-fear-of-being-seen/

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Watch “How to Write a Book: 13 Steps From a Bestselling Author” on YouTube

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EVENT from The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers @twistedtellers #michlit #motownwriters Feb15th

The Wright Museum
315 E. Warren Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201
The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers has a global mission to connect humanity, heal and transform community and to provide an uplifting, thought-provoking, soul-cleansing entertainment experience through the art and craft of storytelling.
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The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers – “THE GIFT!” -Dwight Stackhouse & Alexander Morgan
a Michigan 501(c) nonprofit organization
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The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers – “THE GIFT!” – Beth Griffith
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Satori Shakoor
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Featuring Twisted Storyteller

Twisted Musical Guest
Twisted Dance Guests

Upcoming Events
Save The Dates! 
February 15, 2019
February 28, 2019 @ Southfield Parks & Rec
March 15, 2019
April 12, 2019
May 17, 2019
June 21, 2019
July 19, 2019
Thank you for your continued support!
The Society for the Re-Institutionalization of Storytelling, 1546 Lee Pl, Suite 2E, Detroit, MI 48206T
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Seven Proven Strategies for Editing and Proofreading Your Own Writing

Image by Quinn Kampschroer, via Pixabay

1) After you finish writing it, put your document away for a while. Hours, days, weeks or even months. You want to look at it with “fresh eyes.” Instead of seeing what you meant to write, you want to see what you actually did write.


read more https://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2019/01/seven-proven-strategies-for-editing-and.html

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2019 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize | Submission Due 2/18/19 @ruminatemag #michiganwriters

2019 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize

Ruminate Magazine announces the 2019 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize. This year’s competition will be judged by award-winning writer Tyrese Coleman.
First place winner will receive a $1500 cash prize along with publication. Runner-up recipient will receive $200 cash prize and publication. The entry fee is $20 and includes a complimentary PDF copy of the prize issue featuring the winning work. You may submit one story per contest entry fee and it must be 5500 words or less. There is no limit on the number of entries per person. Entries must be previously unpublished (if it has a circulation of 500 or greater, in print or online, we consider it previously published).

For more information and a complete prospectus, please visit Ruminate Magazine at https://www.ruminatemagazine.com/pages/short-story-prize

Ruminate is a nonprofit, reader-supported magazine that celebrates slowing down, encountering honest art and storytelling, and living awake.

Deadline: 02-18-2019
Ruminate Magazine
Fort Collins, CO

Thank you so much!


Ruminate Magazine

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Building a Platform for Your Work When You’re Unpublished

Today’s guest post is by Michael Warner, author of A Lyle Saxon Reader.

After spending thirty years in other fields, I’ve recently embarked on a career as a writer. And what I’ve found is that great how-to advice—from sources like Jane FriedmanWriter’s Digest, and kboards—actually seems to work.

My first career spanned 1981–1997 as a research chemist, and from 1998 until today I’ve been an attorney. But in my spare time, I’ve worked on a biography, Palette and Pen: Charles Whitfield Richards and his Circle.

Richards was a journalist and artist active from the 1920s until his death in 1992. He made New Orleans, Louisiana, his base for much of his artistic career, and that’s where I met him in the 1980s. Over the course of several years, he told me about his interesting life and eventually I had nearly twenty hours of recorded conversations with him. Since then, I have spent a lot of time further researching and writing about his life and of those who knew him.

read more: https://www.janefriedman.com/building-platform-unpublished/

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MACUL SIGLIB Workshops March 20, 2019 @ Cobo Hall, Detroit VIA @LibraryofMich #michlit #michigan #librarian #readers #literary #event

Karren Reish

FYI about school library related workshops being held at the 2019 MACUL conference. See below for more details.

MACUL SIG LIB is sponsoring five MACUL 2019 Workshops!

1) Future Ready Librarians: Leading Beyond the Library AM
2) Digital Citizenship in Action! PM
3) Online Resources to Support the Literacy Essentials AM
4) Promoting STEM through Literature PM
5) Designing or Renovating your Makerspace PM/


Wednesday, March 20th, 8:30am-4:30pm
Cobo Center, Detroit, MI, US
Detroit, MI

AM Workshops are from 8:30am – 12:00pm
PM Workshops are from 1:00pm – 4:30pm


Future Ready Librarians – Leading Beyond the Library

AM Session: 8:30am – 12:00pm
A Future Ready Librarian is an integral part of a Future Ready organization. Join Dr. Kristen Mattson, a member of the Future Ready Librarian leadership team and 2018 ISTE Emerging Leader, for this workshop to help you identify your strengths as a leader, your opportunities to make an impact, and to equip yourself with plenty of strategies and ideas for expanding your influence.
Sponsored by Follett.

Digital Citizenship in Action!

PM Session: 1:00pm – 4:30pm
Expand your concept of digital citizenship education with this workshop designed to help you think beyond rules and risks, while empowering your students to reflect on opportunities, community building, and civic engagement through the use of digital tools. This hands-on, engaging session with ISTE Author and 2018 ISTE Emerging Leader, Dr. Kristen Mattson, will give you plenty of ideas and activities to use with students right away!
Sponsored by Follett.

Online Resources to Support Literacy Essentials

AM Session: 8:30am – 12:00pm
Teacher-librarian Maggie Rohde and the new MeL Engagement Specialist K12, Ann Kaskinen, will look at a variety of online resources that will support the Michigan Literacy Essentials best practices (literacyessentials.org). Attendees will learn how to use these resources with students and will have some hands-on time to explore. New MeL resources will be included during the presentation as the new MeL contract went into effect October 2018.

Promoting STEM through Literature
PM Session: 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Use literature to get your students excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by actively involving them in the design thinking process. Develop their inquiry and problem-solving skills, while helping them see that with perseverance, anyone can be innovative and invent new things! Judy Bowling and Kerry Guiliano will walk you through a lesson that begins with a reading activity and moves into the design thinking process, focusing on one of the Maker Kit items available for free checkout through your local REMC in Michigan. All of the STEM through Literature lessons are also available for free.

Designing or Renovating your Makerspace

PM Session: 1:00pm – 4:30pm
This hands-on workshop will be led by Nicholas Provenzano, Makerspace Director at University Liggett School in Grosse Point Woods and Angela Loewecke, Interior Designer with Demco. If you are looking to create a Makerspace or update an existing space within the next 12-18 months, this workshop is for you. Nicholas and Angela will provide an overview of the renovation of the University Liggett School Makerspace that opened in the fall of 2018. The latter half of this session will provide an opportunity for you to begin working through your Makerspace project plans with guidance from Nicholas and Angela.You will leave this workshop with a plan on how to tackle your Makerspace project.Partnership with SIG PL.
Sponsored by DEMCO.

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