Michigan author has been queen of the romance/historical genre for 25 years #motownwriters @authormsbev

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Beverly Jenkins strutted on to the literary scene almost 25 years ago, becoming the first African-American woman with a best-selling historical romance novel.

She thought “Night Song,” published in 1994, would open the door for other black women authors.

“The readers were coming through but there no authors behind me,” said Jenkins, who will be in Bowling Green for Researching the Romance, a two-day academic conference on April 13-14 at Bowling Green State University.

“I had the niche to myself for 20 years,” she said. “But now, it’s amazing.”

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Fortify #Writers #Retreat Returns to #Detroit! via @CaseyRocheteau #michlit #motownwriters #event May 18-20,2018

 Fortify Writers Retreat Returns to Detroit!

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Fortify Writers Retreat returns to Detroit for its second year May 18-20, 2018. Applications are open today through the end of the month. We encourage writers of any level or genre to apply for this weekend of generating new work, skill sharing, and building connections while attending workshops led by our phenomenal faculty.  

2018’s retreat is being coordinated by inaugural Write A House winner Casey Rocheteau and Disquiet International fellow Corina M. Fadel. Fortify will take place in a beautiful home in the historic Boston Edison neighborhood. Airea D. Matthews, 2015 Kresge fellow and winner of the 2016 Yale Younger Poets Prize will be give the keynote address. Our faculty includes Casey Rocheteau, poet Rachel Mckibbens, author Morgan Willis, journalist Anna Clark, and poet Nandi Comer. The retreat is sponsored by Write A House and the law firm Dickinson Wright.

Fortify is a weekend-long retreat centered around the generation of new work, sharing of skills and building connections between writers in Detroit. We want writers in any genre, at any experience level to have a space to hone their craft and acquire new tools for their writing practice. We are offering workshops and events led by acclaimed poets, storytellers, journalists, fiction and non-fiction writers. Detroit-based law firm, Dickinson Wright PLLC, is helping sponsor the event and will lead a special workshop / panel conversation, pertaining to the various legal issues writers may face in their careers. This years retreat also features a dinner time storytelling event that will be open the public. There is space for 45 participants, with five tuition scholarships available. Applications will be open between February 1st and 28th , and acceptances will be sent out in March. The cost of the retreat is $110 and includes meals, tuition and entrance to all retreat programming.

In 2015, Cornetta Lane, Anna Clark, Meghan Catana, Corina Fadel and Casey Rocheteau came together with the idea of building a writing retreat in Detroit. We set out with the shared intention that attendees would leave the space feeling full of knowledge, connections,  new ideas and work. With help from the University of Michigan and Write A House, we saw our vision to fruition and hosted the Fortify Writers Summit in April 2016 at the Charles T. Fisher Mansion in Boston Edison. This year, we are returning with the same intentions, under the theme of Writing the Now, which is meant to encompass many aspects of writing the present moment, be it tracking the growth of a fictional character, or reporting an event which is still currently unfolding.

We look forward to reading applications and bringing you another fantastic retreat!

Contact: FortifyWritersRetreat@gmail.com

Website: https://fortifywritersretreat.splashthat.com/

Application: https://goo.gl/forms/Q9zPfDTgM3SM2Dln1

Instagram: FortifyRetreat // Facebook: FortifyWritersRetreat

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Experiencing Northern Michigan: Writers Up North Educating & Celebrating National Poetry Month

Many of us around Northern Michigan this week are experiencing a detour on our journey for warmer weather. Nevertheless, now that it’s April, I’m excited to honor National Poetry Month, inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 as a way to increase the awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. The “largest literary celebration in the world, with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture,” National Poetry Month is all about celebration, education, and stimulation through the vibrant art of poetry. As a poet living, working, and writing up north, I find there’s no place more meaningful than Northern Michigan in the spring and summertime for a writer to make art surrounded by the support of nature, community, and the camaraderie of other artists.

Poets’ Night Out is a Traverse City gathering of Northern Michigan poets whose original work is selected by judges for the annual event and anthology publication release at the City Opera House.

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[Video] 1 on 1 with Jane – #authorinterview #writerslife

Check out this great interview I was honored to have with Jane Dab! #1on1 #authorinterview

The Literary World of Sylvia Hubbard

It was great to be on the show and I’m so honored I was asked!

I’d met Jane at a literary function and from being on another show, I was asked to be on hers.

She had an awesome home set up and took taping very serious.

It was a great experience and I’m humbled by the opportunity to be apart of her broadcast.

Let me know how you liked the show in the comments and please like this video!

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Kalamazoo Public Library Presents: Writers Block with @CathieWeir via @KzooLibrary ‏(@youtube)

Kalamazoo Public Library Presents Writers’ Block with Cathie Weir.

2015 recipient of the Community Medal of Arts Award, Cathie Weir has written about her journey before, during and after a double lung transplant in 2008.

I’ll See You Later: When actress and comedienne Cathie Higgins Weir was diagnosed with a devastating disease, she approached her recovery with the same zeal and humor she showed on the stage.

As an accomplished actress, Weir has seen many strange things in her thirty years on stage, but ten years ago she encountered an amazing sight while waiting for a double lung transplant. Her father appeared to her in a dream.
This ghost simply told his daughter, “I’ll see you later.”
The phrase would both haunt and comfort her during the demanding times ahead. As Weir recounts in this new memoir, she had been diagnosed with emphysema at fifty-six. Her father died at fifty-nine. She was terrified she only had three years to live.
Was her father’s appearance a warning? In the hilarious, harrowing adventure ahead, Weir would learn the truth.
Weir’s memoir isn’t merely about her personal fight with emphysema but expands its scope to look at the realities of organ donation, the importance of being your own medical advocate, and the bonds that connect donors, recipients, and their entire support networks.



Kalamazoo Public Library presents Writers’ Block, a forum where independently published local writers can tell the world about their work.

At the bottom of their website is a signup form

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Central Review to host live storytelling event April 10 #motownwriters #michlit

By Andrew Mullin |


“Unwritten: An Evening of Crisis Stories Live On Stage” will be presented by Central Review at 7 p.m. April 10 in the Bovee Center Rotunda.

The live storytelling event is focused on one theme: crisis. The event is based on The Moth and Storycorps, both groups that host storytelling events. Jeff Fisher, Eve Page, Alysha Daley and Quinn Kirby will be performing their stories. Free food will also be provided at the event.

Central Review Editor-in-Chief and Marysville senior Delany Lemke, who will also be performing at the event, said speakers were chosen from written submissions and based on how compelling the stories were.

read more http://www.cm-life.com/article/2018/03/central-review


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Rochester Writers 2018 SPRING CONFERENCE ‎via @RochWriters April 21st #motownwriters #michlit #motownlit

Spring Writers’ Conference is Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Oakland University. Featuring Lev Raphael, Cyle Young, Bethany Morehead, Christine Rhein, Maria Dismondy and More.

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Photo of Lev Raphael speaking to a room of 100 people in 2014

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#MotownWriters @Meetup: Rock Your Social Media w/@SylviaHubbard1 @DetroitLibrary April14th #Detroit #Michlit #MotownLit

Saturday, April 14, 2018 10am – Noon

#MotownWriters @Meetup: Rock Your Social Media w/@SylviaHubbard1 @DetroitLibrary


(Please forward this to a friend and bring several friends with you.)

Detroit Author & Founder of Motown Writers Network, Sylvia Hubbard has published over 40 books on suspense romance and a book on Internet Marketing for Writers. On April 14th, 2018, she will provide easy-to-use tips and tricks on marketing your books using various social media channels.

Ms. Hubbard has received numerous awards and recognition for her work. An avid blogger, Ms. Hubbard has had five #1 Best Sellers on Amazon. Her current work is Ravenous and she has two more books coming up in 2018. http://sylviahubbard.com

See ya  Saturday April 14th and please bring a donation to help us out.

Also bring your literary challenges, new books to announce and achievements.

Networking is key to our survival as writers and authors! This is your chance to learn, network and connect!




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Event: The 13th Annual Interlochen Writers Retreat (June 11-14, 2018) | #michlit #motownwriters #michigan |

Interlochen Writers Retreat

The 13th Annual Interlochen Writers Retreat (June 11-14, 2018) offers a choice of four courses, each grounded in different craft concepts, across genres, with an emphasis on generating new work, and appealing to advanced and beginning writers alike. Spend four days studying the craft concept of your choice —content, character, image, narrative— and write new material across an array of genres, or apply new knowledge to your existing drafts as you gain skills in class and write independently during “off” hours. Attend provocative presentations by the faculty, as well as faculty and participant readings. Enjoy lakeside lunches and spontaneous conversations around campus while making connections in the literary world that will last for years to come.

2018 Writers Retreat Course Descriptions: Click Here!

(Extra)ordinary Content: Patricia Ann McNair
Character Development: Eric Charles May
Image Across Genres: Brittany Cavallaro
Building Narratives: Desiree Cooper
Artistic Director: Katey Schultz
Writer-in-Residence: Anne-Marie Ooman
Writer-in-Residence: Mardi Jo Link


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#MotownWriters Article: This Is How You Get Book Reviews!

Authors want lots of good media for their books.  They always ask me:  “How do we get more reviews?”  Here’s the answer.
To get book reviews, a number of things need to happen. First, in order to get reviewed by a print media outlet, you will need to follow their instructions.  For instance, a publication like Library Journal generally wants to receive a galley (an advance review copy of the book) some three and a half months prior to its publication date. If you send it later than that you essentially undermine or destroy your chances of getting reviewed there.
Second, some publications do not want self-published books for review.  If that publication won’t review such books and your book is self-published, don’t bother contacting them.
Third, some publications, such as Publishers Weekly require that two copies be sent to them, not one. Please honor that request.
Fourth, you need to identify which book reviewer or person your book is to be sent to.  Don’t rely on someone at the publication to sift through the mail and make a choice for you.
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Torrance Hates SMA – Book Signing April 14th @DetroitImpact91 by author Torrence Johnson Jr


Saturday, April 14 at 12 PM – 2 PM
Next Week · 43–61° Rain

Detroit Impact

9930 Greenfield Rd, Detroit, Michigan 48227

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Kent District Library Writers Conference Apr21st @kdlnews #Michigan #MichLit #MotownWriters


Kent District Library Writers Conference

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8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018
Kent District Library – Service and Meeting Center
814 West River Center NE
Comstock Park MI 49321
This year, we are proud to offer breakout sessions with six area professionals on the topics of poetry, self-promoting with podcasts, memoirs, working with publishers, writing for children and story shaping. All genres and skill levels are welcome. For teens and adults. Sign up for limited, one-on-one editing sessions separately.

Tentative Agenda

8:30 a.m. – Doors open
8:50 a.m. – Meet Michigan authors
10:10 a.m. – Breakout session topic teasers
12:10 p.m. – Lunch (a light lunch will be provided; details to come)
1:10 p.m. – Breakout sessions (sign-ups will take place during lunch)
2:40 p.m. – Meet, greet and purchase

REGISTER NOW | Click here 

Meet and Greet Michigan authors

W. Todd KanekoW. Todd Kaneko

Author of The Dead Wrestler Elegies and co-author with Amorak Huey of Poetry: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology, Todd is currently co-editor of the online literary magazine Waxwing, and an assistant professor in the Department of Writing at Grand Valley State University.

Jeff LargeJeff Large

Self-promoting with podcasts
Jeff is an agency owner, teacher and podcaster. He leads his team at Come Alive Creative in producing podcasts for businesses and brands.

Deb MooreDeb Moore

One Story at a Time: Memoirs
A lifelong Grand Rapidian, Deb Moore started her business, The Stories of Your Life, in 2003 to help individuals, families and businesses record and preserve their histories.

Aric DavisAric Davis

Let’s get Published!
Author of eight books, Aric is married with one daughter and lives in Grand Rapids, where he worked for 16 years as a body piercer; he now writes full time.

Kevin KammeraadKevin Kammeraad

Writing for Children
Kevin is an award-winning artist, performer, and the author or co-author of several books, including The Tomato Collection and Spinach Dip Pancakes.

Kevin FittonKevin Fitton

Story Shaping
Graduate of the Writing Seminars at Bennington College and the author of the children’s book, Higher Ground, with Caldecott-winning artist, Mary Azarian.
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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Storm Writer @Storm_TheWriter #Michlit #motownlit

Storm Writer


Where are you from?Detroit Michigan.

Tell us the latest news. I’ve currently signed to Major Key Publications and hoping for a great turn out.

When and why did you begin writing? I started writing at the age of 14. I’ve  always loved to write, mostly poetry.

When did you consider yourself a writer? At the age of 15.

What inspired you to write your first book?When I read Flyy Girl by Omar Tyree.

Do you have a specific writing style? No. I just let the flow come natural.

How did you come up with the title? The idea of a dollar bill came to mind and the words “In God We Trust” stuck out to me. Being that my book is about a brother and sister, I decided to name it In My Brother I Trust.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? To love your family. Family is the most important thing besides God, who will be there for you no matter what.

How much of your book is realistic? None.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? No.

What books have most influenced your life most? None have influenced me but Flyy Girl, True To The Game, The Coldest Winter Ever etc. 

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?  Joy Deja King and the power couple Ashley Antoinette & JaQuavis Coleman.

What book are you reading now? Got A Gangsta Catchin’ Feelings by Laconia Renee.

Are there any new authors that have grasp your interest? Yes. Britt Joni, Laconia Renee, Qiana Nicole, Que T. Kennedy and the rest of the Major Key Family!

What are your current projects? I’m currently working on my third of installment of In My Brother I Trust.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. Author J. Brinkley.

Do you see writing as a career? Yes!

If you could do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Not a thing!

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I was sitting in my sister’s apartment with my friends and we were making a joke about a guy we knew. I started thinking about my life and decided that I wanted to write a book on it. That didn’t turn out well lol. I was an amateur then, but the more I started to read, the more I wanted to create stories that reflected on others lives. 

Can you share a little of your current work with us? Part 3 of my novel “In My Brother I Trust “ centers around the lives of Monica, El and Robyn as they go through relationship battles, drug wars, lies, betrayal, and secrets! It’s definitely going to be a hit!

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? The most challenging part is to try to make sure you bring originality. Make stories that people haven’t heard yet. Although urban fiction sometimes touch on the same subjects, the challenging part is making sure you bring something that keeps the readers interested and wanting more!

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?Mr. & Mrs. Ashley & JaQuavis Coleman. Their style of writing makes you fall in love with the characters and make you feel as if  they’re real and you know them on a personal level lol. Love it!

 Do you have to travel much concerning your books? No but I’m hoping that I get that opportunity.

 Who designed your cover? I designed my first cover. My second cover was from the lovely, Tee Jai Em(Linpare Designs).

What was the hardest part of writing your book? Marketing it! It takes a lot of promoting to get to where you want to be in this industry.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? I’ve learned that you have to go hard and believe in your brand. You have to push for success.

 Do you have advise for other writers? Believe in yourself! You can do anything that you put your mind to. A beautiful mind is a terrible thing to waste, so use it to your advantage.

 Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Thank you guys soooo much for the love and support! I love you guys like family! Keep rocking with me as I set the literary world on fire with my blazing hot novels! Peace & Love! XO -Storm.

Excerpt: In a world where there is only madness and mayhem there is no escaping the trenches of life. For Capone, nothing could stop him from rising to the top and his motto was ‘Get Money Or Die Trying’ but when his greedy ways catches up with him, there is no escaping his fate.

With a dead father, a drug addicted mother, and now a deceased brother, Monica felt as if she couldn’t go on and had no one that she could Trust. She soon finds out that the person who claimed to love him had a hand in his murder and something evil ignites inside of her. They say revenge is best served cold, but Monica was dishing out frozen dinners as she goes on a hunt murking anyone who played a part in her brother’s untimely demise.

Along the way she meet Joel ‘El’ Woods who shows her a life away from death and destruction, but when a ghost from her past comes back in the picture all hell breaks loose as she is forced to continue on a path that sends her world spiraling out of control.

Will El’s love be able to save her from herself? Or will Monica stop at nothing to end the madness once and for all?

Find out in this twisted tale where the only person you can trust is yourself.

Connect With Storm Writer 

Facebook link: Shirley Jones

                                                              Twitter: @Storm_TheWriter 

For More From The Author and to Purchase In My Brother I Trust I & II Visit: https://amzn.to/2GoIxeL


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#MotownWriters Article: What You Need to Write Your First Book After Age 50 via @janefriedman

Today’s guest post is by Julie Rosenberg (@J_RosenbergMD), author of Beyond the Mat.

As a girl, I absolutely adored the Little House on the Prairie series. I would wake early in the morning, sit at the kitchen table, and devour each book. I was inspired by young Laura and her adventures on the prairie. What I could have never known then is what an inspiration Wilder the author would be for me as an adult.

Wilder didn’t publish her first book, Little House in the Big Woodsuntil she was 64. During the earlier part of her life, she had taught and farmed and raised a family. She had written a bit on the side for small local publications in her fifties, but it wasn’t until her retirement investments were wiped out in the 1929 stock market crash that she wrote Little House in the Big Woods. The book was published in 1932, and it was the start of a writing career that has resulted in the beloved TV series, spin-off books, and millions of copies sold. Like Frank McCourt, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela’s Ashes was published when McCourt was 66, Wilder is proof that it’s never too late to write a book.

I’ve previously written about why I believe that it is not only possible but in some ways advantageous to start a writing career after the age of 50 (see “Is it Too Late to Start Writing After 50?”). I am all for older writers taking the plunge, but it is important to be aware that it will be a different process than starting a writing a career at 25 may have been.

Here are a few things that are particularly important in order to start writing after 50.

read more: https://www.janefriedman.com/what-you-need-to-write-your-first-book-after-age-50/

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Should Authors Invest In Book Marketing Or Book Publicity?

To be clear, the question really is not should an author an author invest in either book marketing or book publicity, but rather, how much of each?
Book marketing covers sales and advertising, including things like speaking, book signings, website development, and handing out fliers.
Book publicity covers the media, both traditional media (TV, radio, print, online) and social media (blogs, podcasts, FB, Twitter, LI, Instagram, You Tube).
You need not to choose one over the other but to be involved in both – in big quantities of time, money, and effort.
Even though I’ve been involved in promoting authors and books to the news media for nearly 30 years, I will state that book marketing may be more important than PR.  However, to succeed at selling your book, you’ll need some help from the news media.
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