Watch “Sheri Salata on Writing Your Own Story & Embracing The Beautiful No” on YouTube

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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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DATE AND TIME

Thu, Jul 18, 2019, 7:00 PM –

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

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LOCATION

The Emerald Room

23795 Van Dyke Avenue

Center Line, MI 48015

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DESCRIPTION

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:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/urban-playwrights-united-10-year-reunion-tickets-53198641569?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

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Watch “8 Things I Wish I Knew When I was Writing my First Novel” on YouTube

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Here Is the Secret to Being a Successful Writer #motownwriters

Regardless of how you publish your books, articles, or blog posts, the secret to being a successful writer is not anything pie in the sky or full of inspirational goo-gah. (Besides, I’m not the kind of person to spray glittery sunshine up your you know what, so here’s the real deal.) Here’s the big secret. \

read more https://badredheadmedia.com/2019/05/here-is-the-secret-to-being-a-successful-writer/

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Know Your Genre and Write in Series

by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig

Today I’m posting another entry in my series ‘making life easier as a writer.’  With today’s post, I want to add a proviso: this advice is only if you do really want to make life easier. If you aren’t writing commercial fiction or if you’re really wanting to pursue a one-off book, that’s definitely what you should do.

Genre:  Especially if you’re just starting out (but even if you’re a veteran writer), it’s easiest to write a story that fits perfectly into a particular genre…especially a genre that you’re very well-read in and acquainted with.

For one thing, these stories have certain parameters and reader expectations.  Those help you keep your story on track.  For example, with cozy mysteries, readers are expecting an amateur sleuth, quirky recurring characters,  and a lack of blood, gore, and profanity.  Following a genre’s conventions can help you plan and execute your story.

But that’s not all it does.

read more https://elizabethspanncraig.com/business-of-writing/know-your-genre-and-write-in-series/

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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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Watch “Ads for Authors – Webinar with Chris Fox 2019” on YouTube

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#MotownWriters Monthly @Meetup with author, Dennis Collins | Topic: Bringing the old to the new cc @DennisCollins2 TODAY @DetroitLibrary-Main 10am-Noon

How one author adjust to growing old while learning new things 

Short Bio:
Dennis Collins Author of the McCoy mysteries… The Unreal McCoy, Turn Left at September, The First Domino., Nightmare, Fool’s Gold, Charity Island
Amazon:  https://amzn.to/2MC6c2V 

More about this author: 
My name is Dennis and I’m a product of Detroit. Born in mid-town and raised on the west side
of this east/west city. I went to school in Detroit and spent my summers at my grandparents
beachfront home on Lake Huron.
My vocation was in automotive engineering but my life was nothing but an adventure that
included flying, scuba diving, sky diving, motorcycle racing, and a thirty-year career driving
automotive powered hydroplanes that eventually placed me in the Detroit River Racing Hall of
Legends. It’s been fun but aside from still being an avid motorcyclist those thrill-filled days are
largely behind me.
I have six published mysteries at this point with serious Detroit ties that feature two Detroit
Police Detectives and a private eye. My first two books, The Unreal McCoy and Turn left at
September are currently out of print but available for your kindle. The First Domino is set in both
Detroit and Florence Italy with a strong historic connection to the Tuskegee Airmen. Nightmare
and Charity Island take the reader to Michigan’s thumb. Fool’s Gold features the same characters
as they chase golden treasure in northern Michigan. King’s Blade is complete and is undergoing
some editorial housekeeping.

Turn Left at September

Turn Left at September

by Dennis Collins
 
 

Nightmare

Nightmare

by Dennis Collins | Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC | Apr 15, 2012
The First Domino

The First Domino

by Dennis Collins

Charity Island

Charity Island

by Dennis Collins
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The 2019 Public Library Services Grants Are Here via @LibraryofMich

Planted money

By Karren Reish, Library Grants Coordinator, LM

This third year of the Public Library Services grant program has already been exciting. Ninety-two libraries have received grants to do summer programming related to technology, children or teens, or literacy. We approved more than 90% of the applications received and awarded $153,554 in funding.

The funded programs make for a wide range of creative ideas from libraries throughout the state:

  • At the Portage Lake District Library in Houghton, teens can participate in an arts and ecology program on Rabbit Island;
  • Teens and tweens across the state will be able to learn coding with various types of robotics activities;
  • The Southfield Public Library offers a range of space science programming based on the 50thanniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
  • Several other virtual-reality programs.

The individual grantees are listed on the Public Library Services section of the Library of Michigan Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) page – www.michigan.gov/lsta.

Thank you to everyone who applied, reviewed, and helped us work through this grant program. We look forward to learning what the participating libraries achieve this year. If you have not applied for this grant before, look at the guidelines and consider it for 2020. The 2020 application will be available January 2020. If you have any questions about LM grant programs, please contact Karren Reish at reishk@michigan.gov or 517-241-0021.

#IMLSGrant

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#RedInkConference – From sold-out audiences in Detroit three years in a row, to packed rooms in both Atlanta and Charlotte, The Red Ink Conference is taking the literary map by storm! And Chicago is next on the map! Aug14th

Over 500 Authors Attended The Red Ink Conference … And Now Many of Them are Bestsellers!
Chicago, IL—From sold-out audiences in Detroit three years in a row, to packed rooms
in both Atlanta and Charlotte, The Red Ink Conference is taking the literary map by storm!
And Chicago is next on the map! Whether you’re an aspiring author with only a creative
idea for a book, or you have 20+ books published, and you’re ready to take your books to the
next level, this is the conference for you! This one-of-a-kind conference empowers attendees to
write, edit and market their next bestseller—at a fraction of the cost. It all takes place in Oak
Brook, IL at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Suites on Saturday, August 17, 2019, from 8 a.m. to
5 p.m. Attendees can expect a time of not just quality information, food and fun—but they will
also experience on-screen editorial exercises, writing prompts, professional headshots, quality
networking and an industry-specific vendor showcase!

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Collectively, conference speakers, Tenita “Bestseller” Johnson, Valerie J. Lewis
Coleman, Cynthia Hatcher and Sylvia Hubbard-Hutula have over 30 years of industry experience
and run successful businesses that support indie authors nationwide. Attendees will learn new,
innovative information that will position them to build a solid platform as an authorpreneur and
speaker. Complete with information on marketing, crafting a solid professional bio and book
synopsis, as well as self-publishing industry secrets that save authors both time and money in the
publishing process, writers will leave inspired to take their book from the page to the stage and
beyond—allowing them to develop a six-figure income, even if they just have one book!
General admission tickets are only $129; VIP admission tickets are only $199! VIP
attendees receive an on-site professional photo shoot, as well as preferred seating, swag bags and
more! General admission cost after July 1 goes up to $229. There is also a student rate. Limited vendor space is also
available. To purchase tickets, visit The Red Ink Conference. For interviews or more
information, please contact Tenita Johnson at redinkconference@gmail.com, or 313.999.6942.

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About the Organizer

Authors worldwide write better thanks to editorial guru and author, Tenita C. Johnson.
Perfecting manuscripts for hundreds of best-selling authors, she’s on a mission to end the
prominent everyday abuse of the English language and rectify punctuation pet peeves. Well
known by many as a human spell check, noun nerd and grammar police, she proudly wears the
badge of honor to correct and serve. Dubbed the editor’s editor, Tenita hosts the annual Red Ink
Conference to empower aspiring authors to write from the editor’s point of view to save time and
money in the self-publishing process. She positions writers as experts in the industry serving
them to create their own writing/editorial business and multiple streams of income.
To connect with Tenita, visit SoItIsWritten.net or email info@soitiswritten.net.

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Ready to take your Writing, Publishing & Promotion to the next level? #MichiganWriters #MotownWriters #michlit Grab your copy of these Resources book while helping our network! #AuthorsSupportingAuthors

About the author of the books

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In this book you’ll find:

  • Six Month Writing Plan
  • Checklist for Writing, Publishing & Marketing
  • Detailed Independent Publishing Checklist
  • Kindle Publishing Checklist
  • Resources & Links
  • Businesses that sell Michigan Author
  • Important Publication Registrations
  • Resources to Print the Book
  • Book & Business Resource Listings
  • Metro Detroit Library Listings
  • Michigan American Bookseller Association Independent Bookstore List
  • Links to
  • Book Review Listings
  • African American Book Clubs
  • Book Blogger Listings
  • U.S. Public Library Listings

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21st Century Marketing For Authors

The best guide you’ll have in understanding & navigating book marketing in the 21st Century and a literary companion to The Author’s Starter Book

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Marketing – Learn Effective tips & tricks needed to navigate and sell books

Promoting – Promotional Materials, Analytics, and offline promotion strategies

Social Media – What & How to do? Which one do I do? When do I do it?

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Literary Empowerment Coaching Service

Are you frustrated and just need quick questions to all your eBook needs without breaking your bank?

Sylvia Hubbard has been in the eBook industry since 2000 and can become your eBook whisperer. Called an author’s best friend, she has spoken in the United States and Canada on Ebook Writing Publishing and Marketing. Let her spend a little time helping you get to your eBook Literary goals! For $75 dollars you will receive ONE HOUR of coaching and answers to your questions.

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Watch “i self-published a poetry book that sold 20,000 copies (a self-pub how-to)” on YouTube

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#writerslife: Does it Make the Cut? #motownwriters

Does it Make the Cut?

Does it Make the Cut?

When I’m drafting a novel, I tend to over-write during the first round. I have to get everything out on the page, including more detail than my readers probably want or need. Later, I can look at the whole story and improve the pacing, smooth out any awkward writing, and streamline. If this is how you work too, here are some tips on making the process of cutting down your manuscript less painful and more efficient.

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Master Class with Lev Raphael presented by Rochester Writers June 8 via @rochwriters

Hello Writers!

Last chance to Register for Lev Raphael’s Master Class on June 8 – held at Oakland University – presented by Rochester Writers. Contest open and local author appearances.

Master Class with Lev Raphael Event Flier
Register NOW to attend Lev Raphael’s Master Class on June 8, Let’s make your writing come alive! The class runs from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and includes coffee, refreshments, and snacks. Cost is $95. Deadline to register is June 4.

Do you wonder if your writing needs to be more dynamic? Focusing on four basic elements – scene building, dialogue, characterization, and setting – will help you make your writing more vivid and engaging.

Understanding how these elements work together will help you capture your reader and evoke greater emotional resonance in your work, whether you’re writing fiction, memoir, or essays.

Divided into four units, this master class will be built around presentations, discussion, and analysis of varied, short readings drawn from diverse, masterful authors. The class will also give you the opportunity to write on site.

Here’s what attendees said about the May 11 workshop:

“I was interested in dialogue and character development specifically and am very satisfied with the class.”

“I enjoyed the small class size that allowed for a lot of interaction. Also the writing exercise where everyone shared what they wrote so you can see how the same set of criteria is viewed differently by others.”

Lev Raphael is the Prize-Winning Author of 26 Books in a Wide Variety of Genres.

Did you attend the May 11 Master Class? The readings, exercises, and on-site writing prompt will all be different to benefit both the first time or return attendee. Everyone’s welcome to attend June 8 to deepen their writing of scene, dialog, character, and setting.
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Contest Announcement Flier

Call for Entries in the Rochester Writers’ 2019 Summer Writing Contest

Categories: Poetry, Micro Fiction, First Page, Memoir

Prizes: Cash Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Places in each category. In addition, Best of Show will receive a complimentary pass to a future Rochester Writers’ Conference.

Opens: April 15, 2019

Deadline:  August 15, 2019

Rochester Writers’ Appearances in the Community
Meet and Support Local Authors
Free to Attend

Pages Promotions Book Festivals at the Troy Hilton Garden Inn:
Saturday, June 22 from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Detroit Festival of Books at Eastern Market:
Sunday, July 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Shed 3.
5th Annual Local Author Book Sale & Signing at SterlingFest:
Saturday, July 27, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. outside the Sterling Heights Public Library.
Rochester Hills Public Library Shop Small Saturday
Saturday, November 30, Details TBA

“I don’t need an alarm clock. My ideas wake me.” ~ Ray Bradbury
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Why I Stopped Writing

Donald Levin's Blog

It is a truth universally acknowledged that for most people who want to write, the urge begins early in life.

So it was with me. I can’t remember a time when I was young when I didn’t want to be a writer, even when I didn’t know exactly what that meant. I just knew I loved reading, and the natural partner to that was making up my own stories. I’m not sure where that came from. My parents weren’t readers; the only books we had in our house when I was growing up were the ones in my room. But I was a voracious reader in our library at Bagley Elementary School (my favorite books were the Tom Corbett, Space Cadet series) (yes, I am that old), and lying in bed at night I used to pretend my hands were the characters and I would act out stories with them…

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