Wednesday, January 15, 2020

#MotownWriters Poet Feature: @DeonteOsayande with his new book release: Civilian #AuthorsSupportingAuthors #michiganwriters #michlit

Poet Feature: Deonte Osayande

Deonte Osayande is a writer from Detroit, MI. His books include Class (Urban Farmhouse Press, 2017) and Circus (Brick Mantle Books, 2018).His nonfiction and poetry have been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology, and the Pushcart Prize. He has represented Detroit at four National Poetry Slam competitions. He's currently a professor of English at Wayne County Community College. He also managed the Rustbelt Midwest Regional Poetry Slam and Festival for 2014 and 2018.

Current Book: Civilain

Let's get to know him... and then support his literary endeavors. If you have any questions, leave them in the comment.

Where are you from? Detroit, Mi

Tell us your latest news? Civilian (my latest project) was nominated for a Digital Book Award

When and why did you begin writing? Originally in 2008/09 I started writing for a class but I thought it was a dead art form. 

When did you first consider yourself a writer? Soon after when I witnessed my first open mic and started contributing to it I thought of myself as a writer 

What inspired you to write your first book? There was a situation that went on in the classroom I was teaching in and I had thought of my own experiences in the classroom as well as my struggles with classism. 

Do you have a specific writing style? I'm ever learning, changing, evolving so no I won't say that I think I do.

How did you come up with the title? I had considered that what I went through in the past, I wasn't the only one going through such situations, that and my inspiration was Claudia Rankine's Citizen so I named it Civilian to embody that

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Just that through determination you can accomplish anything 

How much of the book is realistic? Considering that it all actually happened to me, I consider myself a confessional poet so all of it

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Lmaooooo, my own experiences

What books have most influenced your life most? Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, Autobiography of Malcolm X those immediately come to mind

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? I'd say Aurora Harris and Jessica Care Moore definitely 

What book are you reading now? I'll never tell, lol

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? None come to mind? Not really, I'm taking a year away from the community so I don't know anyone 

What are your current projects? I'm working on a collection of poetry about diseases called Invisible and another collection of poetry. Aside from that, I'm always working on nonfiction to be published at a later date. 

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. The crew around the Broadside Lotus Press and more recently the Urban Farmhouse Press

Do you see writing as a career? Yep, can't stop doing it so I won't 

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Nope, I mean I'd change the circumstances that happened to me but also it was a good snapshot into my life

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I was always good at it as a student in high school but I didn't consider that it was a future in it, originally I wrote fiction and now I'm a whole poet but that's how life works I suppose. 

Can you share a little of your current work with us? Hehehe, no, all I can say is it's about how my wife and I came together as two people with chronic illnesses and formed a life changing bond.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Now, as I'm getting older, I want to write more succinctly, I used to write these long poems but now as my life is settling down I'm writing shorter stuff

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? Oh man, I can't just have one, lol. If I had to choose two I'd say Rumi and Hafez for they both wrote incredible short stories in there poems and that's what I aspire to do. 

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? I used to, but considering I have my own little family now and a growing list of ailments I don't anymore 

Who designed the covers? For Civilian I took a picture of the house my ex-fiancee and I lived in and sent it to the publisher cuz I was leaving that life behind me. The other two books the publisher picked them.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? Definitely editing, there will always be poems that just don't fit the structure of the narrative I'm trying to craft.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? I always learn something but I don't remember what it was lol

Do you have any advice for other writers? No amount of money can by a lick of time, that's from the Avengers, Endgame but it holds true. You don't write to become rich, you write because you love to.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Enjoy. 

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Auburn Hills Writers January 2020 Session I

Happy New Year Writers!
    Our group meets Thursday, January 16th  from 6:30 pm to 8:30pm 
in the the Auburn Hills Library located at 3400 Seyburn in Auburn Hills.  

  • Writing News
  • Writing Exercise
  • Critique
Critique Session:
  • bring writing tool of choice
  • manuscript for critique (2 pages, double spaced, 12 font), bring 7 sets
  • book that has been helpful to your writing
Critique Guidelines:
  • Be kind
  • Be specific
  • Be encouraging
  • Be careful (critique on style and technique, not your opinion)*;) winking

See you Thursday!

Mychelle Martin, Facilitator
"Nurturing the Auburn Hills Writing Community since 2011"
Please forward this email to any writer you feel may benefit from its contents.  
And as always, please let me know if you wish to be


Monday, January 13, 2020

WRITE ON POINTE SHORT STORY CONTEST 2020 from Grosse Pointe Library @TheGPPL


Submit your story by February 14

Calling all local writers. Enter your original short story into our biennial contest. Winners will read their work aloud at our April 1 Awards Ceremony.  You must be 18 or older. The story can have a maximum of 5,000 words. Be sure to include the Entry Form with your submission.

Complete entry rules and form can be found here.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

New message from your USA :: Michigan :: Detroit Municipal Liaison, ML Owen #nanowrimo

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New message from your USA :: Michigan :: Detroit Municipal Liaison, ML Owen

Dear NaNoWriMotown,

Happy New Year! I hope your 2019 ended on a high note, and that 2020 is treating you well so far.

New Year, New goals! Let's tackle our creative goals together. In the off season, NaNoWriMotown will be hosting a monthly Writing Space. For those who haven't attended a Writing Space in the past, it's more relaxed than a Write-In. Everyone is welcome to work on whatever they'd like at whatever stage it's in, which means one person might be sketching a comic panel next to someone writing character backstory next to someone working on revision. It's all fair game! NaNoWriMotown reserves the space to help you carve out time to stay connected to your project, and you fill in the rest.

This year, Writing Spaces will be held at Goldfish Tea in Royal Oak every third Tuesday of the month from 6-9pm. The first Writing Space will be held on Tuesday, January 21st! Hope to see you there.

Additionally, the Flint region is also hosting a similar monthly meet-up this year! They have scheduled 8 Friday meet ups at the Starbucks in Clawson, the first of which is tonight, 1/10, from 6-9pm! For full information on BOTH of these year-round writing spaces, see the forum post here.

Lastly, now that the dust of the holiday season has settled, if you haven't had the chance to take the NaNoWriMotown End-of-Year Survey, you've got one more weekend to do so! Responses close Sunday night, so if you haven't given us your reflections on last November, please click here to do so! Enter your email (optional!) for a chance to win a poster.

Looking forward to a Very Creative 2020,
ML, Detroit Region


See all of your NaNoMessages for this region.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

The weather is dreary but you can still join #MotownWriters @Meetup today @DetroitLibrary 10am wsg @NancyONeale2 #detroit #michiganwriters

Topic: How I Fired My J.O.B. and Started my Publishing Company

Saturday, January 11, 2020
10:00 AM
 to 1:00 PM

Every 2nd Saturday of the month

About Speaker:
Nancy O'Neale is a teacher, author, and business consultant. Her business, Detroit Business Consulting Group, is accredited by the Better Business Bureau. As the Executive Director of Women who Inspire, she helped women start their own business. With 10 years sales experience, she joined the elite circle of licensed insurance agents as a Championship Qualifier in 2014 and was at the top of the company's growth model for multiple years. She earned her MA in Communications from Wayne State University, MA in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University, and BA in Journalism and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Tomorrow Jan7th, Jane Friedman will show you how to land a book deal this year via @WritersDigest


If you want to get your book traditionally published in 2020, be it fiction, nonfiction, a children's book, or memoir, increase your chances by knowing how to evaluate the commercial potential of your work and learning the best way to approach editors, agents, and publishers.

Book publishing is undergoing a dramatic transformation as e-book sales increase and physical bookstores decrease in number. These changes affect the traditional book deals that get made-meaning that authors have to adjust their strategies to adapt to a risk-averse and uncertain industry.

This intensive and information-filled 120-minute live webinar helps you think like an industry insider who makes decisions every day on what work merits print publication. You'll get practical advice and tools to help you develop strong pitch letters and proposal materials for both fiction and nonfiction-plus back-door methods for networking with agents and editors.

Avoid frustration-don't embark on the submission process in 2020 without being fully educated about how the industry works, from an impartial point of view. You will better focus your time and energy, increase your chances of success, and learn to decipher the language of industry professionals.

  • How book proposals must be adapted for the digital era of publishing
  • How to tell a good agent from a not-so-good agent
  • The best free and paid resources for identifying agents and publishers that are receptive to your work
  • How to identify flaws in your approach, submission materials, or concept
  • Writers with finished novel manuscripts who are starting to consider submitting to agents and editors
  • Writers who are currently submitting their work and not getting the responses they expected or hoped for
  • Previously published authors who have been out of the game and need a refresher for the digital era
Tomorrow, Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 1 PM EST

Instructor: Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman is the former publisher of Writer's Digest who has spent more than 15 years in the book publishing industry and has overseen the publication of hundreds of books during her career. She is a regular speaker at writing conferences and industry events, including Digital Book World, BookExpo America, and Frankfurt Book Fair. Her blog for writers at has more than 100,000 visitors every month and was named one of the Top 101 Websites for Writers in 2013–14.

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Saturday, January 4, 2020

🎬 Watch this video interview: How to Build a Digital Platform 📲

Pam Perry via 

2:14 PM (36 minutes ago)
to me
Pam Perry PR

Hey Sylvia,

Happy New Year! Off and Running...
I wanted to share this video I did with the "Sales Whisperer"...
he featured me last year and I just ran across it again.  

  • Don't get on a social media platform if you don't know how to use it
  • Find out where your ideal prospects are via email polls, social media surveys, etc.
  • Your personal brand is key
  • Wear crazy glasses if you're an optometrist and go into the community
  • Manage your digital presence
  • It costs money to hire influencers but it can work
  • Learn from the failure of the Fyre festival
  • Get out of the office and engage with your ideal avatar
  • Clean your office - why that helps you think better!
  • Don't make this mistake on your website...making it all about you
  • Why you need SEO
  • Why You need an opt-in
  • How to use systems to scale
  • Systems create success

Click here to watch it.

To your superstar success,

P.S. If you want to up level your brand,
get my flagship course: Branding Accelerator.

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Pam Perry
PR & Branding Coach
Ministry Marketing Solutions, Inc.
PO Box 33011
Farmington, MI 48336
United States


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