Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Save the dates: Every Child Ready to Read in Michigan via @libraryofmich @mlaoffice

Save the dates: Every Child Ready to Read in Michigan

Save the Dates for ECRR in Michigan

Cathy Lancaster
The 2017 Webinar Dates with Sue McCleaf Nespeca on Every Child Ready to Read in Michigan are set!  Sign-up for the following will begin in mid-November, but mark your calendars now for 2:00 PM-3:00 PM on the following dates:
· Thursday, January 5:  Mixed-Aged Storytimes
· Thursday, May 11:  Family Engagement in Early Learning
· Tuesday, July 11:  Storytime Basics
· Thursday, September 7:  Working with Early Childhood Educators & Volunteers in Early Literacy Learning
· Tuesday, November 28: Every Child Ready to Read in Michigan wrap-up!

3 Additional ECRR Workshops will take place around the state during the week of March 20-25, 2017.  Sue McCleaf Nespeca will be leading the interactive workshops; details on locations and times to be announced soon.
  
The monthly ECRR in Michigan Newsletter will continue through December, 2017.  Be sure to join us in these exciting opportunities with ECRR in 2017. If you have any questions, please contact me at LancasterC5@michigan.gov or 517-335-8129.

This project is supported in part by the Library of Michigan with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Upcoming #Author Book Signings in Michigan in August #MichLit #Motownwriters

August 2017
Michelle Kuo Presents: Reading With Patrick
Join us for a celebration as author Michelle Kuo returns to her hometown for the debut of her new memoir READING WITH PATRICK.



A graduate of both Portage Northern High School and the Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center, Michelle attended Harvard University. Shortly after graduation, Kuo arrived in the rural town of Helena, Arkansas, as a Teach for America volunteer, bursting with optimism and drive. But she soon encountered the jarring realities of life in one of the poorest counties in America, still disabled by the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow. In this stirring memoir, Kuo, the child…

Michelle Kuo Presents: Reading With Patrick
AUG
12
SAT
Book Signing 
Engadine
Sat, Aug 12, 2017

Book Signing
Touring Michigan's Upper Peninsula (U.P.) is like taking a two-week trip by station wagon. Not in terms of time—you can sample plenty if four days is all you have. It’s about stepping back and appreciating a place of raw scenic beauty dotted with roadside attractions, blinker-light towns, rustic cabins and hand-painted signs advertising smoked fish and homemade jam.
With 100 Things to Do in the Upper Peninsula Before You Die, discover a land mostly surrounded by the Great Lakes Huron, Michigan and Superior, linked to the state’s Mitten-shaped Lower Peninsula by a five-mile suspension bridge…
Kristina Riggle Presents: Vivian In Red
Join us in celebration of the paperback release of local author Kristina Riggle's newest novel, VIVIAN IN RED.


A novel of 1930s Broadway and today, VIVIAN IN RED is about the clouded history of how a famed Broadway producer’s most famous song is connected to a woman from his past.


Famed Broadway producer Milo Short may be eighty-eight but that doesn't stop him from going to the office every day. So when he steps out of his Upper West Side brownstone on one exceptionally hot morning, he's not expecting to see the impossible: a woman from his life sixty years ago, cherry red lips, bright red…

Kristina Riggle Presents: Vivian In Red
Book Signing
Book Signing by LOCAL Author Kath Usitalo
“100 Things To Do In The U. P. Before You Die!”
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Book Signing

Friday, August 11, 2017

GDRWA Presents the 2017 Word Nerds Writer's Conference @DetroitRWA #Michigan #Author #Books #MotownWriters #MichLit


http://gdrwa.org/conference-2017.html



WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 2017 with a special Friday night write-in, pitch practice, and critique beginning at 7 pm.
WHERE: Detroit Marriott Troy, 200 W Big Beaver Rd., Troy MI 48084
HOW TO REGISTER:
Step One: Submit your online entry form
Step Two: Pay with PayPal or by check (will receive mailing instructions via email after submitting entry form)
*Early Bird Registration prices only until July 31st!

For inquiries, please contact gdrwaconference17@gmail.com

Join GDRWA!

More conference information: http://gdrwa.org/conference-2017.html

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Book to Stage Play from @TenitaJEditor: When the Smoke Clears Aug12-13 #Detroit #Motownwriters


                                   PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
July 7, 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: Tenita Johnson
Phone: 313.999.6942

Local Author Takes Bestselling Book to the Stage

Detroit, MI—Everyone has something in their past they’d like to forget. But when your past meets your present and threatens your future, how far will one go to keep the peace? When the Smoke Clears: The Stage Play chronicles the life of one couple who seems to have the picture perfect marriage. But when the picture becomes somewhat distorted, and cracks are revealed in the frame, will this family rebound from life’s fires or be consumed by second-hand smoke?
The book, When the Smoke Clears: A Phoenix Rises, addresses the fires of life and techniques to douse the flames, encouraging readers to resurrect from the ashes into victorious living. The book encourages readers to know that, although they may be thrust into the fire, when the smoke clears, they will emerge unscathed!
When the Smoke Clears: The Stage Play takes place on Saturday, August 12, and Sunday, August 13 at the Marlene Boll Theatre at the Boll Family YMCA in Detroit, MI. Showtimes for Saturday are 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., with the final show on Sunday at 3 p.m. General admission tickets are $25. Souvenir booklet ad space is still available, but limited! For more information, purchase your tickets or to purchase souvenir booklet ad space, email info@soitiswritten.net, visit www.soitiswritten.net or call 313.999.6942.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Oct14th 2017 Quit Whining Start Writing Conf @SplatteredInkMI #Writers #Author #Michigan #MichLit #MotownWriters



DESCRIPTION

Do Something for Your Writing Self

Join authors, writers, and poets at one of the biggest and best writing conferences in West Michigan!

Step away from distractions and demands for a day and treat yourself to a well-deserved break. Get new writing ideas and inspiration. Recharge in the camaraderie of fellow writers — both new and veteran. Share your experiences, expand your network, and help yourself be the best writer you can be.
Enjoy keynote speakers on Friday, October 13, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. - Marcel "Fable the Poet" Price and Rachel Gleason, Spoken Word Poets
Choose from 15 workshops on Saturday, October 14, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - featuring Joy Gaines-Friedler, John Gonzalez, Mardi Jo Link, J.R. Roper, and more.
Sign up for an exclusive 1:1 Marketing Consultation with a seasoned pro. Get the details when you register here for the conference.


FAQs
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Email tricia@splatteredinkpress.com
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Parking is available in the lot directly in front of the Seidman Center.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
If you register as a student, please bring your student ID to the event. You will be asked to show it at registration. If you register as a senior, an ID will need to be shown at registration as well.
What is the 1:1 Marketing Consultation?
If your book is being printed or is published, it’s time to work on getting your book in the hands of readers, the shelves of retailers and libraries, and make you and your work visible online. Even if you’re still writing your book or considering your publishing options, it is never too early to start marketing yourself as a writer. Start with a 30-minute customized consultation with Susan Julien Larimore, a marketing expert from Splattered Ink Press. Sign up for a special session when you register for the Quit Whining Start Writing Conference — for only an additional $50. Prior to your marketing session, Susan will connect with you, determine your needs, request you complete a marketing questionnaire so she can prepare meaningful materials, ideas, and suggestions for you ahead of time.
Additional FAQs can be found at QuitWhiningStartWriting.com

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Join us #MotownWriters @Meetup wsg @KeithDYoung Aug12th #Detroit @DetroitLibrary #HowToWrite Path of the Hero Presentation

Path of the Hero Presentation Information
In this presentation, writers will learn how the study of mythology and the archetypes represented inside them can help them to write better protagonists.
Writers will learn how to take their readers on a journey of discovery and transformation as experienced through the main character, as he or she follows the path you as the writer has laid out for them.
Writers will learn tried and true methods for writing more believable and impactful hero characters.
These techniques may be used by writers of both fiction and non-fiction.

Keith Young Biography
It is hard to put so much genius in one container! Keith is an author, educator, historian, artist and
community activist. Similarly to the eminent mythologist, writer, and lecturer, Joseph Campbell, Keith love to dig through the mines of ancient myths, legends, and religions to unearth their deeper meanings and their significance to our daily modern lives.
Keith is a lifelong Detroiter with deep roots in the community. Among his accomplishments he sites
graduating from Cass Tech, becoming a Detroit Police Officer, and teaching the young and old at various Detroit Public Schools and Non-Profits.



Saturday, August 5, 2017

You're invited: #MotownWriters @Meetup wsg @KeithDYoung Aug12th #Detroit @DetroitLibrary

Path of the Hero Presentation Information
In this presentation, writers will learn how the study of mythology and the archetypes represented inside them can help them to write better protagonists.
Writers will learn how to take their readers on a journey of discovery and transformation as experienced through the main character, as he or she follows the path you as the writer has laid out for them.
Writers will learn tried and true methods for writing more believable and impactful hero characters.
These techniques may be used by writers of both fiction and non-fiction.

Keith Young Biography
It is hard to put so much genius in one container! Keith is an author, educator, historian, artist and
community activist. Similarly to the eminent mythologist, writer, and lecturer, Joseph Campbell, Keith love to dig through the mines of ancient myths, legends, and religions to unearth their deeper meanings and their significance to our daily modern lives.
Keith is a lifelong Detroiter with deep roots in the community. Among his accomplishments he sites
graduating from Cass Tech, becoming a Detroit Police Officer, and teaching the young and old at various Detroit Public Schools and Non-Profits.

RSVP https://www.meetup.com/michiganliterarynetwork/events/241815488/



Friday, August 4, 2017

"I've Got Something (Speakers and Writers Workshop). #Detroit via @DRileySpeaks.Aug 5th



Join D.R.  Speaks as he partners with best-selling author, speaker and editorial guru, Tenita Johnson for the I've Got Something to Say speakers and writers workshop.

This inspiring workshop will provide strategies towards speaking and writing development, as well as providing insight and resources on how to maximize the gifts, talents, and skills that each of us possesses.

This workshop is for you if:

- You have a message or story to tell

- Want to write and publish a book

- Want to become a better speaker or writer


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Book to Stage Play from @TenitaJEditor: When the Smoke Clears Aug12-13 #Detroit #Motownwriters


                                   PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
July 7, 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: Tenita Johnson
Phone: 313.999.6942

Local Author Takes Bestselling Book to the Stage

Detroit, MI—Everyone has something in their past they’d like to forget. But when your past meets your present and threatens your future, how far will one go to keep the peace? When the Smoke Clears: The Stage Play chronicles the life of one couple who seems to have the picture perfect marriage. But when the picture becomes somewhat distorted, and cracks are revealed in the frame, will this family rebound from life’s fires or be consumed by second-hand smoke?
The book, When the Smoke Clears: A Phoenix Rises, addresses the fires of life and techniques to douse the flames, encouraging readers to resurrect from the ashes into victorious living. The book encourages readers to know that, although they may be thrust into the fire, when the smoke clears, they will emerge unscathed!
When the Smoke Clears: The Stage Play takes place on Saturday, August 12, and Sunday, August 13 at the Marlene Boll Theatre at the Boll Family YMCA in Detroit, MI. Showtimes for Saturday are 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., with the final show on Sunday at 3 p.m. General admission tickets are $25. Souvenir booklet ad space is still available, but limited! For more information, purchase your tickets or to purchase souvenir booklet ad space, email info@soitiswritten.net, visit www.soitiswritten.net or call 313.999.6942.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

.@DetWkgWriters 2017 Writing Competition now open for your submissions Due Aug10th #Detroit #MichLit #MotownWriters #Writers #Authors





Greetings DWW members!

DWW's 2017 Writing Competition is now OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS!

First Place in each category: $100.00 and Certificate; Second Place in each category: $50.00 and Certificate; Third Place in each category: Certificate.

CATEGORIES:

The MacGuffin Poetry Prize: Maximum of 3 poems. Limit:  30 lines per poem.    

The MSU Fourth Genre Creative Nonfiction Prize: Essay, memoir, book chapter, humor, history, or other nonfiction.  Limit: 500 words per submission.

Adult Fiction Prize: Submissions that show excellence in adult fiction.  Limit:  500 words per submission

Young Adult/New Adult Fiction: Short stories, excerpts from novellas or novels. Limit:  500 words per submission.

Children's Literature: Picture Books and books intended for those under the age of 10.  Limit:  500 words per submission.

WHO MAY ENTER:

Open to Michigan writers 18 and older of any skill level.  DWW Board members and Conference Committee members are not eligible to enter.
All work must be original and previously unpublished.  Writers will retain all rights to their work. 

HOW TO ENTER:

 All entries must be submitted by mail as follows:

  • Contact information is to be printed on an index card (name, address, email, phone, category, and title of each work submitted) and submitted with your entry/entries.
  • Print the contest category and title of the work on the first page of each entry.
  • Submit works only in the English language and use a 12 point serif font such as Times New Roman.  
  • Include with your entry/entries a check payable to 
  Detroit Working Writers.  Please include fees in the following amounts: 
  $10.00 for one entry, $20.00 for up to three total entries, regardless of 
  category.  Once submitted, entry fees are not refundable.  
  • Send your entries to:

DWW Writing Competition
P.O. Box 82395
Rochester, MI  48308

Postmark must be NO LATER than AUGUST 10, 2017!  

Winners will be announced at the DWW Writing Conference to be held on September 16, 2017, at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy.

DWW reserves the right not to award a prize or prizes if enough entries are not received for a particular genre or the caliber of entries submitted is not strong enough to earn an award.  

Enter early!  Our judges look forward to reading your work!



Roberta Brown
DWW President

Find out more about Detroit Working Writers at http://www.detworkingwriters.org
Connect with them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DetWkgWriters

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

"I've Got Something (Speakers and Writers Workshop). #Detroit via @DRileySpeaks.Aug 5th



Join D.R.  Speaks as he partners with best-selling author, speaker and editorial guru, Tenita Johnson for the I've Got Something to Say speakers and writers workshop.

This inspiring workshop will provide strategies towards speaking and writing development, as well as providing insight and resources on how to maximize the gifts, talents, and skills that each of us possesses.

This workshop is for you if:

- You have a message or story to tell

- Want to write and publish a book

- Want to become a better speaker or writer


A Conversation w/Author, April Ryan @DetroitLibrary Aug5th #book #michigan #motownwriters #michlit



Saturday, August  5, 2017

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 

Detroit Public Library - Main Library

Moderated by Stephen Henderson

Clara Stanton Jones Friends Auditorium



 
 
Join us at the Detroit Public Library for an up close & personal conversation with April Ryan, a 30-year award-winning journalist, author, White House correspondent, CNN political analyst and 2017 NABJ Journalist of the Year. Ryan has been the White House Correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) since January of 1997, covering three Presidents. 

Ryan is also the author of two best-selling books ... The Presidency In Black and White: My Up Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America and At Mama Knee: Mother and Race in Black and White. 

The Presidency in Black and White was named by NBC NEWS as one of 14 books to read during Black History Month 2015. As a White House Correspondent and Washington Bureau Chief, Ryan has been afforded the opportunity to write the book in a first-hand account through her daily responsibilities at the White House.
 
Ryan shifts the conversation from the White House to every home in America with At Mama's Knee   Ryan.looks at race and race relations through the lessons that mothers transmit to their children.  As a single African-American mother in Baltimore, Ryan has struggled with each gut wrenching, race-related news story to find the words to convey the right lessons to her daughters. 
 
This event is free and open to the public.
 
Free parking is available in the Employee's Lot off Putnam Street.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Detroit Beer Book History Talk w/Motor City Brewing Works Aug8th #Michigan #MichLit #motownwriters @mibeertours



DESCRIPTION

Free Detroit Beer Book History Talk on August 8th at Motor City Brewing Works in Detroit at 7pm featuring Stephen Johnson the author of "Detroit Beer - A History of Brewing in the Motor City" and owner of Motor City Brew Tours.
This free event starts at 7pm and includes a talk providing history of the early breweries in downtown Detroit and all the way up to the start of craft beer breweries in the 1990's. Stephen Johnson will have copies of his book for sale and will sign copies at the conclusion of the talk. To better plan for the space within Motor City Brewing Works - 470 W. Canfield St. Detroit, MI 48201, we ask you to pre-register for this this free event. Weather permitting, we will hold this talk in the outdoor Biergarten space! Due to limited space, please only register if you plan to attend.
Learn more about the Detroit Beer Book at: http://DetroitBeerBook.com]

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Aug3rd: @ RustCityBookCon Author/Reader Event #Michigan #michlit #Motownwriters



DESCRIPTION

Rust City Book Con is a super casual intimate convention and book signing in Troy, MI, with the intent to introduce readers to new authors and genres, as well as the chance to interact with current favorites. We have a fabulous lineup of authors, ranging from indie to NYT Bestsellers, that will be sure to tempt readers of all walks of life.
We'll be focusing on all GENRE fiction, so there's bound to be some interesting and diverse topics discussed at the daily panels. In the evenings we'll be partying and creating some fascinating mayhem with meet & greets, or as I like to call them, mini-parties.
While there is a schedule, there is also time for authors and readers to simply hang out. It's all but guaranteed that readers will have plenty of one-on-one interactions with the attending authors.
Saturday’s book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and also FREE to the public. However we are asking everyone to bring a gently used book (childrens through adult) to help fill a new #LittleFreeLibrary to be installed within the community after the event. The library will be revealed/displayed throughout the weekend.
I know many readers tend to stick with their preferred genres, and there's nothing wrong with that; but you never know what you'll find, what you'll like, until you take a leap of faith. Join us August 4-6, 2017 and discover the authors who write the stories we love to read!
Can't wait for the festivities? Join the FB group where we keep the party going!
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