Saturday, December 28, 2019

The Detroit Writing Room Newsletter: Chapter 16

Coming up next week...

We're looking forward to popping bottles with you on New Year's Eve!

2019 was an amazing year for us. We officially opened The Detroit Writing Room after years of dreaming about a space where anyone could get help from professional writing coaches, authors could give book talks, local artists could exhibit their artwork, professionals could find a quiet and inspiring place to work, and Detroiters could express their creativity during open mic nights or writing workshops.

We're excited for everything we have in the works for 2020, but until then, we're opening our doors to celebrate the last night of this incredible year with you!

If you don't have a ticket to our "Improv in the D" New Year's Eve Show featuring Planet Ant and an open bar from Sumptuous Spirits, there is still time to sign up! (Special offer: Show your ticket to our neighbor Eatori Market and get 15% off your bill on NYE!) 

Thanks for all your love and support this year! Happy New Year!
 ~Stephanie & Jake

Detroit Writing Room Speakers Series

The Detroit Writing Room is launching a Speakers Series in 2020!

We're excited to bring you a new monthly event! Each month will focus on a theme. There will be a meet-and-greet with the panelists, drinks, a lively discussion and opportunity to ask questions!

Join us for our first Detroit Writing Room Speakers Series featuring top Metro Detroit podcasters on Jan. 16 at 5:30 p.m.!

Podcasters Shannon Cason of Homemade Stories, Robin Kinnie of Motor City Woman Studios, Zak Rosen of Graham Media Group, Joe Saul-Sehy of Stacking Benjamins, Rebecca Scarcello of The D Brief and Jon Gay of JAG in Detroit will share how they built their shows, followings and careers in podcasting.

If you're an aspiring podcaster or want to grow your own podcast, you don't want to miss this!

Tickets are $35. Drinks are included. 


Heading on a Book Tour in 2020?

Come stop in Detroit, and give at talk at
The Detroit Writing Room!

Book talks include use of our speakers, microphones, projector and DWR staff will take care of selling — so all authors have to focus on is signing!

Book your book release party or talk by emailing


Upcoming Events

We have several workshops, exhibits and events you don't want to miss!


Creating Mindfulness in the New Year
Jan. 4 from 12:30-2 p.m.

Start the year off right by learning mindfulness techniques to keep you stress-free in 2020. In this workshop led by mindfulness meditation instructor Erin Covert, you will learn easy and practical techniques to apply mindfulness to your everyday life. Topics include meditation, journaling, mantras and more. Each student will receive a free journal and workbook. Register here

New Year, New You Headshot Special
Jan. 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Start the new year off with a new headshot that will empower you to go after your goals and aspirations in 2020! Professional photographer Brett Mountain is offering a $99 headshot special at The Detroit Writing Room. Each 20-minute session includes 1 retouched image. Additional images will be available for purchase. Detroit Blows will also be on-site to offer full face makeup. Register here

Erin Kirkland Photography Opening Reception
Jan. 9 from 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Join us for an opening reception for Detroit Writing Room photography coach Erin Kirkland. Meet Erin and view her beautiful photos while enjoying Champagne. Erin's work will be showcased and available for purchase at the DWR through March. Cover charge is $10. All proceeds benefit Coaching Detroit Forward's Photography Camp. Register here

Yoga for Writers 
Jan. 11, Feb. 8 & March 14 from 10 a.m. to noon

We're offering Yoga for Writers one Saturday a month in January, February and March! Whether you're brand new to your mat or you've been practicing for years, everyone can benefit from this all-levels yoga class taught by Lindsay Madison. Immediately following our yoga session you'll receive a complimentary notebook to participate in our guided journaling experience. The combination of yoga and journaling is designed to elevate your writing and provide clarity so you can access your authentic voice. Sign up for one or all three classes by Dec. 31, and you'll get a special discount. Register here

PowerJournal for Weight Loss
Jan. 13 from 6 - 8 p.m.

You want to step into the new decade as a lighter, healthier, happier YOU. And you want to make peace with food and feel your best. But perhaps you're still carrying the weight, guilt and self-sabotaging behaviors that have held you back from your best health and happiness. Join Elizabeth Ann Watkins for a transformative experience in her PowerJournal for Weight Loss workshop. You will walk away knowing that, yes, you can finally step into the new year and the new decade with the power to break free from unhealthy habits and make the rest of your life, the best of your life. The "PowerJournal 28-Day Challenge for Weight Loss" ($12.99 value) is included in the registration fee. Register here

Wellness for Writers
Jan. 15 from noon to 1 p.m.

Learn how to maximize the power of your mind, body and spirit during a one-hour Wellness for Writers workshop led by Elizabeth Ann Atkins. As the author of 33 books and CEO of Two Sisters Writing & Publishing, this wellness advisor has cracked the code on how to activate the infinite energy and creativity within yourself. She does that with daily meditation, yoga, journaling, green drinks, high-vibe foods, sleep and exercise. She'll explain how you can craft a customized wellness lifestyle to maximize your success as a writer. Register here

Coffee Tasting
Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We are brewing with excitement host the first Detroit Writing Room Coffee Tasting! The Coffee Tasting will be open to the public to attend. After sampling coffee, you will vote for their favorite. The winning shop will receive the 2020 Detroit Writing Room Coffee Lover's Choice Award. Early bird tickets are $10 until Jan. 8. Register here

See all upcoming events and workshops at

Writing Coach Spotlight:
Delphia Simmons

Delphia Simmons is a bibliophile and a serial learner. For most of her life she's lived in Detroit, where she and her spouse are empty nesters with a daughter, two sons and six grandchildren. One of the vacated bedrooms was quickly turned into a home office with built-in floor to ceiling bookshelves. She credits her life-long love of books and reading for her love and deep appreciation of writing and writers. After graduating from Madonna University where she studied business, she proceeded to work in the human services/development sector where she learned to marry the two. She is the founder of Thrive Detroit Street Newspaper, business plan course facilitator and board chair of Build Institute, and the Chief Strategy and Learning Officer at COTS: Creating Opportunities To Succeed.

Delphia is leading a Business Plan Kickstart Workshop on Jan. 29 at 5:30 p.m. Whether you're just beginning to think about your idea, starting to put it on paper or un-shelving it to start again, the start of a new year is a great time to kickstart your business plan. Early bird tickets are $35 until Jan. 15.

Sign up with Delphia for personal coaching on business plans and business decks here.

See all DWR coaches at

Sign up for a membership today to get unlimited access to the co-working space, discounts on workshops and coaching, guest passes, coffee, wi-fi and a community you won't find anywhere else!

"The writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads." — Dr. Seuss
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1514 Washington Boulevard, Suite 203, Detroit, MI 48226

Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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