Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Alcona Writers Retreat will run June 4-7 in Alcona County

I'd like to alert the members of the Motown Writers Network about a new writing workshop. The Alcona Writers Retreat will run June 4-7 in Alcona County, near Alpena in northeast Michigan. Widely published Michigan authors with teaching backgrounds will offer 3-day classes in poetry, memoir and fiction. The authors are: 

Kathleen McGookey, whose fourth and fifth poetry collections are in press and who teaches at Hope College 

Anne-Marie Oomen, whose third memoir, "Love, Sex and 4-H," was published this month and who just retired from decades at Interlochen. 

John Smolens, whose ninth novel will be published next year, emeritus professor at Northern Michigan University. 

The nonprofit Inspiration Alcona is sponsoring this retreat in collaboration with the Wayne State University Press and with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Community Foundation of Northeast Michigan. 

Learn more at www.InspirationAlcona.or­g. Can't make June? In September as part of an arts retreat we'll have songwriting taught by John D. Lamb and poetry taught by Jack Ridl. Same place for information. 

Thanks for helping spread the word. 


Will St. John, for Inspiration Alcona

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

I've updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:

WhenSaturday, April 11, 2015 10:00 AM

Where: Detroit Library - Main
5201 Woodward Ave. 
Detroit, MI 48202

This Meetup repeats on the 2nd Saturday of every month.

April Special Guest: Ralph Claxton, Web Developer, Local Business Consultant, Mobile App maker, Affiliate marketer

Talk on:

• How To Build Your Website

• Importance of A Website

• How To Make Money on that Website

• And more... Q&A also


If the changes affect your plans to attend, please take a moment to update your RSVP. (You can RSVP "No" or "Yes".)

You can always get in touch with me through my group profile on Meetup.

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Detroit Working Writers Wants to read your work... Deadline April 10th

We want to read your work! Only four more days until the deadline of April 10 for entering the Detroit Working Writers writing competition. Open to non-members as well as members. Categories include:
Young Adult/New Adult Fiction
Adult Fiction
Creative Non-Fiction
Children's Literature
There are 15 informational workshops at the May 16 Detroit Working Writers' Annual Conference.
DON'T MISS OUT! see for conference and competition details.
It's never too late to fulfill your writing dreams. Here's a link to an article in last weekend's Michigan Prime, addressing that topic.. Detroit Working Writers is featured, along with several of our members.
See you at the Conference on May 16!

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