Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The Twisted Storytellers Are Going GOAL Digging -- And We Need Your Support @twistedtellers


The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers® is creating a whole new generation of storytellers and story listeners.


Dear sylviahubbard,


Ending One Era, Staring One New


With the New Year comes New Goals! On this Giving Tuesday, 2019, we are excited to share our goals for the coming year plus ways you can get involved and show your support.


Top 3 Goals for the coming year:


Expand our Mission:


We have a global mission to connect humanity, heal and transform community. Our mission is achieved through live storytelling events, workshops that provide story direction and coaching to individuals, organizations, businesses and educational institutions. In the coming year we are designing programs for organizations across the country and in cities around the globe. This includes partnerships with multi-media platforms to expand our work from stage to multi-camera, global live-streaming platforms.


Empower Others:


In 2019, we presented over a dozen storytelling workshops to organizations, corporations and individuals. We helped to craft over 200 stories and programmed special live events. We want to increase that number significantly. With your support we will continue to empower communities by developing storytellers and story listeners through the art and craft of storytelling.


Create Community and Change the World:


"The moment a story is told it draws us to our shared humanity. Sharing stories makes community possible. People experience being seen, heard and accepted. There is an immediate sense of belonging." – Satori Shakoor. After storytellers grace our stage, they take a bow—but the story doesn't end there. Their stories are shared via social media platforms where they can influence change and inspire a call to action. In 2020, we want to connect with leaders of the world—lawmakers, educators, parents and clergy. We plan to travel to parts of the globe and coach those in positions of influence to inspire positive change through the art and craft of storytelling.


A donation of just $25 will provide a storyteller with the story coaching they need to be successful. $50 will make it possible to facilitate a small workshop. $100 will help support our monthly live events. Your donation of any size will make a meaningful impact. Will you give today and help us reach our goals for 2020?


Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to serving you in the New Year.


Click here to donate today!


With our thanks,

The Twisted Storytellers Team 

The Society for the Re-Institutionalization of STORYTELLING


Monday, December 30, 2019


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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 hello@detroitwritingroom.com.


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 detroitwritingroom.com/events.

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 detroitwritingroom.com/coaches.

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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Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Thursday, December 26, 2019

Ready to Read Michigan Newsletter - December 2019 @LibraryofMich

every child ready to read

Ready to Read Michigan - December 2019

In This Issue:

To the Tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It."

If you're marching on parade, swish your tail! If you're marching on parade, swish your tail! If you're marching on parade,
Your smile won't fail,
If you're marching on parade,
Swish your tail!

Selection from the Ready to Read Michigan Programming & Resource Guide 2020 for
A Parade of Elephants



A Parade of Elephants at Your Library!

YSAC discussion

This March there will be a parade of elephants marching through your library! Well, more like a herd of toddlers, but they'll be having a lot of fun while engaging in early literacy. How will this come about? The explanation starts back in May of 2019 when the Library of Michigan's Youth Services Advisory Council (YSAC) met to select the Ready to Read Michigan (RTRM) book for "March is Reading Month," 2020. The RTRM program is designed for public librarians to model early literacy skill development directly to families and to assist libraries in engaging in outreach to early childhood centers and daycares throughout their community. Every year YSAC selects a book title for March that encapsulates the 5 practices of early literacy from Every Child Ready to Read®, a parent education initiative from the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children. 

Since RTRM began in 2018, the Library of Michigan's YSAC group has selected a picture book targeted for young children, ages 0-5, that public library staff can use to demonstrate the early literacy practices of TalkReadSingWrite, and Play to caregivers and parents. Now, this is where the parade through your library comes in, as the 2020 selection is nationally award-winning author and illustrator Kevin Henkes' A Parade of Elephants. In this story readers follow five colorful elephants and explore counting, are introduced to prepositions, such as "up" and "down," and act out the motions of the elephants. Infants, toddlers and preschoolers will have the opportunity in storytime to play around with the story, create crafts, sing themed tunes such as "If You're Marching on Parade, Swish Your Tail!", and be encouraged to read more as a family, thanks to this year's engaging selection.

Community Partner Feature

hand prints

WIC – Women, Infants, and Children is a federally-funded Special Supplemental Nutrition Program of the Food and Nutrition Service of the United States Department of Agriculture and is administered by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  WIC provides food, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and a Farmers' Market Nutrition Program for Women and Children.  To find a local WIC agency near your library to start a community collaboration or to ask for flyers and information for the public you serve, go to: https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71547_4910---,00.html.  

Best of the Best Books!

Book Covers

Every year about this time organizations, publications and others start releasing their "Best Books of 2019" lists.  Here's a few of our favorites:

Free RTRM Reproducibles

Alphabet mat

FREE Ready to Read Michigan (RTRM) reproducible materials are up on our website, www.Mi.gov/ReadytoRead. Download, print, and use in storytime or make available in your library. Items include the following:

*Please note that some pieces above require 11"x17" paper

With an Early Childhood Program or School?

librarian checking out kids' books

Are you with a school or early childhood program such as Great Start or Head Start? Ready to Read Michigan began in 2018 to assist your local library in better serving you and children 5 and under.

Contact your local public library this winter to schedule a visit or in-library storytime during March is Reading month, or a time before the end of the school year. Your students will love marching along with the elephants, at your library! 

MeL Minute: Making the Most of Job & Career Accelerator
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Michigan eLibrary

Supporting Michigan Libraries - December 19, 2019

Job & Career Accelerator is Your One-Stop-Shop

MeL team: Kathy Kosinski, Sonya Norris and Liz Breed

One of my favorite MeL eResources for patrons and students is LearningExpress Library, and my absolute favorite center is Job & Career Accelerator.  This center puts everything the job seeker needs to land a job in one place and is available online 24/7.   



  • Explore over 1,000 different occupations and find a career that best fits their interests and skills using the Skills Matcher and Interest Matcher. 
  • Find In Demand Occupations and discover careers that are projected to have long-term growth and a need for a larger workforce, or are being expanded because of new technology, innovation, or economic trends. 
  • Update their job search skills. Get better results by participating in the Find Your Next Job tutorial.  Learn about the 21st-century job search and employment landscape.  Discover why it's important to acquire new skills and build up the ones they already have; and how crucial the power of networking and social media really is.   
  • Explore the Career Library eBook Collection where they'll have an opportunity to learn about popular and trending professions, as well as job hunting strategies that work! 
  • Access over 5 million job and internship postings, using the Job and Internship Search Engines.  They're aggregated from the leading job boards, government and corporate sites, online classifieds, recruitment sites, and more – all from one single search! 
  • Create professional and effective resumes using the step-by-step Resume Builder and publish the most effective resumes possible. Throughout the process, they will find expert advice, easy-to-follow instructions, and helpful resume samples.  
  • Use the Interview with Confidence tutorial and learn the importance of pre-interview research, explore a variety of interview styles, gain practice answering the most common interview questions, and much more! 
  • Patrons and students can track their job-search progress and access their resumes, cover letters, saved job searches, occupation matches, skills for improvement, tutorials, occupation practice tests, and eBooks with their secure, personalized Career Dashboard 

Job & Career Accelerator is a one-stop-shop for anyone looking to land a job.  Whether they're entering the workforce for the 1st time, transitioning from the military, changing careers, re-entering the workforce, or they're seasoned job seekers, this award-winning job and career platform has it all. To get started and learn more click here:   Learning Express Quick Start Guide & Job and Career Accelerator. 


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