Michigan Writers is a vibrant community of people who appreciate the written word. As a member of Michigan Writers, you will help to actively foster a vital literary community by encouraging, supporting and connecting writers of all ages, providing opportunities for

  • Professional Development
  • Education
  • Networking
  • Publication.

Benefits of Membership

  • Access to a vital and supportive writing community
  • Free subscription to Dunes Review (a $16 value)
  • Participation in building a local literary culture
  • Eligibility to submit poetry, short fiction, creative fiction, and essays to the Michigan Writers Cooperative Press
  • Discounts and scholarships to writing conferences and seminars.

Dunes Review

In 2012, the Dunes Review celebrates its sixteenth year in print. Northern Michigan’s premier literary journal, the Dunes Review showcases the best local, regional, and national poetry, fiction and essays of 3,000 words or fewer.

Submissions are accepted via email year-round. Click here for more information.

Michigan Writers Cooperative Press

Since 2005, the Michigan Writers Cooperative Press has helped emerging writers of poetry, short stories and creative nonfiction by publishing their first book in a literary genre by a reputable press.

As a cooperative venture, authors share with the Cooperative Press the costs of production and responsibility for marketing the chapbooks, which are sold at Michigan Writers events, online, and in bookstores and retailers in Northern Michigan. Click here for more information.


Michigan Writers sponsors numerous workshops and seminars throughout the year. Workshop presenters include local and nationally known writers and other professionals.

Most events are held near Traverse City and are free and open to the public. If there is a fee, members usually receive a discount.

Membership Gatherings

We hold twice-yearly potluck dinners and general membership meetings in Traverse City, typically in April and October. This is a great opportunity to feast; socialize with other writers, discover writers’ groups to join; and enjoy short programs such as a guest speaker, an open-mic night, or a panel discussion.


Our monthly e-newsletter includes information on upcoming events and updates of members’ professional activities. If you would like to contribute information to the newsletter, the deadline is the 25th of the month preceding publication; send information to [email protected].


Since 2008, Michigan Writers has offered full and partial scholarship opportunities for members who attend either of two regional writing conferences: the University of Michigan’s Bear River Writers’ Conference on Walloon Lake, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts Writers’ Intensive.

National Writers Series

Michigan Writers is a founding contributor of the National Writers Series. Our participation including ongoing financial and volunteer assistance, including judging entries in the annual high-school writing competition.

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