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The Michigan Writers Fall Social is Sunday, Nov. 11

Join Michigan Writers as we celebrate writers and writing at our Fall Social on Sunday, Nov. 11, 4-6 pm, at The Workshop Brewing Co. in Traverse City.

Story-Centered Interviews: A Fresh Approach for Historians and Writers

In this workshop, instead of treating interviews as sources of often-unreliable factual information, we’ll approach interviews as invaluable, even sacred opportunities for people to tell us the stories that explain who they are and the lives they have lived. We’ll put a priority upon humanistic and journalistic approaches over those of social science, focusing not on the “informant” but on the person. Instead of going into an interview with long lists of fact-soliciting questions, our preparation and practice will rely upon careful listening and the sympathetic pursuit of the stories people use to make sense of their lives.

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“The Story Engine” Monday, Oct. 23 (A Michigan Writers Workshop)

What makes a story move? If you find that your stories often run out of energy and stall, or that your characters and scenes stagnate, join this workshop to focus upon the power source — the “engine” — that drives your story forward. In this interactive FREE workshop, we’ll focus upon the common structural elements that good stories share. Offered by Michigan Writers, in partnership with National Novel Writing Month.

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  • October 29, 2018
  • Poetry class! Former Dunes Review editor Tanya Muzumdar will be teaching English 215: Introduction to Poetry during the winter semester 2019. Class starts on Tuesday. Jan. 15, at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey. The course may be taken for college credit, or it would make a great lifelong learning / personal enrichment opportunity! Visit to register. Registration opens on Nov. 14. For more information, email [email protected]
    October 27, 2018
  • We had a lovely time celebrating the launch of the Fall 2018 Dunes Review last Sunday. Thank you to all of the contributors
    October 24, 2018
  • October 22, 2018
  • The agenda is set for the November 2-4 Word Lovers writing weekend at Lakeside: FRIDAY, 6:30 PM: Dinner followed by "reverence discussion" and project brainstorming. SATURDAY, 8:30 AM: Breakfast, morning meditation, Deanna Adams' The Pleasures, Perils, and Perseverance of Being a Writer, and a critique session. SATURDAY, 1:00 PM: Afternoon stretch, lunch, and a discussion of The Writing Life: Writers on How They Think and Work by Marie Arana. SATURDAY, 8:00 PM: Open microphone readings. SUNDAY, 8:30 AM: Breakfast, morning meditation, poetic medicine writing, and weekend round-up. For more information, go to
    October 22, 2018
  • October 18, 2018

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