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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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  • We had a great launch party, Sunday, at Brilliant Books.
    May 8, 2019
  • More Workshop Highlights
    April 28, 2019
  • Carol Thorson & Doe Risko, winners of our prize drawing.
    April 28, 2019
  • Packed house at Heather Shumaker's "The World of Children's Book Writing"!
    April 28, 2019
  • Michigan Writers Cooperative Press — Chapbook Contest Winner Michigan Writers Cooperative Press is pleased to announce the winner of our annual chapbook contest. This year we will be publishing one new author, Megan Klco Kellner and her poetry chapbook, "What Will You Teach Her?" Megan’s book will be released at a celebratory reading and reception on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 7pm. We invite the public to join us for this free event at the Writing House on the campus of the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Mark your calendars to help us celebrate Megan’s work. Megan Klco Kellner writes poems and makes paintings in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She holds an MFA in painting from Kendall College of Art and Design. She started writing poems in earnest during late-night feedings after her children were born. She is, above all, their awe-filled observer. "What Will You Teach Her?" was selected by poetry judge Casey Thayer, author of the full-length poetry collection, "Self Portrait with Spurs and Sulfur" (University of New Mexico Press, 2015). Thayer was a Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University and has been a fellow at the Sewanee Writers' Conference. He has published work in American Poetry Review, North American Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. Currently, he lives in Chicago and works at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
    April 6, 2019
  • Hello All! I'm an indie author from MI who is currently running a #Kickstarter to get my second book professionally edited and sensitivity read, along with do a marketing program. I'd appreciate any #sharing or #pledges! Unexpected Meeting is a #lovestory between #soulmates Jon and Luc.
    March 7, 2019

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