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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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  • MICHIGAN AUTHOR SHOWCASE Join your peers and meet your fans. Promote, sell, and sign your Michigan book. FREE for all family-friendly Michigan authors and publishers. Saturday, September 28 12:00-3:00 PM Downtown Allen Park Email [email protected] for application. Part of the 4th annual Made in Michigan Festival, a celebration of the state’s best artists, food, music, and brews. Over 15,000 people expected for two great days of eating, drinking, shopping, and dancing – Michigan style.
    July 14, 2019
  • Michigan Writers members having fun last night at the National Writers Series - An Evening with Daniel Pink.
    June 28, 2019
  • With the latest Dunes Review issue hitting the US Mail, we thought you might enjoy reading along to the contributors at the issue’s launch in May. Thank you to all of the writers who traveled to join us in launching this new work. We hope you enjoy it. Here are the readers, who appear in the same order as their work in the issue: Jennifer Yeatts, “Editor’s Note” Jen Sperry Steinorth, Issue cover Jennifer for Victoria Hudson, “Welcome to Fort Smith…” Ann Casapini, “You Are Standing Right in Front of Me” Ellen Stone, “Dissolution” Ginger Hanchey, “Symphony” Kirk Westphal, “Common Ground” Ellen Stone, “Dear Styrofoam Meat Tray” Danny Eisenberg, “Swarm” Ginger Hanchey, “How to Explain” Danny Eisenberg, “Proof with Birds” Jennifer for Clare Hogan, “Saying So” Abigail Goodheart, “Cooking Shows” and “Holidays” Kelli Fitzpatrick, “As Water” Janet Greenhut, “Seven + One” Alan Haider, “Virtual Vacation” Jennifer for Jasmine Throckmorton, “Matriarch” Ellen Stone, “Good Friday at the Transplant Clinic” Jennifer for Maria Terrone, “ICU” Julia Poole, “Echoed” Danny Eisenberg, “Liechtenstein” Jack Baker, “Our Cedar Fence Near Freesoil, MI”
    June 19, 2019
  • Here are a few more photos from the 2019 Chapbook Launch
    June 16, 2019
  • 2018 Chapbook Launch, Writers House
    June 6, 2019
  • We had a great launch party, Sunday, at Brilliant Books.
    May 8, 2019

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