Literary Events Calendar

We aim to give you a one-stop look at events writers and readers might like, in the Grand Traverse region and beyond.

We’ll soon have a form you can complete to submit your own events for this calendar. Until then, please send an email with detailed event info to info@michwriters.org.

Oct
20
Fri
What’s Your Story?
Oct 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

A writing workshop, geared towards helping you figure out your plot, characters, and plans as we head into NaNoWriMo! Come join NaNo veterans and other local writers in a casual round table discussion. Planners and Pantsers and Plantsers all welcome!

Oct
22
Sun
Dunes Review Release Party, Summer/Fall 2017 @ Brilliant Books
Oct 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The Summer/Fall 2017 issue of Dunes Review is here — come join the release party!

Nov
4
Sat
Kick-Off, Write-In! (Part 1)
Nov 4 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Our first write-in of the month! Come participate in chit-chat, word wars, and procrastination! Socialize with other writers endeavoring to beat this month long writing challenge!

Bring your A-game, and get ready to type like the wind! We’ll be taking a break for dinner, and then it’s back to the grindstone. We’re a friendly bunch, so newcomers, don’t be frighted!

Kick-Off, Write-In! (Part 2)
Nov 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Part 2 of our first write-in of the month! Refreshed and refueled from our dinner break, we’re coming back to write some more. A few more hours of work, and we should be well ahead of the game! More word wars, more writing sprints, and we’ll beat this thing yet!

Nov
11
Sat
Second Saturdays Writing Meetup
Nov 11 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Nov
17
Fri
Write or Die!
Nov 17 @ 6:00 pm – Nov 18 @ 8:00 am

A Library Lock-in, for the brave of heart! We’re staying up all night, typing till dawn!

Check-in goes from 6-6:30. Please be aware that if you leave, you won’t be able to get back in, as the library will be *closed* for the duration of the event.

We will have access to a full kitchen, and are planning on doing an informal potluck-style dinner, so bring something to share! And don’t worry, we’re providing coffee all night long, to keep you writing. 😉

Aside from dinner, activities will include:
-Writing Sprints
-Word Wars
-a themed Word Crawl (tbd)
-Snacks and Socializing!

Though we love Wrimos of all ages, please understand that this event is for legal adults (defined as people over the age of 18) only.

Dec
2
Sat
TGIO! @ TBD
Dec 2 all-day

Thank goodness, you made it all the way through! Now come have a potluck dinner with us, and recount the 30 days of madness you just survived! (Traditionally, we bring a food mentioned in our novels! It makes for an interesting and…diverse…meal.)

Dec
9
Sat
Second Saturdays Writing Meetup
Dec 9 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Jan
13
Sat
Second Saturdays Writing Meetup
Jan 13 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Feb
10
Sat
Second Saturdays Writing Meetup
Feb 10 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Events Updates

“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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