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  • Writer's pictureJ. R. Erickson

Mark Your Calendar

Hey Michigan Writers – I know that fall (and that other snowy season that’s barreling down on us) makes writer’s events drop a few notches on the priority list. After all, who wants to strap into a snowsuit and combat boots to go to a reading? But keep in mind that successful writers make their share of sacrifices whether it be writing after a twelve hour workday, two hour commute, once the kids are in bed or simply skipping a date with the couch to pump out an extra thousand words. Whatever your personal reasons for avoiding writing events in the chilly months, remember that every event holds the possibility of an amazing connection or piece of advice that launches you further on your path to publication. So I say, rebel against the writer in you that desires solitude and slippers and opt instead for one of these fun and fulfilling events sure to pique your creative mind and provide fodder for that epic novel collecting dust in the corner.

Author’s Forum Presents: Dakota, or What’s Heaven For: A Conversation with Brenda Marshall and Tom Fricke Location: Ann Arbor Date: November 17 Author’s Forum Presents: Being in Pictures: A Conversation with Joanne Leonard and Sidonie Smith Location: Ann Arbor Date: December 1 Weekend Playwriting Workshop at PRTC Location: Chelsea Date: Friday Nov. 12 – Sunday Nov. 14 Creative Writing Workshop with George Dila (4 Wednesday mornings beginning Nov. 10) Location: Ludington Date: Nov. 10 – Dec 8 National Writer’s Series: An Evening with Karl Marlantes Location: Traverse City Date: November 12 Motown Literary Jam and Conference Day Location: Detroit Date: November 12 Mystery writer Loren D. Estleman visits Aunt Agatha’s Bookstore to sing copies of his latest book, The Left-Handed Dollar. Location: Ann Arbor Date: December 11 Wade Rouse Two Day Writing Seminar at Saturn Booksellers Location: Gaylord Date: November 12 and 13 Reading and Signing by Heather Sellers at Literary Life Bookstore Location: Grand Rapids Date: November 11 Poetry with Linda Nemec Foster and Robert Fanning at Literary Life Bookstore Location: Grand Rapids Date: November 18 Author Reshma Sapre at Horizon Books – Signing and Reading Location: Traverse City Date: November 12

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