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Writer’s Workshops

This group has a maximum membership of eight active members, but is always accepting applications. Although the group’s website operates on a University of Michigan server, it appears to be led by book coach, editor, and publicist Jeannie Ballew, owner of EditProse.

826michigan

Unfortunately, as cool as the story behind 826 is, the organization focuses primarily on workshops for students ages 6 to 18, and helping teachers inspire their students to write. As of this writing, they were also between workshop seasons, but you should be able to find the latest info HERE.

Ann Arbor Book Festival Writer’s Conference

Part of the Ann Arbor Book Festival’s annual fair, this conference is a full-day workshop series where attendees can hone their skills in sessions led by a noted group of writers and instructors from Michigan and beyond. As of this writing, there were no specifics about the 2015 festival available, but you can learn more about the 2015 plans HERE.

Emerging Writers Workshop

Do a Google search for that term, and you’ll find plenty of event listings, but no apparent central website. It appears the workshops were originally organized by Dan Wickett. Their site is here, but not often updated. You’ll have better luck either checking the local library’s events page, or doing a web search.

Meetup

Meetup seems to be a hearty source of leads for local workshops. Visit the collected Ann Arbor area listings HERE, or check out the selected groups below:

Write On Ann Arbor!

This group currently has 91 members, and has met ten times. Their stated framework involves: exchanging ideas and sharing creativity, discussing members’ projects, encouraging each other, sharing goals, and holding each other accountable.

AABF Meetup

As of this writing, this group has 22 members, and appears to meet only in June, for the Ann Arbor Book Festival, mentioned above. It’s organized by the Ann Arbor Book Festival itself.

Southeast Michigan Media Lab

This group has 113 “labbers” and appears to be as much a blogger recruiting tool for Digital First Media as it is a workshop. In their words: “The idea behind the lab is to bring the audience in the newsroom”.

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Ann Arbor Bookstores, Authors, and Fairs

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Learn more about the book scene in Ann Arbor by browsing our listings of book stores, book fairs, publishers, or local authors.

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We offer an inspirational space for writers, creatives and entrepreneurs to work and write. Whether you’re working on the next Great American novel or a business plan, you can sign up with an experienced writing coach who will give feedback and make sure your commas are in all the right places. It never hurts to have a second pair of eyes!

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Attend monthly virtual book talks with top local authors published by the Wayne State University of Michigan Press! Members enjoy book discounts, giveaways and more!

March 29 from 7 – 8 p.m.

Meet Emita Hill, author of “Northern Harvest.” During the virtual book talk, guests will have an opportunity to greet the author, enjoy a book discussion and ask questions during a live Q&A! Admission is free for Book Club members.

April 4, 11 & 18 from 7 – 9 p.m.

Does your writing need a little shake up? Wake up? Do you find yourself going back to the same old writing patterns and are hungry for something fresh? Free yourself through form! In this three-week virtual class with memoirist Diane Gottlieb, we will experiment with the surprising hermit crab; the breathless one sentence flash; and the beautiful, often lyrical, braid. We’ll examine masterpieces of each form and then try our own hand in response to generative prompts.

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Writing Classes

Getting There from Here – Prose with Maureen Dunphy (Day Class): Online Zoom Workshops, Wednesdays, April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11 & 18, 3pm-5pm. Begin—or return to—that writing project of your dreams, be it short or long fiction, memoir, or creative nonfiction. Learn how to set writing goals that work for you and then discover the techniques that can help you achieve them. Share works in progress with a supportive group while you practice using the paths employed by successful writers. Workshop is limited to 8 participants. Dunphy’s Great Lakes Island Escapes: Ferries and Bridges to Adventure is a 2017 Michigan Notable Book (Wayne State University Press). Her juvenile nonfiction book All About the Great Lakes (Blue River Press, 2020) was released last year. Wayne State University Press will be publishing her next book in their Made in Michigan Writers Series. Dunphy earned her MFA in fiction writing from Goddard College. She has also been published in Peninsula: Essays and Memoirs from Michigan (Michigan State University Press, 2000) and in Between the Lines: Writing What You Couldn’t Say (Plain View Press, 2000). She has taught creative writing courses at Oakland University, Oakland Community College-Orchard Ridge and the University of Windsor. Owner of Dunphy Consulting Services, LLC, she is interested in helping you write your way into your future and offers coaching services for writers, writing workshops and retreats, assistance with book proposals and manuscripts, and editing services. Limited to 8 participants. THIS CLASS IS FULL

Getting There from Here – Prose with Maureen Dunphy (Night Class): Online Zoom Workshops, Wednesdays, April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11 & 18, 7pm-9pm. Begin—or return to—that writing project of your dreams, be it short or long fiction, memoir, or creative nonfiction. Learn how to set writing goals that work for you and then discover the techniques that can help you achieve them. Share works in progress with a supportive group while you practice using the paths employed by successful writers. Workshop is limited to 8 participants. Dunphy’s Great Lakes Island Escapes: Ferries and Bridges to Adventure is a 2017 Michigan Notable Book (Wayne State University Press). Her juvenile nonfiction book All About the Great Lakes (Blue River Press, 2020) was released last year. Wayne State University Press will be publishing her next book in their Made in Michigan Writers Series. Dunphy earned her MFA in fiction writing from Goddard College. She has also been published in Peninsula: Essays and Memoirs from Michigan (Michigan State University Press, 2000) and in Between the Lines: Writing What You Couldn’t Say (Plain View Press, 2000). She has taught creative writing courses at Oakland University, Oakland Community College-Orchard Ridge and the University of Windsor. Owner of Dunphy Consulting Services, LLC, she is interested in helping you write your way into your future and offers coaching services for writers, writing workshops and retreats, assistance with book proposals and manuscripts, and editing services. Limited to 8 participants. REGISTER HERE

Advanced Prose with Maureen Dunphy (Morning Class): Online Zoom Workshops, Wednesdays, April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11 & 18, 11am-1pm. Instructor approval required before registration; contact [email protected] Limited to 6 participants. Share works in progress with a supportive group while you practice using the paths employed by successful writers. Dunphy’s Great Lakes Island Escapes: Ferries and Bridges to Adventure is a 2017 Michigan Notable Book (Wayne State University Press). Her juvenile nonfiction book All About the Great Lakes (Blue River Press, 2020) was released last year. Wayne State University Press will be publishing her next book in their Made in Michigan Writers Series. Dunphy earned her MFA in fiction writing from Goddard College. She has also been published in Peninsula: Essays and Memoirs from Michigan (Michigan State University Press, 2000) and in Between the Lines: Writing What You Couldn’t Say (Plain View Press, 2000). She has taught creative writing courses at Oakland University, Oakland Community College-Orchard Ridge and the University of Windsor. Owner of Dunphy Consulting Services, LLC, she is interested in helping you write your way into your future and offers coaching services for writers, writing workshops and retreats, assistance with book proposals and manuscripts, and editing services. ON STAND BY

Fiction with Kelly Fordon: Online Zoom Workshops, Thursdays, April 21, 28, May 5, 12 & 19 & 26, 1 pm – 3pm. Let’s Deconstruct a Story. Examining the components of a story is the key to writing a good one. In each class, we will read and deconstruct a story by one contemporary short story writer, delving deeply into their choice of POV, plot, setting, tone, and structure. We will also spend some time writing prompts based on each week’s selection. At the end of this six-week class, participants will have gained insight into the craft of fiction and will have mapped out the beginning of one or more stories. Selections include stories by Danielle Evans, Lily King, Robin Martin, Alice Munro, Peter Orner, among others. Kelly Fordon’s latest short story collection I Have the Answer (Wayne State University Press, 2020) was chosen as a Midwest Book Award Finalist and an Eric Hoffer Finalist. Her 2016 Michigan Notable Book, Garden for the Blind, (WSUP), was an INDIEFAB Finalist, a Midwest Book Award Finalist, Eric Hoffer Finalist, and an IPPY Awards Bronze Medalist. Her first full-length poetry collection, Goodbye Toothless House, (Kattywompus Press, 2019) was an Eyelands International Prize Finalist and an Eric Hoffer Finalist and was adapted into a play, written by Robin Martin, which was published in The Kenyon Review Online. She is the author of three award-winning poetry chapbooks and has received a Best of the Net Award and Pushcart Prize nominations in three different genres. She teaches at Springfed Arts and The InsideOut Literary Arts Project in Detroit, as well as online, where she also runs a monthly poetry and fiction blog. www.kellyfordon.com REGISTER HERE

ONLINE COURSE! Personal Essay and Memoir (online class) with Carolyn Walker. *REGISTER ANYTIME. Six consultations during the 3 months after you register. Send in up to 10 pages of work for in-depth review. Writing prompts given upon request, as well as recommendations of books, memoirs, and essays to learn from. Phone consultations can be arranged. Carolyn Walker has been awarded the 2013 Kresge Arts Fellowship in Literary Arts. She has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has been published in The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, The Writer’s Chronicle, among others. One of Walker’s essays has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Walker won 1st place in Springfed Arts 2010 fiction contest. She spent a month in 2014 as a writing resident at the Vermont Studio Center, and another month in 2016 as a writing resident on Martha’s Vineyard. Her memoir Every Least Sparrow(available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble) came out in January of 2017. $150 for members. $200 for nonmembers (join as a member for one year). REGISTER HERE

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