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FEBRUARY 18, 2017
Getting to the Heart of Your Memoir, led by Melissa Grunow, will feature the Pushcart Prize nominee sharing her process in writing her own memoir, how she got to the heart of her own story, and how you can, too. Whether you’re writing memoir or trying to find the core emotion in your poetry, fiction, or journalism, this workshop will warm your creative juices during the cold winter.
Melissa Grunow is the author of Realizing River City: A Memoir (Tumbleweed Books, 2016). An award-winning writer and Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, Yemassee, New Plains Review, Blue Lyra Review, and Limestone, among many others. She is also a live storyteller who regularly competes in NPR’s Moth StorySLAM and was a Metro Detroit 2016 Listen to Your Mother cast member. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from National University and an MA in English from New Mexico State University and has been a member of Detroit Working Writers since 2015. Visit her website at www.melissagrunow.com or follow her on Twitter at @melgrunow.
Also: Arrive early if you’d like to purchase lunch downstairs at the store. Workshop will start at 12:30. Host: Aubri Adkins.
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APRIL 29, 2017
Living the Creative Life with Linda Nemec Foster. First, all attendees will have a creative adventure at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Then, Linda, an award-winning poet, will discuss the nature of creativity and lead writers from all genres in writing exercises that utilize other creative arts (like the wonderful works at the DIA) to help us get to the heart of what stirs that essential creative spirit deep within all writing souls. Luncheon and discussion included.
Linda Nemec Foster was selected to be the first Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids and served from 2003-05. She is the author of nine collections of poetry including the award-winning books, Amber Necklace from Gdansk (LSU Press) and Talking Diamonds (New Issues Press). Two new collections are forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press (Boston) and Wayne State University Press. Her work has appeared in over 400 journals including Nimrod, Quarterly West, The Indiana Review, Witness, New American Writing, The Georgia Review, and North American Review. Fosterʼs poetry has appeared in anthologies in Great Britain, been translated in Europe, and produced for the stage. She has also collaborated with musicians and visual artists on various projects ranging from exhibits and CDʼs to books and performances. Foster work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has received awards from the Dyer-Ives Foundation, the Arts Foundation of Michigan, ArtServe Michigan, the National Writerʼs Voice, and the Academy of American Poets. She is the founder of the Contemporary Writers Series at Aquinas College. www.lindanemecfoster.com
Also: Meet host Iris Underwood and facilitator Linda Nemec Foster in lobby of DIA. After a tour, we will meet in cafe to write and share our work, where food and beverages may be purchased.
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JULY 15, 2017
Microfiction/Macro Income at Yule Love It Lavender Farm. The lavender is in bloom, and we are ready to immerse ourselves with Dorene O’Brien, facilitator, and Iris Lee Underwood, farm owner and host. Microfiction, the haiku of the prose world, is one of the most popular contemporary writing forms with major literary magazines requesting submissions and sponsoring high paying contests. A microfiction story can be read quickly, hence its title “smoke long” in China for stories that can be read in the time it takes to finish a cigarette. In this workshop students will learn the art of literary brevity through reading masterful examples of the form and writing microfiction stories of 50-300 words for publication or as launching pads for larger works. In addition, we will discuss potential venues for workshop creations.
Facilitator Dorene O’Brien is a fiction writer and teacher from Detroit. She has won the Red Rock Review Mark Twain Award for Short Fiction, the New Millennium Fiction Award and the international Bridport Prize. She is the recipient of a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a residency at the Vermont Studio Center. Her stories have appeared in the Connecticut Review, Madison Review, the Chicago Tribune, the Montreal Review, Cimarron Review, Detroit Noir and others. Voices of the Lost and Found, her first full-length short fiction collection, won the USA Best Books Award in Fiction. She is currently writing a novel featuring fossil hunters in Ethiopia. Visit her at www.doreneobrien.com
Hosts: Iris Lee Underwood, owner of Yule Love It Lavender Farm, and Roberta Brown, DWW Board Member.
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