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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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Authors & Book Lovers
Date: Sunday, July 16, 2017
Where: Shed Five of the Eastern Market
Time:10 am to 4 pm.
All DWW members are invited to take part in what might be one of the biggest book festivals ever held in metro Detroit: the Detroit Bookfest 2017. And admission is free to the public!
The board has purchased tables for this event, which promises to draw thousands of people. If you are an author, this is your chance to meet the public, sell your books, and keep all proceeds.
We can accept up to fifteen authors taking a two-hour shift throughout the event. Shifts are from 10 am until noon, noon until 2 pm, and 2-4 pm. Space will be half of a 6-foot table. Set-up begins at 8 am on the day of the book fest. Tables will be provided, but authors need to bring their own chairs.
There will be a sign-up sheet at the Annual Meeting on April 29, or you can contact Vernie Dale at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about availability.
The Bookfest will be located inside Shed 5 which, at 22,000-square feet, is the northernmost of the sheds. It has four bathrooms, free wi-fi, and a Flagstar ATM. Music, food vendors, and beer for 21 and over will be available. Shed 5 is open to the air on the north and south sides of the building, and features six huge industrial ceiling fans. The event is mostly indoors and partially outdoors and will take place rain or shine.
The event is sponsored by the Detroit Book Club, Eastern Market, and many other local businesses in an effort to generate a deeper love and appreciation of books in the Greater Detroit community. This sounds like something DWW members would love to support!
The Eastern Market is the largest historic public market in the United States. Featuring 43 acres of space, the market is comprised of a series of indoor and outdoor sheds that contain flowers, fruits and vegetables, food vendors, arts and crafts, spices, baked goods, and much more. According to their website, about 40,000 visitors come every week, not counting larger crowds on weekends.
More information is at http://detroitbookfest.com/event-details-facts/