Sunday, July 23, 2017

Book to Stage Play from @TenitaJEditor: When the Smoke Clears Aug12-13 #Detroit #Motownwriters

                                   PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
July 7, 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: Tenita Johnson
Phone: 313.999.6942

Local Author Takes Bestselling Book to the Stage

Detroit, MI—Everyone has something in their past they’d like to forget. But when your past meets your present and threatens your future, how far will one go to keep the peace? When the Smoke Clears: The Stage Play chronicles the life of one couple who seems to have the picture perfect marriage. But when the picture becomes somewhat distorted, and cracks are revealed in the frame, will this family rebound from life’s fires or be consumed by second-hand smoke?
The book, When the Smoke Clears: A Phoenix Rises, addresses the fires of life and techniques to douse the flames, encouraging readers to resurrect from the ashes into victorious living. The book encourages readers to know that, although they may be thrust into the fire, when the smoke clears, they will emerge unscathed!
When the Smoke Clears: The Stage Play takes place on Saturday, August 12, and Sunday, August 13 at the Marlene Boll Theatre at the Boll Family YMCA in Detroit, MI. Showtimes for Saturday are 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., with the final show on Sunday at 3 p.m. General admission tickets are $25. Souvenir booklet ad space is still available, but limited! For more information, purchase your tickets or to purchase souvenir booklet ad space, email, visit or call 313.999.6942.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

.@DetWkgWriters 2017 Writing Competition now open for your submissions Due Aug10th #Detroit #MichLit #MotownWriters #Writers #Authors

Greetings DWW members!

DWW's 2017 Writing Competition is now OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS!

First Place in each category: $100.00 and Certificate; Second Place in each category: $50.00 and Certificate; Third Place in each category: Certificate.


The MacGuffin Poetry Prize: Maximum of 3 poems. Limit:  30 lines per poem.    

The MSU Fourth Genre Creative Nonfiction Prize: Essay, memoir, book chapter, humor, history, or other nonfiction.  Limit: 500 words per submission.

Adult Fiction Prize: Submissions that show excellence in adult fiction.  Limit:  500 words per submission

Young Adult/New Adult Fiction: Short stories, excerpts from novellas or novels. Limit:  500 words per submission.

Children's Literature: Picture Books and books intended for those under the age of 10.  Limit:  500 words per submission.


Open to Michigan writers 18 and older of any skill level.  DWW Board members and Conference Committee members are not eligible to enter.
All work must be original and previously unpublished.  Writers will retain all rights to their work. 


 All entries must be submitted by mail as follows:

  • Contact information is to be printed on an index card (name, address, email, phone, category, and title of each work submitted) and submitted with your entry/entries.
  • Print the contest category and title of the work on the first page of each entry.
  • Submit works only in the English language and use a 12 point serif font such as Times New Roman.  
  • Include with your entry/entries a check payable to 
  Detroit Working Writers.  Please include fees in the following amounts: 
  $10.00 for one entry, $20.00 for up to three total entries, regardless of 
  category.  Once submitted, entry fees are not refundable.  
  • Send your entries to:

DWW Writing Competition
P.O. Box 82395
Rochester, MI  48308

Postmark must be NO LATER than AUGUST 10, 2017!  

Winners will be announced at the DWW Writing Conference to be held on September 16, 2017, at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy.

DWW reserves the right not to award a prize or prizes if enough entries are not received for a particular genre or the caliber of entries submitted is not strong enough to earn an award.  

Enter early!  Our judges look forward to reading your work!

Roberta Brown
DWW President

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Friday, July 21, 2017

GDRWA Presents the 2017 Word Nerds Writer's Conference @DetroitRWA #Michigan #Author #Books #MotownWriters #MichLit

WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 2017 with a special Friday night write-in, pitch practice, and critique beginning at 7 pm.
WHERE: Detroit Marriott Troy, 200 W Big Beaver Rd., Troy MI 48084
Step One: Submit your online entry form
Step Two: Pay with PayPal or by check (will receive mailing instructions via email after submitting entry form)
*Early Bird Registration prices only until July 31st!

For inquiries, please contact


More conference information:

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Upcoming #Author Book Signings in Michigan in August #MichLit #Motownwriters

August 2017
Michelle Kuo Presents: Reading With Patrick
Join us for a celebration as author Michelle Kuo returns to her hometown for the debut of her new memoir READING WITH PATRICK.

A graduate of both Portage Northern High School and the Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center, Michelle attended Harvard University. Shortly after graduation, Kuo arrived in the rural town of Helena, Arkansas, as a Teach for America volunteer, bursting with optimism and drive. But she soon encountered the jarring realities of life in one of the poorest counties in America, still disabled by the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow. In this stirring memoir, Kuo, the child…

Michelle Kuo Presents: Reading With Patrick
Book Signing 
Sat, Aug 12, 2017

Book Signing
Touring Michigan's Upper Peninsula (U.P.) is like taking a two-week trip by station wagon. Not in terms of time—you can sample plenty if four days is all you have. It’s about stepping back and appreciating a place of raw scenic beauty dotted with roadside attractions, blinker-light towns, rustic cabins and hand-painted signs advertising smoked fish and homemade jam.
With 100 Things to Do in the Upper Peninsula Before You Die, discover a land mostly surrounded by the Great Lakes Huron, Michigan and Superior, linked to the state’s Mitten-shaped Lower Peninsula by a five-mile suspension bridge…
Kristina Riggle Presents: Vivian In Red
Join us in celebration of the paperback release of local author Kristina Riggle's newest novel, VIVIAN IN RED.

A novel of 1930s Broadway and today, VIVIAN IN RED is about the clouded history of how a famed Broadway producer’s most famous song is connected to a woman from his past.

Famed Broadway producer Milo Short may be eighty-eight but that doesn't stop him from going to the office every day. So when he steps out of his Upper West Side brownstone on one exceptionally hot morning, he's not expecting to see the impossible: a woman from his life sixty years ago, cherry red lips, bright red…

Kristina Riggle Presents: Vivian In Red
Book Signing
Book Signing by LOCAL Author Kath Usitalo
“100 Things To Do In The U. P. Before You Die!”
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Book Signing

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Conversation w/Author, April Ryan @DetroitLibrary Aug5th #book #michigan #motownwriters #michlit

Saturday, August  5, 2017

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 

Detroit Public Library - Main Library

Moderated by Stephen Henderson

Clara Stanton Jones Friends Auditorium

Join us at the Detroit Public Library for an up close & personal conversation with April Ryan, a 30-year award-winning journalist, author, White House correspondent, CNN political analyst and 2017 NABJ Journalist of the Year. Ryan has been the White House Correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) since January of 1997, covering three Presidents. 

Ryan is also the author of two best-selling books ... The Presidency In Black and White: My Up Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America and At Mama Knee: Mother and Race in Black and White. 

The Presidency in Black and White was named by NBC NEWS as one of 14 books to read during Black History Month 2015. As a White House Correspondent and Washington Bureau Chief, Ryan has been afforded the opportunity to write the book in a first-hand account through her daily responsibilities at the White House.
Ryan shifts the conversation from the White House to every home in America with At Mama's Knee   Ryan.looks at race and race relations through the lessons that mothers transmit to their children.  As a single African-American mother in Baltimore, Ryan has struggled with each gut wrenching, race-related news story to find the words to convey the right lessons to her daughters. 
This event is free and open to the public.
Free parking is available in the Employee's Lot off Putnam Street.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Aug3rd: @ RustCityBookCon Author/Reader Event #Michigan #michlit #Motownwriters


Rust City Book Con is a super casual intimate convention and book signing in Troy, MI, with the intent to introduce readers to new authors and genres, as well as the chance to interact with current favorites. We have a fabulous lineup of authors, ranging from indie to NYT Bestsellers, that will be sure to tempt readers of all walks of life.
We'll be focusing on all GENRE fiction, so there's bound to be some interesting and diverse topics discussed at the daily panels. In the evenings we'll be partying and creating some fascinating mayhem with meet & greets, or as I like to call them, mini-parties.
While there is a schedule, there is also time for authors and readers to simply hang out. It's all but guaranteed that readers will have plenty of one-on-one interactions with the attending authors.
Saturday’s book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and also FREE to the public. However we are asking everyone to bring a gently used book (childrens through adult) to help fill a new #LittleFreeLibrary to be installed within the community after the event. The library will be revealed/displayed throughout the weekend.
I know many readers tend to stick with their preferred genres, and there's nothing wrong with that; but you never know what you'll find, what you'll like, until you take a leap of faith. Join us August 4-6, 2017 and discover the authors who write the stories we love to read!
Can't wait for the festivities? Join the FB group where we keep the party going!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Upcoming #Author Booksignings around Michigan #MichLit #MotownWriters in July

July 2017
Pewabic Pottery: A History Handcrafted book-signing event
Free and open to the public, light refreshments will also be served
Pewabic Pottery: A History Handcrafted book-signing event
Author Reading & Talk: Julie Buntin, MARLENA
Everything about fifteen-year-old Cat’s new town in rural Michigan is lonely and off-kilter, until she meets her neighbor, the manic, beautiful, pill-popping Marlena. Cat, inexperienced and desperate for connection, is quickly lured into Marlena’s orbit by little more than an arched eyebrow and a shake of white-blond hair. As the two girls turn the untamed landscape of their desolate small town into a kind of playground, Cat catalogues a litany of firsts―first drink, first cigarette, first kiss―while Marlena’s habits harden and calcify. Within the year, Marlena is dead, drowned in six inches o…
Author Reading & Talk: Julie Buntin, MARLENA
Julie Buntin discusses Marlena
Reading and Q&A with Julie Buntin, author of Marlena

Tuesday, July 18th at 6:30pm.

We were wowed by debut novelist Julie Buntin's book Marlena.  Julie captures the setting of wintery northern Michigan and the tenuous friendship of teenage girls perfectly.  If you are a fan of Nickolas Butler (and really, who out there in Saturn-land isn't?) and Travis Mulhauser, you'll want to read this book and welcome Julie to the store.  Get your tickets soon.

Julie Buntin discusses Marlena
Julie Buntin: Marlena
Literati is delighted to welcome Julie Buntin in support of her debut novel, Marlena, a staff favorite.

Marlena is the story of two girls and the wild year that will cost one her life, and define the other’s for decades.

Everything about fifteen-year-old Cat’s new town in rural Michigan is lonely and off-kilter until she meets her neighbor, the manic, beautiful, pill-popping Marlena. Cat is quickly drawn into Marlena’s orbit and as she catalogues a litany of firsts—first drink, first cigarette, first kiss, first pill—Marlena’s habits harden and calcify. Within the year, Marlena is dead,…

Julie Buntin: Marlena
Kath Usitalo Author visit: Book Signing
Kath Usitalo author of "100 things to do in the Upper Peninsula Before you die" will visit Engadine Library.

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