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Michigan: Interlochen Writers Retreat One-day Writers Practicum

Registration Fee: $45 (no tutorial) / $115 (with 25-minute tutorial) 

*K-12 Educators: Earn 4 State of Michigan SCECH clock hours by attending this workshop.

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This one-day Writers Practicum is ideal for those who are curious about publishing and want to advance their professional writing careers. Whether you’re considering an independent press, university press, major publishing house, or digital books, the experts presenting at this practicum will provide true publishing stories, real-life tips, hard facts and numbers, and take questions at every session throughout the day. Come with questions, leave with answers and strong leads.

This year’s theme is INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING. Join us as our faculty discusses the “nitty-gritty” of the independent publishing world, with a nod to trade publishing as well. Consider contracts, marketing plans, beta readers, book reviews, agents, and more. All presentations are described in the schedule (see Schedule tab). Two different pricing options are available: the full day option PLUS one 25-minute one-on-one tutorial offered with the faculty member of your choice; or attendance at the Practicum events that excludes the one-on-one tutorial time.

Please note: For those interested in the full day option with the 25-minute tutorial, space is limited and early registration is highly recommended. Tutorials will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants selecting the tutorial option will have 14 days from the time of registration to submit a writing sample they wish to discuss with the faculty member at their appointment. (Those registering after May 15 must submit their writing sample within 24 hours of registration.) Formatting requirements for up to 10 pages of prose or 5 pages of poetry, as well as confirmation of your tutorial appointment, will be emailed upon registration. Failure to submit a writing sample by the required deadline will forfeit your tutorial appointment and will convert your registration to the “Writers Practicum (no tutorial)” option, where you may enjoy the remainder of the day’s activities. Any applicable refund will be issued according to ICCA’s standard refund policy.

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to Jun 15

Michigan: Interlochen Writers Retreat

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Short Story Editing with Desiree Cooper:  "Kill Your Darlings"


Are you stuck with a short story that feels finished, but something still isn’t quite right? Over the week we will look at a handful of editing strategies that will help you identify what may be bugging you about your story. It’s not easy to switch from writer to editor, which may require you to “kill your darlings.” But with concrete, hands-on exercises, we will identify the hidden cracks in the foundation of your stories, and inventive ways to correct them. We will apply these techniques to in-class writing prompts, while also analyzing selected readings and sharing insights as a group.  For the last session, you will be asked to use the tools introduced over the course of the week to edit one of your stories, and we will discuss what you learned as a group. Please bring at least three pages of that story to share. For the daily classes you will need loose paper and/or notebooks with tear-away pages, or your laptop. Oh—and don’t forget your scalpel!

REGISTER HERE:  http://ica.convio.net/site/Calendar?id=106395&view=Detail&_ga=1.207057107.1712699185.1484832670


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3:00 PM15:00

Detroit: Coffee & (___) Reading

Detroit authors Desiree Cooper, Kelly Fordon, Terry Blackhawk, Linda Sienkewicz, Kim Fairley, and Karen Simpson will each read a piece dedicated to our favorite Valentine theme: Devotion. There's free street parking or a free lot on Jefferson and Chalmers.

Pages Bookshop will be present to sell books, and an author signing will be held afterward.

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7:00 PM19:00

Detroit Writers in the Stacks

“Detroit Writers in the Stacks” will feature Wayne State Press authors Desiree Cooper, Terry Blackhawk and Kelly Fordon.

They will talk about their work and style, but they’ll also be mingling with the audience at the reception, so there will be opportunities for informal discussion.

$30 per person, includes food an drinks. All proceeds go to library programming.

Buy tickets here: http://gplf.org/a-night-in-the-stacks

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