• Michigan Writing Resources

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    MichiganMichigan, the Great Lakes State, is next up in our series of State Writing Resources. The only state comprised of two peninsulas (though I prefer “peninsuli”), Michigan’s motto is “Si Quæris Peninsulam Amœnam Circumspice,” which means “If you seek a pleasant peninsula look about you.” As if anyone seeking a pleasant peninsula and is presently standing on a pleasant peninsula is unaware that he/she is already standing on a pleasant peninsula.

    Michigan writing has a storied history, boasting acclaimed wordsmiths like Nelson Algren, Terry McMillan, Edna Ferber, Bonnie Jo Campbell and Austin’s James Hynes. Screenwriters Sam and Ivan Raimi were born in suburban Detroit.

    Presented in no particular order, here are ten Michigan writing resources, from conferences to local critique groups to literary magazines. If you live in the Great Lakes State or are planning a move there, these are some organizations you might want to take a peek at.

    1) Michigan Writers

    Michigan Writers is a vibrant community of people who appreciate the written word. Members help to actively foster a vital literary community by encouraging, supporting and connecting writers of all ages.

    2) Michigan Writers Blog

    A blog that offers resources and articles about writing and copywriting.

    3) The Detroit Writers’ Guild

    A nonprofit organization located in Detroit, Michigan. It was founded in the summer of 1983 out of a concern for the lack of books for black children written by black authors in the Detroit Public School System.

    4) Springfed Arts Metro Detroit Writers

    A monthly newsletter and calendar of literary arts events in Metro Detroit.

    5) The Scarab Club

    One of Michigan’s finest venues for art, music and literature.

    6) Bear River Writers’ Conference

    Bear River Writers’ Conference is a place where writers can enjoy the beauty of Northern Michigan and meet writers from all over the country. It aims to bring people with general literary interests together with those who are interested in writing about place and the natural environment.

    7) Detroit Working Writers

    Men and women from around the country working, writing and publishing in numerous genres with a common goal: to foster excellence in writing and serve as a creative and professional resource for one another and the community.

    8) Rochester Writers

    Founded in 2008 in response to a need for professional development in the Southeast Michigan area for new and published writers.

    9) Writing in Michigan

    This blog is a resource for writers. Find freelance writing jobs in Michigan, telecommute writing jobs, writing contests, writer’s markets, articles and videos.

    10) Michigan Quarterly Review

    Michigan Quarterly Review, founded in 1962, is the University of Michigan’s flagship journal, publishing each season a collection of essays, interviews, memoirs, fiction, poetry and book reviews.

    Help us add to this list, Michiganders! Do you run a local writing group or a lit journal we should be aware of? Feel free to share info and links in the comments section below.

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