Writers can learn, share experiences at writing workshop


STANDISH — The Mid-Michigan Writers are hosting their ninth annual Gateway to Writing workshop in Standish Sept. 28, and anyone who is a writer or wants to be one is encouraged to attend and participate.

Gateway to Writing is being held at the Northeast Michigan Arts Center from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Event organizer Chris Lucka said the event will include a roundtable discussion where everybody will brainstorm and share ideas together.

“This year we’re having a roundtable with everyone involved, and they can talk about writing questions and what writing groups they belong to, and how those proceed — maybe writing a blog or other technical sites that they maybe publish on or get info about writing — whatever they want to give to the group,” she said.

Although the event is hosted by the Mid-Michigan Writers, Lucka said being a member is not required to attend the workshop.

“This is open to the public, and we have people from all over the place that come — from downstate, upstate, wherever,” she said.

When the workshop begins at 9 a.m., Lucka said the first item on the agenda is a keynote address from Marla Kay Houghteling.

According to Lucka, Houghteling, of Harbor Springs, has two published books of poetry, “The Blue House” and “Assisted Living,” and is currently working to get a novel, “Starr-vation Corner,” published.

After the address, Houghteling will hold a workshop session, Lucka said.

“Our keynote presenter does a writing workshop, so people aren’t just listening,” she said. “You actually get to participate and work on your writing skills.”

A second workshop session is scheduled to be held with Angela-Cook Hoekwater, who writes what is called “flash fiction,” Lucka said. The second workshop session is typically led by a member of the group, Lucka added. She said Hoekwater is not currently a member of the group, but was in the past and would likely rejoin if her work schedule allowed it.

The writing workshop costs $25 to participate in. For more information, contact Lucka at 989-846-8211. The event also includes a lunch catered by North Forest Café.

The Mid-Michigan Writers meet the second and fourth Monday of each month at the West Branch Public Library. For more information on meeting times, contact Lucka.


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