U.P. Writer’s Symposium 🖊️ Register Now for a Day of Inspiration for Writers of All Skill Levels: Featuring Keynote by Angeline Boulley

U.P. Writer’s Symposium 🖊️ Register Now for a Day of Inspiration for Writers of All Skill Levels:
Featuring Keynote by Angeline Boulley

UPPAA A woman with shoulder-length dark hair and red lipstick is smiling at the camera, wearing a black top, pearl necklace, and red and green earrings. she stands against a background with floral patterns.(Hessel, MI) – Calling all aspiring and established writers! Hessel School House – Avery Arts & Nature Learning Center will host an Upper Peninsula Writer’s Symposium set to take place on Saturday, June 22, 2024. This full-day event promises to deliver a series of educational workshops that will ignite creativity and enhance writing skills. This event is hosted in partnership with the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA.org) and is made possible thanks to generous support from ArtsMidwest, Michigan Arts & Culture Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Upper Peninsula Writer’s Symposium is designed to provide a platform for writers of all skill levels to learn, grow, and connect with fellow wordsmiths. Whether you’re a budding novelist, a seasoned poet, or simply someone who loves the written word, this event is catered to your creative needs.

One of the highlights of the symposium will be the keynote address by #1 New York Bestselling author, Angeline Boulley. Angeline is an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, known for her captivating storytelling and profound cultural insights. Firekeeper’s Daughter was her debut novel. Her second book, Warrior Girl Unearthed, was released in summer 2023. Boulley will share her journey as a writer and offer valuable advice to inspire and motivate attendees on their own writing paths.

Victor Volkman, whose company Modern History Press now releases more than a dozen U.P.-themed titles per year, said “The U.P. Writer’s Symposium presents a unique opportunity for both EUP residents and visitors to interact with the most accomplished experts in literary fiction, non-fiction, and poetry this peninsula can offer. Whether you are already a writer or would like to start writing, this is the #1 event of the year for you.”

In addition to the enriching workshops and an engaging keynote address, participants will also be provided with a delicious catered lunch, fostering networking opportunities and the chance to connect with fellow writers.  The complete list of workshops available is below:

  • “Self-Publishing 101: Why you should self-publish and how to do it” with Victor Volkman
  • “Tickle Your Reader’s Funny Bone: Using Humor in Your Writing” with Terri Martin
  • “Character development for mental health, ADHD, and neurodiversity in Young Adult and Middle-Grade Novels” with Nikki Mitchell
  • “Getting Started with Audiobooks” with Brandy Thomas
  • “Advanced Writing Tools — Beyond Microsoft Word” with J.L. Hagen
  • “Marketing Your Poetry” with Kathleen Carlton Johnson

Don’t miss out on this extraordinary event that aims to elevate the Upper Peninsula’s literary scene, register today!

  • Date: June 22nd 2024, from 10:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.  (lunch included
  • Location: Hessel School House, 3206 W. Cedar Street, Hessel, MI 49745
  • Register Online or Learn more: tinyurl.com/hsh-2024
  • Cost: $55 – advance registration required
  • Questions or concerns:   Kristy Beyer, Program Director
                            Hessel School House
                            906-484-1333 office
                            231-330-4389 cell
                            director@hesselschoolhouse.net

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About the Upper Peninsula Writer’s Symposium

The Upper Peninsula Writer’s Symposium hosted by Hessel School House – Avery Arts & Nature Learning Center is aimed at fostering creativity, enhancing writing skills, and building a vibrant community of writers in the region. It is organized in partnership with the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA) and made possible through the generous support of ArtsMidwest, Michigan Arts & Culture Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Hessel School House, host of the Upper Peninsula Writer’s Symposium, invites creative people to meet in a beautifully restored 1937 schoolhouse. The relaxed pace of the Les Cheneaux area is the idyllic environment for artists of all mediums, especially writers.

Established in 1998 to support authors and publishers who live in or write about Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, UPPAA is a Michigan nonprofit association with more than 130 members, many of whose books are featured on the organization’s website at www.uppaa.org. UPPAA welcomes membership and participation from anyone with a UP connection who is interested in writing and publishing books.

 

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