Meet Writers Workshop Instructors Bethany and Doug Leonard!

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On behalf of the UPPAA Board, we are extremely delighted to be featuring Bethany and Doug Leonard as instructors for our pre-conference Writers Workshop on Friday, June 5th 2020 just prior to the regular conference day on June 6th 2020. Registration details will be announced in early 2020 when we open up registration for the regular conference dates.  Writers will be admitted on a strictly first-come, first-served basis until the enrollment cap is met.



You can learn more about their programs at Red Ore Writers

A key part of the UPPAA mission is empowering local writers groups, such as Red Ore and others across the greater U.P. area, to create new communities of writers that ideally meet in person.

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Doug and Bethany Leonard are the coaches of Red Ore Writers. They’ve been meeting every other Sunday throughout the fall with other writers from the area who want to share their work.

The purpose of Red Ore Writers is to provide a comfortable space for writers of any skill level to come together to encourage one another and further develop their abilities.

“Doug and I have been so enriched with the writing that we do together, and we’re so fortunate that we have each other to read our writing and give feedback,” said Bethany. “But we know a lot of times people don’t have somebody to do that for them. So that’s a lot of what we do in the group. We have a great variety of what they’re working on, and we have really different writers. There’s one writer who has already been published, and then we have somebody who has never shared their writing with anybody since English class. So we enjoy working with all those different kinds of writing and all those different kinds of writers.”

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