Press Release: “Is There A Book In You?” is the theme of the 7th Annual Essence of Motown Literary Conference and Jam

For Immediate Release
October 15, 2010

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Andrea Daniel
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Motown Writers Network Announces
7th Annual Essence of Motown Literary Conference & Jam
A Celebration of the Literary Arts in Detroit

DETROIT – “Is There A Book In You?” is the theme of the 7th Annual Essence of Motown Literary Conference and Jam, hosted by the Motown Writers Network, in partnership for a second year with the non-profit organization, Detroit Impact.  The conference is November 12 and 13, 2010 and aims to celebrate the literary arts with Detroit area authors, writers and avid readers. 

The two-day event is an opportunity for aspiring and established authors and writers to connect with colleagues, peers and most importantly, patrons of their art: readers.  Since 2000, the Motown Writers Network has served as a viable resource and networking organization for writers in the metropolitan Detroit area.  This year is the organization’s 10th anniversary.

“I’m so excited about this year’s conference,” says Sylvia Hubbard, founder of the Motown Writers Network.  “The conference has grown so much through the years and this being our 10- year anniversary as an organization just shows that the literary community in Detroit is alive and hungry for resources.  And that’s what we strive to bring.” 

Presenting at the conference are such notables as New York best-selling author, publisher and visionary, Relentless Aaron and Detroit urban music author, Chris Campbell.  The event will also feature literary experts, publishers for pitching sessions, workshops, and awards.  

The conference host partner, Detroit Impact has supported the Motown Writers Network since its inception, according to Calvin Colbert, executive director. 

 “Sylvia and I go way back,” says Colbert.  “Years ago, she volunteered with us as a young mother, bringing her children with her.  She shared her dream to have the Motown Writers Network and we’ve seen her dream come true. So, definitely, we’re one of her strongest supporters.  Writing and reading are very important parts of our programs at the Detroit Impact Center and we encourage those efforts every opportunity we can.” 

For parents who want to attend the conference, there will be a Literary Kids Zone with activities for children and youth.  Many of the conference activities are of no charge to attendees.

The two-day schedule for the 7th Annual Essence of Motown Literary Conference & Jam is as follows:

Friday, November 12
Poetry Night, hosted by Poetry, Pages and Scribes and EchoVerse Entertainment (Free)
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Detroit Impact Center
9930 Greenfield
Detroit, MI  48227
  • Featured poets TBA
  • Limited open mic

Saturday, November 13
Essence of Motown Literary Conference (Fee & Free Activities)
8:00-9:30 a.m. - Registration
9:30-6:00 p.m.  - Activities
Northwest Activities Center
18100 Meyers
Detroit, MI  48235
  • Workshops
  • Book Marketplace
  • Writers Luncheon
  • Keynote Address by Relentless Aaron
  • Author-Readers Panel
  • Literary Awards
  • Literary Kids Zone
There will be an Essence of Motown Literary Conference After- Affair following the conference with Detroit jazz saxophonist, Yancyy and spoken word artist Brook Blander at 7 p.m.  at the Rub BBQ and Pub, 18 W. Adams in Detroit.

Over the past seven years, more than 1,500 authors, writers and readers have gathered to celebrate the literary arts in Detroit and to strengthen literacy in metro Detroit.  To that end, conference attendees are encouraged to bring teen and adult books to the conference, which will be donated to the Detroit Impact Center’s Youth Library and ProLiteracy of Detroit.

Sponsors of the 7th Annual Essence of Motown Literary Conference & Jam include Penguin Books (New York), Rolling Out Magazine, Miller Design Studio and HubBooks.

For information on tickets, sponsorship and vendor opportunities, please visit, or call (313) 289-8614.  You can also send an email to