RSVP: Essence Of Motown Literary Jam & Conf Nov9-11 #Detroit For Readers & Writers, plus FAQ

 For the 9th year in a row, Motown Writers Network is hosting The Essence of Motown Literary Jam and Conference and we're inviting you to be apart of a magnanimous event that helps strengthen literacy in Metro Detroit and network Michigan's literary community, while celebrating the written world.


Join Readers, Authors, Writers, Poets and more November 9th – 11th to celebrate the written word. At various locations around Detroit, join MotownWriters Network and the Literary community for three days of book signings, writing, publishing & marketing workshops, film & theater seminars and genre panels, All Male literary panels, giveaways,independent film showcases, book drives, open mic and so much more.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Are vendor tables still available?

Yes, they are. We have currently at the time of this writing ten vendor tables avaialbe for $50 dollars. Click here to reserve yours. There will be no vendor tables purchasing the day of the conference, but you can RSVP online and pay at the door. Unpaid for tables will be utilize for charities on a first come first serve basis.

And why aren't the events being held in one location all weekend long?

To keep the cost of the conference as economical for participants, The EOM chairperson utilizes volunteers, bartering and other low cost methods to help with the total cost o the conference. This year, there were no grants available for this conference, monetary sponsorship and donations have been little to none and the usual conference chest, which comes from the EOM chairperson was cut low due to being laid off. (Honest!)

Why are some of the events for free?

We would like to encourage all participants in this year's conference to bring gently used books. We need these in order to help organizations and households have advantages in fostering more reading in homes. Yet, with our economy struggling, the cost of paperbacks rising, we found a lot of books cannot be obtained
Where are the events for this year's conference? 

The November 9th event is being held at Sound  Cloud Studio at 1301 W Lafayette, Detroit, Michigan. Parking is available for free on Lafayette and the entrance to the loft style studio is on Brooklyn. Security will be on that side and signage should be out to help get you inside. If you are interested in Open mic spots it's suggested you arrive earlier than 6pm to sign up. This event is for everyone until 7:30pm. Grown Folk Poetry/Passion Fruit, takes place in the same building starting at 7:45pm. No one under 18 will be allowed. Thank you!

Nov 10th takes place at Northwest Activity Center 18100 Meyers, Detroit, Michigan from 8am to 6pm.  (See detail schedule on yellow cards below.) Writer's Workshop passes can still be obtained at the door, but after sixty lunches have been ordered, the passes will still be sold at the same price of $40, but participants will have to bring their own lunches or leave to get something to eat. To ensure a lunch ticket, please purchase your ticket in advance before November 9th. (See below for free events for this date and location.)

Nov 11th will be at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 315 E Warren, Detroit, Michigan starting at 5:30 pm. Detroit playwright, Raquel Draper presents, CHATLINE - the stage play. Tickets are $20 purchased at the door, but if purchased before November 9th online HERE, you can get your tickets for only $15.

When are the FREE events?

Nov 9th - the entire night is free!
Nov 10th - Free events are as follows. Ballroom only events starting at 9:30am will be free. This includes workshops, poetry panel and the vendor table access. Also events held in the lobby as well are free to the public. Only events held in the Green room & the class rooms requires a writer's pass purchase of $40 dollars.
Nov 11th - The CHATLINE play is $20. There are no free events on this day.


If you have more questions, please feel free to  

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