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LOCAL EVENTS (Keweenaw Peninsula of Upper Michigan)


(Every Second Saturday 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Portage Lake District Library, Michigan Room, Houghton, MI)

April 13 • May 11 • June 8 • July 13 (guest host) • August 10 • September 14

Local writers (and those curious about writing) gather at the library to learn and play with 99 words as a literary art form. Each writer will get to read one of their stories. It’s a way to meet other writers, appreciate literary art, and learn flash fiction as a writing tool.

Free and open to all.



March 31 • June 23 • September 22

Ripley Falls Home of Healing, Hancock, MI

Writing a  book? Give your dream space to grow. This retreat welcomes writers of all stages of book writing from dreaming to planning to seeking publication. Strategize with other writers interested in book publishing, learn professional development for authors, and give nurturing space to your book. Cost of $75 includes a vegan lunch. Use or bring check or cash to retreat. RSVP at


2019 UPPAA CONFERENCE: Pure Michigan Lit!

Saturday, June 1 at the Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Marketing Magic Roundtable

In this panel discussion, we’ll touch on the three legs your book needs to stand on to be successful: Amazon keywords, an author platform with a media kit, and breaking into the burgeoning eBook marketplace.

  • Victor Volkman is the CEO of LHP and MHP with more than 100 authors and illustrators under contract. He has published more than 200 books since 2003. In his segment, you’ll look at a selection of tools using live demonstrations of products, keywords, and reports. You’ll find out how a $10,000 investment over two years turned into $60,000 in gross sales on Amazon.
  • Charli Mills is a born buckaroo who managed company brands for twenty years. In 2014, she founded an imaginary place at where real people from around the world gather to write 99-word stories. She teaches authors professional development skills and writes stories about the veteran experience and forgotten history.
  • Naomi Rawlings is the author of eleven historical novels, including the Amazon bestselling Eagle Harbor Series. She has been nominated for three different publishing awards, and her books include four traditionally published novels and seven self-published novels. She lives with her husband and three children in the Copper Country.



July 27-28

Shiras Park Picnic Rocks at Marquette, MI



2019 Vermont Writers Refuge (June or July TBA)

This nature writing retreat will focus on craft, development, and key marketing strategies for authors. Setting provides ample opportunity to experience nature. Bring current work and goals for one-on-one consultations with Charli Mills as well as group learning, sharing and inspiration. Lodging, meals, and nature included.

Limited to three writers per 3-day session. Multiple sessions will be offered.










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