Host Your Event at The Detroit Writing Room!

The Detroit Writing Room can be rented for private events, meetings and more Monday through Saturday. We will also host public events throughout the year such as author book talks and signings, movie screenings, poetry slams, literary workshops, panel talks and art exhibits. Check below to see what’s coming up next.


Upcoming Events


Get Hired: Finding Clients as a Freelancer

September 16, 2019

The best way to find clients is through referrals. In this 6:30-8:30 p.m. workshop, Laura Khalil will share how she has built a referral based business through thought leadership. You will leave this workshop with several new strategies that can take your career to the next level. This part of a three-part series led by executive coach Laura Khalil. See Sept. 9 and Sept. 23 for more workshops.

Fireside Chat with The Grommet CEO Jules Pieri

September 17, 2019

The University of Michigan Club of Greater Detroit is hosting Jules Pieri, co-founder and CEO of The Grommet, at The Detroit Writing Room for a Fireside Chat. Jules will discuss her new book, “How We Make Stuff Now: Turn Ideas into Products That Build Successful Businesses,” as well as take questions related to entrepreneurship, her lessons learned and her background. Books will be available to purchase. All are welcome to attend. Tickets include appetizers and drinks.

Get Paid: Six-Figure Freelancing

September 23, 2019

If you’re tired of working by the hour, join Laura Khalil as she shares how to set rate to build a six-figure freelancing business. In this 6:30-8:30 p.m. workshop you will learn why you should never set hourly rates, how to determine the appropriate rate and why it’s not the same for every client, and what every proposal should include. This part of a three-part series led by executive coach Laura Khalil. See Sept. 9 and Sept. 16 for more workshops.

How to Self-Publish & Promote Like a Pro

September 25, 2019

Author Sarah Ordo has six self-published books and has learned the ins and outs of how to do it on your own! In this 6:30-8 p.m. workshop, Sarah will share her self-publishing process, how Kindle Direct Publishing works, how she outsourced specific freelancers to help in the process, how earning book royalties works and also how to self-promote your book to success without a publishing team behind you! Early bird tickets are $35 until Aug. 31.


Report Your Story (Or Poem, or Memoir, or Script, or...)

October 7, 2019

This 6:30-8 p.m. workshop led by author and journalist Anna Clark is for writers of all kinds who want to explore how the tools of journalism can bring depth and texture to their work. From interviewing to fact-checking to archival research, and even public records requests, we'll examine the ways that you can use reporting to bring a resonant truth to your writing. It’s also a powerful way to discover stories — to find the tales that cut to your heart. Expect to spend a good portion of our time workshop doing actual work (creative exercises, mainly, to build skills). Please bring writing materials. Tickets are $45.

Happy Hour Yoga

October 9, 2019

Join instructor Lindsay Madison for a fun, all-levels yoga practice followed by a complimentary glass of wine or Champagne at The Detroit Writing Room. Whether you're brand new to your yoga mat or you've been practicing for years, everyone can benefit from this yoga class. We'll go over basic breathing techniques and postures, providing personal adjustments all set to a great playlist creating a fun learning space for all! Tickets are $20.

Pitch Your Story Competition

October 10, 2019

Do you have what it takes to convince a panel of journalists to publish your story? Find out at The Detroit Writing Room's Pitch Your Story Competition. Presenters get 3 minutes to pitch their business, nonprofit, event, cause or personal story in front of a panel of judges from the media. The first place winner will have their story published online and in a print issue of SEEN Magazine. To enter the pitch competition, click here.

The Detroit Writing Room Goes to Canada: A Writer’s Yoga Retreat

October 12, 2019

Join yoga instructor Lindsay Madison and writing coach Sarah Sheppard for a writer’s retreat like no other. We’ll all meet across the Canadian border in a lofted barn just outside Windsor, Ontario at 10 a.m.. Begin the day with an energizing yoga session designed to motivate and inspire. You’ll then be treated to complimentary coffee at the onsite roasters before starting our writer’s workshop. This workshop will allow all participants to settle into themselves, their body and their creativity. You will be given the opportunity to explore your memory and imagination, and encouraged to write in any form that speaks to you (poetry, fiction, nonfiction). We’ll share the work we create together over a farm-to-table vegan lunch and open up space for collaboration before ending our time together with one more (slower-paced) yoga practice and a wine toast at 4:30 p.m. This event is designed for both the professional writer and those who would enjoy being part of a writing community. Early bird tickets are $199 until Oct. 1.

The Art of Poetry: An Open Mic Night Experience

October 14, 2019

Enjoy an open mic night in an intimate setting at The Detroit Writing Room at 7 p.m. Anyone is welcome to share their poetry, songs or creativity. Hosted by Detroit poet Kompozition, participants and the audience will enjoy the art of spoken word. Performances will be recorded to document the artistry and give participants the opportunity to relive the evening. Cover charge is $10. Pay below or at the door. Refreshments are included.

Verbal Self-Defense: The Perfect Comeback for Challenging Situations

October 15, 2019

Ever been in a situation where you feel at a total loss for words only to think of the perfect response 20 minutes later? You’re not alone. In this 6:30-8:30 p.m. workshop, executive coach and master communicator Laura Khalil teaches how to respond when we find ourselves in challenging situations where we freeze up and don’t know how to respond. You’ll learn how to disarm a tense situation, build mutually beneficial outcomes and become a stronger advocate for yourself in the workplace. This interactive workshop is suitable for men and women who have ever felt at a loss for words and want to learn how to respond in positive, empowering ways. Early bird tickets are on sale until Sept. 30.

Improv for Beginners

October 17, 2019

Want to be a better public speaker? Want to be more confident when you meet new people? Want to learn how to more easily let loose, play and HAVE FUN? Improv is for you! This 7 p.m. workshop, led by Planet Ant instructors, is for people who are curious about improv and want to get a taste for what it's about.

Death by the ‘80s Murder Mystery Show

October 25, 2019

Welcome to the hottest night in the '80s decade, the live premiere of a Music Television show that changed the way the world saw music forever. Come see some of the totally radical Icons you grew up with, perform their greatest hits..for one '80s icon, this gnarly performance might be their last. Death by the '80s is an interactive murder mystery experience, so like, get out the Aqua net hair spray and dress to impress in your '80s best. There will be a righteous costume contest and other prizes for the baddest and most tubular detectives! Like totally come forsure! Early bird tickets are $60 until Oct. 10 and include drinks and desserts.

Sip & Shop Detroit Popup Brunch

October 26, 2019

What could be better than brunch and vintage shopping on a Saturday in downtown Detroit? A2020Reservation, The Lowry Estate and The Detroit Writing Room are teaming up to offer a unique brunch, shopping and networking experience! A2020Reservation has cooked up a delicious menu featuring: Tri-colored potato hash topped with charred pepper confetti, smoked cheddar mac n’ cheese, cajun shrimp n’ grits, bourbon candied bacon and mimosas. After brunchin,' check out The Lowry Estate's collection of vintage dresses, jackets and jewelry that make great gifts or pieces for Halloween costumes! Tickets for brunch are $40.


Storytelling Across Platforms: A Panel with Tablet Editors

November 3, 2019

The Jewish Community Center Book Fair is holding a special event in partnership with The Detroit Writing Room! Seth Siegel, author of "Let there be Water and Troubled Water," will moderate a panel discussion 3-5 p.m. at the DWR featuring: Liel Liebovitz and Stephanie Butnick, hosts of the Unorthodox podcast and authors of "The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia," and Alana Newhouse, editor-in-chief of Tablet Magazine and author of "The 100 Most Jewish Foods." With their combined experience, the panelists have worked in every medium from print to podcasting. They'll share their wisdom about writing for different platforms, different audiences and finding your voice in complicated times. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions and purchase books by the panelists and moderator.

Special offer: Attendees who buy tickets before Oct. 8 will receive a $5 coupon that can be applied toward any book sold at the event.

Say It Write Workshop for Entrepreneurs

November 5, 2019

Are you an entrepreneur or business owner preparing to share an idea or launch a new product or service? Would you like to explore the right words to help you better articulate your how, why or what? Is it sometimes difficult to express your entrepreneurial spirit? Join Say It Write Detroit for a 6:30-8:30 workshop of discovery and an introduction to our approach to authentic communication. Attendees will learn why their voice matters and how to use it to promote their business and strengthen their brand. You are encouraged to bring a current communications project (website copy, interview talking points, elevator speech, etc.) to the workshop. You can say anything; it’s all about how you say it. Early bird tickets of $35 are on sale until Oct. 17.

Intro to Storytelling

November 9, 2019

Have you ever wanted to tell a true story on stage, or just learn how to be a better storyteller among your friends, or are you just a fan of the Moth? This 4-7 p.m. workshop will help teach you how to turn your experiences into stories that people just can’t stop listening to. Join instructor Mike McGettigan, director of the Planet Ant Training Center, for this one-of-a-kind storytelling workshop. With decades of practice teaching and performing, Mike gives you the tools to begin your storytelling journey in an easy and fun way. This introductory workshop will help you find events from your life and turn them into compelling storytelling that everyone will love. All levels of experience are welcome. Space is limited. Tickets are $40.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha Book Talk & Signing

November 13, 2019

Join The Detroit Writing Room for an eye-opening book talk by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha from 6:30-8 p.m. "What the Eyes Don't See" is a firsthand, fast-paced account of the Flint water crisis through the eyes of Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician who discovered elevated lead levels in Flint children and ultimately alerted government officials and the public about the Flint water crisis. At the book talk, you'll hear her story of how she stood up to government officials who dismissed the crisis and how she and a small team of crusaders finally got the government to pay attention and take action. Each $10 ticket to the book talk will benefit the Flint Kids Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. Books will be available for $28.

David Maraniss Book Talk & Signing

November 15, 2019

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Maraniss will give a book talk and sign copies of his latest book "A Good American Family" at The Detroit Writing Room on Friday, Nov. 15 from 6:30-8 p.m. Maraniss, an associate editor at The Washington Post, is a bestselling author who has been chronicling American life as told through sports figures, future presidents and everyday heroes. With "A Good American Family," he turns the lens on his own family to examine the politics of the 1950s McCarthy era with this powerfully resonant book. Tickets are $10. Books will be available for $28.

How to Write a Book for Your Business in 30 Days

November 21, 2019

Participate in National Novel Writing Month by writing a business book in 30 days. Book coach Vickie Gould will teach you how in this 6:30-8 p.m. workshop! Time is the scapegoat many use as the reason why they can’t write their book. The truth is that lack of clarity is what keeps most from finishing. Once you know exactly what topic is the best for your business, it becomes simple to map out how to write it. You will leave with a clear understanding of the best topic to pick for your business book — one that will grow your business for years to come. You will create your own personalized calendar to write your book in 30 days and learn a simple structure for the contents of your book. Tickets are $35.


iPhoneography Workshop

December 4, 2019

Do you wish you could take better pictures but don’t feel like you have the proper equipment? You may already have the tools you need. In this 6:30-8 p.m. workshop, professional photographers Erin Kirkland and Sean Proctor will teach you iPhone camera basics and tips and tricks. You'll learn best practices for taking photos, the best apps for editing and how to display your work digitally. Photography is not about the equipment you have, but the person behind the camera. Tickets are $35.

Holiday Book Fair

December 7, 2019

The Detroit Writing Room is hosting its inaugural holiday book fair on Saturday, Dec. 7 from noon to 4 p.m. Come meet over a dozen local authors and purchase signed books — they make great holiday gifts! Admission is free.