Events

The Detroit Writing Room can be rented for private events after 6:30 p.m. 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.

 
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Upcoming Events


AUGUST

Planet Ant presents “Improv In The D”

August 1, 2019

Planet Ant Theatre has been the home of improv comedy in Detroit for 25 years. The theatre is teaming up with The Detroit Writing Room to continue spreading improv across the city. Join us on Thursday, August 1 at 8 p.m. for a high-energy night of laughs and fun! The audience will have an opportunity to interact with the improv pros and even participate on stage at the end!

Summer Headshot Special

August 1, 2019

Need a new professional headshot? Detroit Writing Room photography coach Tiarra Overstreet-Amos is offering a $99 Summer Headshot Special! Sign up for a 30-minute session between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. You’ll receive 2 digital files, selected on site and delivered via email. The selected images are professionally edited. Sign up below!


“Wild” Art Exhibit Reception

August 2, 2019

Local artist Brooklyn Lamb will be showcasing her animal artwork in an exhibit called “Wild.” Join us for her opening reception 7-8:30 p.m. at The Detroit Writing Room. Her work will be featured in the DWR through August.

A Poet’s Toolbox: Sestina Form

August 6, 2019

Do you want to acquire better skills as a poet? Do you want to become more sensitive to language, more flexible with word choice and images, and better-tuned-in to meaning and nuance? This 7-8:30 p.m. workshop led by award-winning poet Gregory Loselle will provide you a model of the ancient, and rather rarely-seen, sestina form. Bring a notebook for working and stray ideas, and leave with the first draft of a lively, thoughtful and absorbing new poem!

Improv for Beginners

August 15, 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.

The Art of Poetry: An Open Mic Night Experience

August 19, 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.

How to Truly Profit from Writing a Bestselling Book as an Entrepreneur

August 26, 2019

Ever thought of writing a book for your business? Maybe you’re not sure what topic to pick or how to monetize it after you’re done. Once you see what a book can truly do for your business, you won’t want to continue to put it off. After this 6:30-8 p.m. workshop led by book coach Vickie Gould, you’ll walk away with a clear understanding of what creates a profitable book (and it’s not about royalties), know at what stage of business it’s best to write a book and create your own personalized roadmap of how to leverage that book to six-figures and beyond. Tickets are $35.

Boss Ladies Night Out Downtown

August 29, 2019

Join the Boss Ladies Referral Crew for a Night Out Downtown! Any lady is welcome to attend this networking event to meet fellow Boss Ladies who run their own businesses and startups. There will be drinks provided by SEEN Magazine and appetizers from A2020Reservations and Mistry Weddings and Events. Enjoy a relaxing night out with friends and meet new ones at this Boss Ladies event 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $30.


SEPTEMBER

Yoga for Writers

September 7, 2019

Whether you're brand new to your mat or you've been practicing for years, everyone can benefit from this all-levels yoga class. Certified yoga instructor Lindsay Madison will go over basic breathing techniques/postures, answer questions and provide personal adjustments to deepen your practice. Immediately following our yoga session you’ll receive a complimentary notebook to participate in our guided journaling experience. The combination of yoga and journaling is designed to elevate your writing and provide clarity so you can access your authentic voice. Post-yoga refreshments will be served. Please bring your own mat. Tickets are $25. Class runs 10-11:45 a.m.

“Even Though We Know More” Art Exhibit Opening Reception

September 7, 2019

Detroit artist Marlo Broughton will be showcasing his black and white paintings in an exhibit called “Even Though We Know More." Join us for an opening reception 7-8:30 p.m. at The Detroit Writing Room on Saturday, September 7. Meet Marlo and view his beautiful paintings while enjoying Champagne.

Get Known: Personal Branding for Freelancers

September 9, 2019

This 6:30-8:30 p.m. workshop will cover how to position yourself in the market to stand out, whether you are looking for a new job or working as a freelancer. In this workshop you will complete personal branding exercises to define your expertise, learn how to create a content plan that engages your audience and learn eight ways to stand out in a crowded market and become known. This part of a three-part series led by executive coach Laura Khalil. See Sept. 16 and Sept. 23 for more workshops.

How to Build a Writing Career

September 10, 2019

Writing is an art, but if you want to make writing your career, it needs to be a business, too. During this 7-8:30 p.m. workshop led by writer and editor Lisa Howard, we’ll talk about how to interweave your interests and aspirations with viable ways of making money as a writer — it literally pays to develop your brand and your message. From crafty networking tactics to lesser-known types of writing assignments, you’ll walk away with a clearer idea of which direction to take next. Successful writers are also organized businesspeople! Tickets are $25.

So You Wanna Launch A Podcast

September 11, 2019

Podcasting is the fastest-growing medium in America, with over half the country having listened to one, and 70% having at least some familiarity with them. Audio goes places that video can't, and a podcast is a great tool to connect fans of your brand. In this 7-8:30 p.m. workshop, podcast producer Jon Gay of JAG in Detroit will cover everything from buying equipment on any budget, launching a pod, common podcaster mistakes and how to leverage your existing fan base to grow your show. Early bird tickets are $30. Price increases to $35 on Sept. 4.

“Marriage Uncut II: Straight Talk, No Chaser” Book Launch

September 13, 2019

"Marriage Uncut II: Straight Talk, No Chaser," five individuals share candid snapshots of moments in time where their marriage seemed more like a roller coaster ride than a “happily ever after” fairytale. On the other side of, “I do!” these individuals soon realized that marriage is about much more than the first dance and cutting a cake! At this book talk and signing, you'll have an opportunity to hear from the authors and get your copy of "Marriage Uncut II" signed. The event is free to attend. The book will be available for purchase for $14.99. RSVP below.

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.

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.


OCTOBER

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.

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.

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.


NOVEMBER

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.

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.

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.