What we're about

This group has been created to help writers find the focus, energy, drive and support needed to start, finish, and celebrate your book and/ or any writing project.
Without doubt, all writers and aspiring writers have dreams of either one or multiple projects. We all start with the best of intentions, but inevitably, our projects stall out due to writers block, fatigue, and those other pesky "life gets in the way" problems. My hope is that this group will utilize the strong benefits of a supportive MeetUp membership, to create a supportive writers community that will help each other overcome those obstacles, finish our projects, and help each other celebrate our successes. One goal is for this group to give members tools, advice, inspiration, different perspectives, support, constructive critiques, and more, all while having fun on the writing journey.
I was really inspired to start this group for two main reasons: One, I found a great book called: "Write-A-Thon", by Rochelle Melander, and second, I've run other MeetUp groups, currently run two others, and have met some GREAT, GREAT folks via the MeetUp platform.
My philosophy in forming and running a MeetUp group is to adapt topics, formats, and agendas based on the membership, not to have a fixed, static agenda. I have also taken the time to look at other Writer's MeetUps in the Southeast Michigan area, and I do not want to duplicate the efforts of these other groups, but to make this group complimentary to others. At least at the start, I'd like for this group to be focused on the process of writing and project development. This would involve such things as: Preparation, attitude, structuring YOUR writing process, planning, etc. We'd further talk about pacing, inspiration, and motivation. We'll also celebrate successes and milestones along the way. While in the formative Phase of the group, I really don't see the group getting together to all write while we're in the same place, and I also want to tread very carefully on the prospect of critiquing other members writings. Also, as far as MeetUp dates and times, my weekly schedule is fluid, so my plan is to have MeetUps at differing dates and times: A Morning Edition, Evening Edition, and Weekend Edition.
My main request is that you join this group with a Giving Spirit, looking more to what you can give and share with others, rather than solely with a "WIIFM" Attitude. As I said, I have lots of experience running other MeetUps, and I know they can be valuable, educational, fun, and forge great professional relationships and personal friendships. I hope you will come along on this journey! Thanks for your consideration!

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Tal M. Klein on How to Write an Adaptable Novel

Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room

We're super excited that novelist and guest speaker Tal M. Klein is coming to share with us on How to Write an Adaptable Novel. Here's Tal's program description: The book market is widespread and has many publishers and niches. In contrast, when it comes to the film market there are only a few studios who are mostly looking for content fitting a small set of pre-defined tropes. When I set out to write my first novel, I knew I wanted it to be adapted into a movie. I also knew Hollywood didn’t deem most books to be adaptable. An adaptable novel must be visual and cinematic enough to both be appreciated by a reader and a viewer, and it must do so in a contained and compelling three-act hero’s journey structure. Writing an adaptable novel requires the killing of darlings and humbling of high concepts. “Grounded” is the word Hollywood likes to use. So, let’s talk about writing grounded adaptable novels. Bio: Tal M. Klein was born in Israel, grew up in New York, and currently lives in Detroit with his wife and two daughters. When she was five years old, his daughter Iris wrote a book called I’m a Bunch of Dinosaurs that went on to become one of the most successful children's book projects on Kickstarter ―something that Tal explained to Iris by telling her, “your book made lots of kids happy.” Iris then asked Tal, "Daddy, why don't you write a book that makes lots of grownups happy?" Tal mulled this over for a few years and eventually wrote his first book: The Punch Escrow. It won the Geek & Sundry Hard Science Fiction prize, has been named the Best Indie Sci-Fi Book of 2017 by Foreword and Kirkus Reviews, and is now being developed into a feature film by Mandeville Productions. AGENDA: 6:00-6:30PM - Arrival, refreshments and conversation time 6:30-8:30 - Presentation, followup, and book signings with guest speaker Tal M. Klein COST: $5 at the door helps us cover expenses and gratuities

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Surprising First Step to Writing a Book

Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room

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