To showcase the talents of Michigan writers and to support the creative writing of people in our community, the Michigan Authors’ Workshop Series will bring eight writers to Midland, Michigan, the week of July 22-26, 2019. These writers will provide free readings to the public in the evening, and they will teach various writing workshops for upper elementary, middle school, high school, and adult writers during the day. This year’s series, entitled “Discovering the Writer Within,” will feature children’s author Lynne Rae Perkins, young adult writers Gary Schmidt and Patrick Flores Scott, graphic novelist Jim Ottaviani, poet Jack Ridl, non-fiction writer Mardi Link, novelist Michael Zadoorian, and memoirist/poet Anne-Marie Oomen.

Monday, July 22, 2019
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Keynote: Anne-Marie Oomen


Tuesday, July 23, 2019
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
YA Workshop: Patrick Flores Scott
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
YA Workshop: Gary Schmidt
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Author Reading & Discussion: Patrick Flores Scott and Gary Schmidt


Wednesday, July 24, 2019
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Memoir Workshop: Mardi Link
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Author Reading & Discussion: Mardi Link and Michael Zadoorian


Thursday, July 25, 2019
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Poetry Workshop: Jack Ridl
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Author Reading & Discussion: Jack Ridl and Jim Ottaviani


Friday, July 26, 2019
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Children’s Reading/Workshop: Lynne Rae Perkins
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October 27th "After Alden" Lecture and Book Signing, by Marty Merritt | FREE | 1-3pm | United Church of Christ 4100 Chestnut Hill Drive, Midland, MI 48642 Public Tours at The Home and Studio **The blocks are closed for the season as we begin working on a major restoration project on the trellis. We will not be going out on the blocks during public tours until the project is complete.