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Upper Peninsula Writers Symposium

June 22 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm


The Upper Peninsula Writer’s Symposium is designed to provide a platform for writers of all skill levels to learn, grow, and connect with fellow wordsmiths. Whether you’re a budding novelist, a seasoned poet, or simply someone who loves the written word, this event is catered to your creative needs.

One of the highlights of the symposium will be the keynote address by #1 New York Bestselling author, Angeline Boulley. Angeline is an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, known for her captivating storytelling and profound cultural insights. Firekeepers Daughter was her debut novel. Her second book, Warrior Girl Unearthed, was released in summer 2023. Boulley will share her journey as a writer and offer valuable advice to inspire and motivate attendees on their own writing paths.

– Breakout sessions include: Self-Publishing 101: Why you should self-publish and how to do it with Victor Volkman
– Tickle Your Reader’s Funny Bone: Using Humor in Your Writing with Terri Martin
– Character Development: Addressing mental health, ADHD, and neurodivergence in characters at a middle-grade level with Nikki Mitchell
– Getting Started with Audibooks with Brandy Thomas
– Advanced Writing Tools — Beyond Microsoft Word with J.L. Hagen
– Marketing Your Poetry with Kathleen Carlton Johnson

See detailed schedule below!

In addition to the enriching workshops and an engaging keynote address, participants will also be provided with a delicious catered lunch, fostering networking opportunities and the chance to connect with fellow writers. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary event that aims to elevate the Upper Peninsula’s literary scene.

This event is a co-hosted by Hessel School House and Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Assocation.



June 22
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Hessel School House – Avery Arts & Nature Learning Center
3206 West Cedar Street
Hessel, MI 49745 United States
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