UM-Flint Marian E. Wright Writing Center staff members prepare for upcoming Dungeons & Dragons summer camp. Normally, the University of Michigan-Flint’s Marian E. Wright Writing Center acts as a haven for students, faculty and staff when it comes to formatting, writing and revising a paper or speech. But recently, the center’s staff found themselves encouraging writers – both on campus and off – to pick up their pens or power up their laptops in order to participate in some newly scheduled events. First on the agenda was a May 6 retreat, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., that offered members of a creative writing group, The Writer’s Circle, as well as members of the campus community, the opportunity to spend the day networking and writing amongst a community of like-minded creatives. The Writers Circle, which is open to all UM-Flint faculty, staff, students and community members, was formed in 2019 following a six-week workshop that focused on teaching budding writers how to write a short story. UM-Flint Marian E. Wright Writing Center staff “We got such a tremendous turnout that it naturally transitioned into a weekly writer’s group,” said Vicky Dawson, Writing Center coordinator. Members of the group have been working on a wide range of projects that vary from memoirs to flash fiction, poetry and even personal essays. Dawson said that since the Writing Center has a long-standing tradition of helping develop academic, professional and creative writing pieces, she and other staff members strive to create a welcoming space where the UM-Flint community can get support with their writing. Hosting the retreat is an extension of those efforts. The retreat featured a writing panel consisting of three authors who shared their experiences with participants in order to guide them through the publishing process. Participating panelists included Melodie Bolt, a 2012 UM-Flint graduate with a master’s degree in English composition and rhetoric who specializes in writing dark fantasy and poetry; Kaye Sims, a Flint resident and self-published author; and Connor Coyne, editor at Gothic Funk Press. “Members were really interested in learning more about publishing and the opportunity meet with […]
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