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Authors to Read at Erickson Center
The 5th Annual North of 45 Retreat for Writers will be held May 1 – 4, 2014 at Chamberlin’s Ole Forest Inn and the Erickson Center for the Arts in Curtis, MI. Primary sponsorship comes from the Erickson Center, a non-profit corporation dedicated to enriching the mind, body and spirit of individuals of all ages. An Authors’ Read will take place at the Erickson Center on Friday, May 2nd at 7:00 pm as part of the event, with the staff of North of 45 Retreat sharing selections from their work. The public is invited. A small admission charge will be accepted to help support the Curtis Area Arts Council.
The all-inclusive retreat draws writers from all over Michigan together for a series of workshops, readings, and relaxation. The retreat begins on Thursday evening with a welcome reception, and is an opportunity for any adult who has a passion for writing or a desire to pursue the craft to get away from the distractions of everyday living. A Wednesday “pre-retreat” option is available this year. Contact Kelly at Chamberlin’s Ole Forest Inn directly for more information.
“The retreat is for adults who write, or who have ‘always wanted to” write,” said AnnMarie Rowland, who has directed the retreat since its inception in 2010. “Whether it’s poetry, fiction, or non-fiction…whether you’re a well-published author or just beginning… North of 45 is for you.”
Workshops presented by well-known authors and writing instructors are offered, as well as stretches of time for attendees to relax, write, or simply enjoy the company of other writers. In addition to Rowland, this year’s workshop presenters are Micheal Delp, and Jack Driscoll.
The 2014 Retreat will, for the first time, have a repeat instructor. I am pleased to say that Michael Delp, former Dean of Creative Writing at Interlochen Arts Academy, has agreed to be on staff again. Mike is a writer of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction whose works have appeared in numerous national publications. He is the author of Over the Graves of Horses, Under the Influence of Water, The Coast of Nowhere, The Last Good Water, and As If We Were Prey, in addition to six chapbooks of poetry. Michael is a gifted teacher who will challenge and encourage attendees to think differently and write with renewed fervor. Michael resides near Interlochen.
Joining Mike is Jack Driscoll, also from Interlochen. Jack’s credits include four collections of poems, four novels, the Barnes & Noble Discovery of Great New Writers Award, the Pushcart Book Editor’s Award, six PEN Syndicated Fiction Awards, two Michigan Notable Book Awards, and AWP Short Fiction Award. His most recent short story collection, The World of a Few Minutes Ago, was the winner of the Midland Writers Award and was named by ForeWord Reviews as the best collection of short stories for 2012. Jack also teaches fiction workshops in Pacific University’s low-residency program in Oregon.
AnnMarie Rowland is a syndicated columnist, poet, songwriter, and writing workshop leader from Indian River, MI. In addition to the North of 45 Retreat for Writers, she is the director of Johnathan Rand’s Author Quest; a camp for young writers. Her work appears regularly in several regional magazines and newspapers.