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How To Write Like I Do
826michigan’s fall series of adult writing workshops

Meet real-life writers, pick up a few of their trade secrets, and spend some time practicing your own writing with other local writers.

$60 per person per session
$50 per person per session if you register for two or more

Coffee and Zingerman’s treats included!

If you have any questions, please email us at rsvp@826michigan.org.

Jeff Meyers presents:
A Crash Course in Screenplay Structure (and creating an effective logline)
Thursday, November 12, 2009, 6-9pm

Have an idea for a movie masterpiece? Got the first draft of a script and are unsure of where to go with it? Want to better understand how Hollywood movies are constructed? The first half of this workshop will take you through the basics of screenplay structure; illustrating the beats, reversals and timing of important plot developments using examples from popular movies. The second half will focus on how you construct an effective logline, and how this simple two sentence summary can become an important diagnostic tool for your story ideas.

Participants are encouraged (though not required) to bring either a logline or a short idea summary for one script to work on.

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Jeff Meyers is the lead film critic and writer for Detroit's Metro Times. In 2008 he was awarded an Excellence In Journalism award by the Society of Professional Journalists for his film writing. He is also the editor of the online publications Metromode and Concentrate. Jeff has had two screenplays optioned by Hollywood, been a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards (2000), taught theater and drama as an adjunct college professor, and is currently working on his own dramatic web series. He serves on the Board of Directors of 826michigan.


Mark Maynard presents:
Blogs, Zines and Other New Traditions in Self-Publishing
Thursday, December 10, 2009, 6-9pm

Amateur journalist and autobiographical writer Mark Maynard will discuss the evolution of zine culture, the advent of blogging, and his experiences with both, with an eye toward helping participants discover the right platform for self-expression for them. Topics covered will include: how to tell a good story, how to build an audience, where to draw the line between personal a public, available platforms, and distribution options.

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Mark has been publishing the award-winning zine Crimewave USA for fifteen years, and blogging for about eight, at the popular local site MarkMaynard.com. During the course of the evening, he will share some of the more successful and unsuccessful articles, interviews and comics that he’s put out over the years, and work with people on their own ideas for blogs/zines/etc. He will also talk about the use of blogs for social change.

*Note: He wanted to call this session, “How to [tick] off your family and lose lots of money in self-publishing … an evening with Mark Maynard,” but was asked to change it.


Jim Ottaviani presents:
How to Write with Pictures: Scripting Graphic Novels
Thursday, November 5, 2009, 6-9pm
Postponed until Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 6-9pm

Comic strips have been around for over a hundred years, comic books for decades, and graphic novels are now the darlings of the literary and library worlds. (OK, maybe not darlings, always, but they're no longer sniffed at and then ignored.) In this workshop we will talk about how the medium has progressed, how to tap into its particular strengths, and how to get from idea to script to an effective collaboration with artists and editors.

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Jim is the author of eight graphic novels (and counting) about scientists, ranging from physicists to paleontologists to behaviorists. His most recent is T-Minus (with Zander Cannon and Kevin Cannon, published by Simon & Schuster), a book about the science and engineering of the space race. His books are probably the only ones to have received critical acclaim from both Physics World and Vampirella Magazine...and everything in between, from Discover to Entertainment Weekly to Variety to the New York Times.

His upcoming books include biographies of Richard Feynman and the "Trimates" (Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas) for First Second.

Jim came to comics via a Bachelor's and Master's degree in nuclear engineering, and a Master's degree in library science, and though he's also a published author in both those fields, he likes comics best.


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How to Rise or, I Put My Heart into the Close

How to Rise or, I Put My Heart into the Close

How to Rise or, I Put My Heart into the Close

The culmination of a year's worth of writing workshops in two of Trudy Adams's English 12 classes at Ypsilanti High School, How to Rise features memoirs, poems, and fiction by forty-six seniors. From the death of a mother to a near-fatal car accident to a year in a juvenile detention center, these stories will astound and surprise you with their honesty and insight. This beautiful volume also features flipbook animation by Olga Scholten. Introduction by Sherman Alexie.

$10.00

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The (first-ever) 826michigan OMNIBUS

The (first-ever) 826michigan OMNIBUS

Including the work of seventy 826michigan students between the ages of six and eighteen, this volume contains work from all facets of 826michigan. Student writing created in all of our programs — tutoring, workshops, field trips, and in-school projects — is included, as is a lengthy appendix which highlights our many volunteers, past workshops and in-schools, the top ten acronyms of OMNIBUS, and a word from our leader, Dr. Blotch. It should be mentioned, furthermore, that Julie Orringer wrote the introduction (under a pseudonym). A great read as well as a great gift for any occasion.

$10.00

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Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair shirts

At long last! Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair shirts! Because we have a hard time keeping these on the shelves, to order, please email amy@826michigan.org or call 734-761-3463 to check color and size availability. We carry toddler, Youth S, Youth M, Youth L, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, and 3XL. We carry a variety of colors, so please contact us with the size you need, and we will let you know what color combinations are available. Shirts are $15 ($20 for 2XL and 3XL), plus $4 shipping and handling.

We also now carry VERY sharp looking hoodies. The hoodies are gray with a black logo. We have S, M, L, and XL. A hoodie can be yours today for $25, plus $5 shipping and handling.

To order t-shirts and/or hoodies, please call 734 761 3463. We'll ship them to you right away!

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Tall Tales & True Stories

Tall Tales & True Stories

Coming out of a year's worth of work at Childs Elementary School in Ypsilanti, this flip book (half of it is upsidedown!) chronicles the personal histories and incredible fantasies of almost thirty young writers. Featuring a beautiful cover illustration by Ian Huebert, Tall Tales & True Stories is as beautiful to look at as it is to read.

$10.00

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I'm Not a Philosopher, I Am Just a Green Monster: Songs of Monster Protest

The monsters have gone on strike! Why? Buy the CD and find out. There are plenty of reasons for a monster to feel under-appreciated. Currently in "negotiations" with Mr. Thaddeus Blotch, our infamous and crotchety editor, all members of the Monster Union, Local 826, are on strike until further notice.

This CD features original monster protest songs by Steve Amick, Ramshackle, Tall Friends, Scott Beal, Dave Lawson, No Exit, Actual Birds & Mariah, and more! Tracks include: Green Monster; Concerning Safe Workplace Conditions for all Working Monsters & the Right to Proper Upkeep of Said Workplace: The Elbow Room Song; Nightlight; Monster Town; The Correct Term is Bogeyman; It's a Creep Thing; No Nitelites!; Support Your Local Hard-Working Monster (by kindly refraining from squandering your fear and anxiety on trivial, non-monster related distractions); My Song; No Official Affiliation.

All proceeds support free student programming at 826michigan.

$10.00

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Vacansopapurosophobia 2: Fear of a Blank Page

Last spring, we released the highly successful and critically lauded Vacansopapurosophobia, or V. We had so much fun doing it and were so proud of the final product, we decided to do it again. The title, which means “fear of a blank page,” was chosen by the same group of people who chose the content: a group of teens from the Neutral Zone. This volume features sixty-six stories, poems, essays, and a play, all of which will most certainly astound and amaze you.

$10.00

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Unsquared: Ann Arbor Writers Unleash Their Edgiest Stories and Poems

A collection of cross-genre and cross-generational pieces, Unsquared: Ann Arbor Writers Unleash Their Edgiest Stories and Poems accomplishes exactly what the title says, creating a stunning and, of course, disturbing mix of short fiction, poems, memoirs (and even a play) that will engage even the most reluctant readers. By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, Unsquared proves that communities outside of NYC, San Francisco, and Chicago can sustain flourishing and impressive literary scenes.

$15.00

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Suddenly My Heart Stopped for Just a
Small Portion of Time: Defining Moments

Suddenly My Heart Stopped for Just a Small Portion of Time: Defining Moments is a stunning collection of personal narratives. Greenhills seniors mentored Haisley Elementary fifth graders in the art of memoir for a semester, and this gorgeous anthology is the result. Stories about distant grandfathers and sibling rivalry are put alongside stories about zombie hunting and sleepovers. At turns sweet, sad, heartbreaking, and hilarious, this book’s content is matched in beauty by the book itself. Designed by Chicagoian graphic designer Mollie Edgar.

Currently sold out

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Vacansopapurosophobia: Fear of a Blank Page

Vacansopapurosophobia, or V, is the first of 826’s yearly literary journals. The title, which means “fear of a blank page,” was chosen by the same group of people who chose the content: a group of teens from the Neutral Zone. After much deliberation, this student editorial board pared hundreds of submissions from area youth down to the eighty poems, stories, and essays published in the volume.

$10.00

 
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