The National Writers Series was created 10 years ago by people who had a dream of inviting authors from all over the country to talk about their books and what makes their writing hearts tick.
We’ve now hosted 160 authors in all in Traverse City, Michigan, a small town on the Lake Michigan shoreline now known as “Book City.” We’ve talked with New York Times-bestselling authors, Pulitzer Prize winners, and MacArthur “Genius” award winners. Proceeds from these events support college scholarships and our Raising Writers programs that hone the skills of budding young writers.
When we held our last live event in March with author Peter Heller (who wrote ironically, a pandemic novel), we had no idea it would be our last for a very long time.
Yet because storytelling has never been more important, the Writers Series has shifted to the NWS Virtual Author Series. These conversations are meaningful and enlightening. And they are free.
It’s very easy to sign up for the series, and once you register for one event, you’re automatically registered for all of them. You may unsubscribe at any time.
We hope that you will become a supporter of the National Writers Series to help us continue these important conversations and our Raising Writers programs. We are grateful for your support and we wish you resilience and good health.
P.S. We also created a Life in the Time of Virus website, which publishes first-person accounts from people coping with the pandemic. Please take a minute and share your story.
Rene Descartes once said, “The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries”
The Writers Series of Traverse City, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to engaging world renowned authors in meaningful conversations in the Traverse City area. Our goal is to create a deeper understanding of issues and ways of life that exist within and outside of our rural boundaries. And we want our audience members to connect with each other inside the confines of the historic and beautiful City Opera House. We are also “raising writers” with programs that help students express themselves, explore the world through reading, develop their imaginations, and to think critically.
Our monthly author events have earned Traverse City the moniker of Michigan’s “Book City.” Over the past decade, we’ve become an integral part of the region’s cultural vibe and downtown economy. Traverse City is now considered the cultural hotspot of Michigan.
Nearly 9,000 people attend our author events each year, and tens of thousands more listen to the conversations on subsequent broadcasts aired on Interlochen Public Radio in northwest Michigan, WKAR in Lansing, and WDET in Detroit, as well as UpNorth Media community television and YouTube.
Our authors have included some of the most highly regarded writers in the country: Alice Walker, Margaret Atwood, Jodi Picoult, Sebastian Junger, David Sedaris, Anna Quindlen, Tom Brokaw, and Harlan Coben—more than 155 authors in all
What’s it like for a visiting author? Here’s what New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani had this to say:
“The National Writers Series is a magnificent program that brings writers and readers together on the glorious shores of Lake Michigan in Traverse City. Their hospitality, insight as fellow authors, and the in-depth conversation about the things that matter is a celebration of books, reading and ideas where the audience and participants leave inspired.”
I hope you can join us!
About our Raising Writers Programs
Since founding our Writers Series in 2010, we’ve spread our wings to support young readers and writers in all kinds of ways.
Storytellers are makers. They create worlds and futures otherwise unimagined. We hope that someday one of our young storytellers will return to the Opera House to talk about their newest best-selling book, and how their love of writing was nurtured early on by the National Writers Series.
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