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Literary Arts at the Center
The Ludington Area Center for the Arts provides a lively forum for poets and prose writers through a partnership with Ludington Visiting Writers, our in-house literary arts program. The joint venture provides a supportive and encouraging environment for writers of every genre, as well as the opportunity for community members to share in the best new writing being done in Michigan.
Visit the Ludington Area Center for the Arts events calendar to learn more about upcoming readings and events.
Ludington Visiting Writers Reading Series
The Ludington Visiting Writers reading series features notable Michigan writers of fiction, memoir, and poetry who publicly present their work and conduct programs and workshops at the Center, local schools and libraries. Ludington Visiting Writers has brought more than 70 noted Michigan writers to Ludington for readings and writing events, including poets Diane Wakoski and Jack Ridl, fiction writers Bonnie Jo Campbell and Peter Ho Davies, memoirists Michael Steinberg and Anne Marie Oomen, and screenwriter Lisa Enos.
Conferences and Workshops
The Ludington Area Center for the Arts is the site of the Ludington Visiting Writers annual writers conference, featuring workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction led by noted writers and instructors from Michigan’s leading schools and universities, as well as panel discussions, craft presentations, and faculty and participant readings.
Throughout the year, Ludington Visiting Writers director George Dila leads fiction writing workshops in which local writers meet to discuss writing technique and engage in exercises to ignite the creative spark. The workshops meet in the Judith Minty Writers Room at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts.
Summer Writer-in-Residence Program
The Ludington Visiting Writers Summer Writer-in-Residence program brings regional poets and writers to the Ludington Area Center for the Arts to lead workshops for adults and youth, readings, presentations, and other community-focused events. Award-winning Michigan poet Phillip Sterling kicked off the program in 2009.
Regularly Scheduled Events
"Art is a place –
a place where you
get to be you
and be with all that
matters to you."
Open mic night
Local poets, fiction writers, songwriters, and storytellers take the stage the third Tuesday of every month in the ETT (Every Third Tuesday) Open Mic. Held at various locations throughout Ludington, ETT invites community members to participate, listen, and enjoy.
The West Side Gang, local writers of all experience levels and genres, meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month in the Judith Minty Writers Room at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts to discuss their work-in-progress within a nurturing learning community.
Ludington Visiting Writers publishes the literary journal Driftwood,
featuring new work of Michigan poets and fiction writers.
News & Announcements
The Ludington Yacht Club and LUDROCK are teaming up to make this a celebration you can't miss. Family friendly, with refreshments, food, music, sailboats, and more all day long! Saturd..
36º 30' The artwork of Molly Dilworth Presented in cooperation with Michigan State University as an extension of MSU College of Law's “Volunteer Lawyers For The Arts." Eight text..
The Ludington Area Center for the Arts is hosting an artists “garage sale” on Saturday, June 8 from 9 to 1p.m. The deadline to apply for a table is June 1, 2013. ..
May 16, 2013 – Fine art aficionados will notice some subtle yet exciting enhancements at one of Ludington’s longest-running art events – the 2013 West Shore Art Fair. In its 45th yea..
The 2nd Annual Lighthouse Festival “Maritime Magic” Arts/Crafts Show at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts is Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.. The show is part of the Michigan's W..
Lakeshore Children's Chorus registration is open for the season for children grades 2nd- 8th! The Lakeshore Children's Chorus provides an ongoing choral experience of diverse music for childre..
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Ludington area and
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Ludington Area Center for the Arts
107 S. Harrison Street
Ludington, MI 49431
Tuesday - Saturday: 12pm - 5:00pm