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 the Ludington Writer Group. 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. For more info please contact Barry Matthews at

West Shore Words Poetry Celebration is a six month series of events celebrating the reading and writing of poetry and culminating in a performance by Kinetic Affect at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts. More information Here!

The West Side Gang Writers Group, local writers of all experience levels and genres, meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 7pm 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.

Third Tuesdays.  What inspires you?  Bring in a literary piece, or just a line or two, that inspires you and share it with the group along with why it inspires you.  If possible, bring in 10 copies of the piece to share.  Third Tuesday of each month at 7pm in the Judith Minty Writers Room at the LACA.

Visit the Ludington Area Center for the Arts events calendar to learn more about upcoming readings and events.

Ludington Writers Reading Series
The Ludington 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 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 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.

The Ludington 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."- Jack Ridl, poet, Ludington Writers Conference instructor.

Open mic night (currently on hold)
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.

Ludington Visiting Writers publishes the literary journal Driftwood,
featuring new work of Michigan poets and fiction writers.


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Ludington Area Center for the Arts

107 S. Harrison Street

Ludington, MI 49431

Phone: 231-845-2787

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Open - Tuesday, Thursday, Friday –11:00 - 4:00pm, Saturdays 12-3

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