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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 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 Mattews at

The West Side Gang Writers Group, 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.

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


  • Memoir Writing Through Memorabilia - Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10 am to 4 pm in Craft Room on the second floor.  Fee: $40 and can be paid by cash, check or credit card.  The workshop includes Dawn Raffel's Secret Life of Objects, snacks and lunch.  
  • "Memoir Writing Through Memorabilia", a workshop for adult writers of all abilities, will be offered by the Westside Writers Gang through the LACA.  This one day event will be limited to eight participants whose $40 fee will include all supplies, snacks and a lunch.  Writers will compost short pieces of several hundred words based on memories of treasured objects.  Linda Sandow, instructor, said, "I'll use Dawn Raffel's book The Secret Life of Objects as a springboard.  People will bring at least two small mementos such as childhood treasures, photos, jewelry, awards, ceramics, recipes, or anything vintage and easy to carry.  We will look at Dawn's examples and my own and go from there."  Sandow continued, "Each person will walk out with a piece of writing that is autobiographical in nature and hopefully will be inspired to continue this as a way of preserving the past."  Register for this workshop at the LACA at 107 South Harrison St., Ludington, MI.  The phone number is 231-845-2787 and winter hours are Thursday through Saturday from noon to 5:00pm.
  • 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.

Scheduled Event: April 26, 2014, BookMark, Reading of short works 7 - 8 pm.

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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