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ERIN BARTELS is a copywriter and freelance editor by day, a novelist by night, and a wife, mother, seamstress, painter, poet, and photographer in between. She lives in the beautiful, water-defined state of Michigan where she is never more than a ninety minute drive from one of the Great Lakes or six miles from an inland lake, river, or…

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My musings on creativity, writing, sewing, nature, Michigan, family, faith, and more, along with all the latest news on my book projects. Usually accompanied by lovely photos and sprinkled with what I hope amounts to good advice. Come back often and follow through email so you’ll never miss a post.

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Whether you want to wind down at night with a short story, ramp up your writing career with some great advice for aspiring writers, or settle in for a novel-length work that will sweep you into the past and delve deep into our present cultural realities, I hope you’ll find something here that challenges you,…

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There’s almost nothing Erin enjoys talking about more than books, creative writing, and publishing. She would love to visit your book club, writing group, or class to share her knowledge and experience. She especially enjoys helping young and aspiring writers develop a rich writing life, improve their craft, and understand the publishing process. Choose from one of…

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This is Michigan. A place formed by ice that continues to push up fossils from its time as a tropical sea. A place that is forever being refashioned by wind and waves. An unforgettable masterpiece of seasons, where in the same week you might get frostbite and a sunburn. Who could resist trying to capture it…

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Michigan is an incredible state. On this page I’ve gathered links to great websites that highlight Michigan’s natural beauty, offer Michigan-made products, and unfold the pages of Michigan history. There are also lots of links to great hiking trails, higher education, and Michigan publishing companies. There is something special about every season in Michigan, so…

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