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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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, you’ll find something here that challenges, inspires, and entertains.…

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Erin’s musings on creativity, writing, sewing, nature, Michigan, family, faith, and more, along with all the latest news on her book projects. Often accompanied by lovely photos and sprinkled with what she hope amounts to good advice. Click on the follow button so you’ll never miss a post.

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Book Erin as a speaker, teacher, or panelist at your conference, retreat, book club, writing group, or classroom. She loves talking writing, books, and publishing, and especially enjoys helping young and aspiring writers develop a rich writing life, improve their craft, and understand the publishing process. Choose from one of these topics or suggest your own.…

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This is Michigan. A landscape formed by ice that continues to push up fossils from its time as a tropical sea. A world 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, both to live in or visit. On this page you’ll find 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…

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