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The Detroit Writing Room will be a cozy space for writers, creatives and entrepreneurs to work and write their best sentences.
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The Detroit Writing Room has been the dream and vision of Stephanie Steinberg since she moved back to Detroit in 2016. As a journalist for The Detroit News, Stephanie covered the stories of entrepreneurs who were starting their own businesses in the city. Many had an idea and just followed their passions. Only a few years later, those same entrepreneurs are selling their products and opening businesses across the country. While Stephanie loved telling their stories, she also caught the bug to be a part of Detroit’s comeback. And she developed an idea that would let other entrepreneurs and creatives benefit from her writing and editing. Ultimately, she wanted to open her dream writing room.

The Detroit Writing Room in a Nutshell

The Detroit Writing Room is a cozy space in the heart of Detroit for people to work, write and create. Members and guests will have access to writing coaches who can offer feedback and editing for business materials — such as website copy, e-newsletters, social media content, professional bios, press releases, speeches or grants — or literary works such as fiction, nonfiction, essays and poetry.

The Detroit Writing Room will foster a sense of community among members who have access to a personal editing service they can’t get elsewhere. 

The Coaches

The coaches are award-winning journalists, New York Times bestselling authors, communications professors and professionals. There are also graphic and web design coaches for members who want feedback on their logo, branding materials and website, as well as photography coaches for members who want to improve their photography or learn about photo editing.  

The dream team of coaches include:

Writing Coaches

-Laura Berman, former Detroit News columnist

-Ashley Calhoun, grant writing professional

-Anna Clark, author of “The Poisoned City”

-Phil Dean, cover letter and resume writing professional

-Kendra Furry, corporate communications editor

-Dorothy Hernandez, SEEN Magazine copy editor

-Felecia Henderson, former Detroit News assistant managing features editor

-Tim Leonard, screenwriter

-Walter T. Middlebrook, former Detroit News assistant managing editor

-Neal Rubin, Detroit News columnist

-Jake Serwer, Espresso Public Relations CEO

-Delphia Simmons, Build Institute facilitator

-Stephanie Steinberg, SEEN Magazine managing editor

-Bill Vlasic, former New York Times Detroit bureau chief

-Robert Yoon, University of Michigan journalism professor


Web and Graphic Design Coaches

-Lauren Ann Davies, freelance web designer

-Amanda King, founder of The Launch Hive Creative


Photography Coaches

-Sacred Overstreet-Amos, founder of Moonlight Reflections Photography

-Erin Kirkland, editorial photography freelancer


The Perks 

Members and drop-in guests will enjoy complimentary coffee, Wi-Fi, printing and an inspiring workspace. 

Annual Novelist members will receive one free month, one free coaching session a month, discounts to Detroit Writing Room events and a 20 percent discount on Detroit Writing Room venue rentals. They’ll also get two monthly guest passes to bring a friend, among other perks.

Not a member, but want coaching? There's an hourly coaching option too!

Events

Co-working and coaching is offered 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Starting at 6:30 p.m. The Detroit Writing room will host evening events Monday through Saturday. 

Stephanie convinced her husband Jake Serwer to join in on the entrepreneurial endeavor to help with events. Jake is the president of The Detroit Writing Room and founder and CEO of Espresso Public Relations, a PR firm that works with Detroit entrepreneurs and businesses. In Washington D.C. (where the two Michigan Wolverines met) he produced events for the National Press Club. 

The goal is to make it the go-to downtown space for visiting authors to give book talks and signings. The Detroit Writing Room will also host literary and cultural experiences such as open mic nights, poetry slams, movie screenings, writing workshops and more. Anyone will be able to rent the venue for networking events, seminars, parties and other private gatherings. (Email Jake@detroitwritingroom.com for more information on that!)

The Space

Unlike sterile co-working spaces with cubicles and dry erase boards, The Detroit Writing Room will be an inviting space decorated with flowers, bookshelves, sofas and chandeliers — similar to a living room that welcomes all. Monthly rotating Detroit artists will fill the walls with artwork and photography that visitors will be able to purchase.

The Detroit Writing Room will be located on the second floor of The Claridge at 1514 Washington Boulevard. It’s a quick walk from the best downtown coffee shops, bars, restaurants and shopping.

Why We Need Your Support

To bring The Detroit Writing Room to life, we need to buy furniture and equipment that will turn the DWR into everyone’s dream work space. Your support will help The Detroit Writing Room buy:

  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Sofas
  • Bookcases
  • Coffee tables
  • Rugs
  • Reception desk
  • Computers
  • TV
  • Printer/scanner
  • Projector
  • Speaker system
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen cabinetry
  • Coffee maker
  • Lighting
  • Paint
  • Key fob access system

We have a lot of amazing rewards for our backers ranging from day passes and signed books to lunch with famous local journalists and a chance to leave your mark (literally) on The Detroit Writing Room! Please check them out to the right. 

We appreciate all your support and hope to see you soon when The Detroit Writing Room opens this summer! For more information, visit detroitwritingroom.com

With love for editing with purple pens,

Stephanie and Jake

About The Detroit Writing Room Founder:

Stephanie Steinberg is a lifelong Detroiter and grammar enthusiast who only edits with purple pens. She’s been a journalist for the past decade and held her first editor-in-chief title at the University of Michigan student newspaper The Michigan Daily. Stephanie has written for several publications, including The New York Times, Boston Globe, USA Today, CNN.com and Huffington Post. She spent several years in Washington D.C. as a health and money editor at U.S. News & World Report. There, she fell in love with a fellow Wolverine (Jake Serwer) and decided to move home with him to cover Detroit’s comeback as a features reporter for The Detroit News. She then became the managing editor of SEEN Magazine, telling the stories of the people and places that define Metro Detroit. Stephanie is the editor of the book “In the Name of Editorial Freedom: 125 Years at The Michigan Daily” (University of Michigan Press). She despises the Oxford comma and loves curling up with a book and coffee to dive into a good story with her dog Magglio.

About The Detroit Writing Room Co-founder:

Jake Serwer is the founder and CEO of Espresso Public Relations LLC, a PR firm representing Detroit entrepreneurs and businesses. His career started in the TV industry — kicking off with his own music TV show at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!). After getting a master’s in sports business from Georgetown University, he was a producer for Bloomberg News and Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. Jake then served as the business development executive at the National Press Club in D.C., where he managed its in-house broadcast studio and organized events for Fortune 500 CEOs, political candidates, authors, influencers and celebrities — he even bonded with George Clooney. Jake had no choice but to help his wife open The Detroit Writing Room and looks forward to helping organize events and coach members on PR practices.

Risks and challenges

We plan to open The Detroit Writing Room in June, but the timeline may be affected by the construction progress.

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    1 Detroit Writing Room Event Pass

    Attend 1 Detroit Writing Room sponsored event without paying the ticket price. Events may include author readings, writing workshops, open mic nights, movie screenings, panel discussions and more.

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    1 Detroit Writing Room Day Pass

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    Write on the Detroit Writing Room

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    Movie Night with Film Critic Adam Graham

    Watch a movie based on a book with Detroit News film critic Adam Graham at the Detroit Writing Room. Popcorn will be provided. Afterward, Adam will have a question-and-answer session about the film. This will take place in July one Thursday evening after 7 p.m.

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    Signed Book by Bill Vlasic

    Get a signed copy of the book "Once Upon a Car" by Bill Vlasic, a Detroit Writing Room Coach and former New York Times Detroit bureau chief.

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    VIP Invitation to Grand Opening Party

    Get a sneak peek of the Detroit Writing Room before it opens to the public! Tour the room, meet the coaches and help us celebrate the official launch. Grand opening party date will be in early June.

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    Give to DWR and The Michigan Daily

    Founder Stephanie Steinberg was the 2011 Editor-in-Chief of the University of Michigan's student-run newspaper The Michigan Daily. If you choose this reward, $250 will go to The Detroit Writing Room and $250 will go to support student journalists at The Michigan Daily.

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    6 Hrs Coaching with Stephanie Steinberg

    Receive 6 hours of coaching sessions with the Detroit Writing Room owner. Stephanie can edit works for business, including website copy, newsletters, professional bios and social media posts, as well as nonfiction, fiction, essays and speeches. Sessions are subject to availability.

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    Lunch with Detroit News' Neal Rubin

    Enjoy lunch with Detroit News columnist Neal Rubin, who knows all the best lunch spots around Detroit. Lunch is covered, and you'll get to hear all of Neal's fun stories from decades of reporting on celebrities, politicians and more. The backer may bring a friend. The lunch date is subject to Neal's availability.

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    Dinner with Detroit News' Melody Baetens

    Enjoy dinner with Detroit News food writer Melody Baetems, who knows all the hot dinner spots around Metro Detroit. Dinner is covered, and you'll get to hear what it's like covering chefs and restaurants in Metro Detroit. The backer may bring a friend. The dinner date is subject to Melody's availability.

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    Detroit Writing Room Venue Rental

    Get the Detroit Writing Room all to yourself for a private event! Host a networking event, happy hour, birthday party, company retreat, book club meeting or whatever your heart desires. The venue rental must be after 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and a maximum of 3 hours. Dates are subject to availability.

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    Have a Detroit Writing Room room named after you, your business or your dog. You're welcome to be creative!

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    Have the main Detroit Writing Room named after you, your business or your dog. You're welcome to be creative!

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