Summer in the Mitten

Release date: September 2, 2020
Genre(s): memoir, fiction, poetry
Price: $11.99

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The Shiawassee Area Writers capture the essence of summer
in this, their third anthology. Memoirs, poems, essays, and
short stories fill this wonderful read with thoughts of
vacations, the special events of the Shiawassee County Fair,
camping antics, and golfing expectations.
Summer enhances family reunions, reflections of vacations,
and ventures out-of-doors, and also includes memories of
listening to stories around a roaring campfire, and experiencing
a stroll on a dirt road lined with wildflowers. Good times.
Amazing memories that are new yet preserved for thoughtful
stories for years to come. It also helps us reflect on our
country and the freedoms we enjoy each day.
And as always, a portion of the proceeds from this book
will go toward encouraging Shiawassee County young writers
pursuing a career in journalism, creative or freelance writing.
The writers of the Shiawassee Area writing group want to inspire
others in their pursuits of publication. Wherever that may lead.

Winter in the Mitten

Release date: September 30th, 2018
Genre(s) : Memoir, Fiction, Poetry
Price: $10.99

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Winter in the Mitten is filled with writings of humor, reflection, and perhaps some that might stir your memory and emotions.  Each story unique – just as the wonderful individuals who wrote them. The winter-themed diverse anthology features fiction, memoirs, and poetry highlighting the best aspects of this season. 

You don’t want to miss some of the personal miracles shared or the vivid imagination of our fiction and poetry writers. Have you ever wondered about snowshoeing or how maple syrup is processed? How a simple paper route changed one author’s life.  There’s a reunion with a chilling surprise ending. Angels appear in multiple forms to help us ponder spiritual thoughts. See how a young bullfighter fights and wins. Boot camp graduation dishes up an unexpected surprise. For one writer, a connection to evergreens spurs nostalgic memories and produces a new attitude. An ice storm hits before Christmas Day leaving families homeless. And what would the winter season be without the mention of the Savior’s birth?

For many of Shiawassee Area Writers, these are their first publications. They’ve worked diligently with rewrites, edits, deadlines, and revisions. They’ve gained knowledge of guidelines, formatting, and grammar. Each member dedicated to master the skills of writing for publication, seeking to make their stories the best they can be. For SAW’s seasoned authors, this is a special way to give back. 

We would like to share this blessing with you, our readers. This winter season and always; may your hearts be filled with forgiveness, joy, gratitude, hope, and the greatest of these, love.  Because…everyone has a story, but few have the courage to share them.


Spring in the Mitten

Release Date: August 20th, 2019
Genre: Anthology, Poetry, Memoir, Fiction
Price: $10.99

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Spring in the Mitten is filled with writings to stir you to laugh, cry, and reflect on the awakening of this season in Michigan. The dawning of a warmer climate to the mitten state brings out emotions of joy and reflection, different for each writer. This is the second anthology for Shiawassee Area Writers and highlights fiction, memoirs, essays, and poetry. For some Shiawassee Area Writers, these are their first publications and for others, it follows their submitted work in our first anthology, Winter in the Mitten, published in September of 2018. Through rewrites, edits, deadlines, and revisions, each one honed their manuscripts, but also their craft of learning to write for publication. The entire process took almost a year for each writer to finalize. Our group is excited to share their writings with you. The spring season brings out an assortment of childhood memories, visions of new flower gardens, or experiences in the mud. Also important is the special season of Easter. Spring brings a new beginning, a fresh start, a step closer to summer fun and vacations. We’re also excited to share some of this book’s profits by awarding two Shiawassee area high school seniors scholarships to pursue a career in writing. Because…everyone has a story, but few have the courage to share them.