​Poetry and Prose at the Farmhouse

July 23, 2017, Franklin, MI

With Rick Bailey, Nadia Ibrashi, John Freeman, Suzanne Scarfone

Literary Delights: A Women Authors Luncheon

May 20, 2017, Charlevoix, MI

The Good Tyme Writers Buffet

April 22, 2017, Hamtramck, MI

With Susan McCarty, Keith Taylor, Rachel Dunkel, Steve Hughes

Wellspring Literary Series

March 20, 2017, Mount Pleasant, MI

East Side Reading Series

January 21, 2017, Detroit, MI

With Alex Morgan, Bill Loomis, Dora Badger,Sharlene Innes, Aubri K. Adkins 

Visiting Author Series at Macomb Community College

December 9, 2016, Clinton Twp, MI

Books & Mortar Visiting Author Reading

October 22, 2016, Grand Rapids, MI

An Evening of Fish out of Water Stories

October 4, 2016, Detroit, MI

With R.J. Fox, Aubri Adkins

East Side Reading Series

July 23, 2016, Detroit, MI

Veronica Dale, Weam Namou, Angela Rochon,  Ash Huntley, Aubri Adkins

Antioch Writers Workshop Summer Program

July 13, 2016, Yellow Springs, OH

Testimonials from workshop participants: 

“The instructor always met the time frames she said that she would and I liked the format of the comments.”

“The instructor's comments on my writing were the most helpful part of this course.”

“I found it most helpful and the feedback from both Ms. Grunow and the rest of the class should help my writing. I am much more aware of some of my bad habits. I appreciate (the) help I got.”

“I learned more about what a personal essay is and gained experience in critiquing. The instructor's feedback was helpful and encouraging.”

“The materials and sample essays were diverse and excellent.”

“I found the class to be well balanced between learning more about the form of personal essays and drafting new essays. Ms. Grunow was extremely helpful in giving both appreciation of aspects of my writing and offering suggestions for improvement.”

“Very well organized, excellent readings, prompt instructor responses, well thought out lessons. I would definitely take another class from this instructor.”

“Melissa Grunow did a great job of presenting material and organizing the class with lecture, readings, and writing assignments. She was easy to get in touch with and very responsive to questions and problems. I am new to online classes and this was a very positive experience for me.”  


Past events

presentations & Workshops

"The Fragmented Truth Is Nothing but the Truth:

Women Writing Trauma"

March 7-11, 2018

AWP 2018 Panel Presentation in Tampa, Florida

Co-panelists: Chelsey Clammer, Leif E. Greenz, Ming Holden

Abuse. Neglect. Sexual assault. Addiction. Death. Bearing witness to or experiencing trauma leaves women writers vulnerable in a misogynistic and culturally violent society. Consequently, the psychological stress of traumatic events creates an often-fractured memory, a perceived roadblock for creative nonfiction writers who are committed to truth. This panel will focus on both writing about and through trauma in a way that is healing rather than triggering, even in the face of backlash.



Melissa Grunow


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Melissa Grunow