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WMU-Cooley Law School Grand Rapids launches creative writing workshop series



Western Michigan University Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus has launched Lawyer Storytelling in Fiction, a creative writing workshop series open to the public on May 16. The series consists of three sessions which will explore the concept, implementation and publication of original, law-related short stories. The first session, on concept, was held May 16. Remaining sessions will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 14 and July 13 at the law school’s Grand Rapids location, 111 Commerce Ave. SW.

Throughout the series, each participant will create a 3,000 to 5,000-word fictional story. Workshop sessions will include panel speakers and small-group discussions. Upon completion of the series, participants will be able to submit their stories for editing and publication in a paperback print book collection.

“Lawyers must tell the true stories of their clients in compelling ways every day to be effective, which is why lawyers like John Grisham and Scott Turow have made such effective fiction writers,” said WMU-Cooley Associate Dean Nelson Miller, who will be leading the writing workshop series. “These workshops will explore the lawyer's storytelling skill, both to help the public appreciate the value of that skill and law students and lawyers to improve their skill.”

The June 14 session will cover implementation, and publication is the topic of July 13.

The series is open to WMU-Cooley Law School students, WMU graduate students and community members. Law students who register for Directed Study academic credit will pay WMU-Cooley tuition. Law students who attend the series without seeking academic credit and community members may participate at no charge.

For more information about Lawyer Storytelling in Fiction, or if interested in joining the series for the remaining two session, contact Nelson Miller at millern@cooley.edu.

WMU-Cooley Law School resulted from the 2014 affiliation that combined WMU's status as a nationally-ranked, public, comprehensive research university with the commitment to practical legal education of an independent, non-profit, national law school; before the affiliation, WMU-Cooley was called Thomas M. Cooley Law School. WMU-Cooley is accredited by both the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Since the law school's founding in 1972, WMU-Cooley has provided nearly 20,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world,

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