Publishing Stories of Underrepresented Voices




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MuseWrite started in 2009 with Michelle Duster, Trina Sotira, and two other professional writers to conduct seminars on writing and publishing.  Their differing styles of writing and publishing experiences offered a wide spectrum of knowledge.

The women hosted several writing and publishing seminars, participated on panels at various literary conferences, and provided consulting services for other writers. 

Today, Michelle Duster and Trina Sotira often visit schools, churches, colleges/universities, and other organizations to speak about the process of writing and publishing.


has written articles for several publications including EssenceHuffington Post and Teen Vogue and is a regular contributor to The North Star. In the last dozen years she co-wrote the popular children’s history book, Tate and His Historic Dream and co-edited Michelle Obama’s Impact on African American Women and Girls. She edited two books that include the writings of her great-grandmother, Ida B. Wells, and is currently writing a biography about her. She also works on public history projects that promote the contributions of African Americans and women. She teaches writing at Columbia College Chicago.


is an Assistant Professor of English at College of DuPage, where she teaches creative writing and composition courses. Trina produced television news in Chicago and Rockford, and most recently wrote novels for teens. A mother of two boys and active educator, Trina writes on a variety of social topics. Her young adult novel In Her Skin: Growing Up Trans is a 2017 Rainbow Book List Nominee and Lambda Literary "Lammy" Nominee. Trina served as the advisor of the college literary journal The Prairie Light Review, where her students won the American Scholastic Press Association’s First Place Magazine award four consecutive years during her tenure. She has published poetry, flash fiction, and articles on writing. 

The MuseWrite partners are always willing and able to help you develop and finalize your writing.

We offer the following services:

  • Manuscript critiques
  • Editing
  • Consulting on publishing  and marketing

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