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is co-author of the popular children's history book Tate and His Historic Dream. Her other two books, Ida In Her Own Words and Ida From Abroad, include both her writing and that of her great-grandmother, Ida B. Wells. She is a frequent speaker for churches, universities and community organizations. In addition, she is involved with various committees dedicated to documenting and promoting the contributions women and African Americans have made to the United States. Michelle has a B.A. in Psychology from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School in New York City.

Publishing Stories of Underrepresented Voices


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 conducted 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.




is an Assistant Professor of English at College of DuPage, where she teaches creative writing and advises the student-juried literary journal, The Prairie Light Review. 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 earned her B.A. in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago and her M.A. in British and American Literature from Northern Illinois University. She is working on a doctorate in curriculum and instruction at Northern Illinois University.


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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