Hope you enjoy it here. I just noticed you're in Grand Rapids. Because you mention only your writing, I wonder if you've gotten to know the Grand Rapids Story Spinners? They meet7-8:45 pm Second Tuesday of each month at Frederick Meijer Gardens downstairs from the cafe. For more information go to http://www.storyspinners.net/or contact Grace Wolbrink, call 616-299-9698or storyspinners (at) yahoo.com -- I purposely broke up her email address to try and foil spammers.
I'm the MI state representative for the National Storytelling Network, so if there's any way I can help you, please be sure to get in touch.
Oh, 1 other resource for you, do you receive, MI Story, the newsletter about storytelling in Michigan? I post it and other information about MI storytelling groups at Michigan Story monthly.
This site is a wonderful gathering of storytellers after the oral tradition. There are international groups, actually there are all kinds of groups on lots of topics, forums and videos. Join the conversations, start one, fix you page to suit yourself, post your picture so we can see what you look like. We even have our very own radio station.