Six Years of Success
Success continues to bless the Rochester Writers’ Conference, which has now completed its sixth event. The conference started at Rochester College and by its third year was being held at Oakland University because of its growth.
The conference broke 100 attendees for the first time. Organizer and founder of the event, Michael Dwyer, is already planning the 2014 event. “We are renting more space for next year and we have some of the speakers lined up as well,” said Dwyer. “We want to keep the attendee fee the same, so we’re looking for additional sponsors to step up and become part of the event.”
Currently, Rochester Media is only sponsor of the event. Rochester media provided gift bags for the attendees and put-up money for the writing contest awards that coincides with the conference. “Sponsors, such as Rochester Media, provide a way to make the experience more valuable for attendees,” said Michael Dwyer.
The Big Hits
Last year’s keynote speaker, Stan Williams, returned this year to conduct a two-part lecture on story structure. Attendees packed the room and gave the presentation rave revues. Also attracting attention was the Children’s Author Panel featuring three Michigan authors. Amy Huntley, Ruth Barshaw and Carol A. Grund spoke about their three different ways to publication within the children’s literature genre.
Overall, 14 presenters covered the day with lectures, workshops and panel discussions. All day refreshments and lunch kept the attendees nourished for the run of the event.
Michael Dwyer is looking at a couple of spring conference ideas. “Attendees have indicated they want to learn more about social media and self-publishing,” said Dwyer. One of those focused event could run in March or April of 2014.
Save the date for the seventh annual Rochester Writers’ Conference, scheduled for Saturday, October 4, 2014.
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