The Spring Rochester Writers’ Conference

Held in the Oakland Center on the campus of Oakland University

Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Writing for Children and Young Adults

Presentations Include:

What is an Agent and How to Find One, Illustrations in Children’s Books: What I know and what I’m still learning, Unleash your Novel, Adding Poetry to your Prose, Raising Your Voice, Committing yourself to Creativity, Three Paths to Publication, Picture Books, and Bringing it all Together.

Featured Presenters:


Carrie Howland, Agent with Empire Literary

Karen Bell-Brege and Darrin Brege, Author & Illustrator Team

Speakers Include:

Ruth Barshaw, Kristin Lenz, Heather Meloche, Melanie Hooyenga, Katie Van Ark, Amy Nielander, Carrie Howland, Karen Bell-Brege and Darrin Brege.

See the Event Schedule


Free Parking, All Day Refreshments, Morning Snacks, and Lunch are Included with Registration

Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the first session at 9:00 a.m. The last session will end by 5:00 p.m.

Please Note: All events take place in the Oakland Center of Oakland University (2200 N Squirrel Road, Rochester, MI 48309). Use parking lot 2 (P2) and walk south (opposite the pond) for the shortest distance into the Oakland Center. In addition, use parking lot 1 off Squirrel Road (P1) and walk east toward the building. The Oakland Center is positioned between the lots and the Clock Tower. Look for Bright Yellow Signs. The Oakland Center is #13 on the printable version Campus Map.