Michigan’s Best One Day Conference!
The Rochester Writers’ Conference began in 2008 when founder & organizer, Michael Dwyer, saw a want and a need for professional development in the Southeast Michigan area for new, working and published writers. The event began at Rochester College and was moved to Oakland University in 2010.
The annual Fall event in October is a traditional writers’ conference for fiction and non-fiction writers with a variety of genres presented in Lecture, Workshop and Panel Discussion formats. Your writing is a business, this professional development will be help you succeed with your writing goals.
The Spring event in April is more of a focused approach. In 2014, we offered an all day look at story structure for authors of novels, short stories and film. In 2015, we offered a full day of building your online tools with social media, websites, and blogging for writers. Crafting and writing characters was the focus in 2016, and in 2017 our spring event focused on writing for children and young adults (YA).
Many writers’ conferences are multi-day expensive events. Conference-goers may spend $200-300 per day to attend – before the cost of transportation and accommodations. Part of the plan is to make this an easy one-day event to attend for a reasonable rate. You don’t have to travel to New York or L.A. to find good, effective writing instruction.
Refreshments all day, a full lunch, and an entertaining keynote address enhance the learning experience. Time to network is available too – bring business cards.
Presenting authors will have their books and materials available for sale. The Rochester Writers’ Conference grants only speakers the space to display and sell their work.
Local writers’ groups and regional authors are involved with making the event happen each October. Most presenters are Michigan based or have a strong connection to the area. The event is truly Made in Michigan!
Please Note: All events take place in the Oakland Center of Oakland University (2200 N Squirrel Road, Rochester, MI 48309). Use parking lot 2 and walk south (opposite the pond) for the shortest distance into the Oakland Center. In addition, use parking lot 1 (the big lot off Squirrel Road) 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 Campus Map.