Rochester Writers’ Spring Writing Conference – April 23, 2016

Rochester, MI – “Crafting and Writing Characters” is the theme for Rochester Writers’ annual spring event held on April 23 at Oakland University. For authors to drive the action and to tell a successful story, this one-day event will focus on the keys to developing characters.

From short stories to novels to full-length films, fictional tales must have intriguing and believable characters. How do characters show the conflict of good vs. evil? What are their strengths and weaknesses? What do they look like? How do they walk and talk? An author needs to answer these questions when writing the story.

Linda Angér, writer and speaker, of Rochester Hills will lead a workshop for attendees to “interview” their characters and better understand who they are. Stanley Williams, from Novi, MI., holds a Ph.D. in Narrative Theory – he will examine the hero’s journey and the emotional roller coaster needed to compel readers to keep reading. Lynne Goldoner, author of eight books, will explain the importance of giving characters a voice by writing believable dialog. Lynne is from Farmington Hills and currently lives in Huntington Woods, MI.

Also presenting is Lin Klaassen, a face-reading expert from St. Clair Shores. She will offer tips on describing characters based on behavioral traits. In addition, a panel of three Michigan authors – Lisa Lenzo (Saugatuck), Lolita Hernandez (Detroit), and L.E. Kimball (Upper Peninsula) – will discuss crafting characters from the same family in the story.

Presentations include:

  • How to Interview your Characters: Learn who your Characters are with Q&A
  • Creating an Emotional Roller Coaster for your Readers through your Hero’s Journey
  • How Supporting Characters and their Subplots Support the Hero’s Primary Journey
  • How to Create Characters who will come Alive in your Novel: Using the Science of Western Face Reading to Craft your Character’s Look
  • Character’s Body Language: Showing Emotion and Feeling by Writing Non-verbal Communication
  • Crafting Believable Dialog: Giving your Characters Voice
  • A Family of Characters: Crafting Characters who are Related

The conference action begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Oakland Center at Oakland University. Refreshments and lunch come with the registration fee, which covers all the presentations. Offering a variety of workshops, lectures, and panel discussions, the conference is designed so attendees may select the ones most interesting to their writing goals. The event concludes at 5:00 p.m.

The regular rate is $125 in advance and $150 at the door. Purchase online or by mail. A full list of speaker biographies and their presentations are posted at Secure payment options are available at the site. Contact Michael Dwyer at 248-651-6869 for more information.

About Rochester Writers

Rochester Writers serves local authors and writers with professional development events in the Greater Rochester Area. Currently, Rochester Writers hosts two writing conferences annually – at Oakland University – one in the spring and their signature event in the fall. The spring event has a fine-tuned focus, while the fall conference is more general with fiction, non-fiction, and business presentations for the writer.

About Michael Dwyer

Michael Dwyer, former radio talk show host, turned his efforts to travel writing in 2003. His hometown newspaper voted him columnist of the year in 2006 by reader survey. Michael is published internationally in magazines on topics including travel, skiing, beer, pirates, and horseracing. Dwyer, is a past Advisory Board member for the North American Travel Journalists Association. His passion for writing is most prevalent as founder and organizer of the Rochester Writers’ Conference held annually in southeast Michigan. He lives in Rochester Hills, MI.

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Contact: Michael Dwyer