2016 SCHEDULE

Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the first session at 9:00 a.m. The last session will end by 4:45 p.m. Final line-up will be posted soon …

Three Presentations will be offered per Session. There will be Two Morning Sessions and Two Afternoon Session. A total of Four Sessions will offer Twelve Presentations. Presentations for the Rochester Writers’ Conference will consist of Lectures (classroom style), Workshops (hands-on lecture) and Panel Discussions (Q&A).

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Check-in Registration

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome Announcement by Rochester Mayor Cathy Daldin

9:20 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. Session One

  • How to Build a Writing Career – Lisa Howard – LECTURE
  • Is Self-Publishing Right for You? – Colleen Gleason – LECTURE

10:35 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Break

10:50 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. Session Two

  • Speaking Skills for Writers – Linda Angér – WORKSHOP
  • Non-fiction Book Proposal – Cindy Kitchel – LECTURE
  • World-Building – Colleen Gleason – WORKSHOP

12:05 noon – 12:30 p.m. Lunch

12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Contest Awards

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Featured Speaker Keith Taylor

  • The Magic of Writing: Inspiration from Decades of Writing – KEYNOTE ADDRESS

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Meet Keith Taylor and Book Signing / Break

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Session Three

  • Creating Credible Law Enforcement Characters – Elizabeth Heiter – LECTURE
  • The 21st Century Writer – Sylvia Hubbard – LECTURE
  • Magazine Editors’ Panel – Susan Kehoe & Rex Halfpenny – PANEL DISCUSSION

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Session Four

  • Best Online Writing Resources – Roberta Brown – WORKSHOP
  • Spice Your Writing with Humor – Teresa Crumpton – WORKSHOP
  • Romance Panel – Sylvia Hubbard & Elizabeth Heiter – PANEL DISCUSSION

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.

Rochester Writers reserves the right to add, subtract, or substitute any of the presentations and speakers.

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