Rochester Writers’ Conference Returns to OU

6th Annual Rochester Writers' Conference

6th Annual Rochester Writers’ Conference

The Sixth Annual Conference

“Write Now!” is the theme to the 6th annual Rochester Writers’ Conference being held at Oakland University. “Our goal is to motivate attendees to write and to do it right now,” said Michael Dwyer, organizer and founder of the event, “Professional development gives attendees the push they may need to work on their writing; and this conference includes the tools to market and sell it as well.”

The well-received keynote speaker, Stan Williams, from last year’s event, returns this year to deliver a two-part lecture for novelists, screenwriters and directors. Part one will discuss the 18 secrets to story structure and part two will cover characters, plots and subplots.

Stan Williams at the 2012 Rochester Writers' Conference

Stan Williams at the 2012 Rochester Writers’ Conference

What’s New?

New this year is a Children’s Literature Panel, featuring three authors with different paths to publication. Children’s books are a popular genre for new writers and attendees will have a chance to learn and ask questions from three Michigan authors.

Kelly Fordon will conduct a workshop called Who’s on First, for attendees to consider first person vs. third person avenues when crafting a story. Alice Speilburg and Dawne Prochilo will host a Literary Panel for attendees trying to get their book published. In addition, Lev Raphael will present How to do a Killer Reading from your Book. “We have presentations for all levels of authors. Whether you’re just getting started, in the middle or just finished your book, there is workshop for you,” said Dwyer.

Non-fiction writers and journalists will also find professional development sessions to fit their needs. Presentations on the author’s platform, engaging social media and using photo images online will help writers get their message to readers. The Rochester Writers’ Conference prides itself with using Michigan talent to create a local flavor to the event.

Professional Development for the Writer

Professional Development for the Writer

Register Now to Attend!

The Rochester Writers’ Conference offers 12 presentations within four sessions. With three choices per session time, attendees may select the ones that best suits their needs. Fiction, non-fiction and business topics are presented in panel discussion, lecture or workshop style. All sessions, keynote speaker, lunch and refreshments are included in the registration fee.

The early bird rate is $99, same as it has been since 2008. Purchase online or by mail. A full list of the speakers and presentations is available at the website, Secure payment options are available at the site. Contact Michael Dwyer at 248-651-6869 for more information.

About Michael Dwyer

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