WRITER REBOOT: Survive, Revive, and Thrive

The 14th Annual Rochester Writers’ Conference will be held online on Saturday, October 23, 2021. This online only virtual event will be live and recorded. Attendees will be able to participate on the day of, as well as it will be viewable on demand afterwards to all registered attendees. That way, attendees may re-watch the event and those who cannot join us live on October 23 may still watch at a later date.

Attendees will have two presentation choices during each session time. They may view the Main Stage – set up in webinar form – to watch the presenter and engage through the platform’s live chat. Or, attendees may join a Small Group Session – much like a Zoom Meeting – to be on screen with the other attendees and presenter. Additionally, attendees and presenters may participate in the one-on-one networking meetings, which take place throughout the entire event.

All participants should have a microphone and camera if they wish to engage visually and with audio during the event. Attendees may also attend to just watch, listen, and text chat with the virtual event. And many will do that during and after the event when they watch the recording. However, for the best and most engaging experience, we hope you will join in live, on screen with other conference goers.

Register now to attend the 2021 Virtual Conference. Payments are secure through Pay Pal (you don’t need a Pay Pal account to sign up) and they accept Credit and Debit cards. A link will be sent by email with information on how to access the online conference and set up your conference profile. Make sure your email is up-to-date with Pay Pal, or send us your preferred email address once you have registered (rochesterwriters@gmail.com). Thank you.

$60 Early Bird Rate Now Open

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Lisa Howard

Lisa Howard is a freelance writer and editor who works with print magazines, online publications, individual businesses, and marketing firms. Her cookbooks, The Big Book of Healthy Cooking Oils and Healthier Gluten-Free, are available anywhere books are sold. Along her editorial work, she’s also a public speaker and cooking instructor. Feel free to stop by www.TheCulturedCook.com any time to browse through Lisa’s recipes and culinary tidbits. As well as, visit www.PoignantPen.com for see Lisa’s writing and editing services.

Carrie Howland

Carrie Howland founded Howland Literary, LLC in 2018 after thirteen years as an agent, most recently at Empire Literary. She represents adult literary and upmarket fiction, narrative and prescriptive nonfiction, memoir, and select children’s books. In her spare time, Carrie is very involved in dog rescue and is an active member of the Junior League. www.howlandliterary.com

Photo of Maria Dismondy

Maria Dismondy is an award-winning author who inspires lives through her poignant stories about topics challenging today’s modern child. Maria’s background in early education and commitment to teach the importance of character building enables her to touch lives the world over while touring as a public speaker in schools, community forums, and at national conferences. When Maria isn’t writing, she can be found embarking on adventures throughout southeast Michigan and beyond, where she lives with her husband and three book-loving children. Find out more at www.MariaDismondy.com or www.CardinalRulePress.com.

Sylvia Hubbard

Sylvia Hubbard, Detroiter and independently published author. Her foundation genre has always been romance. Always urban and contemporary styled, her writing is enjoyed all over the world by many nationalities. She has published over 50 paperbacks and e-books. For the past 15 years, Sylvia has taught writers how to sell products on the Internet at conferences, workshops and with her book, Internet Marketing for Writers & Businesses. Visit her website.

Presentations run 50-minutes with a short break between sessions. Attendees will be able to view the main stage presentations or join a small group session. All participants will also be able to network, one-on-one, with other attendees, presenters, and organizers during the event in private breakout rooms.

Conference Schedule

9:45 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:00 a.m.-10:50 a.m. Session One

MAIN STAGE: Polishing Your Prose: Self-Editing & Working with Freelance Editors: In today’s competitive editorial landscape, writers need to be as polished as possible. During this session, writer and editor Lisa Howard will share tips about self-editing manuscripts, book proposals, query letters and magazine pitches. As someone who is regularly on both sides of the pages, she’ll also talk about what it’s like to collaborate with a freelance editor and how to maximize the experience, both in terms of skill-building and budgeting. Presented by Lisa Howard

SMALL GROUP SESSION: How to Weave Suspense around Romance with Sylvia Hubbard: Q&A, conversation, and more.

11:00 a.m.-11:50 a.m. Session Two

MAIN STAGE: Building an Author Platform: In this dynamic virtual presentation, Maria Dismondy will teach about the benefits of developing a powerful brand as an author. Starting from the beginning with deciding where you should be spending your time online to establishing yourself as an expert, your author brand allows you to develop trust with your audience, create connections, and nurture lifelong readers. Whether you are a published author or aspiring writer, a personal brand provides visibility along with credibility and allows you to build equity in your name, not just in your individual book titles. Attendees will walk away with substantial advice on what to do next to developing their online presence. Presented by Maria Dismondy

SMALL GROUP SESSION: Chat with Lisa Howard: Questions are always welcome! Lisa has experience with editing, freelance writing for magazines, building an author platform, pitching and landing book proposals, and going through the traditional publishing process. She’s happy to chat about any or all of these topics.

12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. At Home Lunch Break and One-on-One Networking

1:00 p.m.-1:50 p.m. Session Three

MAIN STAGE: What’s New with Self-Publishing by Sylvia Hubbard: The business of self-publishing and the ever-changing world of indie authorship.

SMALL GROUP SESSION: Agent Q&A with Carrie Howland: General questions about agents, submissions, and more.

2:00 p.m.-2:50 p.m. Session Four

MAIN STAGE: Don’t Send Your Query with a Box of Doughnuts – How NOT to become an Anecdote: In this query letter and pitch-focused workshop, we’ll explore all the ways, good and bad, which authors can get noticed by agents. From pitching an agent in the restroom at a conference (don’t) to having a great elevator pitch (do). We’ll explore all the secrets to a stellar submission that will have agents talking … in a good way! Presented by Carrie Howland

3:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

Schedule at a Glance

  • 9:45 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 10:00 a.m.-10:50 a.m. Session One
  • 11:00 a.m.-11:50 a.m. Session Two
  • 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. At Home Lunch Break and One-on-One Networking
  • 1:00 p.m.-1:50 p.m. Session Three
  • 2:00 p.m.-2:50 p.m. Session Four
  • 3:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

Handouts for Attendees (TBA)

Rochester Writers reserves the right to add, subtract, or change presenters and topics.