Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m., Conference starts at 9:00 a.m. The last session will end at 5:00 p.m. Thank you.

Presentations for the Rochester Writers’ Conference will consist of LECTURE (classroom style), WORKSHOP (hands-on lecture) and PANEL DISCUSSION (Q&A) formats.

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

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Featured Morning Speaker – Carrie Howland

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Break*

9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Session One

  • Committing yourself to Creativity – WORKSHOP
  • Adding Poetry to your Prose – WORKSHOP

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Break*

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Session Two

  • Illustrations in Children’s Books: What I know and What I’m Still Learning – LECTURE
  • Raising Your Voice – WORKSHOP

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch (Vegetarian, Vegan, & Gluten Free Available)

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Featured Afternoon Speakers – Karen & Darrin

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.  Meet Karen & Darrin / Book Signing / Break*

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Session Three

  • Picture Book Author Panel – PANEL DISCUSSION
  • Paths to YA Publication – PANEL DISCUSSION

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Break*

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Session Four

  • Bringing it all Together – PANEL DISCUSSION
  • Unleash Your YA Novel – LECTURE

Please Note:

*Breaks allow presenters to set-up for the next session and offer attendees a chance to visit the restroom, grab a fresh coffee, and network with other writers. Bring business cards. Presenters’ books will be available for purchase in the registration room.

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.