Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. Conference starts at 9:10 a.m. The last session will end at 4:45 p.m. Thank you.

Presentations for the Rochester Writers’ Conference will consist of Lectures (classroom style), Workshops (hands-on lecture), Panel Discussions (Q&A), and Demonstrations (live example).

8:30 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. Check-in Registration

9:10 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. Morning Welcome Address with Kristi Trevarrow

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Session One

  • Meet the Agents Carrie Howland, Bethany Morehead, Hope Bolinger, and Alyssa Roat, Moderated by Lisa Howard PANEL DISCUSSION
  • Why Audio? Why Now? – Audio Book Publication – Mackenzie Flohr – LECTURE
  • Freeing Your Personal Mythology – How to find material for essays and memoirs – Cindy La Ferle – WORKSHOP

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break*

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Session Two

  • How to Produce a Podcast – A Step-by-Step Guide Jeff Large DEMONSTRATION
  • Instagram for the #Instaless – Bethany Morehead – LECTURE
  • Top 25 Publishing Trends – Hope Bolinger and Alyssa Roat – LECTURE

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch & Conversation

1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Contest Awards

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Afternoon Keynote Address with Michael Dwyer

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Break*

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Session Three

  • Author Readings – How to Prepare and Execute a Reading of your Own Work Lev Raphael, Devon Drake, and Zieva Konvisser, Moderated by Sonya Julie PANEL DISCUSSION
  • The Independent Middle-Grade Author – Inspiration, conception, completion and distribution of independent middle-grade fiction – David Stricklen – LECTURE
  • Twitter for Writers – Mackenzie Flohr – LECTURE

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Break*

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Session Four

  • Magazine Editors’ Panel Stephanie Steinberg and Howard Meyerson, Moderated by Michael Dwyer PANEL DISCUSSION
  • What’s My Genre? – An Overview of the Major Genres – Lev Raphael – LECTURE
  • What to do BEFORE Publishing Your Book – Choosing Your Path – Mel Corrigan – WORKSHOP

Feel Free to Network Until 5:00 p.m.

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.

Please Note: All events take place in the Founders Ballrooms of the Oakland Center at Oakland University (2200 N Squirrel Road, Rochester, MI 48309). Use parking lot 1 (P1) and walk East for the shortest distance into the Oakland Center. The Oakland Center is positioned between the parking lot and the Clock Tower. Look for Bright Yellow Signs. The Oakland Center is #13 on the Campus Map.

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