2018 SPRING CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Rochester Writers is pleased to announce the return of Lev Raphael as the Keynote Speaker and Presenter at the April 21, 2018 Spring Rochester Writers’ Conference.

Photo of Lev Raphael at a podium

Lev Raphael – Photo by William Dwyer

Lev Raphael has published twenty-five books in many genres: memoir, mystery, advice for writers, essays, literary fiction, historical fiction, supernatural fiction, short story collections, psychology, biography, and self-help for adults and children. His fiction and creative non-fiction have been taught at colleges and universities coast-to-coast and he’s had stories and essays appear in several dozen anthologies in the U.S. and England. Lev’s books have been translated into fifteen languages and he’s done hundreds of invited readings and talks on three continents, at venues that include the Library of Congress and Oxford University. Lev blogs about books, writing, and publishing at his website www.LevRaphael.com. His most recent book for writers at all stages in their career is Writer’s Block is Bunk, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Currently an assistant professor at Michigan State University, he’ll start teaching on-line writing workshops at www.WriteWithoutBorders.com in the summer of 2018. He lives in Okemos with his spouse and two West Highland White Terriers (Westies), all three of whom often inspire his work.

Lecture Presentation:Short Stories, Short & Sweet” – Prize-winning Lev Raphael, author of two short story collections among his twenty-five books, will discuss and analyze four essential ingredients of a strong short story and explain how authors can best prepare themselves for writing in this genre.

Keynote Presentation: “Writing Without Borders” – Lev Raphael will talk directly following lunch about how writing and publishing across genres has made him a better—and happier—author.

Mr. Raphael’s books will be available for purchase and he will be signing copies after his talks.

Please Note: All events take place in the Oakland Center of Oakland University (2200 N Squirrel Road, Rochester, MI 48309). Use parking lot 2 and walk south (opposite the pond) for the shortest distance into the Oakland Center. In addition, use parking lot 1 (the big lot off Squirrel Road) 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 Campus Map.