8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Check In Registration (Gold Room A)

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.  Coffee, Snacks, Morning Address (Gold Rooms B&C)

  • “Welcome” from Mayor Robert J. Ray, City of Rochester

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Session One

  • Memoir Writing: Turning Your Life into Art – Presented by R.J. Fox. LECTURE/WORKSHOP (Gold Rooms B&C)
  • Acing your Agent Appointments – Presented by Bethany Morehead. WORKSHOP (Oakland Room)

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Session Two

  • Short Stories, Short & Sweet – Presented by Lev Raphael. LECTURE (Gold Rooms B&C)
  • Crafting a Submission Email that Sparkles – Presented by Bethany Morehead. WORKSHOP (Oakland Room)

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (Pick Up in Gold Room A)

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Afternoon Keynote Speaker (Gold Rooms B&C)

  • “Writing Without Borders” Presented by Lev Raphael

1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Session Three

  • Writing the Short Poem – Presented by Christine Rhein. WORKSHOP (Gold Rooms B&C)
  • Powerful First Paragraphs –  Presented by Cyle Young. LECTURE (Oakland Room)

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Session Four

  • Marketing (In Short) the Author Platform – Presented by Maria Dismondy. WORKSHOP (Gold Rooms B&C)
  • Winning at Winning Contests: From Contest to Contract – Presented by Cyle Young. LECTURE (Oakland Room)

Please Note: 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.