2022 FALL SPEAKERS

Literary Agents

With thirteen years in the industry before starting her own agency, Linda S. Glaz launched numerous careers and placed an assortment of books in the Christian and General markets. With a history in the military, teaching women’s self-defense, karate, and soccer, she gets super-excited about finding fiction with action that pops! Give her a romantic suspense or suspense/thriller that starts full on at page one, and you’ve hooked her. She also loves historic, historic romance, and a great contemporary novel. If your platform is significant, she can’t wait to see your nonfiction. www.lindasglaz.com

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

Keynote Speaker and Conference Speaker

Danielle Bernock is an international, award-winning independent author, speaker, trauma-informed self-love coach, host of Victorious Souls Podcast, and founder of 4F Media. It was with great intention she chose to self-publish her first book Emerging With Wings: A True Story of Lies, Pain, And The LOVE that Heals. She’s gone on to pen A Bird Named Payn, Love’s Manifesto, and Because You Matter: How to Take Ownership of Your Life so You Can Really Live. Danielle has also written for numerous online publications and her stories have been published in two book anthologies. Sign up for Danielle’s newsletter at www.daniellebernock.com

Conference Speakers

Brenda Hasse is a multi-award-winning author. She writes in several genres, both fiction and non-fiction. Brenda attends multiple book events for both independent booksellers and authors per year, which gives her the duel perspective in selling books. She lives with her husband and two cats, Petey and Max, in Fenton, Michigan. www.BrendaHasseBooks.com

In a former life, David Stricklen was an airport police chief with 30 years in law enforcement. After retiring, David went all in on his creative side. He has written a series of three sought after MG fantasy adventure books: Beneath and Beyond (a Midwest Book Review Book Watch selection), Through the Eyes of the Beast and The Heart of the Swarm. His newest release entitled Ripley Robinson and the Worm Charmer is on the KIRKUS Review “Great Indie Books Worth Discovering” List and was featured in their monthly magazine. His school visits are filled with magic and creativity. www.Blackwaterpond.com

Lev Raphael is a prize-winning memoir writer who has seen his work translated into fifteen languages and taught at universities across the U.S. He’s done hundreds of invited talks, readings, and workshops in nine different countries and MSU’s Special Archives HAS purchased his literary papers, updating the collection yearly. Lev has reviewed books for The Detroit Free Press, The Washington Post and three different Michigan public radio stations. Lev has also authored 27 books in many genres, and in the past year he’s had over thirty personal essays accepted or published in a wide variety of journals and magazines. www.writewithoutborders.com

Award winning Detroit Author & Founder of Motown Writers, Sylvia Hubbard has independently published over 55 romance suspense books in the over 20 years she’s been in the literary business. As an avid blogger, podcaster, social media manager & digital strategist, Sylvia has received literary recognition for her literacy work, plus has had eight #1 Bestsellers. She is also a speaker, literary encouragement doula & busy mompreneur expert. www.sylviahubbard.com

Terry Hojnacki, author of I Can See With My Eyes Shut Tight, is an award-winning writer, editor, and founder of Sterling Script: A Local Author Collection. As a former teacher and coach, she enjoys sharing her experience to help others. Hojnacki facilitates the Creative Writers’ Workshop and serves on the Sterling Heights Public Library Board of Trustees. She is a board member of Detroit Working Writers and belongs to the Society of Chldrens’ Book Writers & Illustrators. When not lost in the world of words, she’s gardening, practicing Tai Chi, or cherishing time with family and friends. www.TerryHojnacki.com

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. Feel free to stop by www.TheCulturedCook.com any time to browse through Lisa’s recipes and culinary tidbits.


>>Full Schedule at a Glance<<

Parking, Refreshments, Morning Snacks, and Lunch are Included with Registration. Check-in will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the first session 10:00 a.m. The conference will end by 4:15 p.m.

Attendees may bring a fully charged laptop or tablet. Although not necessary, a computer will enhance the experience with a hands-on feel. Use the hashtag: #RochesterWriters before, during and after the event in your posts, likes, and tweets.

Fresh hot coffee and tea available throughout the day. Light breakfast snacks and a full lunch included with registration. Please contact us if you have special dietary concerns. A charging station will be available for mobile devices in the registration area.

Attendees will be able to choose one presentation per session time at the conference. Schedule could change without notice – Rochester Writers reserves the right to add, subtract, or substitute any of the presentations and speakers. Thank you.

Please Note: All events take place in the Oakland Center of 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.