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.

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

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Session One

  • Room 1 – Mirror, Not Movie Screen: Getting Personal Through Persona Poetry: Presented by Karrie Waarala WORKSHOP
  • Room 2 – The Theme’s the Thing: Presented by Steven Piziks. WORKSHOP
  • Room 3 – Finding Your Direction: Presented by Lisa Howard. LECTURE

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Session Two

  • Room 2 – Getting Published – Write It, Finish It, Send It Out: Presented by Steven Piziks. LECTURE
  • Room 3 – Topics in Women’s Writing: Presented by Erin Rawlings, Satori Shakoor, Jessica Watson and Lynn Cobb. PANEL DISCUSSION

12:00 noon – 12:30 p.m. Lunch

12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Contest Awards

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Keynote Speaker Lev Raphael

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Meet Lev and Book Signing

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Session Three

  • Room 1 – Social Media Branding: Presented by Erin Rawlings. LECTURE
  • Room 2 – Don’t Write What You Know: Presented by Kelly Fordon. WORKSHOP
  • Room 3 – Magazine Editors’ Panel: Presented by Becky Repp of American Road Magazine, R.J. King of dBusiness. PANEL DISCUSSION

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Session Four

  • Room 1 – Beyond Freelance Writing – Write out of the Box: Presented by Debbie Leveski. LECTURE
  • Room 2 – Making the Self-Publishing Choice – What you Need to Know: Presented by Shannon Janeczek. LECTURE

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.