Rochester Writers’ Twelfth Annual Fall Conference

Alive and Well and Writing” is the theme for Rochester Writers’ Twelfth Annual Fall Conference at Oakland University on Saturday, October 19. Focusing on topics that are a part of the writing life, attendees will learn about the latest trends, publishing, and sharing their message. Fiction, nonfiction, and business topics will be presented as lectures, workshops, and panel discussions. This event will feature Michigan authors, speakers, and educators. Literary agents who are seeking talented authors will be available for appointments to review manuscripts for potential publication. Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and beverages are included. Information and registration available at

WHEN: October 19, 2019 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Oakland University, at the Oakland Center, 312 Meadowbrook Rd., Rochester, MI 48309 (248) 370-3230


Presentations Include:

  • Mystery Writing Essentials
  • The Mental Game of Writing a Book
  • How to ROCK on LinkedIn for Authors
  • The Independent Middle-Grade Author – From Inspiration to Distribution
  • The Courage, Power, and Tools to Write
  • Turn that Book up with Audio – Publishing Audio Books
  • Blogging – Basics and Beyond
  • Traditional Publishing Panel – Magazines to Books
  • Literary Agent Panel
  • Query Letters – Do’s and Don’ts
  • Self-Publishing Panel

Speakers Include:

  • Lev Raphael
  • Don Staley
  • Brenda Meller
  • David Stricklen
  • Danielle Bernock
  • Kelly Rinne
  • Amy Zander
  • Jennifer Baum
  • Theresa Falzone

Literary Agents Include:

  • Carrie Howland
  • Cassie Mannes Murray

Panel Moderators Include:

  • Lisa Howard
  • Sonya Julie
  • Michael Dwyer

Free Parking, All Day Refreshments, Morning Snacks, and Lunch are Included with Registration. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the first session about 9:00 a.m. The conference will end by 5:00 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.


COST: Registration begins at $130.00 for the one-day conference if you register by the end of the day on Monday, October 14, 2019. The rate increases to $160.00 registration October 15-19.

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