Rochester Writers’ 10th Annual Fall Conference October 21

PBS' Tom Daldin

“Made in Michigan” is the theme for Rochester Writers’ 10th annual fall conference at Oakland University on Saturday, October 21.

The morning keynote speaker is Tom Daldin from the PBS TV show, Under the Radar Michigan. Tom is the host and writer of this Emmy award-winning program featuring Michigan destinations. Daldin lives in Downtown Rochester. John D. Lamb, songwriter and director of Springfed Arts, is the afternoon keynote speaker. Lamb lives in Royal Oak.

Carrie Howland from Empire Literary Agency in New York returns to her home state of Michigan to meet with attending authors. In addition, Cyle Young and Bethany Morehead from the Hartline Literary Agency will be setting appointments with authors seeking representation.

Breakout sessions will offer writers options for workshops and panel discussions on focused topics. “Self-publishing, story structure, crafting pitches, and a magazine editors’ panel are among the growing list of professional development presentations,” said Michael Dwyer, organizer of the event.

Presentations include: Made in Michigan, Lamb’s Song Assignments, Literary Agent Panel, Self-publishing, Magazine Editors’ Panel, Story Structure, Crafting the Five-Minute Elevator Pitch, and Telling the Story.

The conference begins at 9 a.m. in the Oakland Center at Oakland University. Refreshments and lunch come with the registration fee, which covers all the presentations. Offering a variety of workshops, lectures, and panel discussions, the conference is designed so attendees may select the ones most interesting to them. The event concludes at 5 p.m.

Registration is going on now. The regular rate is $125 in advance and $150 after October 8 with secure purchase options online. A full list of speaker biographies and their presentations are posted at