Writers Conference


Writers Conference


Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
4950 Breton SE, Kentwood, MI 49508


The KDL Writers Conference: Craft Edition features Michigan authors and publishing insiders sharing tips with new and aspiring authors on the craft of writing — from capturing your audience, to constructing scenes to editing. All genres and skill levels are welcome.

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Conference (Register)
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Workshop (Register)


  • 9:30 – 10:10 AM: How to Write Your Own Life Story
    Deb Moore, Personal Historian
  • 10:20 – 11:00 AM: How to Capture Your Audience
    Ryan Hipp, Children’s Book Author-Illustrator
  • 11:10 – 11:50 AM: Writing Scenes: The Building Blocks of Fiction
    Adam Schuitema, Fiction Writer
  • 12:00 PM – 12:40 PM: Editing your Work
    Caffeinated Press, Independent Publisher
  • 12:45 – 2:00 PM: Lunch (on your own*)
    *Please feel free to grab a lunch meeting card at check in for those interested in networking with other writers on writing related topics at the restaurants indicated on the card. Meetings are unstructured and participant-driven. However, restaurants have been made are aware a large group may be attending!

Featured Presenters


Caffeinated Press: Caffeinated Press, Inc., was established in 2014 as an independent publisher serving the authors and readers of the West Michigan community. Simply put, the mission of Caffeinated Press is to publish works of literary merit by writers who are connected to West Michigan.

Ryan Hipp: Ryan Hipp is a published author-illustrator of books for kids from Grand Rapids, MI, honored by the MRA as recipient of the Gwen Frostic Award for work greatly impacting literacy. Ryan is the leading expert in Michigan on fostering visual literacy and creative thought; with 10 years experience and research in the field. He actively gives presentations to aid educators to inspire and motivate young people. Ryan is dedicated to helping kids achieve their goals and overcome life's obstacles as depicted in his newest book Little Steps.

Deb Moore: In 2003, Grand Rapids native Deb Moore started her business, The Stories of Your Life, and joined the Association of Personal Historians (APH), a worldwide organization of 650 members dedicated to preserving individual, company, and community histories. She previously taught 33 years for the Grand Rapids Public Schools. Deb has helped more than 45 people write their memoirs and preserve them as books. In addition, she gives presentations on memoir writing in the community, conducts interviews for the Veteran’s History Project, and teaches classes at OLLI at Aquinas College.

Adam SchuitemaAdam Schuitema: Adam Schuitema is the author of the novel Haymaker (Switchgrass Books, 2015) and the short-story collection Freshwater Boys, which was named a Michigan Notable Book by the Library of Michigan. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous magazines, including Glimmer Train, North American Review, Indiana Review, TriQuarterly, and The Southern Review. Adam earned his MFA and Ph.D. from Western Michigan University. He is an associate professor of English at Kendall College of Art and Design and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his wife and daughter.

Save the Date

Fifth Annual KDL Writers Conference

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Cascade Township Branch
2870 Jacksmith Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546