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Kent District Library Writers Conference

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KDL Writers Conference: Crafting Edition

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018
Kent District Library - Service and Meeting Center
814 West River Center NE
Comstock Park MI 49321

All genres and skill levels are welcome. For teens and adults. Pre-registration is required.

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Schedule

8:30 a.m. - Welcome

8:45 a.m. - Keynote, Part 1: "Writing is Good for Your Soul" by Patrick Prominski

10 a.m. - Keynote, Part 2: "Ten Most Important Editing Tips" by Lisa McNeilley

11:15 a.m. - Breakout sessions (choose one)

12:15 p.m. - Lunch

1:15 p.m. - Breakout sessions (choose one)

2:15 p.m. - Event evaluations and goodbyes

Breakout sessions

  • Shanika Carter  -- How to Make Your Writing Work for You
  • Betty Epperly – Writing for Children 
  • Dr. Adam Schuitema  -- Creating a Vivid Sense of Place
  • Barbara Ziemann – Why Stories are Important
  • Dr. Lisa McNeilley – One to One Editing Consultations (by appointment)

Authors

Shanika Carter 

After years of holding various positions and gaining various skills, one constant is her love and talent for effectively communicating, especially in the written form. Her company, The Write Flow & Vibe, was born out of Shanika’s freelance writing and editing.  She also has a love for images, design and style coming from her early experience in graphic design, desktop publishing and visual merchandising.  Shanika brings a good eye, great instinct and a unique voice to every writing project.

Betty Epperly 

Through her company, Crooked Tree Stories, Betty has assisted over 150 people in publishing their children's books, novels and life stories. She teaches writing workshops at area schools and colleges and has written anthologies for nonprofits and retirement homes.

Lisa McNeilley

Writer’s Alley was started by Lisa, who has taught English classes ranging from basic writing to advanced composition, from literature and technical/business writing to creative writing. Over the course of teaching, Lisa has found techniques that work for students. At the end of her writing courses, students comment, “This is the first time anybody ever taught me how to write.” Lisa’s goal is to teach more students how to write — in a way that is engaging and fun. 

Lisa established and facilitates the Cascade Writers’ Group, which offers support and feedback for writers in a variety of genres and levels of experience

Patrick Prominski

Patrick teaches Literature and Composition at Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College. While his specialty area is 19th century American literature, he is interested in the techniques that writers use to create and the ways in which that creation shapes the world around us. Patrick's own writing is mostly academic, but he also works in poetry and creative nonfiction. 

Adam Schuitema

Adam is the author of the short-story collections The Things We Do That Make No Sense and Freshwater Boys and the novel Haymaker. His works have twice been named Michigan Notable Books by the Library of Michigan. He is a professor of English at Kendall College of Art and Design and lives in Grand Rapids with his wife and daughter.

Barbara Ziemann 

Barbara teaches Story Making in the School of Communication at GVSU. She and her husband John have created a special program “The Road to What’s Next,” a guide to help adults reset their life course., which they plan to pilot at Kent District Library in 2019.