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Kent District Library Writers Conference

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8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018
Kent District Library - Service and Meeting Center
814 West River Center NE
Comstock Park MI 49321

This year, we are proud to offer breakout sessions with six area professionals on the topics of poetry, self-promoting with podcasts, memoirs, working with publishers, writing for children and story shaping. All genres and skill levels are welcome. For teens and adults. Sign up for limited, one-on-one editing sessions separately.

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Tentative Agenda

8:30 a.m. - Doors open

8:50 a.m. - Meet Michigan authors

10:10 a.m. - Breakout session topic teasers

12:10 p.m. - Lunch (a light lunch will be provided; details to come)

1:10 p.m. - Breakout sessions (sign-ups will take place during lunch)

2:40 p.m. - Meet, greet and purchase

Meet and Greet Michigan authors

W. Todd KanekoW. Todd Kaneko

Poetry

Author of The Dead Wrestler Elegies and co-author with Amorak Huey of Poetry: A Writer's Guide and Anthology, Todd is currently co-editor of the online literary magazine Waxwing, and an assistant professor in the Department of Writing at Grand Valley State University.

 

Jeff LargeJeff Large

Self-promoting with podcasts

Jeff is an agency owner, teacher and podcaster. He leads his team at Come Alive Creative in producing podcasts for businesses and brands.

 

Deb MooreDeb Moore

One Story at a Time: Memoirs

A lifelong Grand Rapidian, Deb Moore started her business, The Stories of Your Life, in 2003 to help individuals, families and businesses record and preserve their histories.

 

Aric DavisAric Davis

Let's get Published!

Author of eight books, Aric is married with one daughter and lives in Grand Rapids, where he worked for 16 years as a body piercer; he now writes full time.

 

Kevin KammeraadKevin Kammeraad

Writing for Children

Kevin is an award-winning artist, performer, and the author or co-author of several books, including The Tomato Collection and Spinach Dip Pancakes.

 

Kevin FittonKevin Fitton

Story Shaping

Graduate of the Writing Seminars at Bennington College and the author of the children’s book, Higher Ground, with Caldecott-winning artist, Mary Azarian.