Why You Should Attend Writers’ Conferences: A Panel Discussion
Saturday, April 8th from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Roscoe Public Library (5562 Clayton Cir, Roscoe, IL)
Writers’ conferences give you the opportunity to hone your craft, pitch to agents, discover valuable resources, and network. Our panelists will discuss the advantages of attending conferences, particularly the UW-Madison’s Writers’ Institute which is the Midwest’s Premier Writing Conference, and will share what they’ve learned. Additionally, Laurie Scheer, the Director of the UW-Madison Writers’ Institute will be our guest.
Christine Cacciatore is a multi-published author. She enjoys co-writing romance novels with her sister, Jennifer Starkman; together they have published the magical mischief novels Baylyn, Bewitched and Cat, Charmed, with the third book Elise, Evermore coming out this fall. She has also published three novellas: a sassy holiday romance called Noah Cane’s Candy; a haunting erotic romance called Knew You’d Come, and in June released Trouble Lake, a Mary O’Reilly Paranormal Mystery in Kindle Worlds.
Chris was a three-year board member of the In Print Professional Writer’s Organization in Rockford, IL. She is married to a devastatingly handsome man she met on eHarmony and has three children, a gigantic black dog, two of the cutest granddaughters in the world, and a handsome prince of a grandson.
Lynn Gibson has been writing on and off for the past 20 years. She began her career in writing while in high school with an English teacher who told her, “You need to be a writer when you grow up. If you don’t find writing, writing will find you.” Since then, Lynn has published a number of articles and is currently working on a young adult novel with two of her children.
Mary Lamphere, co-founder of In Print Professional Writers’ Organization, writes poetry, novels, short stories, and her Monday blog, MaryFranSays. Her debut novel, Pocket Money, was published in June 2016. An award-winning author, Mary has had many short stories and poems published. She has led workshops for In Print, UW Madison Writers’ Institute, and the Southwest Wisconsin Book Festival, including The Benefits of Critique, Come as your Character, and First Page: Engage! Mary is chairperson of Word of Art 3, a collaboration of Authors and Artists. She has participated in a variety of writing groups including DeKalb Area Writers’ Group (DAWGs), DeKalb Creative Writers (DCW), and Chicks of the Trade. She spends time with her bb Ben and looks forward to the arrival of his sibling fall 2017. www.marylamphere.com.
Della Leavitt‘s first novel, The Measure of Teachers, follows the cycle of experiences of two teachers from different generations and backgrounds in their struggles to teach in the Chicago district. Before becoming a writer, Della taught math in a Chicago high school after her lengthy technology career. In 2010, she completed her PhD in education to work in university/teacher partnerships. Della and her husband live in Chicago where their son attended the Chicago Public Schools from Kindergarten through his high school graduation.
Tricia Wagner is a novelist, poet, and short story writer published in The Write City Magazine, Escarp, Chicago Newa, the Midwest Review, and Word of Art 3D. She placed in the 2015 University of Wisconsin Writers’ Institute First Page Contest for Mainstream/Literary Fiction, and her poetry has been recognized by In Print, the Ogle Winnebago Literary Society (OWLS), and the 2015 Festival for Poetry. She recently released an indie novelette titled Where Fish Can Breathe through Kindle Direct Publishing. When she’s not writing, she serves as the Coordinator of English as a Second Language Programs, at Rock Valley College. www.TriciaWagner.com
Kristin A. Oakley’s debut novel, Carpe Diem, Illinois, won the 2014 Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award for non-traditionally published fiction, was a finalist in the Independent Author Network 2015 Book of the Year, and a runner-up in the 2016 Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Competition. Its sequel, God on Mayhem Street, was released in September of 2016. Kristin is past president and co-founder of In Print Professional Writers’ Organization, a Chicago Writers Association board member, the managing editor of The Write City Magazine, and a UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies writing instructor. kristinoakley.net