Writers’ Conferences Panel Discussion

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.

Our panelists:

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




The Midwest’s Premier Writing Conference

3 Days of Education, Entertainment, and Writing Inspiration

The Writer’s Institute in Madison is the highlight of the year for many In Print members. Kristin Oakley, is not only In Print’s President, but also an integral part of the Institute. Many of our members are repeat attendees and have gone from novice to published author in the time they’ve attended.

The Institute offers writers of all levels and genres the opportunity to attend workshops and sessions, listen to notable keynote speakers, and mingle with industry elite. It also offers the opportunity for personal critiques and pitching to agents. For more information, go to the UW-Madison Writer’s Institute website, here.

Registration is now open!


‑Aspiring, emerging and experienced writers‑
10 Reasons to Attend
  1. We are offering Master Classes with our keynote speakers and Continuing Studies faculty
  2. This year’s agents and editors are looking for material within over 40 genres, ranging from historical fiction/non‑fiction to magical realism
  3. There will be another successful Live Literary event for you to read your work on stage and win prizes
  4. We are offering an essay contest for our attendees ‑ the winner receives a complimentary registration to our conference
  5. Attend a luncheon event that celebrates our Page or Poem Contest winners along with our essay winner
  6. The first place winners of this year’s Page and Poem contests will automatically be published in the 2018 Midwest Review, so send us your contest submissions today!
  7. We have 35+ seminar sessions and 13 panels over 3 days
  8. Our Agent Q & A and Editors Q & A sessions are a chance for you to meet with our agents and editors one‑on‑one. We limit the attendance at 10 writers. (Pssst… these Q & A sessions fill up fast so sign up now ‑ fee is $10 per session)
  9. The book signing event features our instructors’ books as well as our attendees’ books
  10. The 28th annual Writers’ Institute is one of the best places to network with other writers and come away inspired, enlightened and energized about your writing as a result of spending three days with us