Rochester Writers Conference

“Butterfly” © Mary Lu Herron

Unlike previous entries, this post is only partially about myself. I cannot even take credit for the photograph, since it was taken by my lovely wife.

I attended the Rochester Writers Conference today. An all-day affair, held at Rochester College in, you guessed it, Rochester, Michigan, it featured several speakers making presentations on the various aspects of the craft and business of writing.

This was the second year for the event and my second time in attendance, so I’m batting a thousand.

I chose to visit four specific presentations: (1) Promote Your Writing by Building an Online Presence, by Lori A. May; (2) Re-Work, Re-Sell and Re-Print: Secrets to Recycling Your Writing in the Marketplace, by Cindy LaFerle; (3) Magazine Editors Panel, featuring Rebecca Stevens, and Becky Repp; and (4) Songwriting 101: Lyrics to Market by Bill Edwards.

All the sessions were extremely informative, and provided a marvelous opportunity to network with other writers in the area.

However, as terrific as the presentations were, the best part of the day, for me anyway, had to be the Keynote Address following lunch by author Chip St. Clair.

An excellent speaker, he gave a riveting account of his new memoir The Butterfly Garden. It is a powerful story, not only of his life, but of hope in the face of unspeakable abuse and violence.

If you get a chance, read it. His message was well worth the day.


2 Responses to “Rochester Writers Conference”

  1. Ron Herron Says:

    I wish I could say “Dario Bonucchi” rang a bell but, unfortunately, it does not.

    However, we may have run across each other at one of Michael Dwyer’s Rochester Writers meetings. I’m hoping to make the one later this month. Perhaps I’ll see you there!


  2. Nicholas Ritz Says:

    Hello Ron,

    How are you? I was looking up information on the internet about my Uncle Dario Bonucchi and came upon your old site. You and my Uncle were friends right? I was reading some of your entries and noticed that you attended the Writers Conference in Rochester Hills. Small world, I am in the Writers group with Michael Dwyer that heads the conference. I am currently producing a local show at CMNTV in Troy called Our Community Treasures. I am also working on some Independent Film Projects too.

    Please tell me about your connection to Dario….




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