KDL Writers Conference is Back!

211What: Third annual Celebrate the Mitten Writers Conference
When: Saturday, March 29, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Where: Cascade Township Branch
Cost: Free
Lots more info here!

Registration starts today for KDL’s popular conference for writers! Published authors including — but not limited to — novelists Kristina Riggle and Aric Davis and publishing insiders from Christian publishing giant Baker Books, literary agent and editor Credo Communications and self-published authors’ helper PublishSavvy, just to name a few, will share their experiences and tips on how to take your writing to the next level, book marketing and social media, query letters and book proposals, and more. All genres and skill levels are welcome. Separate pre-registration is required for morning and afternoon sessions and participant spots are limited. Co-sponsored by Baker Books, Credo Communications, Publish Savvy and Pot-Boilers. To register, call 616-784-2007 or click on the links below.

Register early; spots for this event go very quickly and walk-ins cannot be accommodated!

9:00 AM – 12:45 PM — Morning Session (geared to not-yet published writers, but all are welcome)

9:00 – 9:30 AM — Welcome and Introductions

  1. 9:45 – 10:30 AM — Five Things Aspiring Writers Should Know (Because There’s Not Enough Time for 10) — author and editor Shelly Beach and author Kristina Riggle
  2. 10:40 – 11:20 AM — Traditional, Self-Publish or Can I Do Both? — Shannon Janeczek, owner of  Publish Savvy; author and micropublisher Don Pearson, novelist Aric Davis
  3. 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM — You Can Do This: An Editor’s Manifesto — How to Stay Motivated and Keep Moving toward Publication  Chad Allen, editorial director, Baker Books

30 minutes to network/sell books/trade business cards

12:45 – 1:45 PM – Lunch on your own

1:45 – 5:00 PM — Afternoon Session (geared to published authors, but all are welcome)

1:45 – 2:00 PM: Welcome and Introductions

  1. 2:00 – 2:45 PM — Social Media & Book Marketing Tips, Tricks and Gaffes — Children’s Author Sandy Carlson; Shannon Janeczek, Publish Savvy
  2. 2:55 – 3:40 PM — Query Letters & Book Proposals: What are They? Do I Need Them? — Shelly Beach, novelist Aric Davis
  3. 3:45 – 4:30 PM — Taking Your Writing to the Next Level — literary agent and copy editor Ann Byle, science fiction author Jim Hines

30 minutes to network/sell books/trade business cards

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Morgan J.

Morgan J. is a KDL communications assistant. She spends summers as a “hood ornament” of sorts while her husband captains their old, cedar-sided pontoon down the Flat River. In the wintertime she counts the days until she’ll have her toes in the water again.

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6 Responses to “KDL Writers Conference is Back!”

  1. Melanie White Says:

    Hello! Yes, I would like to register for this conference. I will check for a confirmation at the email stated above or I will call you. Thanks so much!
    Melanie White

  2. Morgan Says:

    Melanie- So glad you’re planning to attend (and registering early)! If anyone has any problems registering, please call Patron Services at 616-784-2007. Remember, you have to register separately for the morning and afternoon sessions; most people are signing up for both.

    KDL Staff

  3. myron kukla Says:


    Yes sign me up for the conference. Had a great experience last year.

    Myron Kukla

  4. Morgan Says:

    Hey Myron! Glad to have you back! You can sign up yourself using the links above or by calling 616-784-2007. Sign up separately for the morning and afternoon sessions if you want to attend the entire conference.

    KDL Staff

  5. Rachel Wolf Says:

    Yes, I would like to sign up for the conference on March 29,2014. I want to attend all day. Thank you. Will I receive an email confirmation?

  6. Morgan Says:

    Rachel- If you sign up using the links above or by calling patron services at 784-2007, you will receive an email confirmation. Because we need more information at the time of registration, leaving a comment here does not constitute signing up for the event.

    KDL Staff