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15th Writers' Day

April 2, 2017


Spend the afternoon soaking up talks on memoir, finding inspiration, and podcasting for writers, as a host of professionals share their formulas for success and provide tips for your own writing.

Registration and Check-in begins at Noon, in D’Amour Hall for Business, Communications and Technology, and continues throughout the sessions.

Refreshments will be served.


Session One: 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Panel, "Finding Inspiration" with John Sheirer, Mary Heather Noble, Dave Stern

Flame to the Wick: A Panel on Inspiration

Nature, family, a beloved pet, personal experience, and stories about others have been among the inspirations of the three accomplished writers on our inspiration panel. Learn how they've mined and used the power behind the ideas that have moved them, hear about the paths of their projects, how an original idea grew and changed, and ponder how you can find your own enduring flame to light your way over the course of a short or long writing project. A question-and-answer session will follow the authors' presentations. 

Session Two: 2:35 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
"Podcasting" with Bernadette Duncan Harrison

Podcasting for Writers 101

Whether you are an author, editor, or freelance writer, you can springboard your career with these proven formulas for success with podcasting. Simple fundamentals of podcasting will help you connect better with potential readers. You’ll learn about sponsorships (and earning money), common mistakes, how to create content, and more.

Session Three: 4:10 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.
"Writing Hard Stories" with Melanie Brooks

It’s a Family Story, but it’s Still Your Story of Being in That Family

When we venture to write memoir about the family experience, including the family experience of trauma, it’s necessary to steel ourselves for the inevitable conversations with family members during your process or after publication. Trying to navigate those sometimes turbulent waters and still maintaining ownership of the stories we have to tell can be an ongoing challenge. It definitely has been for this author.

Topics will include:

  • Unlocking family secrets
  • Trusting our own memories
  • Writing with compassion for others and ourselves
  • Navigating family relationships on and off the page
  • Securing support for your work outside of the family

Cost & Registration:

  • One workshop is $45
  • two workshops, $85
  • three workshops, $115

Register for  Writers' Day

  • Pre-registration is strongly recommended to ensure a session runs. 
  • Drop-ins accepted only if there is space available.
  • Minimum seven participants/maximum 40 participants per session.


D’Amour Hall for Business, Communications and Technology, Check-in at the Foyer, Room 4

 A limited number of copies of the authors' books will be available for purchase and signing.