Monday, March 2, 2009

Lansing's Rally of Writers conference celebrates 22 years

By Mark Wolfgang • Reader Submitted • March 2, 2009

The 22nd year of A Rally of Writers, a freelance writing conference, will take place on Saturday, April 4, 2009, at the Lansing Community College West Campus Conference Center. This day-long event begins at 8:30 a.m. and features 10 Michigan writers, poets, artists and screenwriters hosting 16 educational sessions on all aspects of writing and publishing, from basic submission and editing tips to in depth advice on fiction, nonfiction, poetry, memoir, photography, children's books, and comic books.

The keynote speaker for 2009 is Gerry LaFemina, poet, fiction writer and essayist. LaFemina's 9 a.m. opening session, “Strange Duality: the Social and Anti-Social Behaviors of Writers and Pleaders,” is free and open to the public courtesy of the Michigan Humanities Council and Gibson's Books and Beans.

The public is also invited to attend a free pre-Rally event at Schuler Books and Music in the Eastwood Towne Center, Friday evening, April 3, at 7 p.m., to learn about “Movies Made in Michigan.” Guest speakers, including Ken Droz of the Michigan Film Office, will discuss the growing Michigan movie industry. One special guest will be Ahney Her, the local high school student who starred opposite Clint Eastwood in “Gran Torino.”

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