The University of Akron Wayne College in Orrville is hosting its 12th annual Writers Workshop, Saturday, April 11, 2015.  (Open to the public)

2015 Registration Form (PDF)

Writer of the Year Award is Sponsored by The Daily Record

This year's workshop allows writers and aspiring writers to meet published authors and participate in sessions about poetry writing, ghost writing, writing a novel, developing your plot and your character, and the process of getting your work published.

As a participant, you will enjoy a continental breakfast followed by our authors' concurrent workshop sessions, a panel discussion with the presenting authors, and lunch, followed by special guest Bruce Weigl.

Each workshop session runs 75 minutes (topics are detailed in this brochure). Please choose two sessions to attend. Your $40 fee, due by April 3, covers everything for the day. Registration after the deadline will be $45 (including walk-ins that day).

After the awards ceremony recognizing student and regional writers, our speakers will have books for sale. Plan to spend time talking with them during the concluding sell-and-sign opportunity.

For program information or to register, contact:
Susan Ackerman 330-684-8985 or 1-800-221-8308, ext. 8985


2015 Featured Speaker - Bruce Weigl - Translation: Crossing the Language Bridge
In addition to writing his own award-winning poetry, Bruce Weigl has worked with Thanh T. Nguyen of the Joiner Research Center to translate poems of North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers captured during war. Weigl and Nguyen accepted an invitation from the Vietnamese Writers Association and recently traveled to Hanoi to work on translating the poems. Dr. Weigl’s remarks will draw upon this experience to consider the engaging writing topic, Translation: Crossing the Language Bridge.

2015 Workshop Sessions

Writing at the Juncture of Memory and Imagination - Bruce Weigl
This workshop will include an interesting and very productive exercise which is appropriate no matter what level writer you are.

Biography: Bruce Weigl (born January 27, 1949, Lorain, Ohio) is an awardwinning American contemporary poet whose work was inspired by his time spent in the United States Army. He enlisted at the age of 18 and was in the service for three years, serving in the Vietnam War. In his memoir titled, The Circle of Hanh: A Memoir, he says “The war took away my life and gave me poetry in return.” He has earned all manner of awards including finishing second for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in poetry.


A Ghost of a Chance: Writing and Editing for Others - Gary bays
Working as a ghostwriter requires a skill set that most good readers and writers already possess: a sense of how the English language works, how anecdotes and unique details captivate an audience, and how tone and style are dictated by one's audience. This session will discuss the work of ghostwriting for business and industry and explain just how that work gets done, including setting fees, doing research, working at a distance, meeting deadlines, and maintaining good financial records. Attendees should leave the session knowing how to seek and manage work when writing and editing for others.

Biography: Gary Bays is an associate professor of English at The University of Akron Wayne College where he teaches courses in composition and technical communication. He currently serves as a reader for Teaching English in the Two-Year College and final projects editor for Computers and Composition Digital Press. For a decade he was editor of the Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges Journal and also served on the editorial board of the Journal of College Composition and Communication. Recent publications include chapters and articles on public speaking in the workplace, scholarship in the two-year college, and reflection among student writers. Outside of academe, Bays has worked as a speechwriter and editor for clients throughout the Midwest including Chrysler Corporation, Volvo Heavy Truck, and a range of executives and CEOs.


More Than One Way to Write a Novel - Raymond Buckland
There is no "best way" to write a novel, but there may be a best way for YOU. Raymond Buckland shares the best ways he has found over more than 50 years of successful writing.

Biography: Raymond Buckland's first book was published in 1969. Since then he has written over 50 others including 13 novels. His work has been translated into 17 foreign languages. He has appeared on national and international television, has been technical advisor, and appeared in movies. In 2002 he founded the Killbuck Valley Writers' Guild, which he still leads with enthusiasm. He was The University of Akron Wayne College Writer of the Year 2012/2013.


Develop Your Mystery and Your Character - Shelley Costa
Got a great idea for a whodunit? A mystery is a delicious quest for truth in a world where motives are shifting, hidden, and sometimes diabolical. Learn how to choose and arrange the elements of a mystery that will mislead and delight your reader.
Everything that happens in your story is a direct outgrowth of your central character. So, what are his fears? In what ways are her goals unreasonable?How can you use their greatest attributes. . .against them? Learn how stumbling blocks develop characters in interesting and meaningful ways – and deepen your work.

Biography: Shelley Costa is the author of You Cannoli Die Once – a 2014 Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel – and Basil Instinct. Her crime stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock Presents 13 Tales of New American Gothic, Blood on Their Hands, The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories, and Crimewave (UK). In 2004 she was nominated for an Edgar® Award for Best Short Story by Mystery Writers of America. Shelley teaches Fiction Writing at the Cleveland Institute of Art.


From Brain to Bookstore: The Process of Publishing - Mindy McGinnis
Mindy McGinnis, author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust will walk you through the process of getting published – from the first flash of an idea, to the final product on the shelf, and all the steps in between.

Biography: Mindy McGinnis is a YA author who has worked in a high school library for thirteen years. Her debut, Not a Drop to Drink, a postapocalyptic survival story set in a world with very little freshwater, has been optioned for film by Stephanie Meyer’s Fickle Fish Films. The companion novel, In a Handful of Dust, was released in 2014. Look for her Gothic historical thriller, A Madness So Discreet in September of 2015 from Katherine Tegen Books. Mindy is represented by Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary.