The 31st Year of

April 14, 2018

“Rally is the warmest, longest-running conference in Michigan. Great speakers, great company, and pretty good cookies.”
Despite dire warnings of a spring snow-and-ice-pocalypse, A Rally of Writers #31 survived and thrived. Freezing rain didn’t appear in the Lansing area until late evening/early morning. That doesn’t mean the weather was pleasant or balmy or anything, however, but it was warm and cozy in the LCC West Campus Conference Center. It seemed like everyone who braved the weather had a good time, and I understand some of the sessions were outstanding. A huge thanks to the attendees who came and stuck with us, and to all the presenters who came bringing a large supply of  energy, enthusiasm and contagious good spirits! –Mark, Webmanager

2018 Recap

Terry Blackhawk, Keynote:

Poet, essayist, teacher, founder of InsideOut Literary Arts Project

Greg Baldino: Ethics in YA NF Books

Michael Byers: Short stories, novels – Percival’s Planet

Desiree Cooper: Journalist, flash-fiction novel – Know the Mother

Karen Dionne: Psychological suspense thrillers – The Marsh King’s Daughter

Colleen Gleason: Fantasy, historical, paranormal….

Lisa Grady: Screenwriting

Patrice Johnson: Creative NF book – The Fall and Rise of Tyler Johnson

Linda Peckham: The Clumping Theory

Lev Raphael: Writing Mysteries

John Smolens: Writing the Novel – Wolf’s Mouth

Alice Speilburg & Elana Roth Parker: Agents, First Page

Whitney Spotts: Book Promotion

David Stricklen: MG Books – Blackwater Pond series

Scroll down for Interviews with our 2018 presenters

See the speakers’ bios on the CONFERENCE page now!
Online registration now closed. PDF Brochures now available on the CONFERENCE page.


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Rally Warm-Up
7:00pm Friday, April 13, 2018


Several Super Storytellers
In participation with WKAR
 © A Rally of Writers 2018