Writer's Paradise

A writing forum for new and aspiring writers and authors. Writer's Paradise is open to the public. It features workshops, networking, giveaways and lunch! We hope to see you there. Keep scrolling for more information about our facilitators, founder, performers and reasons you should attend.


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Founder & Facilitators

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Ebony Nicole Smith, Facilitator


Founder of Exclusively4Clergy

Session: The Five Types of Writers

Writing coach to clergy and teaches others how to effectively publish their manuscripts

Author of Eve’s Confessions, 5Harts and Wake Up To Your God Given Purpose

Associates degree in Bible/Biblical Studies from Midwest College of Theology

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Jennifer Rodibaugh, Facilitator


Change Management Specialist &

Toastmasters International Member

Session: Corporate/Business Writing

More than a decade of corporate communications experience

Believes that open dialogue, clear goals, and a good sense of humor make change a little easier

Bachelor of Arts, Literature

University of Montana

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Nancy Steinkamp, Facilitator


Founder of Wisdom Writing, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and Journal Writing Instructor

Session: The Art of Journaling

Experienced human service professional who has learned that everyone has wisdom to share   

 Master of Science, University of Colorado   

Studied with the Center for Journal Therapy and Therapeutic Writing Institute and uses expressive writing as a tool for personal and professional growth

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Corey Tanksley, Facilitator


Founder of Rochester Black Authors Expo (RBAE)

Session: How To Write A Novel

Author of B-Boy to Man: Freshmen (2014) the debut novel of his four book series 

Recipient of the Roc Award for best Author (2015)

Organized the very first Black Author Expo in the history of Rochester, New York

RBAE will be celebrating its fourth year in May 2018

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CaTyra Polland, Founder


Founder of Polland Enterprises, LLC and Career Prep

Author of Professionalism, What's That (2017) http://amzn.to/2zihhPs


New York State Minority Women Business Enterprise Certified (Career Prep)

Master of Arts SUNY Albany

Bachelor of Arts SUNY Buffalo

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Writer's Paradise



Writer's Paradise: A Safe Haven for current and aspiring writers includes learning, networking, lunch and giveaways! BUY TICKETS


September 8, 2018 10am-2pm at Writer’s & Books located at 740 University Avenue.  

The writing forum will feature a diverse lineup of sessions and speakers designed exclusively for the needs and wants of writers and authors—whether you’re working on your first book or have already published a few.

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A writing forum to learn about and discuss various types of writing. A networking opportunity for writers and authors. BUY TICKETS  https://bit.ly/2Kf0aPR 

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  • Authors
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  • Published or unpublished writers
  • Professionals in need of writing guidance
  • New authors or writers

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  • How to Write A Novel
  • 5 Types of Writers
  • Journaling
  • Corporate Writing

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Why You Should Attend

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1. You will meet other writers: I know that sounds obvious, but where else can you meet people who are at varying stages in their writing careers? Wherever you are on the road to success, you will meet others who have been there before and who are ready to help you. I find that writers as a group are very supportive. https://bit.ly/2Kf0aPR

2. You will find lots of practical information you can put to immediate use! Whether you are a newbie or a pro, you will definitely obtain knowledge that you can use to make your writing better. https://bit.ly/2Kf0aPR

3. You will learn something: Part of the reason you write is that your love reading and gaining knowledge. Human beings are hardwired to get excited about learning new things and writers' forums are always full of ideas and insights about the craft. https://bit.ly/2Kf0aPR

4. Lunch is included! Who doesn't enjoy eating. You will have the opportunity to eat, network and learn. Who can resist food, education and fellowship?

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