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.


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


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


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




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


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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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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  • Published or unpublished writers
  • Professionals in need of writing guidance
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  • How to Write A Novel
  • 5 Types of Writers
  • Journaling
  • Corporate Writing

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Breanna J. Marshall

Breanna J. Marshall, known to the writing industry as Author Breanna J, is a 25-year-old author, hailing from Rochester, NY. 

She is hitting the scene with her debut novel, “In The Name of Love,” released January 2018. 

She started writing at the age of 7, using poetry to express herself in her times of loneliness.  The urge for writing novels came when she knew that her love of writing was good enough to share with the world. Her goal in the industry is to take the success she receives and help young girls with low self-esteem. She hopes that her writings show those that have low self-esteem and have the unfortunate circumstance of living in bad environments that things get better. 

Shannon Spruill

 Shannon Spruill was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and she now resides in Buffalo, NY.   

 Shannon’s first book was released December 1, 2010.  “My Reflection in the Mirror” is a look at some personal demons that she had to overcome.  She hoped by telling her story she would inspire and empower other women.
October 4, 2013, Shannon lost her son Brian in an automobile accident.   This was a devastating tragedy but instead of sinking into a dark place, Shannon grieved and picked herself up with the help of God and began helping other parents that have lost a child.   

 She is also the CEO and Founder of SMS Write On Publishing, LLC., and she is the treasurer and a board member of Our Curls, Inc, a non-profit agency for cancer support. She is also the convener of the Faith Missionary Baptist Church Women’s Fellowship Ministry. She is the recipient of the 2018 Women Touching World Award.  

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?