Conferences & Conventions

Conferences and conventions for readers, writers and all fans of the romance genre. Have conference information that you’d like to post? Send us the details.

The Write Touch Conference—Daring and Decadent Storytelling

Sponsor: Wisconsin Romance Writers of America (WisRWA)
Location: The Hyatt Regency, 333 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee, WI
Fee: WisRWA Members: $225.00; Non-members: $250.00
Date: April 4–7, 2019
Keynote Speaker: Maya Rodale. Workshop Presenters: Lisa Cron, Angela Ackerman, Becca Puglisi, Mel Jolly. Featured Authors: Valerie Biel, Amy Reichert, Angie Stanton.
Conference Features: Master Class with Lisa Cron; craft, industry, marketing workshops; one-on-one page critiques w/publishing professionals; agent/editor pitch sessions, book sale, and silent auction for literacy.
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KISSCON Weekend Affair

Sponsor: HarperCollins Publishing
Location: Hyatt Regency O’Hare, 9300 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Rosemont, IL 60018
Fee: $75 – Butterfly Kiss Ticket (Saturday Only), $150 – Smooch Ticket (Friday, Saturday), $185 – French Kiss Ticket (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Date: April 5–7, 2019
Conference Features: We’re launching a weekend-long Kisscon Event, featuring more than 20 of your favorite Avon and HQN authors!
There will be panels and parties, a #SensationalSigning on Saturday, tons of swag, and a special Sunday morning sneak preview of the coming year’s top releases.

California Dreamin’ 2019—A Conference for Writers

Sponsor: Orange County Chapter RWA
Location: Embassy Suites Hotel, Brea, California
Fee: $350.00 (RWA members); $400 (Non-RWA Members)
Date: April 5–7, 2019
Speakers: Keynote, Tessa Dare and Theodora Taylor; Friday Book Camp, Janice Hardy. Also Justine Bylo, Ingram Spark; Kevin Tomlinson, Draft 2 Digital; and Hannah Wall, Audible.
Publishing Houses: Avon (Harper Collins Publishing), Hallmark Publishing, Random House Publishing, Harlequin, Tule Publishing, Dreamspinner Press, Boroughs Publishing Group.
Agencies: Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, KT Literary.
Conference Features: Friday Book Camp, workshops, multi-track, panels, editor/agent appointments, critiques, opportunity drawings, author photography.

In the Company of Writers Annual Retreat

Sponsor: Washington Romance Writers
Location: Best Western Conference Center, Westminster, Maryland
Fee: WRW members – $410 double, $575 single. RWA double occupancy $460, Public double occupancy $525. All meals and events included.
Date: April 12–14, 2019
Speakers: Alexis Daria, Alisha Rai, Cheryl Etchison, Alma Katsu, and others.
Publishing Houses and Agencies: St. Martin’s Press, Entangled, Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency, Prospect Agency, Donald Maass Agency
Conference Features: multi-track workshops and panels, editor/agent appointments, critiques, first pages, awards, raffle.
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Let Your Imagination Take Flight

Sponsor: New England Chapter, RWA (NECRWA)
Location: Boston Marriott, Burlington MA
Fee: NECRWA Member: $234, Non-Member $254
Date: April 26–27, 2019
Speakers: Keynote Speaker Sonali Dev; Luncheon Speaker Penny Reid; Master Class Damon Suede.
Publishing Houses: Kensington, Forever/Forever Yours, Sourcebooks
Agencies: Donald Maass Literary, One Track Literary, Handspun Literary.
Conference Features: Workshops and panels on craft, business, and writer’s life, master class, agent and editor pitch sessions, book fair, and Indie/PAN and CampNaNoWriMo sessions.

Retreat from Harsh Reality

Sponsor: Mid-Michigan RWA
Location: Bay Pointe Inn, Shelbyville, Michigan
Fee: $190.00
Date: April 26–28, 2019
Speaker: Louise Knott Ahern writing as Lyssa Kay Adams.
Conference Features: Dedicated time for writing, plotting, critiquing, and social networking; two presentations—“Breaking Rules and Breaking In: A Renegade Writer’s Guide to Trusting Your Gut” and “The Art of Backstory”—by 2017 RITA finalist for Best Romance Novella Louise Knott. Louise has 20 years of experience in journalism, fiction writing, and editing and is a founder of Capital City Writers in Lansing.