Saturday, July 13, 2013

Conferences & Festivals: RWA

Romance Writers of America
National Conference
RWA is an organization for career-focused romance authors. It advances the professional interests of its members through networking and advocacy. Smaller branches of this organization can be found throughout the country in local chapters. A national conference is held once a year.
Atlanta Marriott® Marquis
Atlanta, Georgia
July 17–20, 2013
Pitch appointments with editors and agents available: (signing up in May)
Pitch appointments are individual 10-minute meetings where writers pitch their (completed) romance novels/novellas to editors/agents. Conference attendees may sign up for one editor and one agent appointment each. 

"Readers for Life" Literacy Autographing
Wednesday, July 17th 5:30-7:30pm, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atrium Ballroom A-C
More than 400 authors will sign books for fans. Proceeds will go to literacy organizations to help fight illiteracy. This event is open to the public, so you DON'T have to be a conference participant to attend the book signing!
YA/NA Authors signing include:
Ally Carter, Jennifer Armentrout, Cora Cormack, C.C. Hunter, Lea Nolan, Molly McAdams, and more

Workshops available in many categories including: Craft, Writer's Life, Self-Publishing, Publisher Spotlights, Book Signing by Publisher, Research, Publisher spotlights
A few workshops featuring YA authors:
*A CHAT will be offered in the schedule with YA authors Ali Carter, Carrie Ryan, and Tracy Deebs
*Workshop on how it takes a TEAM to make it to the list: Featuring Simone Elkeles and her team
*Query workshop by Harlequin Teen author Katie McGarry, including her editor and agent
*50 Shades of YA: Marni Bates, Nina Berry, Alicia Condon, Jennifer Estep, and Erica O'Rourke
  Young-adult authors and their editor discuss just how steamy you can get with books geared toward teenagers.

A Goody Room is available, as well a networking room, never mind the local restaurants, bars, and open spaces writers will naturally network. Saturday night ends with the RITA and Golden Heart Awards.
This would be a great conference for those wanting to improve on their craft, seeking an agent, an editor/is about to send a represented project out on submission, or wants to learn about how to successfully manage their writing career. So, really...this is a great conference no matter where you are in your writing journey, so long your writing has some romantic elements. 
Have you been to the RWA national conference? Do you belong to a local RWA chapter? If so, what are some fun and/or helpful experiences have you had through the organization?

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