Conference


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October 16-18, 2015

Westin Hotel, Bellevue, WA
Sponsored by the Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America

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Every fall, the Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America chapter holds the popular Emerald City Writers’ Conference, which is currently the largest romance writing conference on the west coast. The 2015 Conference is scheduled for October 16 – 18, 2015, at the Bellevue Westin. Three hundred attendees are expected, including leading industry editors and agents, phenomenal speakers—including Elizabeth Hoyt, Sabrina Jeffries and Margaret Mallory and some of the industry’s top authors.

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Key Dates:

Registration opens June 1, 2015

Early Bird Registration closes July 15, 2015

The Westin conference rate expires September 29, 2015 (or when the rate is sold out)

Registration closes October 1, 2015 (or when sold out)

 

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Editors and Agents

Editors: Allison Carroll of Harlequin/HQN/Mira, Cat Clyne of Sourcebooks Casablanca, Mary Moore of Kimberley Cameron and Associates, Rhonda Penders of The Wild Rose Press
Agents: Jennifer Udden of Donald Maass Literary Agency, Jessica Watterson of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

Find out more about our Editors and Agents.

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Keynote Speakers

 

Elizabeth Hoyt Color PhotoElizabeth Hoyt

Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing “mesmerizing.” She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

The winters in Minnesota have been known to be long and cold and Elizabeth is always thrilled to receive reader mail. You can write to her at: P.O. Box 19495, Minneapolis, MN  55419 or email her at: Elizabeth@ElizabethHoyt.com.

 

Sabrina Jeffries - Color PhotoSabrina Jeffries

While Sabrina Jeffries is at ease with refined academia types, she enjoys using her literary skills to pen novels of romantic fiction. She sold her first book in 1991 and has 35 published novels to her credit. Whenever she struggles with a plot point, she shuts off the computer and tackles a jigsaw puzzle, and before long, bingo! Problem solved. Another stress-reliever for the inventive author: creating her popular Will and Jane’s Excellent Adventure comics. Displaying Sabrina’s fine-tuned sense of humor, the comics feature a William Shakespeare caricature figure and a Jane Austen action figure.

Caffeine addict, Third Culture Kid, chocoholic, and popular novelist with more than six million books in print, Jeffries defies labels. Her biting humor and simultaneous warmth endear her to her 10,000 Facebook fans, Pinterest followers and loyal Goddess blog readers. At home in front of a crowd—any crowd (no really, just hand over the microphone and get ready for some fun)—Jeffries is a sought-after speaker, as evidenced by her 2010 gig as emcee for the National Romance Writers of America’s 30th Anniversary Awards Ceremony.

While Sabrina treks through remote locales in the name of research and rubs elbows in the big cities with other industry professionals, she says her favorite destination is home. She lives in Cary, North Carolina, with her two best guys—husband, Rene, and adult son, Nick, who has inspired her to actively champion the cause of autistic children.

 

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Margaret abandoned her career as a lawyer to become a romance novelist once she realized she’d rather have thrilling adventures with handsome alpha warriors than write briefs and memos. Since then, her Scottish historical and medieval romances have won numerous honors and awards, including RT Book Reviews‘ Best Scotland-Set Historical Romance Award, a RITA© nomination, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and two Maggies.

Margaret is a GSRWA member and lives with her husband in beautiful western Washington. Now that her children are off on their own adventures, she spends most of her time with her handsome Highlanders, but she also likes to read (of course), hike, kayak and travel.

With her new series, THE DOUGLAS LEGACY, Margaret successfully ventured into indie publishing. CLAIMED BY A HIGHLANDER, book 2 in the series, will be available this summer. You can find information about all Margaret’s books, as well as links to connect with her on Facebook and Twitter, on her website, www.MargaretMallory.com. She loves to hear from readers!

 

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What’s the Passport to Romance Reader Appreciation Event, you ask? This year, instead of a traditional book fair at Emerald City Writers’ Conference, we’re turning it up a notch with a special reader appreciation event.

It’s going to be a party! Find out more information at Passport to Romance Reader Event.

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