October 13-15, 2017

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


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 2017 Conference is scheduled for October 13 – 15, 2017, at the Bellevue Westin. Three hundred attendees are expected, including leading industry editors and agents, phenomenal speakers.

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Line-BreakKey Dates:

  • Workshop submissions will be from Feb 1, 2017-March 31, 2017
  • Registration opens June 1, 2017.
  • Early bird registration closes July 15, 2017
  • Registration closes Oct 1, 2017 or when the conference is sold out.
  • Conference held Oct 13-15, 2017
  • Conference Add-On Master Class begins at 8:30 am on Oct 13, 2017, separate registration required

*Dates are subject to change without notice.

Line-BreakThanks to our 2016 Keynote Speakers!


Cherry Adair

Cherry Adair

Always an adventurer in life as well as writing, best-selling author Cherry Adair moved halfway across the globe from Cape Town, South Africa to the United States.

Cherry writes five to seven hours a day, six days a week. When asked why she chooses to write romantic suspense, she says, “Who says you can’t have adventure and a great love life? Of course if you’re talking about an adventurous love life, that’s another thing altogether. Actually I write romantic suspense with adventure because I like to entertain and nothing keeps readers happier than a rapid pulse with a happy ending.”

Popular on the workshop circuit, Cherry gives lively classes on writing and the writing life. Pulling no punches when asked how to become a published writer, Cherry insists, “Sit your butt in the chair and write. There’s no magic to it. Writing is hard work. It isn’t for sissies or whiners.”

Cherry and her husband live in their new dream house in San Francisco. Follow her on Facebook at, on Twitter at, or on her website,


Roxanne St. Claire

Author Roxanne St. Claire. Photo by Chris Kridler,

Published since 2003, Roxanne St. Claire is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty romance and suspense novels.  She has written several popular series, including Barefoot Bay, the Guardian Angelinos, and the Bullet Catchers.

In addition to being an eight-time nominee and one-time winner of the prestigious RITA™ Award for the best in romance writing, Roxanne’s novels have won the National Reader’s Choice Award for best romantic suspense three times, as well as the Maggie, the Daphne du Maurier Award, the HOLT Medallion, Booksellers Best, Book Buyers Best, the Award of Excellence, and many others.

She lives in Florida with her husband, and still attempts to run the lives of her teenage daughter and 20-something son.  She loves dogs, books, chocolate, and wine, but not always in that order.

She can be reached via her website, or on her Facebook Reader page, and on Twitter at


Courtney Milan

Courtney Milan

Courtney Milan Photo credit to Jovanka Novakovic

Courtney Milan lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, a marginally-trained dog, and an attack cat.

Before she started writing books, Courtney experimented with numerous occupations. She has trained dogs, written legal briefs, sold newspaper subscriptions, and written computer programs. Having given up on actually being able to do any actual things, she’s taken to heart the axiom that “those who can’t, teach.” When she isn’t reading, writing, or sleeping, she can be found in the vicinity of a classroom.

Courtney loves hearing from readers. She can be reached via her website, or on her Facebook Reader page, and on Twitter at


Saturday, October 14, 2017 is the Passport to Romance  Reader Event.

Join us for the “booktail” party of the year!

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