Three days of craft discussions, author readings, and hands-on how-to advice from some of the top authors in romantic fiction, the bestselling commercial fiction.
Maryland Romance Writers Stage
Stage: South Park
Friday, September 27
MRW Author Meet & Greet
Maryland Romance Writers' authors will be on hand for a casual meet and greet with readers. Come talk about books, receive promotional materials, and browse the Ukazoo bookstore!
Jane Austen Fiction
This panel will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice with a discussion and readings of Jane Austen-inspired fiction.
Writing Historical Fiction
Authors will talk about the challenges of writing historical romance, including researching, issues of accuracy, and more.
Hot Paranormal Fiction
Authors will talk about why they write paranormal romance, paranormal creatures and world building, and why paranormal romance and characters are popular.
Young Adult Paranormal Fiction
Authors will talk about paranormal trends in teen fiction, why YA paranormal is so hot, and how they build paranormal worlds readers love.
Putting the Suspense in Romance
Authors will talk about incorporating suspense and mystery into romantic fiction.
Fantasy Elements in Romance
Authors will talk about incorporating fantasy characters and worlds in romantic fiction and how they draw on mythology, fairy tales, and other “old stories.”
Chocolate & Romance!
Indulge your chocolate cravings with dark and delicious chocolate samples from MRW while authors talk about the entertainment appeal of romantic fiction and share readings from their latest works.
Fifty Shades of Hot
Authors will talk about the differences between erotic romance, erotic fiction, and erotica and discuss how to write sensual, erotic, and hot.
Saturday, September 28
Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult
Authors will talk about what’s trending in the fiction market for tweens, teens, and beyond, and about writing fiction that grows up with younger readerships.
Blogging About Books
Book bloggers will talk about running a successful book blog, working with authors and publishers, how to keep their fans engaged, and offer authors tips for building successful relationships with book bloggers.
Featured bloggers: Andye Eppes, ReadingTeen.net; Jen Fisher, Jenuine Cupcakes/Young Adult Book Central; Hannah McBride, The Irish Banana Review Blog; Stephanie Sinclair, Cuddlebuggery Blog; Jillian Stein, Read-Love-Blog; Joy Harris, Joyfully Reviewed Blog
Scottish Highlander Romance
Authors will discuss researching and writing Scottish Highlander romance, kilts, claymores, brogues, and other things that make this historical genre so much fun.
Writing Military Romance
Authors will discuss researching and writing military characters and situations, how to create military heroes readers will love, and what drew them to write military romance.
Craft: Plotting vs. Pantsing
Authors discuss techniques for coming up with story ideas
No Holds Barred with Agents and Editors
Come prepared with questions you’ve always wanted agents and editors to answer. And, for the especially daring, come with 5 copies of the first page of your manuscript and the panelists will offer feedback on what works and what to work on!
(Instructions: 1 page only! Typed, place name/email/title/genre at top, double spaced, 1-inch margins, 12 pt font; you may begin submitting your pages 30 minutes before session. It’s possible we won’t be able to get through all pages.)
Featured publishers: Treva Harte, Editor, LooseId; Mary Sue Seymour, Literary Agent, Seymour Agency; Lyndsay Hemphill, Agent, ICM Partners
Writing Science Fiction
Authors will discuss researching and creating worlds based in science fiction and what draws them to stories based in fantasy or set out of this world.
GLBT Characters & Romance
Authors will discuss writing stories involving GLBT characters and same-sex couples and writing M/M or F/F romance.
Sunday, September 29
The Craft of Writing
Authors will discuss the top craft tips, tricks, and lessons for writing genre romance and general fiction.
The Part-Time Writer
Authors will talk about the challenges of and tips for how to balance a career in fiction writing with the demands of full-time jobs, family, and parenthood.
Writing the Hot Contemporary
Authors will discuss why contemporary romance is so hot right now, the elements of a successful contemporary romance, and how to turn the everyday world into a great story.
Writing a Fiction Series
Authors will discuss the craft, character, plotting, worldbuilding and other issues involved in writing a romantic series of books.
Writing Multicultural & Interracial
Authors will discuss including multicultural characters and interracial romances in romantic fiction and where these stories fit in the market.
The Paranormal Bad Boys
Authors will discuss the appeal of paranormal bad boys, how they keep vampires and demons new and different, and why they love writing about these creatures.
MRW Author Meet & Greet
Mingle with Maryland Romance Writers' authors and get your last-minute book purchases from the Ukazoo Store signed
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