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The Maryland Romance Writers are proud to present 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

The mission of MRW is “to promote excellence in romantic fiction and advance the professional interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy, dissemination of information, professional education, publications, and other appropriate activities and to provided continuing support for writers within the romance publishing industry.”

Stage: Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Rash Field



Friday, September 23




11AM

TAKE A CHANCE ON ROMANCE: BOOK COVER BINGO

Win prizes and swag from authors while playing a fast-paced game of Book Cover Bingo with commentary from reviewers and authors.

Xio Axelrod
Andie J. Christopher
Heidi Hormel
Alexa Jacobs
Rebecca Rivard
Melinda Valentine

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12PM

A HERO FOR ALL SEASONS

A lively discussion of heroes who don't fit the old school, stereotypical mode and why readers fall in love with them.

Nichole Christoff
Robin Covington
Christina Elle 
Michele Mannon
Jean Murray
Joanna Shupe
Joyfully Reviewed/MODERATOR

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1PM

YOUNG ADULT AUTHOR’S CHAT: KEEPING THE THRILLS, CHILLS, AND ROMANCE READERS LOVE IN YA FICTION

This is it, your opportunity to chat with authors in a fun, relaxed Q&A session. These fan favorites will discuss their books, characters and what's coming next.

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Pintip Dunn
Cheryl Klam
Lea Nolan
Elodie Nowodazkij
M.D. Waters

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2PM

HEROINES GET STUFF DONE

In movies, TV and books, heroines are taking control of the situation and getting things done. Join this appreciation of strong heroines and how authors balance the alpha heroine with the alpha hero.

Jamaila Brinkley
Sonali Dev
Megan Erickson
Ingrid Hahn
Erika Kelly
Tracey Livesay

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3PM

YES, I WRITE THAT!

The romance market keeps changing, but some authors are committed to writing what they want to write when they want to write it. From indie to hybrid, these authors stay ahead of the curve by bending it. This lively discussion will hit you in the feels.

Riley Edgewood
Dawn Ibanez
Cheryl Klam
Michelle Monkou
Stacey O’Neale
Leslye Penelope
Irene Vartanoff

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4PM

SHE’S SO SWEET: LIGHTS OUT, CLOSED DOOR

Hot romance might get most of the attention, but readers still love everything from sweet romance to cozy mysteries and more. Authors in these genres share some of their tips for connecting with readers.

Alexa Jacobs
Heidi Hormel
Lea Nolan
Elodie Nowodazkij
Sophia Sasson
Misty Simon
Irene Vartanoff

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6PM

WRITING HEAT: IT’S GETTING STEAMY IN HERE

Join this discussion as some of the most sizzling romance authors in the business share that they keep it fresh, hot and fun in the fictional bedroom.

Megan Hart
Laura Kaye
Eliza Knight
Kelly Maher
Jean Murray
Diana Quincy
M.D. Waters

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Saturday, September 24




11AM

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE: HOT GENRE, HOTTER HEROES

Contemporary romance is popular and diverse, exciting, daring, and keeps readers coming back for more–join the conversation with these popular authors.

Debra Anastasia
Sonali Dev
Erika Kelly
Kimberly Kincaid
Tracey Livesay
Mia Sosa
Kim Lowe/MODERATOR

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12PM

NEW ADULT: SPICY HOT, EMOTIONAL, FROM THE HEART, AND WHAT MAKES THIS ROMANCE GENRE A MUST READ!

New adult romance tackles the topics that keep readers wanting more. Join several of the genre’s most popular authors as they share what’s next in NA.

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Christi Barth
Robin Covington
Riley Edgewood
Megan Erickson
Leslye Penelope
Elodie Nowodazkij
Joy Daniels/MODERATOR

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1PM

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE: FUN, FLIRTY AND FABULOUS

Contemporary authors come together to chat about the sassy heroines, smartalec heroes, and fast banter that make contemporary romance the genre they love to read and write.

Xio Axelrod
Nichole Christoff
Christina Elle
Avery Flynn
Kimberly Kincaid
Sophia Sasson
Laura Ward
SARAH WENDELL/MODERATOR

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2PM

CELEBRATING 75 YEARS OF AVON ROMANCE: AUTHOR CHAT WITH AVON AUTHORS

Rule breakers, risk takers, rabble rousers: words to describe the heroines of these fierce Avon authors—and the authors themselves. Jennifer L. Armentrout, Katharine Ashe, Tracey Livesay, Laura Kaye, Jennifer McQuiston, and Alisha Rai join moderator Charis Michaels to discuss the conversations driving change in the romance genre today, from diversity to feminism to respect for the genre and its readers. Once a genre relegated to the fringes of the literary world, these authors are on the forefront of bringing it to the mainstream, and into the 21st century.

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Katharine Ashe
Tracey Livesay
Laura Kaye
Jennifer McQuiston 
Alisha Rai
Charis Michaels/MODERATOR

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3PM

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE: READY, SET, THRILLS, CHILLS, AND EXPLOSIONS

Pacing is key for a great romantic suspense, thriller, mystery or horror. And don’t think young adult authors don’t bring the thrills, too. Learn the tricks of perfect pacing and adding chills to an exciting romance from some of the greats in the romance community.

Debra Anastasia
Nichole Christoff
Avery Flynn
Laura Kaye
Kimberly Kincaid
Michele Mannon
Lea Nolan
Pintip Dunn/MODERATOR

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4PM

DO THE TIMEWALK: HISTORICAL ROMANCE FOR THE AGES

Authors of historical romance come together to chat with readers about why we love to read about the past and Jamie's kilt.

Stephanie Dray
Ingrid Hahn
Eliza Knight
Jennifer McQuiston
Diana Quincy
Kate Quinn
Joanna Shupe 
Denny S. Bryce/MODERATOR

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5PM

BEHOLD THE TRENDS in ROMANCELANDIA

Discover what trends are shaking up the romance community and the new romance novels leading the charge.

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Sonali Dev
Erika Kelly
Laura Kaye
Tracey Livesay
Michelle Monkou
Miranda Kenneally
Sarah Wendell/MODERATOR
 

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6PM

WRITING EROTIC ROMANCE: ARE THERE ANY TABOOS LEFT EXPLORE? WHAT THE AUTHORS SAY…

Writing stories where the romance must be erotic and the romance jumps off the page. These erotic romance authors share their insights on writing erotic sex that not only sells but tugs on the heart strings, too while exploring taboos.

Robin Covington
Eliza Knight
Megan Hart
Laura Kaye
Alisha Rai
Andie Christopher/MODERATOR

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Sunday, September 25




11AM

WHY HAPPY EVER AFTER SELLS SWOONY, SASSY, SEXY STORIES

When it comes to discoverability, what ways to readers are finding authors and books are changing fast. What works, what's played out and what's going to be hot next.

Xio Axelrod
Megan Erickson
Erika Kelly
Sarah Robinson
Rebecca Rivard
Mia Sosa
Laura Ward

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12PM

HISTORICAL ROMANCE—KILT OR NO KILT OR WHY JAMIE FRASER ISN’T ALL THERE IS…

Some of the hottest paranormal, fantasy and science fiction romance authors share how they create worlds that readers can't get enough of.

Katherine Ashe
Jamaila Brinkley
Joanna Shupe
Ingrid Hahn
Eliza Knight
Diana Quincy
E. Elizabeth Watson

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1PM

PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCIFI: THE “NOW THAT WAS AWESOME” AUTHOR CHAT

Paranormal, Fantasy and SciFi authors chat with readers about the jaw-dropping moments in books that make something so out of this world, real to the reader.

Pintip Dunn
Kira Decker
Dawn Ibanez
Cheryl Klam
Jean Murray
Stacey O’Neale
M.D. Waters

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2PM

AUTHOR CHAT: YOUNG ADULT FICTION WORKS FOR ALL AGES

Some of YA’s most talented and successful authors get together to share their favorite characters and their newest releases!

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Kira Decker
Pintip Dunn
Megan Hart

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3PM

TROPES IN ROMACE: STEPBROTHERS, FRIENDS-TO-LOVERS, SECRET BABIES, OH MY!

A fun, interactive chat session discussing our favorite (and least favorite) romance tropes, how to keep them fresh, and what's next.

Christi Barth
Andie Christopher
Sonali Dev
Tracey Livesay
Sarah Robinson
Mia Sosa
Sarah Wendell/MODERATOR

 

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4PM

WE LOVE ROMANCE: AN AUTHOR CHAT AND GIVEAWAY!

Romance authors sit down to talk about the romance genre as a whole, why the heroine always win, why romance is a multi-billion-dollar industry, and why romance readers are the best ever.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Attendees to the official closing event at the Maryland Romance Writers Stage will receive a ‘ticket’ for a special prize drawing. Must be present to win!

Christi Barth
Kate Quinn
Charis Michaels
Michelle Monkou
Rebecca Rivard
Melinda Valentine
Joyfully Reviewed/MODERATOR
 

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5PM

AUTHOR MEET AND GREET

MRW Authors will be on hand for a final, casual meet and greet with readers. Come talk about books, receive promotional materials, and make your final purchases from The IVY Bookstore!

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When:

Sept 23-25, 2016
Fri-Sun: llam - 7pm

Where:

Baltimore Inner Harbor

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