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Romance Writers Take Note!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010 @ 12:09 PM
posted by: Karen Jean Matsko Hood

The Emerald City Writers’ Conference, which is sponsored by the Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America (GSRWA), will be held in Bellevue, Washington, October 1 – 3.  I am preparing to attend this conference, and I look forward to seeing fellow writers there.

GSRWA is a chapter of Romance Writers of America (RWA), a national non-profit genre writers association.  RWA provides networking and support to individuals seriously pursuing a career in romance fiction and supports top authors such as Nora Roberts and Judith McNaught.

Founded in 1980 in Houston, Texas, the RWA has long been an advocacy group for their published members. Their current mission statement indicates that the purpose of the RWA is to “advance the professional interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy.”  There are now more than 10,000 romance writers and related industry professionals that are members of this organization.

The Emerald City Writers’ Conference is held each year in the fall, and is currently the largest conference on the West Coast for romance writers.  This year’s conference offers more than 50 workshops to choose from.  The list includes:

  • Legal Issues for Writers
  • Blogs & More: Building Name Recognition Inside and Outside the Box
  • My Stupid Word List or How to De-Clutter Your Prose
  • Weird & Wacky, Wild & Wondrous, Wordbuilding 101
  • Researching Historicals & Bringing Them to Life
  • Talk to the Press & Get the Press to Listen
  • Writing Killer Back-Cover Copy
  • Sympathy for the Devil – Dark Heroes & Heroines
  • How to Dress the Medieval Knight and His
  • Fling Factor – An Insider’s Guide to Making Law Enforcement Characters Real
  • Reinventing Yourself in a Dynamic if Depressed Market

With so many wonderful workshops offered, it is going to be difficult to choose which ones to attend!  I am excited about this conference, and I am looking forward to learning and networking with other writers.

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