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This event will run from October 24-28 2022. We'll add more details to this page as the event gets closer. Stay tuned!

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Romance Writers' Week 2022 Schedule

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Monday 24th October

Tuesday 25th October

Wednesday 26th October

Thursday 27th October

Friday 28th October

10:00AM EDT / 3:00 PM UK

A Conversation with Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

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Lizzie Damilola Blackburn is a British-Nigerian writer, born in Peckham, who wants to tell the stories that she and her friends have longed for but never seen- romcoms 'where Cinderella is black and no-one bats an eyelid'. In 2019 she won the Literary Consultancy Pen Factor Writing Competition with the early draft of Yinka, Where is your Huzband?, which she has been writing alongside juggling her job at Carers UK. She has been at the receiving end of the question in the title of her novel many times, and now lives with her husband in Milton Keynes.

12:00PM EDT / 5:00PM UK

Querying with Book Coach Pro

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1:15PM EDT/6:15PM UK

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2:00PM EDT / 7:00 PM UK

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4:00PM EDT/ 9:00PM UK

Crafting a Romance Outline with Savannah Gilbo

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Savannah Gilbo is an editor and book coach who helps fiction authors write, edit, and publish stories that work. She's also the host of the top-rated Fiction Writing Made Easy podcast that you can tune into wherever you normally listen to podcasts.

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10:00AM EDT/ 3:00PM UK

A Conversation with Catherine Hokin

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Catherine Hokin writes novels set primarily in Berlin which explore the impact of World War Two and the Cold War on the lives of ordinary people caught up in world-altering events. She is published by Bookouture for e-books and in the UK and Grand Central Publishing in the USA. Since her first WW2 novel, The Fortunate Ones, was published in 2020, she has written five more and has had her work published in translation in seven countries. She is currently working on the last two novels in the Hanni Winter series which are due for publication in 2023. And she still has days when it all feels like a brilliant dream!

12:00PM EDT/5:00PM UK

Developing Romantic Suspense with Samantha Skal

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Developing Romantic Suspense- How to Keep Readers Turning the Page: Suspense is a key component to a story that hooks readers in and doesn't let them go, from page one until the end. But what is suspense, exactly, and how do we design it? How do we balance romantic tension with believable plot obstacles? How do we know when it's too much, or not enough? Whether you're in the brainstorming phase or on draft 10, this session will cover techniques for answering those questions, as well as:- How to self-identify, pinpoint and solve pacing issues - Tips for how to end a chapter that forces the reader to turn the page- How to use misdirection to create effective suspense. This webinar is for: any fiction writer interested in how to increase suspense in their story.

Samantha Skal (she/her) is an agented thriller author currently working on her debut novel, a thriller. She is proud to be an Author Accelerator Certified Fiction Book Coach, specializing in mystery, thriller and suspense. As well as being a proud member and fan of International Thriller Writers (ITW), she is the Co-Director, PitchFest for Thrillerfest, ITW’s annual conference, and is also a two-time volunteer mentor for the Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA).

1:15PM EDT/ 6:15PM UK

ProWritingAid Demo

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2:00PM EDT/7:00PM UK

Love on the Tropes with Eva Leigh

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Love On the Tropes: Using Tropes to Build Your Writing and Readership will explore how to take beloved romance tropes to create compelling stories, and to keep your readers coming back for more.

Eva Leigh is a USA Today bestselling author and graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her award-winning romance novels have been published in multiple languages and have been featured in the New York Times, NPR, the Washington Post, Kirkus, Entertainment Weekly, O the Oprah Magazine, and Publishers Weekly. She lives in Central California.

4:00PM EDT/9:00PM UK

How to Craft Romantic Chemistry with Jenna Moreci

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How to write romantic chemistry between characters, including:- The importance of chemistry- Creating romantic leads that complement one another- How to prolong suspense - Writing romantic affection in satisfying ways- The keys to writing a power couple and more.

Jenna Moreci is a bestselling dark fantasy romance and writing craft author, as well as a YouTube sensation with hundreds of thousands of subscribers. Her first installment in The Savior’s Series, The Savior’s Champion, was voted one of the Best Books of All Time by Book Depository.Born and raised in Silicon Valley, Jenna spends her free time snuggling up with her charming partner and their tiny dog, Buttercup.

10:00AM EDT / 3:00PM UK

A Conversation with Sarah Maclean

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A life-long romance reader, Sarah MacLean wrote her first romance novel on a dare, and never looked back. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of romances translated into more than twenty-five languages, a romance columnist and the co-host of the weekly romance novel podcast, Fated Mates. A graduate of Smith College & Harvard University, she lives in New York City.

12:00PM EDT / 5:00 PM UK

How to Write Chemistry Between Characters with Mary Adkins

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1:15PM EDT / 6:15PM UK

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2:00PM EDT / 7:00 PM UK

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4:00PM EDT / 9:00 PM UK

Target Reader Persona with Jewell Nicole

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10:00 AM EDT/ 3:00 PM UK

A Conversation with Onyi Nwabineli

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Onyi Nwabineli is a Nigerian-British writer. Born in Benin, Nigeria, she grew up in Glasgow, the Isle of Man and Newcastle, and now lives in London. Onyi is the co-founder of Surviving Out Loud, a fund that provides fiscal support for survivors of sexual assault, and the founder of Black Pens, a writing retreat for Black womxn. Someday, Maybe is her debut novel.

12:00PM EDT / 5:00PM UK

The 5 Essentials of a Scene with Pages and Platforms

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1:15PM EDT / 6:15PM UK

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2:00PM EDT / 7:00 PM UK

Marketing Mindset with Sue Campbell

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4:00PM EDT / 9:00 PM UK

Swipe Right: How to Match with Your Perfect Editor with Jessica Snyder

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Swipe Write: How to match with your perfect editor: This presentation offers guidance to authors seeking freelance editing, proofreading and critique services. Relying solely on a search engine to provide clear information on what an editor does or when you should hire an editor will just get you tens of thousands of results you still have to comb through. Instead, we'll learn how to research and network to find the person who is the right fit for you and your story at the right time .Key takeaways: We'll assess best practices for researching and vetting editors, identify what to look for in a service provider's experience and pricing, discuss how to request a sample edit, and review the basic editing process. We'll also define the different types of edits and at which stage of writing each pass is appropriate.

Jessica Snyder is a romance editor, author coach, and host of The HEA Club, a community for romance authors. Her clients, who range from USA Today-bestselling authors to pre-published writers, appreciate her combination of honesty, kindness, snark and market knowledge to support their career growth. She leverages a background that includes three decades of romance reading, ten years working in the publishing industry, military service and a lifelong love of language to help romance authors happily ever after.

10:00 AM EDT / 3:00 PM UK

Crafting a Scene with Dana Pittman

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12:00PM EDT / 5:00 PM UK

How to Subvert Romance Tropes with Diane Callahan

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How to Subvert Romance Tropes. We all know there’s nothing new under the sun. No matter what you do, your story will be similar to another story in some way, but that’s actually a good thing! Readers and publishers are looking for narratives they already enjoy but with a twist—familiarity plus novelty. Subverting tropes means that the author brings a fresh element to a beloved story type, adding surprise and intrigue .In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn:• The difference between a trope and a cliché• Common tropes in romance• Why tropes appeal to readers and writes alike• Six ways to subvert romance tropes, with examples• How to plan a romance series using tropes• Writing exercises for practicing trope subversion

Diane Callahan strives to capture her sliver of the universe through writing fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. As a developmental editor and ghostplotter, she spends her days shaping stories. Her YouTube channel, Quotidian Writer, provides practical tips for aspiring authors.

1:15PM EDT / 6:15 PM UK

ProWritingAid Demo

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4:00PM EDT / 9:00 PM UK

A Conversation with Taylor Jenkins Reid

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With several hit bestsellers under her belt, Taylor Jenkins Reid has "gained a massive following of readers who are obsessed with her escapist narratives," (TIME). Inspired by Serena Williams' Grand Slam record, her latest book, Carrie Soto is Back, debuted as a #1 New York Times bestseller, and Amazon Prime has adapted her faux oral history of a 1970's rock band, Daisy Jones & The Six, for an upcoming miniseries. In her entertaining talks, Reid reveals her ambitious writing process and how she finds inspiration for the fictional celebrities at the heart of her addictively-readable novels.

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