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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 25




12PM-1PM

Take A Chance On Romance: Book Cover Bingo

Martina Boone
Courtney DeLollis
Kathryn Johnson/Mary Hart Perry
Jillian Stein (Book Blogger & Social Media Manager)
Rebecca Rivard
Damon Suede

What’s right or wrong with this cover? Win prizes and swag from authors while playing a fast-paced game of Book Cover Bingo with possible scathing commentary from readers, reviewers, and authors.

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1PM-2PM

How To Write A Novel: From Idea To Publishing

Jay Crownover
Toni Decker
Megan Erickson
Sara Humphreys
Robin Kaye
Cheryl Klam
Misty Simon

If you’ve ever wanted to write a novel but didn’t know where to start, these seasoned professionals will talk about goal setting and will walk you through it, step by step, given their various experiences in the industry.

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2PM-3PM

Diversity In Romance: Reflecting The World Around Us

Denny S. Bryce
Andie J. Christopher
Robin Covington
Andrew Grey
Leslye Penelope
Damon Suede
Laura Ward

Fostering tolerance and exploring multiculturalism is one of the finest traditions in literature and may be more important now than ever before. Join seven authors whose characters reflect a spectrum of race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, and disability.

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3PM-4PM

Self-Publishing: Everything You Need To Know In An Hour, Rapid Fire Q&A

Magda Alexander
Riley Edgewood
Avery Flynn
Eliza Knight
Kelly Maher
Jen McLaughlin/Dianne Alberts
Carrie Ann Ryan

The world of Indie Publishing has burst wide open with new opportunities for aspiring authors and those already deeply entrenched in traditional publishing. Learn from authors who have made self-publishing a success.

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4PM-5PM

Books With A Sense of Humor: Bringing The Funny to Fiction

Christi Barth
Andie J. Christopher
Rachel Harris
Janet Mullany
Misty Simon
Damon Suede
Kate Quinn

The best books make readers laugh or cry and funny fiction can be comedy gold! Authors will talk about the triumphs and pitfalls of writing humor. Come for the laughs and let these authors put a smile on your face.

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5PM-6PM

Hitting The Big Time: The Journey To The New York Times List

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Jay Crownover
Megan Hart
Laura Kaye
Jen McLaughlin/Diane Alberts
Carrie Ann Ryan

Six NYT Bestselling share their journeys and discuss the triumphs and pitfalls of climbing to the top.

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6PM-7PM

BDSM Books: Beyond Fifty Shades of Grey

Tessa Bailey
Stephanie Draven
Megan Hart
Eliza Knight
Janet Mullany
Damon Suede

The kink community sometimes complains about the way its portrayed in media. So how do authors address safe, sane and consensual sex while bringing the heat? Six authors of erotic romance discuss their take on the genre and share steamy reads.

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Saturday, September 26




11AM-12PM

New Adult: Hot New Genre, Hotter Heroes

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Tessa Bailey
Jay Crownover
Toni Decker
Megan Erickson
Jen McLaughlin/Diane Alberts
Jamie Shaw

The newest, hottest genre has grown and evolved. Hear some of NA’s  biggest stars describe how it’s grown, how it differs from other genres, and where it’s headed.

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12PM-1PM

Tropes: The Secret Formula To Romance

Christi Barth
Rachel Harris
Trent Hart (Diversion Books/Ever After Romance)
Heidi Hormel
Sara Humphreys
Lea Nolan
Damon Suede

You may have heard there’s a formula to romance. But nobody is sharing what it is. Well, these authors are ready to spill the big secret...

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1PM-2PM

Mystery VS. Thriller: What's The Difference?

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Kami Garcia
Mary Hart Perry
Megan Hart
Deanna Raybourn
MD Waters
Rebecca York

Whodunits get the blood pumping and thrillers can have brainy detectives, so how are we to distinguish between these popular genres? The stars of each tell us how.

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2PM-3PM

Historicals: Hot Or Not?

Denny S. Bryce
Stephanie Dray
Alma Katsu
Eliza Knight
Janet Mullany
Kate Quinn
Deanna Raybourn

It’s pistols at dawn (well, 3pm) when these historical authors duel over the best time period to read and write about and whether historicals have become too hot, hunky or high brow.

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3PM-4PM

Young Adult Fiction: Fantastic Tales For Teens (And Grown Ups, Too!)

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Martina Boone
Kami Garcia
Cheryl Klam
Melissa Marr
Lea Nolan
MD Waters

Young adult books aren’t just for teens--adults love these magical, mystical, and far-out tales, too.

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4PM-5PM

Get Their Pulses Pounding: Pacing The Romantic Suspense Novel

Magda Alexander
Avery Flynn
Dirk Greyson
Laura Kaye
Kimberly Kincaid
Geoff Symon
Nancy Weeks

Love thrills and chills? Meet the authors who’ll share tips on how to keep the pages turning and readers’ hearts pumping.

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5PM-6PM

The Road To Stardom: Hitting The New York Times Bestseller List

Tessa Bailey
Kami Garcia
Rachel Harris
Melissa Marr
Deanna Raybourn
Rebecca York

What’s it like to achieve the literary Holy Grail--a place on the coveted NYT bestsellers list? These six successful authors will spill the beans about how they got there and what happened next.

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6PM-7PM

Tackling Taboos In Steamy And Erotic Romance

Tessa Bailey
Robin Covington
Stephanie Draven
Laura Kaye
Kelly Maher
Carrie Ann Ryan
Damon Suade

How do authors handle forbidden sex and sensual scenes in their novels? Are there lines they won’t cross? Is there a profit to be made from pushing the boundaries? Join experienced authors who tell all.

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Sunday, September 27




11AM-12PM

Young Adult Fiction: Swoony, Sassy, And (Sometimes) Sexy Stories

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Andrew Grey
Rachel Harris
Cheryl Klam
Brigid Kemmerer
Miranda Kenneally
Lea Nolan

Young Adult books are all about the firsts: the first kiss, first love, first heart break, and sometimes the first time. Join these YA authors as they discuss how their characters face these firsts as they come of age. 

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12PM-1PM

Getting The Happily Ever After: How To Plot A Romance

Christi Barth
Megan Erickson
Avery Flynn
Shelley Greene
Heidi Hormel
Robin Kaye
Kimberly Kincaid

Every romance ends with the HEA but the magic--and the devil--is in the details of how you get there. These authors will show you how.

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1PM-2PM

PR & Marketing Pro Class: Tips And Tricks From The Experts

Courtney DeLollis
Trent Hart (Diversion Books/Ever After Romance)
Sara Humphreys
Jean Murray
Carrie Ann Ryan
Jillian Stein (Book Blogger & Social Media Manager)

Learn expert tips from PR and Marketing gurus to take your sales to the next level.

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2PM-3PM

Writing Sex Scenes: Authors Confess Everything You Always Wanted To Know...And More

Magda Alexander
Robin Covington
Jay Crownover
Laura Kaye
Jen McLaughlin/Diane Alberts
Laura Ward
MD Waters

If you love reading those steamy scenes in books--or ever wanted to write one of your own--these authors will not only tell you how it’s done, but talk about their “research,” bloopers and triumphs in a sex scene well done.

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3PM-4PM

Otherworldly Love Stories: Paranormal/Horror/Fantasy & Science Fiction

Megan Hart
Alma Katsu
Jean Murray
Andy Palmer
Leslye Penelope
Rebecca Rivard
Rebecca York

Explore the outer limits and sexy possibilities of paranormal, fantasy,  and speculative fiction.

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4PM-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 Ukazoo bookstore!

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When:

Sept 25-27, 2015
Fri-Sun: llam - 7pm

Where:

Baltimore Inner Harbor

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