[Schedule Subject to Change]

34th Annual Washington Romance Writers Retreat

Best Western Westminster, Maryland

April 20 – 22, 2018



3:00-5:00 Hotel & Retreat Registration

4:30 Newcomer Orientation

5:00 Welcome Reception

6:15 Dinner & Keynote Speaker—Sonali Dev

8:00-10:00 Moonlight Madness

8:15 Editor & Agent “Free for All” Q&A Panel
EDITORS: Bess Cozby (Tor), Stephanie Doig (Harlequin/Carina Press), Sue Grimshaw (Penguin Random House)
AGENTS: Jessica Errera (Jane Rotrosen Agency), Moe Ferrara (BookEnds Literary Agency), Latoya C. Smith (Lori Perkins Agency), Jessica Watterson (Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency)

9:30 Group Critique Session (pre-registration required)

SATURDAY (editor/agent pitch sessions all day)

Morning Craft Track Workshops
•“No Stupid Questions: (Almost) Everything A Writer Needs to Know About Writing, Publishing, WRW, and Finding Your Community” – Panel: J.T. Bock, Geri Krotow, Angelina Lopez, J. Keely Thrall (moderator)
•“Romance Structure/Conflict vs. Story Structure/Conflict” – Lani Diane Rich
•“Protagonist Meets Protagonist: Your All-Important ‘First Meeting’ Scene” – Kathleen Gilles Seidel

Morning Industry Track Workshops
•Branding from the Inside Out” – Sonali Dev
•“Marketing Your Book Outside the Box” – Jen Malone
•”Ask a YA Author: Writing Teen Romance When You’re, Like, No Longer a Teen” – Panel: Pintip Dunn, Jen Malone, Katy Upperman, Mary Strand (moderator)

WRW Chapter Awards Luncheon

Afternoon/Evening (single track)

•“Calling the Muse to You”- Lani Diane Rich
•Guest Author Panel: Off-the-Record Q&A – Katharine Ashe, Sonali Dev, Pintip Dunn, Jen Malone, Lani Diane Rich
•WRW Presents American Author
Dinner & Keynote Speaker—Katharine Ashe

Romance Jeopardy—“Sparkly Gothic” Theme


Early morning – Quiet group writing session (all writing, no chatting, please!)

9:00 “Feminism and Romance” Katharine Ashe

10:45 “Last Words: Out the Door” Lori Ann Bailey

11:15-12:00 Prize Drawings & Raffle Baskets, then good-byes