Romance Writers Summit

Expert Presenters Line-Up

Check Out the Expert Interviews You'll Get Inside!

More than 20 experts. Over 16 hours of content. You don't want to miss it.

Rebecca Roanhorse

Rebecca Roanhorse is a Nebula, Hugo, and Locus award-winning speculative fiction writer & the recipient of the 2018 Astounding (Campbell) Award for Best New Writer. Her novel Trail of Lightning was selected as an Amazon, B&N, Library Journal, and NPR Best Books of 2018.

She's talking with RWS about crafting characters & worlds.

Marie Force

Marie Force is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, & USA Today bestseller in multiple subgenres of romance.  She writes contemporary, erotic & historical romance,  and her books have appeared on the New York Times list alone 30 times.

She's talking with RWS about how to craft a powerful romance series.



Brad Parks

International bestselling thriller author Brad Parks is the only writer to have won the Shamus, Nero, and Lefty Awards, three of American crime fiction's most prestigious prizes.

He's bringing his expertise & humor to RWS & sharing powerful strategies to add suspense & thrills to ANY novel.

Jennifer Ashley

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Ashley has over 100 novels & novellas in romance, mystery, fantasy, and historical fiction.  

In romance, she writes contemporary, paranormal, historical, and sci-fi romance under 3 different names.

She's the expert on build a successful career writing across genres, & that's why we're picking her brain about perks & perils of a cross-genre writing career.

Farrah Rochon

Farrah Rochon is a USA Today Bestselling author with multiple acclaimed romance series'. She's a two-time RITA® Award finalist & nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award.

She's talking with RWS about the keys to crafting memorable characters your readers will fall in love with.

Eliza Knight

Eliza Knight is a multi-USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of historical romance & historical fiction.

With over 60 books out, she knows the romance genre inside & out. She's talking with RWS about the keys to crafting bestselling romance fiction.

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Cecelia Mecca

Cecelia Mecca writes historical & paranormal romance, including the Amazon bestselling Order of the Broken Blade series. 

She took ten years to write her first book. In 2019, she released seven books, in two different series, all because she changed her approach to plotting.  

If you want to release more books too, you won’t want to miss this session!

Naomi Beaty

Naomi Beaty is a screenwriter & story consultant who works with writers, producers, & directors to develop film & TV projects.

She's got TWO sessions with RWS--one of applying a beat-based approach to crafting your story & a dedicated presentation on adapting novels to screenplays.  These incredibly valuable sessions will give you tools, ideas, and inspiration.

Justin Sloan

Justin Sloan is an author & video game writer. He's been a writer on  The Game of Thrones & Walking Dead video games, and he knows Story.

RWS is so excited to have him with us to talk about storytelling in game writing.

You DO NOT want to miss this one.

Jess Michaels

Jess Michaels is a 10-time USA Today Bestselling Author of historical romance. She started with a New York publisher, but now she's full indie, writing hot historical romance.

She's talking with RWS about sex, desire, and passion, and the keys to crafting truly potent sensual tension.


Melissa Blue

Author Melissa Blue writes sexy contemporary romance, and she loves an alpha hero.

She’s talking with RWS about how to craft an alpha who will rock your readers' worlds, an alpha who will transform...but still stay an alpha.

Jami Gold

Jami writes award-winning paranormal romance and urban fantasy stories. She's also a popular writing craft blogger & creator of the Romance Beat Sheet, which has been downloaded over 60,000 times.

She's talking with RWS about her romance-centric, beat-based plotting method. Join us in & learn the keys to intertwine character, plot, & the all-important romance. 

Kristina Stanley

Kristina Stanley's mysteries have been nominated for multiple prestigious awards.

She’s also the creator of Fictionary, online story software that helps writers nail the plot arc of their stories.

She's talking with RWS about story structure & how to edit your own work to hit all the right arcs.

Marilyn Brant

Marilyn Brant is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of contemporary women’s fiction, romantic comedy, & mystery.

She’s written over 20 books & novellas that have hit major bestseller lists, as well as bookseller lists at Barnes & Noble & Amazon.

She also writes craft articles for Save The Cat about story structure, & that’s what she's talking to RWS about.  She's breaking down one of the most beloved classics in fiction, Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. Watch how story structure works in this iconic novel.

Mary Buckham

Mary Buckham is a USA Today bestselling author who writes YA (as Micah Caida) and Urban Fantasy She also writes & teaches authors, including the Amazon best selling nonfiction WRITING ACTIVE book series for writers – WRITING ACTIVE SETTING and WRITING ACTIVE HOOKS. 

She's talking with RWS about six myths & false beliefs that keep writers stuck...and how to break out of those ruts.

Janice Hardy

Janice Hardy is the award-winning author of teen fantasy & also writes urban fantasy series under the name J.T. Hardy. 

When she's not writing, she runs Fiction University, a writer focused website with tons of incredibly valuable tips, tools, and insights for authors.

She's talking with RWS about one of the most important tasks an author has: grabbing the reader on Page One and not letting go. Don't miss it!

Angela James

Angela James is a freelance editor and publishing veteran. She’s served as editorial director for Samhain Publishing & Harlequin’s Carina Press & has edited many bestselling books and authors, including the #1 New York Times bestselling Paper Princess by Erin Watt.

She's talking with RWS about navigating the sometimes tricky author-editor relationship.

Kira Ming

Kira Ming is a nonfiction author, writer, editor, content developer, and a Huffington Post contributor. She hosts writing bootcamps  & runs an online magazine.

She’s taking with RWS about how she uses narrative & story in the nonfiction world, where a lot of the publishing happens online, & where finding ways to grab the readers’ attention is more important & challenging than ever.

Over 16 Hours of Content

For only $149, you get access to over 20 Expert Interviews & Workshops with authors, editors, screenwriters, and video game writers.   That's equivalent to 3-4 FULL DAY workshops. And you'd never get this price. And you can REWATCH ANY TIME.

JoEllen Nordstrom & Kristin McTiernan

JoEllen Nordström & Kristin McTiernan are both freelance editors, and Kristin also write upernatural mysteries. JoEllen hosts the Publishing Power Podcast & is the owner of First Editing.

They're talking with RWS about a one of the most important elements of fiction craftsmanship: pacing. Tune is to get loads of tips & stratgeies for how to approach pacing in your novel.

Sacha Black

Sacha Black is a bestselling and competition winning author, developmental editor and writing coach, and the founder of the annual Bloggers Bash Awards. 

She writes popular YA Fantasy and nonfiction books for writers.

She’s talking with RWS about how to craft truly great (aka: villainous) antagonists.

Rebecca Monterusso

Rebecca Monterusso is a writer, certified Story Grid editor, & complete story nerd.

She's talking with RWS about one of the most vital tasks an author has: crafting characters. She's covering all elements of characterization to help you create heroes (all genders!) that your readers will root for from Page One through to The End.

Robin Covington

Robin Covington is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling romance author, and a Romance Writers of America(R) RITA finalist. She writes diverse romance where everyone gets their happy ever after.

She’s talking with RWS about the beating heart of every story—conflict!  but since this is romance, character is everything, so we're doing a deep-dive into how to craft conflict that's intricately intertwined with your romantic leads' character arcs.

Kris Kennedy

Kris is a USA Today bestselling author of historical & contemporary romance. She's also the host of Romance Writers Summit & a freelance editor & story coach.

She's doing workshops for RWS on Crafting Must-Read Backstory and Just The Turning Points, to help you plot out your character-driven story by four main elemental turning points.  We're breaking down what has to change, and how, to help you craft a story that's powerful AND fun--for you and your readers.

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