Read with Pride Northwest 2017 Keynote and Photos

Wow! It’s been a little over a week since Read with Pride NW 2017, and we’re still feeling the book love! How was your time at RWP this year?

We’re excited to share a recording of the 2017 keynote chat with authors Tobi Hill-Meyer (Nerve Endings: The New Trans Erotic) and Rebekah Weatherspoon (Soul to Keep, Treasure) that explores a range of topics, including exploring barriers within queer romance publishing, the power of writing positive queer stories, and how to find books.

Find the full RWP opening remarks and keynote below or on our YouTube channel.

  • 0:00 – 2:00 – Opening Remarks by Misha Stone (Seattle Public Library)
  • 2:00 – 10:20 – Opening Remarks by Tracy Timmons-Gray (Read with Pride NW)
  • 10:20 – 59:00 – Keynote Chat with Tobi Hill-Meyer and Rebekah Weatherspoon

Read with Pride 2017 Photos!

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Read with Pride NW 2017 Attending Authors

We were running around, so didn’t take too many photos on our own, but we sure did appreciate the photos shared on twitter! Here is a small sampling from the day.

Talking about one of our themes for 2017… #RESIST

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Awesome keynote chat with Tobi Hill-Meyer and Rebekah Weatherspoon

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Character Type Love Match 2017!

We know you might be dying to know who won the 2017 bout of Character Type Love Match, the participatory reader game where a lot of character types enter, but only two leave to the ultimate Couple for 2017. 2014’s winner was Soldier & Tattoo Artist. 2015 was Mage & Cyborg. 2016 was Assassin & Recluse, and 2017….?

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This year’s winner was Medieval Pastry Chef & Sweater-vest Curmudgeon!

And part of this year’s winning couple was even a suggested Character Type from Twitter! Thanks @gaybookgeek for submitting the (winning!) idea!

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Book Hauls!

Not only could attendees buy books from the RWP Bookfest, but every year we give away free books at the beginning of the event. This year’s donations came from Bold Strokes Books, Less Than Three Press, Dreamspinner Press, author Joanna Chambers, and a selection of popular queer genre fiction donated by Old Growth Northwest.

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NaNoWriMo Time!

On both Friday and Saturday, we opened up space at the Seattle Public Library for those working on NaNoWriMo projects (or who just wanted to write). It was great to see people each morning writing away!

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Write with Pride

Speaking of writing, 2017 was also our first year to offer Write with Pride, a half-day workshop on Friday, November 3 that included a variety of sessions focusing on writing craft. Thanks to everyone who came out to join!

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Thank you to everyone who joined us this year for Read with Pride NW 2017! It was a truly great weekend and we were grateful to spend the time with you celebrating the awesomeness of LGBTQIA romance and genre fiction.

Did you attend RWP this year? Share us your favorite memories in the comments!

Read with Pride 2017 – An Attendee’s Guide

ReadWithPride_ButtonAvatarWe are two days away from Read with Pride Northwest 2017, our fifth annual conference at the Seattle Public Library!

We want to provide some up-front info for attendees wondering about the event, especially if it’s their first time. Below is some frequently asked questions (and also please feel free to share your own questions in the comments!)

Can I get tickets online still? Yes. Registeration ends at 12pm on Friday, but we also accept walk-ins a the door.

So I can get a pass at the door? Yep! Registration is free, and you’re welcome to come on the day of. We are limited by the number of seats we have, so there is an cut-off, and when we’re full, we’re full.

What about later sessions? Can I go to those without a pass? Our most crowded session will most likely be the opening session from 1pm – 2pm in the auditorium on the first floor. If you would like to attend the 2:15-3pm session or the 3:15-4pm session in the auditorium, that should be 100% fine. We don’t expect those sessions to be completely full. Just come on in.

When does the library open? The library opens at 10am. RWP registration will start at 12pm in the Microsoft Auditorium on the 1st Floor. The RWP BookFest will start at 12pm also on the 4th Floor, Room 1.

What is the dress code? Seattle is suuuuuuuuper casual, so it’s wear what you want. Most of the conference is in the Seattle Public Library, which is also a pretty casual place.

The auditorium can get chilly though. Past RWPers recommend wearing layers. 🙂

Are there activities before Saturday? Yes! As listed in our program schedule, we have several activities ahead of Saturday.

Friday, November 3, 2017

(At the Seattle Public Library)

What times do things start on Saturday?

It depends on what you’re planning on doing:

NaNoWriMo: For those working on NaNoWriMo projects, we have space on the 4th Floor, Room 6 open for writers from 10am – 12pm.

Registration: This is from 12pm – 1pm, and is the best time to come, grab your name tag, swag bag, and look over the free book table to grab what you want. (First come, first serve at the free book table.)

Conference Programming: This will run from 1pm – 4pm. See schedule.

Book Festival: The bookfest runs from 12pm – 5:30pm, and is open to everyone. It is located on the 4th Floor, Room 1.

When will the authors be signing books? The author signing period will be from 4pm – 5:30pm in the bookfest room on the 4th floor, Room 1.

Can I buy books at the BookFest? Yep! There will be a book sale table, hosted by the bookstore Another Read Through, from 12pm – 5:30pm. Several authors will also be selling their books during the signing period from 4pm – 5:30pm.

1st Bus going to Gay City: 5:30pm in front of the library’s 5th Ave Entrance.

2nd Bus going to Gay City: 6:15pm in front of the library’s 5th Ave Entrance.

Author Reading Event at Gay City: 7pm – 9pm

Come join us for the free public reading event Reading with Pride at Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center. This event will feature readings by seven RWP Attending Authors..

  • Bus back to the library: 9:15pm

What should I expect at the book festival?

The book fest will feature:

  • 24 LGBTQ romance authors to meet and chat with (See author list)
  • Both the authors and the bookstore Another Read Through will have lots of LGBTQ romance books for sale.
  • Loads of free author swag!

Where do I pick up my swag bag? You can pick it up at registration.

I hear there will be free books at the conference? Yep! We have loads of free books in the auditorium that you can just grab and take with you. Enjoy!

Is there still a book drive for Gay City going on? Yep! We are also gathering book donations for the Gay City LGBTQ library. Every book donated will get a raffle ticket, and a chance to win some prizes! Books can be donated at the Gay City table at the conference and book festival.

Where can I park? The Seattle Library has parking all day for $8, but it ends at 7pm. Downtown also has some nearby lots. Street parking becomes free after 8pm
What other questions could we answer? Let us know!

What other questions could we answer? Let us know!

Announcing the Write with Pride Workshop Schedule

53035439 - book with heart love shape .educational logo vector imageWe’re excited to share the full schedule for this Friday’s Write with Pride writer’s workshop that will be held at the Seattle Public Library.

Write with Pride is a one-day multi-session workshop focused on the craft of writing and led by a fantastic group of LGBTQIA romance and genre authors.

Registration is still open, and is on a sliding scale of $0-$25. Register for Write with Pride

View the full workshop schedule here or read the snapshot below.

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Date: Friday, November 3, 2017
Location: Seattle Central Library (1000 4th, Ave)

10am – 11;30am: NaNoWriMo Writing Time (4F, Room 6)

12pm – 1pm: Write with Pride Registration

1pm – 2pm: Workshop Opening and Keynote Chat with Nisi Shawl

2pm – 2:15pm:
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2:15pm – 3:45pm: Write with Pride Session Series 1

  • May I Live In Your Bones: Harnessing the Power of Close Psychic Distance (4F, Room 1)
  • Interwoven Plots – Romance Plus Danger (4F, Room 2)

3:45pm – 4pm: Break

4pm – 5pm: Write with Pride Session Series 2

  • Do Your Book Justice (4F, Room 1)
  • Line Editing Tips and Tricks (4F, Room 2)
  • How to Connect Your Stories with Libraries and the Community (4F, Room 6)

5pm – 5:10pm: Break

5;10pm – 5:30pm: Workshop Share-Out and Wrap-Up

View the full Write with Pride schedule to reach session descriptions

Announcing the Read with Pride 2017 Schedule!

ReadWithPride_ButtonAvatarWe’re excited to share the schedule for Read with Pride 2017 that will be next weekend, November 3-4 in Seattle

You can read the detailed schedule here, or check out our schedule snapshot below.

And don’t forget to register for your free RWP 2017 pass!

What part are YOU most looking forward to?

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Friday, November 3, 2017

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm: NaNoWriMo Writing Time (Seattle Central Library)
  • 12:00pm – 5:30pm: Write with Pride Workshop (Seattle Central Library)
  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm: RWP Kick-Off Author Reading Event (Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center)

Register for Write with Pride

More info coming soon about our awesome kick-off reading event at Gay City that will feature readings by RWP 2017 authors. This event is free and open to the public!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

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10:00am – 5:30pm – Seattle Public Library Central Branch (1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104)

  • 10:00am – 11:30am: NaNoWriMo Writing Time (Location TBA)
  • 12pm – 1pm: Registration, Grab Your Swag, and Meet & Greet (Microsoft Auditorium)*
    * Get there early if you want to first crack at the free book table!
  • 12pm – 5:30pm: Read with Pride Book Fair (4th Floor, Room 1)
    The Book Fair will be running throughout the entire event!
  • 1pm – 2pm: Opening Session and Keynote (Microsoft Auditorium)
  • 2:15pm – 3pm: Panels Series 1: (Multiple Locations)
  • 3:15pm – 4pm: Panels Series 2 (Multiple Locations)
  • 4pm – 5:30pm: Author Meet & Greet and Signing at the Book Fair (4th Floor, Room 1)

See the full Schedule, Panel Session Descriptions, and full list of Read with Pride Attending Authors.

Have you not yet registered for the RWP conference? Register here. It’s free!

Buses to Post-Conference Reading Event

There will be buses leaving from the library to the post-conference reading event at Gay City.

Read with Pride NW Author Reading Event
7pm – 9pm – Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center (517 E Pike St, Seattle)

Join us for this free public event at Gay City that will feature readings by Read with Pride 2017 authors!

We can’t wait for you to join us! Let us know which parts you’re most looking forward to in the comments! 😀

Meet the Authors of Read with Pride Northwest 2017!

ReadWithPride_ButtonAvatarWe’re excited to announce this year’s attending authors and speakers for the fifth annual Read with Pride Northwest conference that will be held on November 3-4, 2017 at the Seattle Central Library.

This year’s events is split into two events. Write with Pride writer’s workshop on Friday, November 3, and the Read with Pride Northwest conference on Saturday, November 4.

(Interested in joining one or both events? Visit the registration page!)

2017 RWP Keynotes

With two events this year, we’re excited to host two keynote conversations.

We’ll be kicking off the Write with Pride workshop with a keynote chat with author Nisi Shawl (Everfair, Writing the Other) on what are the ways writers can authentically bring a variety of characters to life in their stories.

For Read with Pride, we’ll be kicking-off the conference’s fifth year with a keynote fireside chat with authors Rebekah Weatherspoon (Soul to Keep, Treasure) and Tobi Hill-Meyer (Nerve Endings: The New Trans Erotic) for a discussion and Q&A on how the LGBTQIA romance genre is evolving and where things need to grow from here.

In the next couple weeks, we’ll be releasing the conference panel schedule, but until then, check out RWP’s Author page to read more about the awesome group of authors and speakers joining us this year.

RWP 2017 Attending Authors and Panelists include:

  • MB Austin
  • Jove Belle
  • Dev Bentham
  • James Brock
  • Austin Chant
  • LC Chase
  • Charli Coty
  • Christine Danse
  • CJane Elliott
  • Kim Fielding
  • J.S. Fields
  • Ginn Hale
  • Tobi Hill-Meyer
  • Amanda Jean
  • Nicole Kimberling
  • RL Mosswood
  • LM Pierce
  • Liv Rancourt
  • Rick R. Reed
  • Blythe Rippon
  • Ziggy Schutz
  • Nisi Shawl
  • Andrea Speed
  • CM Spivey
  • Karelia Stetz-Waters
  • Tracy Timmons-Gray
  • Julie Tizard
  • Rebekah Weatherspoon
  • Sheri Lewis Wohl

 

Visit the Authors page to read more.

We can’t wait to share more great news in the coming weeks. Until then, don’t forget to save your spot!

Registration Now Open for Read with Pride Northwest 2017!

ReadWithPride_ButtonAvatarCome save your seat for our fifth annual conference at the Seattle Public Library!

This year, we are offering two events, both with their own registration.

November 3- Write with Pride Writers Workshop

November 4- Read with Pride Northwest Annual Conference

Visit our registration page to learn more about each event and to register. Like last year, registration for Read with Pride conference on November 4 is free. The registration for Write with Pride on November 3 is on a sliding scale from $0-$25.

If you are able to pay for registration for the Write with Pride workshop, we deeply appreciate it as the registration fees support our venue rental and help us provide free scholarships.

As Write with Pride is a smaller workshop geared towards writers, there are less than 70 spots available. Reserve your spot soon if you want to join us on November 3.

We expect to sell out in advance for this year’s Read with Pride conference on November 4. Grab your pass if you want to save your spot.

Panel Submission Deadline is Sunday, July 23!

2015Panel_1Help us create the programming for this year’s events. We are accepting submissions for panel and workshop sessions through Sunday, July 23. Read our guidelines.

Attending author slots for RWP ’17 are open first to panelists and session leads, so if you are interested in joining us as an attending author, we recommend putting together a session submission.

We look forward to hearing your ideas!

Call for Sessions for Read with Pride Northwest 2017

ReadWithPride_ButtonAvatarWe’re excited to announce that the call for sessions for the next annual Read with Pride Northwest conference (previously known as Gay Romance Northwest) is open from now through Sunday, July 23, 2017!

Unlike previously years, this year we have two opportunities for session submissions. We have openings for panel discussions for the Read with Pride Northwest conference that will be held on Saturday, November 4, and also, openings for writer workshop sessions for Write with Pride, a half-day workshop geared towards writers that will be held on Friday, November 3. Both events will be held at the Seattle Public Library Central Branch, our home since the conference’s launch in 2013.

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Check out our session submission guidelines!

All sessions must be submitted by Sunday, July 23.

Sessions will be selected in early August 2017, and notifications will be sent out then.

After sessions have been selected, we will open up remaining Attending Author spots for Read with Pride 2017.

Marketing1If you are interested in being an attending author for Read with Pride, we strongly recommend submitting a session for either the Read with Pride conference on Nov. 4 or the Write with Pride workshop on Nov. 3. Attending author spots are opened up first to session leads and panelists, and remaining spots are opening up after that.

So much of Read with Pride’s past success has been built on session submissions. We would love for you to come share your ideas of what you’d like to see at our fifth annual conference this November. Come join us!

Registration for Read with Pride

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Nov. 3, 2017 – Write with Pride 2017: Registration for this half-day writer workshop will be on a sliding scale from $0-$30. Spots are limited, so we recommend registering early if you are interested in participating.

November 4, 2017 – Read with Pride Northwest 2017: Like last year, the Read with Pride conference on November 4 will be FREE to attend. Registration will be required, and we sold out last year, so grabbing your ticket ahead is recommended.

Check out more about the upcoming Read with Pride conference!

How was GRNW 2016 for you? Plus GeekGirlCon and a Podcast Shout-Out!

Hey, everyone! THANK YOU to everyone who helped make GRNW 2016 a success last month! It was an amazing weekend with fun readings, great meetings, cool swag, new books, awesome discussions, and more, and it was made all the better with the wonderful community that came together for it!

How was your experience? Please share with us your thoughts in our short anonymous survey. We’d really like to hear what you liked this year, and what you’d like to see next time.

Take GRNW 2016 Attendee Survey

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Thank you from the attending GRNW 2016 authors and speakers!


What about next time?
We’re looking at GRNW 2017 to be held November 3-4, 2017 in Seattle. We hope you can join us! Like this year, we’ll be opening up to panel submissions again later in 2016/early 2017. Start pondering panels!

Will it be called GRNW? Nope. We are changing our name to one that will be more inclusive of the full LGBTQIA spectrum and bright vibrancy that is queer romance. What should that name be? We don’t know yet, but we’re taking suggestions! Feel free to share yours in the comments. 🙂 We’ll eventually be pulling them together for a vote.

Where will GRNW be next?

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Great question! We’ll actually be at this weekend’s GeekGirlCon, that’s October 8-9 at Seattle’s Conference Center in downtown Seattle. We are part of a panel discussion queer sci-fi and fantasy with an awesome crew of authors!

Out of this World! Exploring the Awesomeness of LGBTQIA Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Time: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: Korra

Join us for an out-and-proud and out-of-this-world discussion with sci-fi/fantasy authors as we explore the wonderfully queer realms of LGBTQIA representation in speculative fiction, as well as the various intersections found within, from race to gender identity, sexuality to ability. Magic, and potentially mayhem, may also ensue.

Panelists: Astrid Amara, Evan J. Peterson, Laylah Hunter, Matthew Buscemi, Nisi Shawl, and moderator Tracy Timmons-Gray

If you are attending GGC, we hope you can join us!


GRNW Podcast Guest Appearance

We were thrilled to hear Jeff & Will’s GRNW 2016 highlights in their newest podcast episode, as well as have a short interview about GRNW and what authors and readers can do in their own community to help spread awareness of queer romance stories

Check out the full episode below!

GRNW 2016 Podcast – Erased No More: Bisexual Characters in LGBTQ Romance

The Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up, the LGBTQ Romance Fiction Conference of the Pacific Northwest, held it’s fourth annual conference on September 24, 2016 at the Seattle Public Library.

We are sharing podcasts from several of this year’s panels, including:

Erased No More: Bisexual Characters in LGBTQ Romance

The bisexual aspect of the LGBTQ rainbow adds depth and complexity to romance literature. This panel will explore the nuances specific to bisexual characters and will  touch on what bisexual readers want from LGBTQ romance books. It will look at the common myths surrounding bisexuality as they apply to LGBTQ fiction. Panelists include authors of bisexual characters and authors who are themselves bisexual.

Moderator: E.J. Russell, Author (Stumptown Spirits, Northern Light)

Panelists:

  • Dev Bentham, Author (Nobody’s Home, Painting in the Rain)
  • Charley Descoteaux, Author (Buchanan House, Torque)
  • CJane Elliott, Author (Serpentine Walls, Wild & Precious)
  • Amanda Jean, Editor (Silver and Gold, Magic & Mayhem)
  • Morticia Knight, Author (Set Ablaze, Strip Search)

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Listen to more podcasts from GRNW 2016

GRNW 2016 Opening and Keynote – What is Your Queer Romance Dream?

Trans Authors on Characters, Stories, and Industry

Queer Swords & Odd Flowers: Sex Scenes in LGBTQ+ Romance

GRNW 2016 Podcast – Queer Swords & Odd Flowers: Sex Scenes in LGBTQ+ Romance

The Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up, the LGBTQ Romance Fiction Conference of the Pacific Northwest, held it’s fourth annual conference on September 24, 2016 at the Seattle Public Library.

We are sharing podcasts from several of this year’s panels, including:

Queer Swords & Odd Flowers: Sex Scenes in LGBTQ+ Romance

Be prepared to blush, as we discuss the ins and outs of writing, reading, and publishing sex scenes in LBGTQ+ romance. This open dialogue between writers and readers will tackle the politics and practicalities of writing about sex. Authors will talk about their approach to writing about sex, the power and purpose of sex scenes for LBGTQ+ readers, and the practical fears, inhibitions, and joys of erotic writing. Readers will have a chance to share their sex scene expectations and vent their pet peeves. All genders, orientations, and perspectives are welcome at this serious and irreverent meeting of the minds.

Moderator: Eric Andrews-Katz, Author (The Jesus Injection, Balls and Chain)

Panelists:

  • Isabella, Author (Always Faithful, Executive Disclosure)
  • Karelia Stetz-Waters, Author (Something True, For Good)
  • Lou Sylvre, Author (Loving Luki Vasquez, Delsyn’s Blues)
  • Yolanda Wallace (Murphy’s Law, 24/7)

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Listen to more podcasts from GRNW 2016

GRNW 2016 Opening and Keynote – What is Your Queer Romance Dream?

Trans Authors on Characters, Stories, and Industry

Erased No More: Bisexual Characters in LGBTQ Romance