RWP Conference

We were excited to hold the fifth-annual Read with Pride Northwest conference (previously known as Gay Romance Northwest) at the Seattle Public Library on November 3-4, 2017.

2017 Quick Links


2017 RWP Authors and Speakers

Prior Conferences

Before there was Read with Pride, we held the annual conference Gay Romance Northwest from 2013-2016. Check out links below to learn more about prior conferences.

GRNW 2016

2016 Podcasts

2016 Keynote

GRNW 2016 Quick Links


2016 GRNW Authors and Speakers

GRNW 2015

2015 Quick Links

GRNW 2015 Conference Podcasts

Listen to podcasts from the GRNW 2015 Keynote and several of the conference sessions:

Read 2015 GRNW Keynote Remarks

GRNW 2015 Reader Responses

Where Do You Want the Queer Romance Genre to Go? Responses from Readers (Queer Romance Month, October 2015)


GRNW 2016 Authors and Speakers


THANK YOU for joining us for GRNW 2014 on 9/20/14 in Seattle!

200 attendees joined us on September 20, 2014 at the Seattle Public Library for the second annual Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up, the only conference in the Pacific Northwest that celebrates the rising genre of LGBTQ romance fiction.

Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up 2014 consisted of a full day of activities, including an afternoon conference with panel discussions and Q&As, writing workshops, pitch sessions with attending publishers, and a reader meet-up in the morning, a post-conference book fest with author signings and bookselling, and a fun after party following all the festivities featuring more short readings and time to mingle with attendees.

There was also a public author reading event at the University Book Store and reader meet-ups planned for the evening of September 19, 2014, the night before the conference.

Read the GRNW 2014 Wrap-Up for a full discussion of the day, blog posts by attendees, the GRNW 2014 Keynote address, and more!

GRNW 2014 Posts, Media and Wrap-Ups

GRNW 2014 Attending Authors, Speakers, and Special Guests

GRNW 2014 Attending Authors, Speakers, and Special Guests

Schedule of Events for GRNW 2014

For a more comprehensive schedule, please visit:

Friday, September 19, 2014

Pre-Reading Meet-Up: 5:00pm – 7:00pm (Flowers Bar & Restaurant)

GRNW 2014 Author Reading Event “Queerly Yours” with Jordan Castillo Price, E.E. Ottoman, Radclyffe, and Rick R. Reed: 7:00pm – 8:30pm (University Book Store, Seattle)

Post-Reading Meet-Up: 8:30–10:00pm (The District)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up
(Seattle Central Public Library, 1000 4th Ave.)

All the activities at the Seattle Public Library are part of GRNW 2014. You will need the GRNW 2014 pass to participate in all of them.

See the 2014 Programming Schedule for a full listing of events.

  • 10:00am – Doors Open
  • 10:15am – 12:00pm: Writing Workshops (4th Floor)
  • 10:30am – 12:00pm: Author Pitch Sessions (Make an appointment)
  • 10:30am – 12:00pm: Reader Meet-Up (Microsoft Auditorium)
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Registration (Microsoft Auditorium)/Lunch Break
  • 1:00pm – 5:00pm: GRNW Conference Programming (Microsoft Auditorium) (View Panel Schedule)

Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up Book Fest
(Hotel Monaco, 1101 4th Ave.)

The Book Fest is free and open to the public!

  • 5pm-8pm: Book Fest (Paris Ballroom)
  • 5:30pm-7:30pm: Author Signings and Meet & Greet (Paris Ballroom)

Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up “After Party”
(Rendezvous, 2322 2nd Ave.)

8:00pm – 11:00pm: Mingling (Red Velvet Lounge/Bar Area)
8:30pm  10:00pm: 5 Minutes in Heaven author readings (JewelBox Theater)

*Rendezvous has a full menu so you can order dinner along with tasty beverages!

GRNW 2014 Attending Authors

To see who is attending GRNW 2014, please visit GRNW 2014 authors.

GRNW 2014 Events and Readings

Visit our Events page for info about upcoming meetings, readings, and events.

Join GRNW on GoodReads!

Please join our group on GoodReads to be part of the discussion about the conference and meet attendees, readers, and authors.

About GRNW 2013

More than 120 attendees joined Old Growth Northwest on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at the Seattle Central Public Library for Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up 2013, the first conference in the Pacific Northwest to focus on the rising genre of LGBTQ romance fiction. The conference featured discussions and panels with LGBTQ Romance authors, publishers, editors, and cover artists from around the region as well as Q&As with the audience. Following the conference, there was a post-event “happy hour” book festival at the Hotel Monaco for author signings, author readings, giveaways, and more mingling and chatting.

Read the GRNW 3013 Keynote: How to Get LGBT Romance Books into Libraries by Marlene Harris

Read the GRNW 2013 Wrap-Up and Call to Action: What I Learned While Running A Gay Romance Conference

Visit the 2013 Programming page to see more photos from GRNW 2013!

Stay tuned for more updates from the 2013 conference, including conference videos!


The authors involved in GRNW 2013!

Schedule of GRNW Events for September 14, 2013

Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up
(Seattle Central Public Library, 1000 4th Ave.)

Registration: 12pm-1pm, Microsoft Auditorium
Panel Discussions: 1pm-5pm, Microsoft Auditorium

View the full Programming Schedule.

Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up “Happy Hour”
(Hotel Monaco, 1101 4th Ave.)

Happy Hour: 5pm-8pm, Paris Ballroom
Author Signings and Meet & Greet: 5:30pm-6:30pm, Paris Ballroom
Author Readings: 6:30pm-7:30pm, Paris Ballroom

Select titles were available for sale during the Meet-Up and Happy Hour courtesy of the University Book Store.

Registration and Admission

Registration for the GRNW 2013 was $25 and admission included both the GRNW Meet-Up at the Seattle Central Library and the Happy Hour book fest at the Hotel Monaco.

To learn more about GRNW 2013 authors, click here.