GRNW 2015 Registration is now OPEN!

GRNW_300x300AvatarCall us fashionably late (or just call us late!), but attendee registration for the third annual Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up is now OPEN!!! For those wanting to register and save your seat for this year’s conference, please visit our Brown Paper Tickets site!

What’s the scoop about this year’s GRNW?

We got lots to share!

We’re back at the Seattle Public Library!

We love our local library, and they sure do like being invaded by LGBTQ romance fans! We’ll be taking over SPL’s Central Branch once again to hold our main conference programming there, both in the auditorium and in the conference rooms on the fourth floor.

The conference programming will be from 9am-4pm, with a break from 12pm-1pm for attendees to go grab lunch.

We’re keeping that awesomely low early-bird rate!

Registration prices are staying the same this year! That’s right–you can buy a pass at the early-bird rate of just $17.50! (And this includes a pass to the main conference, your swag bag, and access to all those giveaways!)

The early-bird rate ends on August 31. After that, tickets go up to $25.

Panel Programming Created by YOU!

2015 is our first year with panel submissions, and we’re excited to reveal later this summer all the great panels that you contributed! From celebrating heroism to chatting about kink to exploring which publishing path to take, there will be a wide variety of programming to enjoy!

Lots of Returning and New Authors!

GRNW 2015 has a growing list of authors joining the event this year, including con alums Ginn Hale, Radclyffe, and Jordan Castillo Price, and lots of new authors like JK Pendragon, Ethan Day, and Jill Malone. Check out the growing list on our author’s page!

The Return of Character Type Love Match!

Did you attend the GRNW 2014 Reader Meet-Up last year? Then you might have played our first game of Character Type Love Match, a hilarious and interactive game where YOU, yes, YOU vote for the BEST couple.

In 2014, attendees voted for the couple Soldier + Tattoo Artist. (May they forever have their HEA!)

Now who will win 2015??? Will it be your favorite character type? Come and see! (And vote!)

The Book Fair!

Once again, GRNW will be back at the Hotel Monaco for the 2015 GRNW Book Festival, featuring LGBTQ romance authors from around the country, and TONS of free swag! The Book Fest will be held from 4pm-6pm after the main conference and will be free for the public to attend.

OMG! Free Books!

At GRNW 2014, publishers and authors donated HUNDREDS of free books to give away during the main conference at the library, and we look forward to unleashing all the new books for this year! (As well as some cool new giveaways, like a Kindle!)

The Epic After Party – Banned! Books in Drag!

BannedFINALLY! We’re excited to announce GRNW’s partnership with the Seattle Public Library, who is hosting on the evening of September 26 the amazing performance event Banned! Books in Drag 2015! This is a multi-performer event celebrating all that is awesome about drag and banned books. (How could we not join in???)

Banned! Books in Drag will be GRNW 2015’s official After Party, and we will be busing attendees who wish to join to the nightclub Neighbours to participate in this free performance event. It’s going to be Epic!

That’s the news so far, but there will be MORE to come! If you’re curious about our developing schedule, check out our schedule page, and if you’re ready to register, please visit our ticket site.

Questions? Or have any favorite character types to suggest before the conference? Let us know in the comments!

Help create the 2015 GRNW Program! 2015 Panel Submissions now open!

GRNW_ButtonAvatarIt’s official! the 2015 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up conference will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Seattle Public Library!

And like for 2014, we will also have some activities on the evening before, but the plan is for once again to have the main activities on Saturday.

Submit a Panel for GRNW 2015!

For our third conference and for the first time, we are opening up panel submissions! We would love for authors and attendees to help co-create the programming for next year.

  • Do you have a great idea for a panel?
  • Do you know others who could speak on that topic?
  • Do you share our interest in promoting voices from across the LGBTQ romance writing spectrum?

Then check out our 2015 Panel Submission Guidelines for info on what we’re looking for in a panel and how to apply!

Setting up an event is actually pretty easy! What’s difficult is setting up the foundation for interesting and thoughtful discussions on LGBTQ romance, and we’d appreciate YOUR help!

2014 was a great conference, but we hope 2015 will be even better, and we’d love for you to be a part of creating that program.

Together, we can celebrate the awesomeness of LGBTQ romance and the many writers and readers who love it! 😀