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The 2017 Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference will be held on April 7-8 at the Boston Marriott in Burlington, MA. Watch our Facebook Page for the latest announcements about speakers, workshops and workshop submissions, agents and editors, and more.

 

2017 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Friday April 7th
9:00a-12:00p Registration Opens
12:00p-2:50p Workshops
3:00p-4:50p Master Class with Molly O’Keefe/Workshops
5:00p-5:50p Hors d’Oeuvres/Set-up for Book Signing
6:00p-8:00p T.G.I.For Literacy Book Signing with Cash Bar (open to readers)
8:00p-8:30p Basket Raffle (open to readers)
8:30p-11:00p Friday Night Fantasies Reading Salon (open to readers)
Saturday April 8th
Before 9:30a Restful start–breakfast on your own
9:30a-12:20p Workshops/A&E Appointments
12:30p-2:20p Luncheon feat. Zoe York and Readers’ Choice Awards Ceremony
2:30p-5:20p Workshops/Vendor Fair
6:00p-8:00p Dinner feat. Joanna Bourne
8:30p-11:00p Writers’ Retreats: PAN Breakout, Indie UnConference, and Camp NaNoWriMo

 

Meals: Appetizers Friday evening, and a full lunch and dinner on Saturday are included in the registration fee. Breakfasts and Friday lunch are on your own.

 

2017 FEE SCHEDULE

Fee Schedule NEC Members Non-NEC Members
EARLY REGISTRATION

December 1 – January 31

$199 $219
REGULAR REGISTRATION

February 1 – April 1

$209 $229
LATE REGISTRATION

starting April 2

$234 $254
MEALS ONLY (FOR GUESTS NOT ATTENDING CONFERENCE) $110 $110
MASTER CLASS: DOUBLE RITA WINNER MOLLY O’KEEFE (FOR CONFERENCE ATTENDEES ONLY)

Friday April 7

Writing Sexual and Romantic Tension For All Heat Levels – Whether you write sweet romance or erotica, the most important component in a romance novel is sexual and romantic conflict. In this highly interactive master class we will discuss the building blocks of that tension (character, conflict, hooks, and reader expectations) and how to put them together in a way that keeps readers turning pages. We will discuss the tools you need to make writing sex scenes easier, more exciting, and most importantly, integral to the plot.

$40 $40

 

 

2017 SPEAKER BIOS

jobourneKeynote Speaker – Joanna Bourne

Historical romance author Joanna Bourne lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge with her family, a medium-sized mutt, and a faux Himalayan cat. She writes historical romances set in England and France during the Napoleonic wars. She’s fascinated by that time and place – such passionate conviction and burning idealism … and really sexy clothes.

She won the RITA twice, for The Black Hawk in 2012, and for My Lord and Spymaster in 2009.

 

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Master Class – Molly O’Keefe 

Molly O’Keefe has always known she wanted to be a writer (except when she wanted to be a florist or a chef and the brief period of time when she considered being a cowgirl). And once she got her hands on some romances, she knew exactly what she wanted to write.

She published her first Harlequin romance at age 25 and hasn’t looked back. She loves exploring every character’s road towards happily ever after.

Originally from a small town outside of Chicago, she went to university in St. Louis where she met and fell in love with the editor of her school newspaper. They followed each other around the world for several years and finally got married and settled down in Toronto, Ontario. They welcomed their son into their family in 2006, and their daughter in 2008. When she’s not at the park or cleaning up the toy room, Molly is working hard on her next novel, trying to exercise, stalking Tina Fey on the internet, and dreaming of the day she can finish a cup of coffee without interruption.

Dishing It Out, Molly’s last Harlequin Flipside, won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award for best Flipside in 2005. Her Superromance, Baby Makes Three, won the RT Reviewer’s Choice for best Superromance in 2006. Her novella, “The Christmas Eve Promise,” in The Night Before Christmas, won the RITA in 2009. And her full length contemporary romance, Crazy Thing Called Love, won the RITA in 2014.

 

zoeyorkLuncheon Speaker – Zoe York

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Zoe York is a busy mom of two young boys and the creator of modern, sexy, small town contemporary romances. Her debut novel, What Once Was Perfect, started the popular Wardham series, and her first military romance, Fall Out, was released as part of the international bestselling SEALs of Summer super bundle.

She lives in London, Ontario and is currently chugging Americanos, wiping sticky fingers, and dreaming of heroes in and out of uniform.

 

2017 CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

Conference Chair, Kristen Strassel – conference@necrwa.org

Assistant Chair, Jennifer Hallock – conference@necrwa.org

Registration Chair, Jennifer Doyle – conference_registration@necrwa.org

Workshop Chair, Stephanie Kay – conference_workshops@necrwa.org

Agent & Editor Chair, Tamsen Parker – conference_appointments@necrwa.org

Book Fair Chair, Kari Lemor – conference_bookfair@necrwa.org

Vendor Sponsorships, Teresa Noelle Roberts – NECRWASponsorship@gmail.com

 

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