Introducing the RWA2017 Featured Speakers


Don't miss the all-star lineup of featured speakers at RWA2017 in Orlando, July 26–29.

Conference registration opens February 7, 2017 at


Keynote Luncheon Speaker: Susan Wiggs

Susan Wiggs  Number one bestseller Susan Wiggs will be the RWA2017 Keynote Luncheon speaker on Friday, July 28.

Susan Wiggs's novels have appeared in the number one spot on the New York Times best-seller list and have captured readers’ hearts around the globe. She is a three-time winner of the RITA Award, the highest honor given for a work of romantic fiction. Her recent novel, The Apple Orchard, is currently being made into a film.

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Golden Heart Awards Emcee: Sherrilyn Kenyon

Sherrilyn Kenyon New York Times and international best-selling author Sherrilyn Kenyon will emcee the 2017 Golden Heart Awards Luncheon on Thursday, July 27.

Since 2003, more than seventy-five of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s novels have placed on the New York Times list, in all formats, often hitting number one. Her current series are Dark-Hunter®, Chronicles of Nick®, Deadman’s Cross™, Lords of Avalon®, and The League®; a number of these series are in development for major motion pictures and television shows. Her books are available in over one hundred countries.

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RITA Awards Emcee: Ally Carter

Ally Carter

Best-selling author Ally Carter will emcee the 2017 RITA Awards Ceremony on Thursday evening, July 27.

Ally Carter is the best-selling author of the Gallagher Girls and Heist Society series. She has been published in more than twenty countries, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Barnes and Noble, IndieBound, and Bookscan best-seller lists. They have sold over two million copies in the United States.

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Librarians Day Luncheon Speaker: Brenda Jackson

Brenda Jackson Award-winning author Brenda Jackson will be the featured speaker at RWA's 2017 Librarians Luncheon on Saturday, July 29.

Brenda Jackson has published more than one hundred novels and novellas and has over ten million books in print. Her professional writing career began in 1994, and she has received numerous awards over the years including a 2012 NAACP Image Award nomination for her book A Silken Thread and the 2012 RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award.

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