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Schedule of Events

The schedule of events has been reworked to bring more value to conference attendees. We've listened to your concerns and are excited to present this reworked schedule that maximizes your return on investment.

This is a preliminary schedule and subject to change. Note: Conference dates are confirmed.

All RWA-sponsored events take place at the Dolphin Resort.

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE

Tuesday, July 25

Event Time

Conference Registration

3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 26

Event Time

Conference Registration

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Level Up
In-depth workshops specific to taking your career to the next level

  • Indie Track
  • Emerging Author Track
  • Master Classes
1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

First Timers' Orientation

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

WDW Park Group Trips

4:30 p.m.  park close

2017 Golden Heart Finalists Networking Reception

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
2017 RITA and Golden Heart Finalists Reception 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 27

Event Time
Conference Registration 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Indie Book Signing 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Montlake Book Signing
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
PAN Keynote: Approval Junkie with Faith Salie 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
PRO Retreat 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Workshops 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Gallery and Pocket Book Signing 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Golden Heart Awards Luncheon with Emcee Sherrilyn Kenyon and Industry Professional Awards Presentation
12:15 – 2:00 p.m.
Grand Central Book Signing 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Kensington Book Signing 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
RITA Awards Ceremony with Emcee Ally Carter
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
RITA After-Party, sponsored by Avon Books 9:00  11:00 p.m.

Friday, July 28

Event Time
Conference Registration 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Trade Show 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Avon Book Signing
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Harlequin Book Signing
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Workshops 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Editor/Agent Appointments 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Passport to Romance Social with St. Martin's Press 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Random House and Loveswept Book Signing 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Keynote Luncheon with Susan Wiggs and RWA Service and Chapter Excellence Awards Presentation 12:15 – 2:00 p.m.
Amazon Indie Publishing Meet and Greet 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Berkley and NAL Book Signing 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Sourcebooks Book Signing 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Annual General Meeting
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Movie Night 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 29

Event Time
Librarians Day Event 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Chapter Leadership Breakfast and Town Hall
8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Blogger Event (separate, ticketed event)
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Conference Registration 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Workshops 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Librarian/Bookseller/Blogger Networking Mixer 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Librarian Luncheon with Featured Speaker Brenda Jackson (ticketed event) 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Sing-along 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
"Readers for Life" Literacy Autographing 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.