Featured Speakers

Romance Writers of America is proud to announce the special speakers for the 2016 RWA Conference in San Diego, California, July 13-16.

Keynote Luncheon Speaker: Beverly Jenkins

Beverly Jenkins Beverly Jenkins is a USA Today best-selling author and a prestigious writer of African-American historical romance fiction. She specializes in 19th century African American life and has over thirty published novels to date. She has received numerous awards and has also been featured in many national publications.
Friday Featured Speaker: Dr. Valerie Young
Valerie Young Dr. Valerie Young is an internationally-known speaker, a leading expert on the impostor syndrome, and author of award-winning book The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It with Crown Business, a division of Random House, now available in five languages.
Saturday Featured Speaker: Sherry Thomas
Sherry Thomas  Sherry Thomas is an acclaimed romance author, and her books regularly receive starred reviews from trade publications and are frequently found on best-of-the-year lists. She is also a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA® Award.
Librarians Day Luncheon Speaker: Jennifer Armentrout
Jennifer Armentrout Number one New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Jennifer L. Armentrout writes young adult contemporary, urban fantasy/paranormal and romance. She writes New Adult and adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), and she is also published with Harlequin Teen and HarperCollins.
Awards Ceremony Emcee: Roxanne St. Claire
Roxanne St. Claire  Published since 2003, Roxanne St. Claire is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of more than forty romance and suspense novels. She has written several popular series, including Barefoot Bay, the Guardian Angelinos, and the Bullet Catchers.

In addition to being an eight-time nominee and one-time winner of the prestigious RITA Award for the best in romance writing, Roxanne’s novels have won the National Reader’s Choice Award for best romantic suspense three times, as well as the Maggie, the Daphne du Maurier Award, the HOLT Medallion, Booksellers Best, Book Buyers Best, the Award of Excellence, and many others.

She lives in Florida with her husband, and still attempts to run the lives of her teenage daughter and 20-something son. She loves dogs, books, chocolate, and wine, but not always in that order.