Conferences

Harlequin editors attend writers’ conferences throughout the year to meet authors, hear story pitches, speak on panels, and participate in Editor Q&A sessions – in person and virtually. Here’s a run-down of recent and upcoming events.

Festival of Literary Diversity (Canada) 
April 30 – May 2, 2020, Virtual event

Romancing the Capital, 2020 Online Romance Convention, Canada 
May 2020 

  • Session: Get Swept Away: Three Harlequin authors discuss why we all need romance right now with Harlequin Desire Senior Editor, Stacy Boyd 

Romance Slam Jam (US) 
June 24 – 28, 2020, Virtual event 

Participating editors: Glenda Howard (Senior Executive Editor), Patience Bloom for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, and Cat Clyne for Graydon House Books were on hand to take story pitches 

  • Session: Write for Harlequin: Overview of Harlequin’s 12 romance lines  

Romantic Novelists Association (UK) 
July 11, 2020, Virtual event 

Participating editors:  Linda Fildew, Hannah Rossiter and Julia Williams heard online story pitches 

  • Session: Creating Conflict Through Characters 

Romance Writers of Australia 2020 Virtual Con 
Aug. 12 – 16, 2020 

Participating editors: Rachael Donovan and Nicola Robinson who acquire for Mira, Escape and HQ in Australia heard pitches and ran a workshop session.  

Black Writers Weekend 
Aug. 27 – 29, 2020, Virtual event 

Check out Harlequin’s Virtual Stage. Four editors participated in the online Dope Reads & Book Pitch – Gail Chasan for Harlequin Series, Kerri Buckley for Carina Press, Peter Joseph for Hanover Square Press, and Natalie Hallak for Park Row Books.  

American Christian Fiction Writers 
Sept. 18 & 19, 2020, Virtual event 

Participating editors: Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense editors Tina James, Melissa Endlich and Emily Rodmell took story pitches and led a Spotlight on Inspirational Romance  

Toronto Romance Writers Northern Hearts Conference 
Sept. 19, 2020, Virtual event 

Participating editors: Executive editor Kathleen Scheibling took part in an Ask the Editor session; Harlequin Heartwarming editor Dana Grimaldi led a Getting to Contract workshop  

Emerald City Writers’ Conference 
Oct 16-18, 2020, Virtual Event 

Participating editors: Harlequin Special Edition editor Susan Litman take story pitches for Harlequin romance lines 

San Antonio Romance Authors (SARA)  
Oct. 17, 2020 

Participating editor: Harlequin Intrigue editor Allison Lyons took part in a Q&A with chapter members 

ROSACon 2020 (South Africa)
Oct 20-25, 2020, Virtual Event 

Editors from our UK series acquisitions team participate in story pitches and a Spotlight on Harlequin session.  

National Black Writers’ Conference 
Centre for Black Literature, City University of New York  
Nov. 11 – 14, 2020, Virtual event  

Participating editors: Senior Executive Editor Glenda Howard to participate in a Talkshop session on publishing, fiction and playwriting