Conferences & Events

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.

New York City RWA Chapter (US)
Jan. 20, 2021

  • Love Inspired editor Melissa Endlich will meet with chapter members to answer their questions.

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Virtual Pitch Session (US)
Jan. 30, 2021

  • Harlequin Intrigue editor Allison Lyons will participate in a panel discussion and story pitch session. More details at www.rmfw.org. 

DVCon
Jan. 30-31, 2021

  • Kerri Buckley, Executive Editor of Carina Press will participate in an Editor Q&A session. A product of #dvpit, DVCon is a free, 2-day virtual conference for self-identifying marginalized book creators.

Cre8tiveCon by AAMBC (US)
Feb. 19-20, 2021

  • Join editors from Harlequin’s romance and fiction publishing imprints to find out the wide variety of books Harlequin publishes, what they acquire and upcoming releases they’re excited about.

Romance Slam Jam Writers Program, Winter-Spring 2021 (US)

  • The RSJ Writers Program supports writers to produce quality stories to publish or pitch to an acquiring editor. Harlequin is taking part by offering free webinars and opportunities to talk to editors.

Open House – What’s Your Harlequin Match, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021 – Join Harlequin editors Glenda Howard and Denise Zaza to learn about Harlequin’s romance lines and fiction imprints and have your questions answered about the business of writing and publishing romance novels. Register now

Open House – Conquering the First Chapter, Mar. 27, 2021 –Dreading the first chapter? Patience Bloom, senior editor for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, will share how to write a first chapter that readers won’t be able to put down. Bring your questions and story idea.

Open House – Talk to an Editor, Apr. 24, 2021 – Meet one-on-one with a Harlequin editor for quick feedback on your story idea at an early stage in the writing process, and find out which romance line may be best suited to the romance story you want to write.


Mid-South Christian Writers Conference, March 20 – Love Inspired editor Shana Asaro will appear on an editors and agents panel. Click for more information


Washington Romance Writers Virtual Retreat, April 10-11, 2021 (US)

  • Carly Silver, associate editor for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, will be accepting story pitches and participating in a Q&A panel.

Toronto Romance Writers Workshop Day (Canada)
May 8, 2021

Harlequin will offer three sessions during a full day of workshops:

  • Romance and More: Harlequin’s Romance and Fiction Lines Explained – Kathleen Scheibling and Susan Swinwood lead a presentation and editor Q&A all about Harlequin’s series and trade publishing programs.
  • Diverse Voices in Romance: From Writing to Getting Published – Carol Dunsmore will lead a session with authors Hudson Lin (Carina Press), Marcella Bell (Presents and HQN) and Darby Baham (Special Edition) on how they got hooked on writing romance, their routes to becoming published authors and what they’ve learned about the publishing process.
  • How to Write a Book Blurb with an Irresistible Hook – A writing workshop led Dana Grimaldi and Katie Gowrie.

Festival of Literary Diversity (Canada)
May 1 – 15, 2021

  • Harlequin is excited to sponsor this annual Canadian festival and will offer a session for The FOLD’s romance writing program on May 15, 2021.

    Want to Be Published by Harlequin? Here’s what you need to know – Join Harlequin editors to find out the wide variety of romance and fiction novels Harlequin publishes (yes, Harlequin is romance and more!) and get your questions answered about how to become a published author.

Christian Book Lovers Retreat, Virtual Author Extravaganza (US)
June 24-27, 2021

  • Editors for Love Inspired and Harlequin Heartwarming will be on hand for story pitches from romance writers at this book event celebrating African-American Christian authors and books.

Romantic Novelists Association (UK)
July 16-18, 2021


  • Editors from Harlequin’s UK acquisitions team are planning to participate in story pitch sessions at this annual event.

RSJ Booklovers Convention (US)
Aug. 4 – 8, 2021

  • Harlequin editors will be at RSJ Booklovers Convention, the conference for diversity in publishing, for workshops and story pitches from romance writers.