How was GRNW 2016 for you? Plus GeekGirlCon and a Podcast Shout-Out!

Hey, everyone! THANK YOU to everyone who helped make GRNW 2016 a success last month! It was an amazing weekend with fun readings, great meetings, cool swag, new books, awesome discussions, and more, and it was made all the better with the wonderful community that came together for it!

How was your experience? Please share with us your thoughts in our short anonymous survey. We’d really like to hear what you liked this year, and what you’d like to see next time.

Take GRNW 2016 Attendee Survey

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Thank you from the attending GRNW 2016 authors and speakers!


What about next time?
We’re looking at GRNW 2017 to be held November 3-4, 2017 in Seattle. We hope you can join us! Like this year, we’ll be opening up to panel submissions again later in 2016/early 2017. Start pondering panels!

Will it be called GRNW? Nope. We are changing our name to one that will be more inclusive of the full LGBTQIA spectrum and bright vibrancy that is queer romance. What should that name be? We don’t know yet, but we’re taking suggestions! Feel free to share yours in the comments.🙂 We’ll eventually be pulling them together for a vote.

Where will GRNW be next?

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Great question! We’ll actually be at this weekend’s GeekGirlCon, that’s October 8-9 at Seattle’s Conference Center in downtown Seattle. We are part of a panel discussion queer sci-fi and fantasy with an awesome crew of authors!

Out of this World! Exploring the Awesomeness of LGBTQIA Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Time: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: Korra

Join us for an out-and-proud and out-of-this-world discussion with sci-fi/fantasy authors as we explore the wonderfully queer realms of LGBTQIA representation in speculative fiction, as well as the various intersections found within, from race to gender identity, sexuality to ability. Magic, and potentially mayhem, may also ensue.

Panelists: Astrid Amara, Evan J. Peterson, Laylah Hunter, Matthew Buscemi, Nisi Shawl, and moderator Tracy Timmons-Gray

If you are attending GGC, we hope you can join us!


GRNW Podcast Guest Appearance

We were thrilled to hear Jeff & Will’s GRNW 2016 highlights in their newest podcast episode, as well as have a short interview about GRNW and what authors and readers can do in their own community to help spread awareness of queer romance stories

Check out the full episode below!

GRNW 2016 Podcast – Erased No More: Bisexual Characters in LGBTQ Romance

The Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up, the LGBTQ Romance Fiction Conference of the Pacific Northwest, held it’s fourth annual conference on September 24, 2016 at the Seattle Public Library.

We are sharing podcasts from several of this year’s panels, including:

Erased No More: Bisexual Characters in LGBTQ Romance

The bisexual aspect of the LGBTQ rainbow adds depth and complexity to romance literature. This panel will explore the nuances specific to bisexual characters and will  touch on what bisexual readers want from LGBTQ romance books. It will look at the common myths surrounding bisexuality as they apply to LGBTQ fiction. Panelists include authors of bisexual characters and authors who are themselves bisexual.

Moderator: E.J. Russell, Author (Stumptown Spirits, Northern Light)

Panelists:

  • Dev Bentham, Author (Nobody’s Home, Painting in the Rain)
  • Charley Descoteaux, Author (Buchanan House, Torque)
  • CJane Elliott, Author (Serpentine Walls, Wild & Precious)
  • Amanda Jean, Editor (Silver and Gold, Magic & Mayhem)
  • Morticia Knight, Author (Set Ablaze, Strip Search)

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Listen to more podcasts from GRNW 2016

GRNW 2016 Opening and Keynote – What is Your Queer Romance Dream?

Trans Authors on Characters, Stories, and Industry

Queer Swords & Odd Flowers: Sex Scenes in LGBTQ+ Romance

GRNW 2016 Podcast – Queer Swords & Odd Flowers: Sex Scenes in LGBTQ+ Romance

The Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up, the LGBTQ Romance Fiction Conference of the Pacific Northwest, held it’s fourth annual conference on September 24, 2016 at the Seattle Public Library.

We are sharing podcasts from several of this year’s panels, including:

Queer Swords & Odd Flowers: Sex Scenes in LGBTQ+ Romance

Be prepared to blush, as we discuss the ins and outs of writing, reading, and publishing sex scenes in LBGTQ+ romance. This open dialogue between writers and readers will tackle the politics and practicalities of writing about sex. Authors will talk about their approach to writing about sex, the power and purpose of sex scenes for LBGTQ+ readers, and the practical fears, inhibitions, and joys of erotic writing. Readers will have a chance to share their sex scene expectations and vent their pet peeves. All genders, orientations, and perspectives are welcome at this serious and irreverent meeting of the minds.

Moderator: Eric Andrews-Katz, Author (The Jesus Injection, Balls and Chain)

Panelists:

  • Isabella, Author (Always Faithful, Executive Disclosure)
  • Karelia Stetz-Waters, Author (Something True, For Good)
  • Lou Sylvre, Author (Loving Luki Vasquez, Delsyn’s Blues)
  • Yolanda Wallace (Murphy’s Law, 24/7)

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Listen to more podcasts from GRNW 2016

GRNW 2016 Opening and Keynote – What is Your Queer Romance Dream?

Trans Authors on Characters, Stories, and Industry

Erased No More: Bisexual Characters in LGBTQ Romance

GRNW 2016 Podcast – Trans Authors on Characters, Stories, and Industry

The Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up, the LGBTQ Romance Fiction Conference of the Pacific Northwest, held it’s fourth annual conference on September 24, 2016 at the Seattle Public Library.

We are sharing podcasts from several of this year’s panels, including:

Trans Authors on Characters, Stories, and Industry

Trans panelists share their perspectives on writing, from character development to tropes to narratives, as well as our experiences working in the queer romance and publishing industry. We’ll talk about how we want to see trans romance evolve and provide resources for authors who want to write trans characters in their fiction. If you have questions about how to portray transness respectfully in your work, or about trans perspectives on the industry, this is the panel for you!

Panel Resource: Trans Romance Reading Recs

Moderator: Austin Chant, Author (Silver & Gold, Magic & Mayhem)

Panelists:

  • Tobi Hill-Meyer, Author and Filmmaker (Struggling to be Whole: Stories Exploring the Trans Erotic, Doing it Online)
  • Laylah Hunter, Author (Gabriel’s City)
  • EE Ottoman, Author (Documenting Light, Selume Proferre)
  • Alex Powell, Author (Rangers over Regulus, All the King’s Men)
  • J.K. Pendragon, Author (To Summon Nightmares, Witch Cat and Cobb)

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Listen to more podcasts from GRNW 2016

GRNW 2016 Opening and Keynote – What is Your Queer Romance Dream?

Queer Swords & Odd Flowers: Sex Scenes in LGBTQ+ Romance

Erased No More: Bisexual Characters in LGBTQ Romance

GRNW 2016 Podcast – Opening and Keynote “What is Your Queer Romance Dream?”

The Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up, the LGBTQ Romance Fiction Conference of the Pacific Northwest, held it’s fourth annual conference on September 24, 2016 at the Seattle Public Library.

This year’s opening included a reflection on the year, and the multi-part keynote address, “What is your queer romance dream?”

Opening Remarks: Tracy Timmons-Gray (Gay Romance Northwest)

Keynote Address: “What is your queer romance dream?” with:

  • Richard Compson Sater, Author (Rank)
  • Alex Powell, Author (Rangers over Regulus, All the King’s Men)
  • Tobi Hill-Meyer, Author and Filmmaker (Struggling to be Whole: Stories Exploring the Trans Erotic, Doing it Online)

Listen to the full GRNW 2016 Opening and Keynote Address

Read the GRNW 2016 Keynote Address

My Dream for Queer Romance with Richard Compson Sater

What is Your Queer Romance Dream by Alex Powell

What’s Your Queer Romance Dream by Tobi Hill-Meyer

Listen to more GRNW 2016 Podcasts

Trans Authors on Characters, Stories, and Industry

Queer Swords & Odd Flowers: Sex Scenes in LGBTQ+ Romance

Erased No More: Bisexual Characters in LGBTQ Romance

GRNW 2016 Keynote – What’s Your Queer Romance Dream by Tobi Hill-Meyer

Part of the 2016 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up Keynote, “What is your queer romance dream?”

keynote_tobi_hill_meyerI remember the first time I read a novel following a trans character written by a trans author. During a chase scene when she skateboarded down a hill to get away from a team of vigilantes wearing power armor, I had to stop for a moment and try and figure out why my heart was racing.

You see, I had never before really identified with a character that way. Not just empathized – but identified with her. How she talked, what her hobbies were, even how she went to queer sex parties where no one wanted to hook up with her – she seemed just like so many of my friends. She seemed like me. And when she was being chased by jock-ish brutes who wanted to beat her up for their idea of justice – I worried for her the same way I would if I got a text from a friend who was in trouble.

In the decade since I’ve read Supervillainz by Alicia E Goranson, I’ve been searching for more of that, as well as trying to create it myself. In the past few years, we’ve seen a flourishing of media telling trans stories. But the problem is that so much of it, unlike that novel, isn’t actually a trans story. So much out there are actually cis stories about trans topics. Something I often put into the category of “Oh No!” narratives.

These are the stories about a cis character suddenly thrust into a world of trans experiences. Everything from “Oh no, my partner wants to transition!” and “Oh no, my fiancé was secretly trans!” to “Oh no, space aliens have hit me with a gender swapping ray!” and “Oh no, my lover is a fourth dimensional being whose experience of gender is literally incomprehensible.”

It can all be summed up in a succinct tweet by @itsSupecar, “cis TV show about trans topics: my parent is transitioning. trans TV show about trans topics: psychic hacker fights cops.”

But lost in the comparisons between the huge budget projects of Jill Soloway and the Wachowski sisters is the fact that right now, more than any other time, there are low budget or even free options for getting your stories out there; and trans and genderqueer creators are taking advantage of that by the hundreds – perhaps even thousands.

From authors selling smut on amazon kindle or publishing novels on Lulu to webcomic artists and podcasters producing serialized stories that are free to access, there’s a lot out there. But there are two problems.

First, while tens of thousands can debate whether or not Stephen Universe has trans characters and millions will see or hear about Michelle Rodriguez’s upcoming transploitation film, the followers of small time trans creators often number in the hundreds or even just the dozens.

Secondly, without the support of large publishers, trans authors lack the resources to pay themselves, let alone editors, proof-readers, web designers, PR consultants, or all the other roles that go into making a good story better and get it out into the world. After ten years of self-publishing your work you can’t help but improve your craft, but it’s still not the same as ten years of feedback from professional editors.

It’s my dream that one day there will be enough well known trans romance out there that I could focus specifically on this genre for a talk like this  rather than having to draw examples from a variety of other genres and mediums. But for right now, we need to grow trans media as a whole. I want to see websites devoted to cataloging our work and directing readers to the author’s site for purchase. I want to see the handful of small trans focused publishers popping up to grow and multiply and become a resource for trans authors just starting out. But all of that will take something from you: your time, your dedication, and more often then not, your money.

When creating trans work for trans audiences, we know that many of us don’t have money to spend and price accordingly. An Anthology of Fiction by Trans Women of Color offers free copies to all trans and non-binary people of color. Torrey Peters has set up her own micropublishing for her amazing novella’s The Masker and Infect Your Friends and Loved Ones, making ebooks available at sliding scale prices – all the way down to zero. Isz Janeway publishes awesome smut simply on tumblr. Fay Onyx is reimagining fairytales following trans, genderqueer, and asexual characters in hir series, Writing Alchemy and even reads the stories with ambient sound to you for free on a podcast.

But that only works if there’s someone paying full price. Seek out these creators on patreon, smashwords, and everywhere else.

I want you to watch Her Story – it’s free on Youtube and the best trans romance I’ve seen or read anywhere. If You Were My Girl is incredible and you can get it as part of a free trial to audible. Read The Black Cube and At Land by Morgan M Page. Read everything by Charlie Jane Anders. Read books from Topside Press, I especially loved A Safe Girl To Love by Casey Plett and if you haven’t read Nevada what are you doing with your life? Go onto patreon and support Manic Pixie Nightmare Girls, Sophie Labelle, Amy Dentata, Kylie Wu, Thirty Helens, and so many more. Pay double the full price if you can, and if you can’t tell all your friends to.

And of course, sign the email list going around or email TheNewTransErotic@gmail.com to get information about my own anthology due out next Valentine’s day. Also, email me there and I’ll get you a list of all the works named in this talk.

Because my dream for queer romance is both incredibly simple and world changing: I want trans creators to get paid – at least enough to be able keep doing this.

GRNW 2016 Keynote

My Dream for Queer Romance with Richard Compson Sater

What is Your Queer Romance Dream by Alex Powell

Listen to the GRNW 2016 Keynote

Podcast: GRNW 2016 Opening and Keynote Address

About Tobi

Tobi Hill-Meyer was named #3 in Velvet Park Media’s list of the 25 Most Significant Queer Women in 2010 and is one of the few people in the world who can claim being both an award winning porn creator and a children’s book author. She is a multiracial trans woman with well over a decade experience working with feminist and LGBTQ organizations and currently serves as board chair at Gender Justice League as well as working as Communications Coordinator at Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center. With her background in activism, she operates her own media production company, Handbasket Productions, creating stories and entertainment that reflect community needs and values, including her erotic documentary series Doing it Online as well as her upcoming anthology – Struggling to be Whole: Stories Exploring the Trans Erotic. Find out more about her at: http://Patreon.com/DoingItOnline
http://DoingItOnline.com (adult content)

GRNW 2016 Keynote – What is Your Queer Romance Dream by Alex Powell

Part of the 2016 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up Keynote, “What is your queer romance dream?”

keynote_alex_powellHello everyone.

The question was presented to me: What is your queer romance dream?

I have so many dreams for this genre, that I almost didn’t know where to start. Where to begin when you have all of queer romance to dream for? So I decided to start where I started, and where so many of us start dreaming: when we are young.

When I was young, I dreamed of having something to read that truly reflected who I was. Most young kids like me had the same dream, but the search was more difficult for some than others. I didn’t know then that I was genderfluid, but I knew then that I was something different, and I searched for the answer in books. But no matter how much I read, and I read a lot, I never found the answer.

I wonder now how many of us did the very same thing that I did, searched for the answer, only to find that it wasn’t there. How many of us couldn’t find ourselves in the books we read? How many of us found maybe one or two characters to look up to, only to have them murdered later on in the book? I’m sure you remember the feeling that it gave you.

That’s one of my queer romance dreams. I want young adult and teen fiction that has queer characters from across the spectrum, so that young questioning people can find their answer in the books they read. Not only that, but I want those queer characters to be leading exciting, adventure filled lives, just like straight cis characters do. We deserve that, to have our space pirate adventures, to be the main romantic pairing, to live fulfilling lives. I love all of our young queer children, and I want them to grow up knowing that they are accepted.

That leads me to the rest of us, those of us who are no longer children, because we need queer books as well. My next queer romance dream is that our genre grows and flourishes. I want to see our queer romances on the shelves in bookstores and in libraries. I’ve already seen this happen in small independant bookstores, and in tiny libraries dedicated to LGBTQIA fiction, but I want to see it everywhere, from the smallest bookshop to the largest chain. I want to see our fiction on the best sellers list, because I know for a fact that our books are just as good, if not better than mainsteam books.

To be honest, I find most of the mainsteam culture books boring and lacking in imagination. And why is that? Because queer books are so much more fulfilling, with more interesting characters and more imagination put into plotlines. So yes, I want to see our books everywhere. I want to be walking by a big bookstore and I want to see my favourite author’s book on display.

It’s not just for us that I want this. My third queer romance dream is that I want everyone to read our queer romances. I want it to be just as acceptable to have a queer romance in our reads as a straight romance. Not only acceptable, I want it to be normalized. So very often, queer romance is seen as an “adult” genre, not because of the sex, although there may be much love-making going on, but because of the fact the characters are queer. Queerness is seen as inherently sexual, and I want that to stop.

The genre has already changed since I was a young teen who had maybe one queer character to look up to – and they always died or had something tragic happen to them. The genre has already grown and become prevalent in the last few years, more than I had ever dreamed as a young teen. Now I can find books with bisexual protaganists, with genderqueer and trans protaganists, with asexual protaganists, which is amazing, because I couldn’t even find a novel with gay or lesbian protaganists when I needed them so so much in my youth.

That’s not the end. I may be a dreamer, but my ultimate goal is to see all of our queer romance dreams become a reality.

How can we do that?

One of the things that you can do is something that you are already doing. Read queer romances. Read as much as you can and then more. Authors like me need people out there to read our work, because we would be nowhere without our readers. Read things that you love, with tropes that make you smile. And maybe, read something that you haven’t tried before. Read something that makes you just slightly uncomfortable, and maybe you’ll end up loving it.

What else can you do? Review our books! Spread the word of how queer romances have changed your life, or made you smile, laugh, and cry. Tell all your friends to read queer romances, lend them your copy to give them that little push to try more.

Don’t stop there.

We’ve discussed this before at previous conferences, but you need to ask libraries like this one, “Where is your queer romance section?” Ask your local library for more queer romance books, put in requests for your favourite author’s books to be put on the shelves. Ask your favourite bookstore the same questions.

Questions like this might make people uncomfortable, but we need you to be brave and ask, just the same.

You see, we are not powerless! More now than ever before, queer voices have raised up and been heard. People know about queer issues, they see it on TV and read about it in magazines. So what I need all of us to do is raise our voices and let them be heard. All of us are counting on you.

Can you do that for us?

GRNW 2016 Keynote

My Dream for Queer Romance with Richard Compson Sater

What’s Your Queer Romance Dream by Tobi Hill-Meyer

Listen to the GRNW 2016 Keynote

Podcast: GRNW 2016 Opening and Keynote Address

About Alex

Alex Powell is an avid writer and reader of sci-fi and fantasy, but on occasion branches into other genres to keep things interesting. Alex is a genderqueer writer from the wilds of northern Canada who loves exploring other peoples and cultures. Alex is a recent graduate of UNBC with a BA in English, and as a result has an unhealthy obsession with Victorian Gothic literature. Alex has been writing from an early age, but is happy to keep learning to improve on their writing skills. Feedback and comments as well as any questions are appreciated! You can reach Alex at aa.powell.author@gmail.com or at their website alexpowellauthor.com. Alex’s work includes Rangers over Regulus and All the King’s Men.

GRNW 2016 Keynote – My Dream for Queer Romance by Richard Compson Sater

Part of the 2016 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up Keynote, “What is your queer romance dream?”

keynote_richard_compson_saterI’ve been an avid reader ever since I learned how, nearly fifty years ago. My favorite stories featured characters I could fall in love with. As a young man, I looked for people like me in the books I read. There weren’t many, and those I could find weren’t very likeable, either – more often the object of pity or ridicule. So I had to make do with characters who merely possessed traits I would seek in a mate – men who were charming, handsome, witty, and smart.

So I fell in love with Hank Morgan in Mark Twain’s CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR’S COURT, Lord Jim in Joseph Conrad’s novel of the same name, Dick Diver in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s TENDER IS THE NIGHT, and Rhett Butler in Margaret Mitchell’s GONE WITH THE WIND. None of these characters was intended to be gay by the author, perhaps, but in my mind, with the right kind of lighting and a bottle of good wine, they might be persuaded.

My favorite character, the most perfect man in all of literature, for me, is Atticus Finch in Harper Lee’s TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, which I read for the first time in junior high school. Atticus Finch might not be gay, but he’s not presented as decidedly straight, either. He’s intelligent, generous, compassionate, committed, loving – and single. And he needs eyeglasses, an endearing trait because we all want a weakness or two. I fall in love again with Atticus Finch every time I reread TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.

In my mid-twenties, I became aware that books actually existed with same-sex characters who weren’t simply comic relief or lost in the background – the flawless Charlie Mills and Peter Martin in Gordon Merrick’s THE LORD WON’T MIND, for example, or Coach Harlan Brown in Patricia Nell Warren’s THE FRONT RUNNER. Such books were encouraging, but I still hadn’t found what exactly what I wanted – an actual romantic novel with no excess baggage, just two men conquering all for love, a book where the hero could be an average guy like me, and the other hero could be Sam Elliott, and we could live happily ever after.

It didn’t occur to me until the turn of this century that I could actually write such a novel myself. In 2003, I was a major in the U.S. Air Force with 17 years of service (most of it under “don’t ask, don’t tell”), deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. At the end of the long work days, I needed something to take my mind off the war, so I started writing a short story about a closeted young lieutenant who develops a most inconvenient crush on his boss, a brigadier general hiding behind bluster, a magnificent mustache, a pipe, and a big secret. My story grew longer and longer. Thirteen years later, it has become my first novel, RANK, and it will be published in November by Bold Strokes Books. For the present, that’s a dream come true for me. But what about the future?

Everyone has heard of Harlequin Romances. The last time I checked, there were 19 different Harlequin series, over 100 new titles every month. The categories offer a hint as to the content: Intrigue, Historical, Western, Medical Romance, Suspense … some are chaste and heartwarming, others are steamy and suggestive – the heroes and heroines these days are multi-cultural and multi-ethnic, but they’re one thing I’m not: heterosexual.

I dream of a hundred titles a month catering to gay/lesbian/bisexual and transgender readers. I want to grab a gay romance mass-market paperback by the checkout stand at Safeway and RiteAid. I want gay romance novels to be shelved on the same rack as the heterosexual romances in the bookstore, not relegated to the “alternative lifestyle” section (if there IS one).

Most importantly — I’m not 35. I’m 55. The desire for romance doesn’t stop just because you leave your 30s behind. Even in our newly enlightened world, with same-sex marriage legal in the U.S. and elsewhere around the world, with military service members permitted to serve openly, and more and more rights guaranteed to non-heterosexuals, even with Amazon and Google – where I can search for (and buy) anything I want – I still have a hard time finding Sam Elliott or any older man in a same-sex romance novel.

I guess I’ll have to keep writing them myself. Thanks.

GRNW 2016 Keynote

What is Your Queer Romance Dream by Alex Powell

What’s Your Queer Romance Dream by Tobi Hill-Meyer

Listen to the GRNW 2016 Keynote

Podcast: GRNW 2016 Opening and Keynote Address

About Richard

Richard Compson Sater retired from the U.S. Air Force after 24 years of Reserve and active-duty service, having attained the rank of lieutenant colonel. He spent most of his career as a photojournalist and public affairs officer under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” directive that kept gay service members in the closet. He is a veteran of both Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His first novel, Rank, will be published this November by Bold Strokes Books.
Sater earned a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s in creative writing from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in fine arts from Ohio University. In addition to his military service, he has at various times been a college professor, classical-music radio host, bookkeeper, bartender, and window-shade salesman. He lives in Seattle with his handsome spouse and their dog.

GRNW 2016 – What to Expect and Where to go??

Library_outsideWow! We are two days away from the fourth annual Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up at the Seattle Public Library on September 24!

We want to provide some up-front info for attendees wondering about the event, especially if it’s their first time. Below is some frequently asked questions (and also please feel free to share your own questions in the comments!)

Can I get tickets online still? No, as of yesterday, we are officially sold out of the free passes.

For all those who registered, we’ll have a name tag printed for you at registration. If by chance we don’t have your name (sometimes in group purchases, only one name is given), we will have blank name tags for you.

Can I get a pass at the door? We will have a limited number of passes at the door. Due to the size of the crowd, we may have to ask for those registering on Saturday to come by at 12:45 to see how many seats are left. Because the conference is sold-out though, day-of passes are not guaranteed.

What about later sessions? Can I go to those without a pass? Our most crowded session will most likely be the opening session from 1pm – 2pm in the auditorium on the first floor. If you would like to attend the 2:10-3pm session or the 3:10-4pm session in the auditorium, that should be 100% fine. We don’t expect those sessions to be completely full. Just come on in.

When does the library open? The library opens at 10am. GRNW registration will start at 12pm in the Microsoft Auditorium on the 1st Floor. The GRNW BookFest will start at 12pm also on the 4th Floor, Room 1.

What is the dress code? Seattle is suuuuuuuuper casual, so it’s wear what you want. Most of the conference is in the Seattle Public Library, which is also a pretty casual place.

Are there activities before Saturday? Yes! As listed in our program schedule, we have a couple free reading events the night before on Friday, September 23.

  • 6:30pm – Doors open at Hugo House (1021 Columbia St, Seattle, WA 98104)
  • 7pm – 8:00pm: TransFics readings at Hugo House with Austin Chant, Tobi Hill-Meyer, Laylah Hunter, EE Ottoman, JK Pendragon, and Alex Powell.
  • 8:00pm – 8:30pm: Break (Go enjoy the Hugo House bar!)
  • 8:30 – 9:30pm: Love Bites reading at Hugo House with authors Jeff Adams, Dev Bentham, CJane Elliott, Isabella, Christopher Moss, Richard Compson Sater, Karelia Stetz-Wates, and Cora Walker

We hope you can join us for these Friday events! They are a great way to kick-off the weekend and to begin meeting attendees and authors.

What times do things start on Saturday?

It depends on what you’re planning on doing:

Registration: This is from 12pm – 1pm, and is the best time to come, grab your name tag, swag bag, and look over the free book table to grab what you want. (First come, first serve at the free book table.)

Conference Programming: This will run from 1pm – 4pm. See schedule.

Book Festival: The bookfest runs from 12pm – 6pm, and is open to everyone. It is located on the 4th Floor, Room 1.

When will the authors be signing books? The author signing period will be from 4pm – 6pm in the bookfest room on the 4th floor, Room 1.

Can I buy books at the BookFest? Yep! There will be a book sale table, hosted by the bookstore Another Read Through, from 12pm – 6pm. Several authors will also be selling their books during the signing period from 4pm – 6pm.

1st Bus going to After Party: 5:45pm in front of the library’s 5th Ave Entrance.

2nd Bus going to the After Party: 6:15pm in front of the library’s 5th Ave Entrance.

After Party: 6:00pm – Midnight – Rendezvous in the Grotto Room downstairs (2322 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121)

Come join us for the free after party at the Rendezvous! (Heads-up—this venue is 21 & up.) Hosted the by queer romance podcast The Hopeless Romantic, the after party will feature games, readings, and will include food & beverages for purchase.

  • First Bus back to the library: 8:30pm
  • Second Bus back to the library: 9:30pm

What should I expect at the book festival?

The book fest will feature:

  • 24 LGBTQ romance authors to meet and chat with (See author list)
  • Both the authors and the bookstore Another Read Through will have lots of LGBTQ romance books for sale.
  • Loads of free author swag!

What can I expect at the After Party?

The after party at Rendezvous will be a very casual setting. Rendezvous is open to the public (although 21+), so there may be more than GRNW attendees there to enjoy the fun of queer romance books. The setting is casual and laid-back, and will include some games and readings.

Where do I pick up my swag bag? You can pick it up at registration.

I hear there will be free books at the conference? Yep! We have loads of free books in the auditorium that you can just grab and take with you. Enjoy!

Is there still a book drive for Gay City going on? Yep! We are also gathering book donations for the Gay City LGBTQ library. Every book donated will get a raffle ticket, and a chance to win some prizes! Books can be donated at the Gay City table at the conference and book festival.

Where can I park? The Seattle Library has parking all day for $8, but it ends at 7pm. Downtown also has some nearby lots. Street parking becomes free after 8pm
What other questions could we answer? Let us know!

What other questions could we answer? Let us know!

Announcing the GRNW 2016 Schedule!

2015Panel_1We’re excited to share the schedule for the 2016 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up that will be next weekend here in Seattle!

You can read the detailed schedule here, or check out our schedule snapshot below.

And don’t forget to register for your free GRNW 2016 pass!

What part are YOU most looking forward to?

Conference Snapshot

Friday, September 23, 2016

TransFics + Love Bites
7pm – 9:30pm – Hugo House (1021 Columbia St, Seattle, WA 98104)

Kick-off the GRNW conference weekend with the free public reading event at Hugo House, featuring GRNW 2016 attending authors!

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

GRNW 2016 Conference
12:00pm – 6:00pm – Seattle Public Library Central Branch (1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104)

  • 12pm – 1pm: Registration, Grab Your Swag, and Meet & Greet (Microsoft Auditorium)*
    * Get there early if you want to first crack at the free book table!
  • 12pm – 6pm: GRNW Book Fair (4th Floor, Room 1)
    The Book Fair will be running throughout the entire event!
  • 1pm – 2pm: Opening Session and Keynote (Microsoft Auditorium)
  • 2pm – 3pm: Panels Series 1: (Multiple Locations)
  • 3pm – 4pm: Panels Series 2 & Character Type Love Match game (Multiple Locations)
  • 4pm – 6pm: Author Meet & Greet and Signing at the Book Fair (4th Floor, Room 1)

See the full Schedule and Panel Session Descriptions

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Buses to After Party

There will be buses leaving from the library to the after party at Rendezvous.

The Hopelessly Romantic GRNW 2016 After Party
6pm – 10pm – Rendezvous (2322 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121)
21+ Only

Join us for the free after-party at the historic Seattle bar/venue Rendezvous! We’ll be downstairs in The Grotto. Food and drink are available for purchase, and the party is hosted by the amazing queer romance podcast The Hopeless Romantic!

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We can’t wait for you to join us! Let us know which parts you’re most looking forward to in the comments!😀