2016 GRNW Schedule

GRNW Conference Events – Sept. 23-24, 2016 – Seattle

EvolvingPanel_1Come join us for the 2016 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up on September 23-24, 2016 in Seattle!

Conference Snapshot

See the snapshot below to read the summary schedule for GRNW 2016 and see further down for more details about each event.

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!

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)
  • 12pm – 6pm: GRNW Book Fair (4th Floor, Room 1)
  • 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)

GRNW 2016 After Party
6pm – 10pm – Rendezvous (2322 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121)

Buses to Rendezvous will be available at the Seattle Public Library.

Registration for your free GRNW 2016 pass

GRNW 2016 In-Detail Schedule

Friday, September 23, 2016

TransFics

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

Join us at Hugo House for an evening celebrating LGBTQ stories with the two programs TransFics & Love Bites.

TransFics – 7pm – 8pm

Join us from 7pm – 8pm as we celebrate the fiction of trans, genderqueer, and nonbinary authors. Enjoy hearing the tall tales, luscious lines, and sexy stories from this truly transfixing group of writers as they share short reading from their work.

Readings by authors Austin Chant, Tobi Hill-Meyer, Laylah Hunter, EE Ottoman, JK Pendragon, and Alex Powell.

Love Bites – 8:30pm – 9:30pm

After enjoying your break at the Hugo House bar, come back to the stage to snack on a delicious array of 5 minute readings from a delightful crew of LGBTQ romance authors. From the saucy to the succulent, sexy to salivating, come satisfy your appetite for queer love stories in all their ravishing rainbow colors, and know that YES-OH-YES, there is room for dessert.

Readings by authors Jeff Adams, Dev Bentham, CJane Elliott, Isabella, Christopher Moss, Richard Compson Sater, Karelia Stetz-Waters, and Cora Walker.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

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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)

(Wondering about registration? Grab your pass here. It’s free!)

After grabbing your nametag and your swag bag at registration, check out the free book table and meet other attendees who will be joining GRNW for the day. The free book table goes fast, so get there early.

Stop by the Gay City table across from registration if you have a LGBT book to donate! We are having a book drive for Gay City’s LGBT Library, and every LGBT book donation earns a raffle ticket and a chance for a prize!

12pm – 6pm: GRNW Book Fair (4th Floor, Room 1)

The GRNW 2016 BookFest will be open throughout the conference, from 12pm – 6pm. You can peruse the author swag tables early or stop by the booksale table, that will include books by attending authors, hosted by the Portland bookstore Another Read Through.

If you want to get a first look at what the bookstore table has, come visit during the Registration period between 12pm – 1pm, or stop by during conference programming if you are looking for a quiet place to peruse.

1pm – 2pm: Opening Session and Keynote (Microsoft Auditorium)

Kick-off GRNW 2016 together with attendees as we explore in this year’s multi-part keynote address the question, “What is your queer romance dream?” It will be a fantastic hour of reflection, sharing, and celebrating the vibrant queer romance community. Come be a part of it!

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)

Opening Plenary Activity:

We’ll be chatting with attendees about what is YOUR queer romance dream, and together, we’ll gather the pieces for a reflective visual for the Book Fest.

2:10pm – 3pm: Panels Series 1: (Multiple Locations in the Library)

  • Trans Authors on Characters, Stories, and Industry (Microsoft Auditorium)
  • Queer Swords & Odd Flowers: Sex Scenes in LGBTQ+ Romance (4F, Room 2)
  • Writer Roundtable Discussion: How to Make Your Editor Love You – Tips & Recommendations (4F, Room 6)

See Panel Descriptions

3:10pm – 4pm: Panels Series 2 (Multiple Locations in the Library)

  • “Character Type Love Match” reader game (Microsoft Auditorium)
  • Erased No More: Bisexual Characters in LGBTQ Romance (4F, Room 2)
  • Writer Roundtable Discussion: Writing Beyond Book 1 – What to Look For When Writing a Series (4F, Room 6)

See Panel Descriptions

4pm – 6pm: Author Meet & Greet and Signing at the Book Fair (4th Floor, Room 1)

Come meet authors, peruse the booksale table, grab more free swag, and get books signed at the GRNW BookFest Author Meet & Greet! See the GRNW 2016 Authors page to see who will be there.

5:30pm – 6:30pm – Buses leaving for After Party

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

thumb_1471903475-artworkJoin 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!

Buses to Rendezvous will be available at the Seattle Public Library.

Notes on Access: The main party room for GRNW is on the bottom-floor at the Rendezvous in “The Grotto” room, and is accessed via stairs. The bar’s front half on the first/main floor is accessible without stairs, and has booths and a bar.


GRNW Sponsors and Partners

Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up wishes to thank the following organizations for their support of GRNW 2016:

GRNW Event Partners: Gay City, Old Growth Northwest, Seattle Public Library

GRNW Sponsors and Funders: Blind Eye Books, Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink Press, Less Than Three Press, Pride Foundation Riptide Publishing

GRNW Community Partners: Gay City LGBT Library, Inland Empire Chapter of the Romance Writers of America, Lambda Literary Foundation, Pride Foundation Rainbow Romance Writers, Rose City Romance Writers, The Seattle Lesbian

Questions?

Questions about the schedule for the 2016 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up? Please contact Tracy Timmons-Gray, Director and lead volunteer, Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up.