NECRWA 2020 feat Joanna Shupe, Zoraida Cordova, and Farrah Rochon April 24-25 Woburn MA

A Statement from NECRWA Chapter Leadership

In light of recent events, and past events that continue to come to light in the aftermath, we the Board and Chairs of NECRWA believe it is incumbent upon us to emphatically state our support of marginalized writers, authors, and industry professionals.

We know that trust in RWA has been broken, both by the actions taken this week by the board, and by the numerous other instances being reported of systemic bias within the organization, both obvious and insidious in nature. NECRWA has asked for the trust of our presenters and attendees at chapter events, and we know that trust cannot be easily given in this environment.

It is difficult to ask that anyone continue to extend trust and hope to our chapter when the national organization under which we function has broken faith with so many.

While we evaluate what our options and next steps may be as a chapter, first in our minds will always be what actions will make our spaces safer, more diverse, and more inclusive for our presenters and attendees. We do not take that trust lightly.

The Board and Conference Chairs are available to hear your questions and concerns, and we are committed to making our chapter and conference safe, welcoming, and inclusive.


Alexa Rowan, Sionna Fox, Nam Patel, Kate Cordelia, and Tamsen Parker

Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference

The 2020 Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference will be held on April 24-25 in Woburn, MA. Registration is now open and all attendees have until February 1 to take advantage of our single early bird rate.  Our room block at the Hilton Boston/Woburn is also open with discounted rates AND breakfast included on Saturday for up to four registered guests per room.

NECRWA20 will feature:

  • A master class by Farrah Rochon, luncheon speaker Zoraida Córdova, and keynote speaker Joanna Shupe.
  • Opportunities to pitch to agent Devin Ross and editor Stephanie Doig.
  • Not ready to pitch? We'll have informal opportunities to chat with our A&E about trends, what's on their manuscript wishlist, and more.
  • The opportunity to participate in our annual author fair and book signing on Friday night.
  • Author Breakout Session on Saturday night. Open to all attendees, this informal session gives everyone a chance to discuss the state of publishing, whether you're traditionally, self, or hybrid published, or you're an aspiring author looking to soak up some more industry knowledge.

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Friday April 24th
9:00a Registration Opens
12:00p-4:50p Workshops
2:00p-3:50p Master Class with Farrah Rochon
5:00p-5:50p Hors d'Oeuvres/Set-up for Book Signing
6:00p-8:00p T.G.I.For Literacy Book Signing with Cash Bar (open to readers)
8:00p-8:30p Basket Raffle (open to readers)
Saturday April 25th
Before 9:30a Restful Start *Breakfast is included for hotel guests booked using NECRWA's room block
9:30a-12:20p Workshops/A&E Appointments
12:30p-2:20p Luncheon with Zoraida Córdova and New England Readers' Choice Awards Ceremony
2:30p-5:20p Workshops
6:00p-8:00p Dinner with Joanna Shupe
8:30p-11:00p Writers' Retreat: Indie UnConference/PAN Breakout
*Schedule subject to change

Meals: Appetizers Friday evening, and a full lunch and dinner on Saturday are included in the registration fee. Gluten-free and vegetarian options will be available, though the hotel kitchen cannot guarantee that any items have not come in contact with gluten or other allergens.


Joanna Shupe, Photo by Kathryn Huang PhotographyKeynote Speaker - Award-winning author Joanna Shupe has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. From an early age, Joanna read every romance she could get her hands on. After graduating from college, she enjoyed a few years in sports and theater marketing but soon returned to writing by crafting her own racy historical novels.

Joanna won Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® Award for Best Historical in 2013. Since then, her books have appeared on numerous yearly “best of” lists, including Publishers Weekly, The Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews, Kobo, and BookPage.

She currently lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters and dashing husband.

When she’s not writing or doing laundry, she can be found online at Facebook (Joanna Shupe Author) or Twitter (@joannashupe).

Zoraida Cordova, photo credit Sarah YoungerLuncheon Speaker - Zoraida Córdova is the award-winning author of the Brooklyn Brujas series and The Vicious Deep trilogy. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, and Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft. She is the co-editor of Vampires Never Get Old, a YA anthology forthcoming from Imprint/Macmillan in fall 2020.  Her upcoming YA novels include Star Wars: A Crash of Fate (Disney/LucasFilm 2019) and Incendiary, book 1 in the Hollow Crown duology (Disney/Hyperion 2020). Zoraida was born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, New York. When she isn’t working on her next novel, she’s planning her next adventure.

Master Class - A native of south Louisiana, USA Today Bestselling author Farrah Rochon officially began her writing career while waiting in between classes in the student lounge at Xavier University of Louisiana. After earning her Bachelors of Science degree and a Masters of Arts from Southeastern Louisiana University, Farrah decided to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a published novelist. She was named Shades of Romance Magazine's Best New Author of 2007. Her debut novel, Deliver Me, the first in her Holmes Brothers series, garnered rave reviews, earning Farrah several SORMAG Readers' Choice Awards.

In September 2010, Farrah joined the Harlequin Kimani Romance family with the launch of her series that follows the lives of the fictional New York Sabers football team. The second book in the Sabers series, I'll Catch You, was nominated for the prestigious RITA Award given by the Romance Writers of America. Additionally, the second book in her Bayou Dreams series, Yours Forever, was a RITA nominee in 2015. A Forever Kind of Love, the first book in the Bayou Dreams series, was a 2012 RT Book Reviews Reviewer's Choice Award nominee. In 2015, Farrah won the Emma Award for Author of the Year.

When she is not writing in her favorite coffee shop, Farrah spends most of her time reading her favorite romance novels, hanging around on Twitter, visiting Disney World, and trying to attend as many Broadway shows as her budget will allow. An admitted sports fanatic, Farrah feeds her addiction to football by watching New Orleans Saints games on Sunday afternoons.


Conference Chair, Sionna Fox - [email protected]

Registration Chair, TB Markinson - [email protected]

Workshop Chair, Tamsen Parker - [email protected]

Agent & Editor Chair, Jennifer Hallock - [email protected]

Book Fair Chair, Satin Russell - [email protected]

Sponsorships, Satin Russell - [email protected]

Webmistress, Alexa Rowan - [email protected]