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.

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


Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference

Registration is now open for #NECRWA20! We hope to see you at our new location at the Hilton Boston/Woburn on April 24-25, 2020. Our room block is open HERE with reduced rates for conference attendees.

NECRWA20 Features:

  • A Master Class with Farrah Rochon on Writing a Long-Running Series, Luncheon Speaker Zoraida Córdova and Keynote Speaker Joanna Shupe
  • Opportunities to pitch to Agent Devin Ross of New Leaf Literary and Media and Editor Stephanie Doig of Carina Press, click HERE to learn more about our pitch appointments and new for 2020 informal office hours
  • a diverse schedule of business, craft, and writer's life workshops
  • the opportunity to participate in our literacy signing event for readers on Friday night
  • Saturday Night Author Retreat: Spend Saturday evening chatting with your fellow authors about the state of publishing, craft questions, and the challenges we all face whether you're just starting out or you're on your 100th book

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NECRWA20 Speaker Bios

Joanna Shupe headshot

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.

Zoraida Cordova Headshot

Zoraida Córdova is the author of many young adult fantasy novels including Incendiary, Star Wars: A Crash of Fate, the Brooklyn Brujas series, and The Vicious Deep trilogy. Her novel Labyrinth Lost won the International Book Award for Best Young Adult Novel in 2017. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Timesbestselling anthology Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft, and Come on In. She is the co-editor of the anthology Vampires Never Get Old. Her debut middle grade fantasy, The Way to Rio Luna, will be published summer 2020 from Scholastic. She writes romance novels under a pen name. Zoraida was born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, New York. When she isn’t working on her next novel, she’s planning a new adventure.

Farrah Rochon headshot

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. 

NECRWA20 Schedule

Friday, April 24
9:00 AMRegistration Opens
12:00-4:50 PMWorkshops
3:00-3:50 PMMaster Class with Farrah Rochon
5:00-6:00 PMHors D'Oeuvres Reception/Author Fair Setup
6:00-8:00 PMAuthor Fair with Cash Bar, open to the public
8:00-8:30 PMBasket Raffle, open to the public
Saturday, April 25
Before 9:30 AMRestful Start: Breakfast is included for up to 4 Registered Guests of the hotel, booked through NECRWA's room block
9:30 AM-12:20 PMWorkshops, A&E Appts and Office Hours
12:30-2:20 PMLuncheon featuring Zoraida Córdova and the New England Readers' Choice Awards
2:30-5:20 PMWorkshops
6:00-8:00 PMDinner featuring Joanna Shupe
8:30-11:00 PMAuthor Retreat


Conference Chair, Sionna Fox - [email protected]

Registration Questions - [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, Torden Dar - [email protected]