Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference


The 2019 Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference will be held on April 26-27 at the Boston Marriott in Burlington, MA. Registration is open, so register now, because you don't want to miss out! Need the link to pay by PayPal? We've got you covered.

Our room block with Marriott is now live and ready to go! Attendees have until April 10 to take advantage of the reduced conference room rate. Please let the conference committee know if you have any issues booking your room.

NECRWA19 will feature:

  • a fantastic lineup of agents and editors who are eager to hear your pitches
  • a diverse schedule of business, craft, and writer's life workshops
  • mini Indie UnCon/PAN breakout session and open Writer's room will be available on Saturday night until 11pm
  • the opportunity to participate in our literacy signing event for readers on Friday night
  • Three amazing speakers: Damon Suede will be presenting a master class, and Sonali Dev and Penny Reid will be our keynote speakers!

This year we are offering five $100 grants for registration fees to conference registrants in financial need who either have not been to the NECRWA conference before, or who have not attended in the last two years (i.e. last attended 2016 or before). If you are interested in applying and meet the qualifications, please fill out the form at https://goo.gl/forms/wlmdT6LXByNVVv1j2. The deadline to apply for a grant is 1/21/2019. You will be notified by 1/25/19, so you will still have time to sign up for early bird pricing and our installment plan if you wish.

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2019 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Friday April 26th
9:00a Registration Opens
12:00p-2:50p Workshops
2:00p-3:50p Master Class with Damon Suede/Workshops
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 27th
Before 9:30a Restful start--breakfast on your own
9:30a-12:20p Workshops/A&E Appointments
12:30p-2:20p Luncheon feat. Penny Reid and New England Readers' Choice Awards Ceremony
2:30p-5:20p Workshops
6:00p-8:00p Dinner feat. Sonali Dev
8:30p-11:00p Writers' Retreats: Indie UnConference/PAN Breakout and open Writers' Room

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 is neither gluten nor nut-free. Breakfasts and Friday lunch are on your own.


2019 SPEAKER BIOS

Sonali Dev head shotKeynote Speaker - Sonali Dev’s first literary work was a play about mistaken identities performed at her neighborhood Diwali extravaganza in Mumbai. She was eight years old. Despite this early success, Sonali spent the next few decades getting degrees in architecture and writing, migrating across the globe, and starting a family while writing for magazines and websites. With the advent of her first gray hair her mad love for telling stories returned full force, and she now combines it with her insights into Indian culture to conjure up stories that make a mad tangle with her life as supermom, domestic goddess, and world traveler.

Sonali lives in the Chicago suburbs with her very patient and often amused husband and two teens who demand both patience and humor, and the world’s most perfect dog.

Sonali’s novels have been on Library Journal, NPR, Washington Post, and Kirkus’s Best Books of the year lists. She has won the American Library Association’s award for best romance, the RT Reviewer Choice Award for best contemporary  romance, multiple RT Seals of Excellence, and is a RITA® finalist. Shelf Awareness calls her “Not only one of the best but one of the bravest romance novelists working today.”

Luncheon Speaker - Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers, Knitting in the City, Rugby, and Hypothesis series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

Damon Suede headshot

Master Class - Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. He has lived all over: Houston, New York, London, Prague. Along the way, he’s earned his crust as a model, a messenger, a promoter, a programmer, a sculptor, a singer, a stripper, a bookkeeper, a bartender, a techie, a teacher, a director...but writing has ever been his bread and butter. He has been happily partnered for over a decade with the most loving, handsome, shrewd, hilarious, noble man to walk this planet.

Damon is a proud member of the Romance Writers of America and currently serves on its national Board of Directors. He also served as the 2013 president for the Rainbow Romance Writers, RWA's LGBT romance chapter. Though new to gay romance, Damon has been writing for print, stage, and screen for almost three decades, which is both more and less glamorous than you might imagine. He's won some awards, but his blessings are more numerous: his amazing friends, his demented family, his beautiful husband, his loyal fans, and his silly, stern, seductive Muse who keeps whispering in his ear, year after year.


2019 CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

Conference Chair, Sionna Fox - [email protected]

Assistant Chair/Social Media Director, Jess Vonn - [email protected]

Registration Chair, Stephanie Kay - [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]