chapmansmythe (chapmansmythe) wrote,

New Jersey Romance Writers Conference.

Hi all! Hey, I'll be presenting a workshop at the NJRWA conference in October. My workshop is Creating Realistic Special Needs Characters.

I'll be honest--its a thrill to even have one's name appear on the same page as Eloisa James. :)

Hope to see you there. I'll be examining books and films, highlighting special needs characters and their portrayals as secondary and primary characters. (My Left Foot, Rainman, Of Mice and Men, etc)

NJRW's Put Your Heart in a Book Conference
Empower Your Muse!

October 21-22, 2011
Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel
Iselin, NJ

Don’t miss this opportunity to take your writing to the next level. This year’s Put Your Heart in a Book Conference is shaping up to be the best ever. We will be adding to the list of agents and editors, so please check the website frequently for updates!

All conference information and forms are on the conference drop down menu. Users have experienced issues seeing the conference drop down menu using AOL as their browser. Please log on to this site using either FireFox, Safari or Internet Explorer and click on the conference tab in the header to view all the information.

Our Featured Speakers

Keynote speaker — Suzanne Brockmann

Luncheon speaker — Rachel Gibson

Special Presentation speaker — Victoria Alexander*

Along with a Half-day pre-conference with Brenda Novak

* For the first 100 people who sign up for the conference

Here is a partial list of agents and editors scheduled to attend:


Jessica Alvarez, BookEnds, LLC
Claudia Cross, Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc. (panel only)
Jennifer Didik, Loretta Barrett Books, Inc.
Stephany Evans, FinePrint Literary Management
Anne Hawkins, John Hawkins & Associates, Inc.
Christina Hogrebe, Jane Rotrosen Agency
Miriam Kriss, Irene Goodman Literary Agency
Denise Little, The Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency
Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Beth Miller, Writers House
Nicole Resciniti, The Seymour Agency
Lauren Ruth, BookEnds, LLC
Susannah Taylor, Richard Henshaw Group
Carlie Webber, Jane Rotrosen Agency

Holly Blanck, St. Martin’s Press
Lia Brown, Avalon Books
Karen Chaplin, HarperCollins Publishers
Kelli Collins, Ellora’s Cave
Wendy McCurdy, Berkley Books
Lauren Plude, Grand Central Publishing
Aubrey Poole, Sourcebooks
Latoya Smith, Grand Central Publishing
And 6 editors from Harlequin!
And, here is the list of our workshop presenters:

Tasha AlexanderVictoria AlexanderLaura Marie AltomToni AndrewsGina ArditoL.A.BanksMarlo BerlinerAnnette BlairTerri BrisbinSuzanne BrockmannMary BurtonChristine BushDianne CastellAnna DePaloStephanie DravenCara ElliottMarie ForceJacquelyn FrankRachel GibsonLaura GriffinWinnie GriggsNancy HerknessKristan HigginsEloisa JamesSophie JordanMary KennedyApril KihlstromCindy KirkEliza KnightCaroline LindenDenise LittleKathleen LongJanice LynnKevan LyonSally MacKenzieBrenda NovakRobin D. OwensTessa RadleyIsabel RomanRenee RyanRuth SeitelmanKaren Rose SmithRR SmytheMariah StewartHope TarrStephanie TylerThe Grammar DivasLauren Willig
Registration opens June 15th 2011!

NJRW Member: $190.00
Non-NJRW Member: $210.00

NJRW hotel room rate is $115, which includes guestroom internet access.

Pre-conference Workshop

Emotion: The Heart of the Novel, with Brenda Novak (Friday, Oct. 21, from 9 AM to 12 PM) - $30.00

Donations Requested

Your help is needed! Donations for the 2011 Conference giveaway baskets can be brought to each NJRW monthly meeting and would be greatly appreciated. Items such as lotions, candles, chocolates, unused books, bottles of wine and, of course, large baskets would be very helpful. Complete theme baskets will also be accepted from individuals or a group of authors. Any questions, please contact Val Luna, Baskets Chair.

If you have questions, please contact: Marlo Berliner, NJRW’s 2011 Conference Chair, at or, Ruth Seitelman, Assistant Chair, at For registration questions, please contact: LoriMarie LaSpada, Registrar, at

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