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Emerald City Writer' Conference

October 15-17, 2021

Sponsored by Emerald City Romance Writers

We will be holding the 32nd Annual Emerald City Writers’ Conference completely online this year! Whether you’ve been published many times over or are just starting out, there’s something at ECWC for everyone.

The 2022 ECWC will include three 3-hour master classes, prerecorded workshops with live Q&As, pitch appointments with agents and editors, our popular Pitchfest, sprints, and a social happy hour.

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Meet Our Speakers

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Adriana Herrera

USA Today Bestselling Author

Adriana was born and raised in the Caribbean, but for the last fifteen years has let her job (and her spouse) take her all over the world. She loves writing stories about people who look and sound like her people, getting unapologetic happy endings.

When she’s not dreaming up love stories, planning logistically complex vacations with her family or hunting for discount Broadway tickets, she’s a trauma therapist in New York City, working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Her Dreamers series has received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist and has been featured in The TODAY Show on NBC, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Library Journal and The Washington Post. Her debut, American Dreamer, was selected as one of Booklist’s Best Romance Debuts of 2019, and one of the Top 10 Romances of 2019 by Entertainment Weekly. Her third novel, American Love Story, was one of the winners in the first annual Ripped Bodice Award for Excellence in Romantic Fiction. Adriana is an outspoken advocate for diversity in romance and has written for Remezcla and Bustle about Own Voices in the genre. She’s one of the co-creators of the Queer Romance PoC Collective.

Meet Our Agents & Editors

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Charles Griemsman

Editor, Harlequin

Since joining the company in 2005, Charles Griemsman has worked on several of Harlequin’s category romance lines. His primary focus is on the Harlequin Desire series where he’s worked with a wide range of  USA TODAY  and New York Times bestselling authors including Maya Banks, Katy Evans, Shannon McKenna, Joanne Rock and and many others. He also provides editorial support for Harlequin Special Edition, where his list includes  New York Times  bestselling authors Allison Leigh and Liz Bevarly, as well as Kathy Douglass. Deeply committed to putting inclusion and representation at the center of the editorial discussion, Charles was honored to serve as the editor mentor to Harlequin's first Romance Includes You Mentorship winner, Sera Taíno. Her debut novel, A Delicious Dilemma, came out from Harlequin Special Edition in September 2021. 

Please note: All times listed in PST

2021 Conference Schedule

Friday, Oct. 15

12:00 p.m. – 12:10 p.m. Opening and Welcome
12:10 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. Master Class
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Workshops and Q&As
5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Agent/Editor Panel
5:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Workshops and Q&As

6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Pitch Appointment Changes
6:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Pitchfest 

Saturday, Oct. 16

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pitch Appointments
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Writing Sprints
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Workshops and Q&As
2:20 p.m. –2:30 p.m. GSRWA Chapter Awards
2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Master Class
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Happy Hour Social 

Sunday, Oct. 17

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Writing Sprints

9:10 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. Workshops and Q&As

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Master Class

2:00 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. Closing and Thanks





2021 Conference Pricing

GSRWA chapter members (Opens June 24)


Early Bird (Opens July 1)


Regular pricing (After Aug. 1)

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