Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Romance in the Magic City Writers Conference

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 30, 31,
and April 1, 2007
Wynfrey Hotel, 1000 Riverchase Galleria,
Birmingham, Alabama 35244
With pleasure Southern Magic, the Birmingham chapter of the Romance Writers of America, presents a three-day conference with many wonderful programs planned.

!!Dessert reception for all attendees on Friday night
!!Workshops presented by experts in their fields Saturday morning
and afternoon
!!Editors and agents panel along with opportunities for appointments
!!Raffles of critiques from many other editors, agents, and well-known
authors
!!Book signing Saturday afternoon (open to the public)
!!Formal banquet Saturday evening to announce winners of the
!!Gayle Wilson and Linda Howard Award of Excellence contests.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Banquet Keynote: Beverly Barton: Born and bred southern belle, sixth-generation Alabamian, Beverly Barton has been an avid reader since childhood. She began writing at the age of nine and wrote short stories, poetry, plays, and novels throughout high school and college. Since the release of her first book in 1990, New York Times best-selling author, Barton has been a two-time winner of the GRW Maggie Award, a two-time winner of the National Readers’ Choice Award, a finalist for the RWA Rita Award, and a Romantic Times Career Achievement award winner. Her books have been featured by the Rhapsody Book Club and the Doubleday Book Club. With more than fifty romance and romantic suspense novels to her credit, Barton’s momentum never seems to slow down and she continues to garner new readers with each and every book.

Luncheon Keynote: Gayle Wilson: A two-time RITA Award winner, taking home the RITA for Best Romantic Suspense Novel in 2000 and for Best Romantic Novella in 2004. In addition to twice winning the prestigious RITA, Gayle has won both the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Suspense and Mystery and the Dorothy Parker International Reviewer’s Choice Award for Series Romance. Beyond those honors, her books have garnered over 50 other awards and nominations. Gayle has written 39 novels and 3 novellas for Harlequin, including works for Harlequin Historical, Harlequin Intrigue, Special Releases, and HQN. She is currently writing romantic suspense for MIRA.

Sunday Morning Keynote: Linda Howard: A award-winning author of numerous New York Times bestsellers. Linda sold her first book to Silhouette in 1980 and has written a total of 41 novels and novellas for Silhouette, Pocket Books, and Ballantine; she has written category romance, historical romance, time travel, and contemporary single titles both with and without paranormal elements.
Attending Editors/Agents
(Be on the look out for more to be added)
Tracy Farrell, Executive Editor, HQN
Leslie Wainger, Executive Editor, Harlequin Books
Kimberly Whalen, Vice President, Trident Media Group.
Christina Hogrebe, Jane Rotrosen Agency
Rates:
Before January 1, 2007
Southern Magic or Gulf Coast RW member rate $180.
Non Chapter RWA member rate $190.
Non RWA member rate $200.
PayPal option available at www.southernmagic.org
If you wish to pay through our Easy Pay Plan, payments must
be received by snail mail before the dates indicated.
If you have any questions, contact carlaswafford@charter.net.
The cancellation fee of $50 will apply after the second payment.
EASY PAY PLAN - make checks out to Southern Magic and fill out
registration form. www.southernmagic.org

Southern Magic or Gulf Coast RWA
Early Registration Member Rate ($180)
$50 before October 1st 2006
$50 before November 1st 2006
$50 before December 1st 2006
$30 before January 1st 2007

Non Chapter RWA Member
Early Registration Rate ($190)
$50 before October 1st 2006
$50 before November 1st 2006
$50 before December 1st 2006
$40 before January 1st 2007

Non RWA Member
Early Registration Rate ($200)
$50 before October 1st 2006
$50 before November 1st 2006
$50 before December 1st 2006
$50 before January 1st 2007
Note: If last payment is made on January 1st, 2007 or after,
an additional $10 fee applies.
January 1 thru March 16, 2007
Southern Magic or Gulf Coast RW member rate $190
Non Chapter RWA member rate $200
Non RWA member rate $210

Social Events (Fri night Dessert & Sat night Banquet/Awards)
for significant others only - $100
(Must be accompanied by attendee that paid in full.)
Cancellation fee: $50
Finalists of 2007 Gayle Wilson and Linda Howard Award of Excellence
contests will qualify for the member rates (for 2007 only - the prior
year(s) winners will qualify, too - as we plan to celebrate their wins)
Make Checks payable to: Southern Magic RW
For registration form go to www.southernmagic.org
Send payment and/or questions to:
Carla Swafford
Southern Magic RW
3464 Floyd Bradford Road
Trussville, AL 35173
Hotel Information:
Wynfrey Hotel
1000 Riverchase Galleria
Birmingham,.Alabama 35244
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Conference events will take place in the hotel.
Mention Romance in the Magic City Writers Conference
to reserve your room rate of $115.00 per night plus taxes.
Note that a $9 per day rate will apply if you park inside the
hotel's parking deck.

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