RWA agenda?

Is there a schedule or agenda out yet for RWA this summer?  I haven’t been able to find one at RWA’s website, and I’d like to know what’s going to be discussed/presented/available before I register.  It’ll also help when figuring out my leave — Wednesday, Thursday and Friday?  All day Wednesday, or just the afternoon?  And so on.



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6 responses to “RWA agenda?

  1. Anonymous

    I can never remember the timeline – but I’d start checking for a workshop schedule two months before the conference. They will post it online. Last year, they didn’t post the list of authors at the Literacy Signing until one month before the conference – and it just about killed me. I like to have a “plan” of attack.
    I don’t think you need to arrive until Wednesday afternoon. The workshops don’t get rolling until Thursday, so it’s just a matter of getting at there on Wednesday before the Lit. Signing, which usually starts around 5:30PM.

  2. Were you able to find the schedule of events page? Maybe it’s a members only thing? Anyway, I cut and pasted it:
    Wednesday, July 15
    7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. RWA Registration
    8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Librarians’ Day Event
    9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Chapter Leadership Seminar
    12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Chapter Leadership Luncheon
    12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Librarians’ Day Lunch, feat. Stella Cameron
    2:30 – 5:00 p.m. Librarian and Bookseller Networking Event
    5:30 – 7:30 p.m. “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing
    8:00 – 9:00 p.m. First Timers’ Orientation
    Thursday, July 16
    7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. RWA Registration
    8:30 – 10:15 a.m. Opening Session, featuring Janet Evanovich
    10:30 a.m. – noon Annual General Meeting
    12:15 – 2:00 p.m. Keynote Luncheon, featuring Linda Howard
    2:00 – 5:00 p.m. PRO Retreat
    2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Workshops
    3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Avon Book Signing
    8:00 p.m. – Midnight Moonlight Madness Bazaar
    Friday, July 17
    7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. RWA Registration
    8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Workshops
    8:30 – 10:30 a.m. PAN Retreat
    9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Editor/Agent Appointments
    9:45 – 11:15 a.m. Harlequin Book Signing
    9:45 – 11:15 a.m. Pocket Book Signing
    12:15 – 2:00 p.m. Awards Luncheon, featuring Eloisa James
    3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Berkley Book Signing
    3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Grand Central Book Signing
    3:00 – 5:00 p.m. RITA & Golden Heart Finalists Reception
    Saturday, July 18
    7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
    8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. RWA Registration
    8:30 – 10:45 a.m. Chapter Treasurers Seminar
    8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Workshops
    9:00 – 10:30 a.m. NAL Book Signing
    9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Ballantine/Bantam Dell Book Signing
    9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Editor/Agent Appointments
    3:00 – 4:30 p.m. St. Martin’s Press Book Signing
    3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Sourcebooks Book Signing
    8:00 – 10:00 p.m. 2009 RITA & Golden Heart Awards Ceremony
    10:00 p.m. – Midnight RITA & Golden Heart Reception
    No word on workshops or attendees for the lit signing. I think they delay that as long as possible because of scheduling. For example, our chapter was given the option of reserving a room for a gathering at National, and we had until about two weeks ago to make that request. They have to coordinate all of those requests first, then organize when/where the workshops will be.
    But if you do come, say hi to me at the lit signing. I’m afraid of it being like every other signing I’ve been to where people try not to make eye contact and I sit there looking all sad puppy. But I won’t be so sad puppy at my two workshops. Unless no one shows up.

    • Thanks for the schedule! I hadn’t found it online, but my Google skills have been lacking lately.
      How does the lit signing work?
      Now I just need to actually register, and then figure out which things I want to attend. On one hand, the idea of the workshops interest me…but as a non-writer, I’m not sure what I’d get out of them, or if I should be taking space that people who want to write should have.

      • Anonymous

        The workshops are never full, so that wouldn’t be an issue. There’s always room.
        As for the lit signing, people start lining up hours in advance. I think it starts at 5:30. Authors get in different ways for about an hour ahead of time and mingle with each other, and then they open the flood gates. Women literally RUN to their favorite authors, and people like Nora, Lisa Kleypas, etc. have bigger areas of the giant ass room so that lines don’t get too crazy. They also have guides to make sure the flow of traffic is good. The authors have the books at the table, sign them there, give away candy, and when you’re finished, you take them all to a check out counter back out the way you came.
        If you have books of your own that you’d like signed, they have you enter a separate way and mark them with stickers or such. One thing I’d rec is that you bring cash, if possible. The lines for folks checking out with credit cards are HUGE. Cash moves along much nicer.
        But the real perk for attending are the publisher signings. All those on the schedule–Berkeley signing, Bantam signing, etc.? Those are all free books. You line up, file in, talk to authors, get free signed books. Awesome. I had to get really picky last year coz of travel home and still wound up with about 40. Could’ve done 100 easy. The goodie room has free books throughout the week too. So if an author had her own leftovers from her signing, she might dump them in the goodie room as promo rather than cart them home.

      • That above one was me.

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