My First RWA Conference

I attended the Emerald City Writer’s Conference Oct. 26-28. A lot of romance authors in rainy Bellevue — what couldn’t be better? By the way, did you know I wrote romance? I’ve been a closet romance writer for a while. I’ve been playing with YA historical romance and adult historical romance. You can read about them in my Projects.

I don’t know why I’ve dragged my feet on being a romance writer. Being “literary” with straight historical fiction has been my passion. After all I got a B.A in history and like to delve deep into the time period and issues. But sometimes people need a lighter read. I’ve read a lot of historical romances and really enjoy the genre. I finally told myself, “Haley, you can write historical romance, too!”

So here I was at the RWA (Romance Writers of America) regional conference. I’ve never been around so many authors before!

I attended my first book fair and had my first signing all in the same day. I’m glad I got those out of the way. It wasn’t as scary as I expected. My table was next to western romance author Kaki Warner and we chatted throughout the book fair and became fast friends.

Historical Authors Haley Whitehall and Kaki Warner at ECWC

I was able to meet two of my writing mentors in person: Laurie Schnebly Campbell and Margie Lawson. Laurie was thoughtful and charming and Margie was bubbly and enthusiastic. Just what I expected!

I was also able to meet one of my critique partners Jillian Lark. We’ve been working together online for over a year now. It was great to spend the weekend with her, get to know her better, and now we’re planning our next excursion.

To learn more about my writing conference adventure and see more pictures please read Jillian Lark’s post. She worded the craziness and the excitement beautifully.


Off to See the Conference, My First Writers’ Conference in Oz! – Jillian Lark.

About Haley Whitehall

Haley Whitehall lives in Washington State where she enjoys all four seasons and the surrounding wildlife. She writes historicals set in the 19th century U.S. When she is not researching or writing, she plays with her cats, watches the Western and History Channels, and goes antiquing. She is hoping to build a time machine so she can go in search of her prince charming. A good book, a cup of coffee, and a view of the mountains make her happy.
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