Annual Mini-Conference and Soirée


The 2017 Beau Monde Mini-Conference

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
Orlando, Florida

Our Mini-Conference is traditionally held beginning early in the morning on the Wednesday before the main RWA National Conference starts and the Soirée is held that evening.

The board and the conference committee are finalizing details and this page will be updated with the current year’s schedule, topics, locations and registration information.

Mini-Conference Schedule

Breakfast, Annual Meeting, Lunch, Workshops and Soirée: Location TBA

Keynote Speaker – Kate Pearce

Photo of author Kate PearceNew York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Kate Pearce was born into the middle of a large family of girls and found her escape in books, which she much preferred to the real world. Unfortunately, she ended up working in the finance industry despite her inability to add up. To escape her four kids, she continued to read romance novels and eventually decided she was going to write one.

In the eleventh month of her fifth year writing, after hundreds of rejections, and many contest entries she eventually landed an agent and a contract for an e-book. In 2005 no one knew what that was, not even the author, but she was proud of herself and kept writing.

Since then Kate has been published by Carina Press, Riptide Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, Virgin Black Lace and Cheek, Cleis Press, Kensington Aphrodisia and Brava and NAL Signet Eclipse in a variety of romance sub-genres. She has experience in many forms of publishing from digital, to small press to New York, with a dash of self-publishing as well.

She also writes the cozy Kurland St. Mary mystery series as Catherine Lloyd and enjoys combining her love of Agatha Christie with her knowledge of Regency England to create new crimes for her enterprising Rector’s daughter and irascible Major to solve together.

Kate will be sharing the ups and downs of her multi-faceted writing journey with us. Many of you know Kate from her years as our PAN Liaison.

Conference Schedule (subject to change):

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Annual General Meeting/Volunteer Recognition Ceremony (all members encouraged to attend)
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Workshop 1
10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Workshop 2
11:15 – 11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 – 12:30 p.m. Workshop 3
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Keynote with Kate Pearce
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Workshop 4
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Workshop 5
3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Workshop 6
8:30 – 11:00 p.m.
The Beau Monde Soirée
Regency Dance Mistress Catie Condran Geist
Veronica L. Lane (Full Circle)
Royal Ascot & Reader’s Choice Awards
Silent Auction


Registration & Fees

Registration will be capped at 100 attendees. Please do not wait to register once it is open.

More details forthcoming.

Questions? Please email our conference chair Ann Chaney.