Annual Mini-Conference and Soirée


The 2017 Beau Monde Mini-Conference

The Beau Monde's 2017 San Diego Conference Pin

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

ASIA 5, Lobby Level
Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort
Orlando, Florida

Full registration is now closed for
the Beau Monde’s 2017 Mini-Conference!
See below for info regarding onsite registration for the Evening Workshop and Soirée.

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. Regency costumes are encouraged, but are NOT required for the soirée.

Mini-Conference Schedule

Breakfast, Annual Meeting, Lunch, Workshops and Soirée: ASIA 5, Lobby Level

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 – 9:00 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. Georgian Dublin: From The Castle to HellCora Lee
10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Women of the Regency: How they loved; what they thought; and how they were viewedCallie Hutton
11:15 – 11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 – 12:45 p.m. Lunch and Keynote with Kate Pearce
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Creating the Regency FeelGrace Kone
2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 – 4:00 p.m. If You Knew Regency London…Louisa Cornell and Kristine Hughes
(Mid Workshop Break 3:00-3:10 p.m.)
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Libations of the Regency Workshop – sponsored and presented by Ella Quinn
8:30 – 11:00 p.m.
The Beau Monde Soirée
Regency Dance Mistress Catie Condran Geist
Royal Ascot & Reader’s Choice Awards
Silent Auction


Registration Details

Registration Fees as Follows:

Full conference fee includes all workshops (including the Libations of the Regency workshop), breakfast, lunch, and the soirée.

Full Conference Registration closed on July 15, 2017.

**Soirée Fee includes Libations of the Regency Workshop Sponsored and Presented by Ella Quinn.

**We will accept onsite payment for the soirée and the special Libations of the Regency Workshop–cash only–at the following prices:
Soirée & Libations of the Regency (at the door) – Member $45
Soirée & Libations of the Regency (at the door) – Non-member $65

Special Event: The Libations of the Regency Workshop sponsored and presented by Ella Quinn will be held at 7:00-8:00 p.m. – $15.00 (Walk-in fee for this workshop only — otherwise included with Full Conference or Soirée registration. Room will be cleared before the Soirée begins.)

As always, please remember that our A Feather To Fly With—Emily Hendrickson Scholarship Fund is available if needed.

Questions? Please email our conference chair Ann Chaney.