SYTYCW CONFERENCE 2015

September 14-18, 2015

Schedule of Events

September 14th

September 15th

September 16th

September 17th

September 18th

Event Descriptions

September 14th

  • Welcome to So You Think You Can Write!

  • Welcome to SYTYCW’s online conference for authors! Here’s an overview of what you can expect in the coming week, from Senior Executive Editor Birgit Davis-Todd.
  • Today's Challenge: The First Page

  • Are you up for today's challenge? Send your first page in by 10 am EST today and you may be one of 5 entries chosen to receive personalized feedback at 12 p.m. EST on Tuesday, September 15 from our editors!
  • Twitter Event: Meet the Harlequin Editors

  • Join Harlequin editors for a live chat on Twitter and get answers to your questions about SYTYCW, romance fiction, writing for Harlequin and more! 9 am EST to 10 am EST. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #SYTYCW15.
  • Facebook Event: Cover vs Cover: The SYTYCW Edition

  • Many SYTYCW contestants have experienced the thrill of seeing their book published with Harlequin. Get a glimpse of some fabulous romance covers from our SYTYCW Alumni and comment on your favorites! Join us on Facebook.
  • Category Breakdown: The sexy side of romance

  • Join us on Twitter @HarlequinSYTYCW and Instagram @HarlequinBooks and learn more about the sexy Harlequin series that make your pulse race: Blaze, Kimani, Desire, and Presents! Don't forget to use the hashtag #SYTYCW15
  • Editorial Tips: Advice from the Harlequin editors

  • Join us on Twitter @HarlequinSYTYCW and Instagram @HarlequinBooks for quick tips from the Harlequin Editorial team on style, grammar, plot, polish and more! Don't forget to use the hashtag #SYTYCW15
  • Twitter Event: Share Your #Shelfie

  • Got a beloved bookshelf or a favourite reading corner? Whether it's custom built-ins or a Kindle and a cup of tea, share your "shelf-portrait"! Post your pictures on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #SYTYCWShelfie and #SYTYCW15.
  • Category Breakdown: The family side of romance

  • Join us on Twitter @HarlequinSYTYCW and Instagram @HarlequinBooks and learn more about Harlequin's warm and emotional home and family series: Special Edition, Romance, American Romance, Heartwarming, and Superromance! Don't forget to use the hashtag #SYTYCW15.
  • Twitter Event: Get to Know Carina Press

  • Do you write genre mash-ups, or have an interesting twist on an established romance theme or trope? Carina Press, Harlequin’s digital-first imprint wants to connect you with your readers. Learn more from Senior Editor Kerri Buckley @BuckleyKerri and Assistant Editor Stephanie Doig @stephaniedoig today on Twitter. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #carinachat!
  • Editorial Tips: Advice from the Harlequin editors

  • Join us on Twitter @HarlequinSYTYCW and Instagram @HarlequinBooks for quick tips from the Harlequin Editorial team on style, grammar, plot, polish and more! Don't forget to use the hashtag #SYTYCW15
  • Community Forum: Get it Done! Tips on time management

  • In this interactive forum, chat with Harlequin editors and authors and get tips on how to manage your time and meet your deadlines! You must be registered with Harlequin Community to join the conversation. Join us here: http://community.harlequin.com/showthread.php/6247-Time-Management-for-Writers Community is free but you must have an account to join the conversation. Register at harlequin.com: https://www.harlequin.com/signin.html?mt=2&redirecturl=talk.html
  • Today's Challenge: The First Meeting

  • Are you up for today's challenge? Submit a 1-3 page excerpt showing your couple's first meeting by 10 am EST today and you may be one of 5 entries chosen to receive personalized feedback at 3 pm EST from our editors!
  • Category Breakdown: The inspirational side of romance

  • Join us on Twitter @HarlequinSYTYCW and Instagram @HarlequinBooks and learn more about Harlequin's inspirational series: Love Inspired, Love Inspired Suspense, and Love Inspired Historical! Don't forget to use the hashtag #SYTYCW15.
  • Say it with Style: How to write great dialogue

  • Great dialogue does more than entertain and tell a story - it brings your characters to life. Carina Press Editor Rhonda Helms helps you write great dialogue that's true to your characters.
  • Editorial Tips: Advice from the Harlequin editors

  • Join us on Twitter @HarlequinSYTYCW and Instagram @HarlequinBooks for quick tips from the Harlequin Editorial team on style, grammar, plot, polish and more! Don't forget to use the hashtag #SYTYCW15
  • Twitter Event: Share your Hero and Heroine

  • Your hero's hot - but like Tom Hardy or Idris Elba? Is your feisty heroine Lupita Nyong'o or Anna Kendrick? Share your inspirational photos with us on Twitter @HarlequinSYTYCW and Instagram @HarlequinBooks. And don't forget to use the hashtag #sytycw15.
  • Category Breakdown: The suspenseful side of romance

  • Join us on Twitter @HarlequinSYTYCW and Instagram @HarlequinBooks and learn more about Harlequin's romantic suspense series: Intrigue and Romantic Suspense! Don't forget to use the hashtag #SYTYCW15.
  • Editorial Tips: Advice from the Harlequin editors

  • Join us on Twitter @HarlequinSYTYCW and Instagram @HarlequinBooks for quick tips from the Harlequin Editorial team on style, grammar, plot, polish and more! Don't forget to use the hashtag #SYTYCW15
  • The Pitch, Query and Synopsis: A Primer

  • You know you need a pitch, when you're submitting to us, but how do you write one? Do you need a query too? How long should your synopsis be? Editor Susan Litman explains the ins and outs of the pitch, query and synopsis.
  • Community Forum: Team You: Get the most from peer feedback and critique partners

  • Critique groups and peer comments can help get your story on track. But should you always take their advice? Connect with Harlequin authors and editors in our Community forum to discuss critique partners and giving and getting feedback. You must be registered with Harlequin Community to join the conversation.
  • Today's Challenge: Write Your Pitch

  • Are you up for today's challenge? Send your 100-word pitch in by 10 am EST today and you may be one of 5 entries chosen to receive personalized feedback at 2 pm EST from our editors!
  • SYTYCW Success Stories: Meet Amanda Cinelli

  • So You Think You Can Write has helped many romance writers realize their dreams of publishing with Harlequin. Meet SYTYCW 2014's winner, Amanda Cinelli, and learn more about life before and after the contest.
  • Category Breakdown: Romance genres for everyone

  • Join us on Twitter @HarlequinSYTYCW and Instagram @HarlequinBooks and learn more about Harlequin's genre romance series: Nocturne, Harlequin Historical and Harlequin Medical! Don't forget to use the hashtag #SYTYCW15.
  • Standing and Sitting: It’s All about Balance

  • Balance in your writing—and your life—is something we all strive for. And it’s critical when you’re writing, whether you’re published or not yet. It’s equally critical in the books you write. Executive Editor Paula Eykelhof talks about how to achieve the right balance with all aspects of your storytelling.
  • Editorial Tips: Advice from the Harlequin editors

  • Join us on Twitter @HarlequinSYTYCW and Instagram @HarlequinBooks for quick tips from the Harlequin Editorial team on style, grammar, plot, polish and more! Don't forget to use the hashtag #SYTYCW15
  • Wrapping It All Up!

  • Thanks for joining us at this year's online conference! We hope you've had fun and learned some new skills. Be sure to check out the contest checklist, key dates and deadlines! Good luck!
  • Finish Your Novel Weekend!

  • The finish line is in sight! Will your novel be ready by the So You Think You Can Write contest deadline of 4:59 p.m. EST, Monday, September 21st, 2015? Harlequin Community is here to help you on this last leg of your writing marathon! Happening all weekend long!

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