RomCon 2015 Schedule

This is RomCon 2015's schedule and can be used as a guide for what might be offered in 2016. 2016's schedule will come in February.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday (and a little bit of Thursday night for you early birds!) are jam packed with Reader and Writer events and workshops!

Non-stop events for you to choose from during 3 days of learning, fun, games, and opportunities for authors and readers to interact face-to-face. This year, all events are genre neutral, meaning they include authors of all genres and topics are on all aspects of romance.

The schedule was last updated on 9/2/15.

General Event Schedule - Reader Weekend & Writer's University

All times and events are subject to change without notice at any time.

Thursday, September 24

5:00pm - 7:30pm

7:00pm - 9:00pm



7:30pm - 9:00pm

Early Registration - Boulder Creek

Wine & Witches Welcome Event - Pre-Function D
For early bird fans: Join Suza Kates and Misha McKenzie for a fun filled wine tasting at Bonaquisti Urban Winery. A shuttle bus will be provided for readers. A form to sign up for this FREE event will be posted online on September 15 and will allow only one ticket per person, therefore you may not sign up for friends. Only 60 spots available. *This event is for Readers/Fans only.

Informal Author Social - Big Thompson

Friday, September 25


Registration Opens

9:00am - 10:15am

Intimate Chat - Dianna Love - Maroon Peak

Intimate Chat - Eve Langlais - Pike's Peak

University- DPI Is Not A Secret Government Agency! with David Gregg - Platte River
Enhance working with graphics designers and other media. Focusing on: Basic formats, specifications (Web, Print) and terms. General overview graphics software programs used by most designers. Understanding the basics of statement of work or design briefs.

Pictionary® - Ballroom C
Sylvia McDaniel, Carolyn Brown, Carolyn Rae, Josie Matthews, S.E. Smith, Joanna Grace, Jodi Thomas, Marsha R. West, Sandy Sullivan, Misty Dietz, Rebecca Zanetti
Play the classic drawing game with romance clues with your favorite authors!

Whispers Down The Lane - Ballroom D
Bonnie Phelps, Jules Dixon, Karen Docter, Kym Roberts, Sandra Kerns, Jude Willhoff, Evelyn Lederman, Cynthia Woolf, Teri Riggs, Aidy Award
Using book tag lines or quotes, one person will whisper a message to another and pass it down the lane. Players will break into author led teams and each team will reveal its whisper at the end of each round. Prizes offered to winning teams!

10:30am - 11:45pm

Intimate Chat - Rebecca Zanetti - Maroon Peak

Intimate Chat - S.E. Smith - Pike's Peak

Password - Ballroom C
Kristen Painter, JM Madden, Caridad Pineiro, Charlotte Abel, Kris Kendall, Pauline Gruber, C.A. Szarek, Julie Ann Walker, Megan Kelly, Pat Simmons, Jewel Quinlan, Misha McKenzie, Cate Rowan
Lots of fun will be had as reader teams try to guess a list of romance related words. Based on the game show Password. Prizes will be given out to the top three teams! 

University - Editing to Get Noticed/The Art of Hooking Your Reader with Clean Teen Publishing - Big Thompson
As an acquiring editor, there are many common mistakes that will make me reject a submission. This class will teach the four fundamentals of pre-submission editing. Hooks, scene breaks, the art of back story and boiling your novel down into a concise, intriguing paragraph will all be discussed.

Chat Panel #1 - Nancy Naigle, Sharon Hamilton, Deborah Bladon, Debra Holland, Carolyn Brown, Jodi Thomas - Ballroom D

11:45pm - 1:15pm

Lunch Break - Boxed lunch provided by RomCon®

Dianna Love - The Business Of Successful Publishing (12:15-1:15) - Platte River

1:15pm - 2:30pm

Intimate Chat - Debra Holland - Maroon Peak

Intimate Chat - Sharon Hamilton - Pike's Peak

University- Taxes For Writers with Margaret Taylor - Platte River
This workshop will give an overview of Taxes as they relate to Authors. Topics covered will include the differences between a Corporation, an LLC, a Partnership, a Sole Proprietorship and what entity may be best for an Author; what types of industry specific expenses are deductible along with other topics geared toward helping Authors understand Taxes and their responsibilities.

Crimson Presentation on Small Press and Digital Publishing - Big Thompson

Bad Boy Roulette - Ballroom C
Diane J. Reed, Karen Docter, Deborah Bladon, Silk Jones, Kallypso Masters, Jean Joachim, Rebecca Zanetti
Oh how we love our bad boys! They break rules & hearts, yet the best romances dish up hot, transgressive heroes who have secret hearts of gold--but only for the RIGHT woman. In this fun reader workshop, we'll read snippets of some of the hottest sociopaths in romance fiction & then play a game of Bad Boy Roulette where we spin the wheel & find out what REALLY happens to this relationship in the end. Will our heroine find herself in sexual ecstasy or six feet under? Spin the wheel with Mr. Danger & find out!

Agents Of Doom - Ballroom D
Maggie Mae Gallagher, Laura Hawks, Michele Callahan, S.E. Smith, Joanna Grace, Suza Kates, Evelyn Lederman
Hail Agents of Doom! In this epic Superhero Battle, our authors have been infected with alien DNA, some are working to save our galaxy and some are out to rule it. In this interactive, family-feud style trivia game, you will aid your Agent in a quest to save the galaxy or destroy it. Are you a superhero or a supervillain?

2:45pm - 4:00pm

Intimate Chat - Kallypso Masters - Maroon Peak

Intimate Chat - Red Phoenix - Pike's Peak

University- Soul Deep with Gina Ardito - Big Thompson
Method acting, developed by Academy Award® winner, Lee Strasberg, combines a series of exercises with relaxation and observation techniques to create a deeper understanding of characterization. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll employ those same ideals, used by some of the world’s greatest actors and actresses, to really know our characters, enhancing show vs. tell, and deepening point-of-view.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Beta, Alpha, and Alpha-hole Heroes - Ballroom C
Julie Ann Walker, Debra Holland, Deborah Bladon, Jenna Jacob, Nancy Naigle, Michelle Howard, Sandra Kerns, Tiffany Snow, Cate Rowan, Eve Langlais, JM Madden, Caridad Pineiro, Cynthia Woolf
Heroes: Authors love to write them; fans love to read them. But which are the BEST? Two award-winning and bestselling authors discuss the different types of heroes - beta, alpha, and alpha-hole - and which genres lend themselves to one type of hero or another. Readers will have the opportunity to judge a hero by his book cover with fun prizes going to winners! Q&A.

Charades - Ballroom D
Jodi Thomas, Jewel Quinlan, Marsha R. West, Allie Pleiter, Michel Prince, Maggie Mae Gallagher, Jerrie Alexander, Misty Dietz, Geri Foster
Join your author hosts in this outrageous and fun word guessing game! Act out the book related clues and help your team win. Clues will be taken from the romance genre. Lots of prizes and laughter!

4:15pm - 5:30pm

Co-Writing with Yelena Casale & Tina Moss - Platte River
Co-writing can be a tempting idea for both newbie and seasoned writers. The reasons are wide and varied – from dipping one’s toes into the writing world with a partner by their side, to putting two great minds together to see what may come of it, to just exploring a different facet of the writing experience. Yet, how does one know if co-writing will work for them? How do they find the right partner for collaboration? What is the process for co-writing? This workshop will explore all phases of writing with a partner, from the inception of the idea to the steps to make it a fluid and seamless process. It will look at various methods that writers can adopt for themselves, as no one method works for all. It’ll take an intimate look at the art of co-writing, as well as the business aspects, such as promotion and the sharing of royalties. When two writers find their way to collaboration, they can often produce high-quality fiction faster, generate more great ideas, and develop wonderful close relationships.

Speed Date An Author - Ballroom A
Spend two minutes meeting fantastic authors!

5:45pm - 7:00pm

Cocktail Party hosted by ML Callahan & Vanessa Vale - Corridor B

7:15pm - 8:45pm

3rd Annual Comedy Improv - Ballroom B

Join the Stick Horses In Pants Comedy Improv Troupe for a "Who's Line Is It Anyway" style of improvisation with a wild romance twist.

9pm - 11pm

Sweet and Sassy Bingo - Ballroom C
Pat Simmons, Lisa Watson, Karen Docter, Pauline Gruber, Geri Foster, Megan Kelly, Bonnie Phelps, Nancy Naigle, Allie Pleiter, Carolyn Brown, Diane J. Reed
Enjoy an evening with friends in fun and games on the 'sweeter' side. Rated G!

Bachelorette Party V with Pure Romance - Ballroom D
Melody Anne, Joanna Grace, Silk Jones, Jenna Jacob, Kallypso Masters, Maggie Mae Gallagher, Amelia James, Michel Prince, Red Phoenix, Sandy Sullivan, Jean Joachim, Marie Tuhart, Sharon Hamilton, LaVerne Thompson, Aidy Award
5th annual bachelorette style party with new fun and games. Sponsored by Pure Romance who will give away over $700 worth of passionate play things....

(Cash Bar available at both events)

Saturday, September 26


Registration Opens

8:30am - 9:30am

Intimate Chat - Caridad Pineiro - Pike's Peak

Intimate Chat - Tiffany Snow - Maroon Peak

University - Indie Experts Speak - Q&A! - Big Thompson
Curious about the current state of indie publishing? Writing contemporary, erotic, historical, paranormal/sci-fi, suspense, as well as other Romance sub-genres, six New York Times and/or USA Today bestselling indie authors invite you to ask them anything you'd like to know about their experiences. Michele Callahan, Sharon Hamilton, Debra Holland, J.M. Madden, Kallypso Masters, and Red Phoenix promise their fellow authors a lively, candid discussion!

University- Beat Sheet Writing with Bethany Burke of Blushing Books - Platte River
Plotter or pantser? Rigid outline or seat of the pants? There IS a "middle road": the beat sheet. Virtually all fiction - whether screenplays or novels - hits certain story beats at certain intervals in the story. Based on the traditional three-act structure, these turning points (or beats) are the building blocks of your story. Hit them, and your story “works.” Miss them, and your story will not feel right to the readers, even if the reasons are unclear. This workshop presents these beats using an easy to follow, interactive spreadsheet, which allows authors to gauge their beats based on story length, and define each beat with just one or two sentences. 

Keys to Being a Successful Author - Ballroom C
Writing the book is just the beginning. Discover the next steps to increase your book sales and develop a business plan through this informative workshop hosted by multi listed New York Times/USA Today author, S.E. Smith, and international marketing specialist, Narelle Todd. 

Catchphrase - Ballroom D
Dianna Love, C.A. Szarek, Kym Roberts, Maggie Mae Gallagher, Jerrie Alexander, Kristen Painter
Game will be played in author led teams. Your goal? Get your team to say the word or phrase on your clue card before time runs out. Fun and prizes!


9:45am - 10:45am

Intimate Chat - Julie Ann Walker - Maroon Peak

Intimate Chat - Deborah Bladon - Pike's Peak

How to Hit The Bestseller List with E-book Pre-Orders with Jim Azevedo from Smashwords - Platte River
Smashwords gives detailed strategies on how pre-orders can bump your book to the top.

Series Writing with NYT Bestseller Jodi Thomas - Big Thompson
An amazing Q & A session with Jodi Thomas to learn the in's and out's of series writing. Learn from the best!

Puzzlemania - Ballroom A
S.E. Smith, Eve Langlais, Dianna Love, Suza Kates, Michelle Howard, Michele Callahan, Misha McKenzie, LaVerne Thompson
Join authors and other readers in a race to put book cover puzzles together.

11:00am - 1:30pm

Reader Luncheon- Keynote speaker: NYT Bestseller Jodi Thomas - Ballroom D
Sit with your favorite author for an amazing luncheon with keynote speaker, bestselling author Jodi Thomas. Chances to win door prizes and raffles!

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Intimate Chat - Carolyn Brown - Pike's Peak

Intimate Chat - Jodi Thomas - Maroon Peak

Chat Panel #2 - Eve Langlais, Kallypso Masters, Julie Ann Walker, Dianna Love, S.E. Smith, Rebecca Zanetti - Big Thompson

Introduction to Self-Publishing with Smashwords - Platte River
A discussion of trends that are impacting the publishing industry, the exciting advantages Indies have over their traditionally published peers, and a checklist of basics authors need to know when publishing an ebook like formatting, conversion, cover design, ISBN's, copyrights and distribution.

FEEL THE FIGHT SCENE!!! with 7th degree black belt Thomas Casale - Ballroom D
Understanding the feelings and texture of actual street combat through the eyes of raw frightening politically incorrect reality.

Writing concepts will include the following:
1) Understanding the internal thoughts and feelings of champions & losers
2) Understanding the internal thoughts and feelings of aggressors & victims
3) Understanding the mechanics of escalation of daily street violence & actual mortal combat

Lesson and Partner Exercises:
1) Eye to eye, no contact, partner exercise to examine the aforementioned writing concepts
2) Lesson: How to block, punch and kick
2) Self defense exercise playful safe contact with partner

THIS IS A NO CONTACT, NO IMPACT CLASS! Sit back and have fun!

3:30pm - 5:30pm

Author Signing - Ballroom A

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Cocktail Hour hosted by NYT bestsellers S.E. Smith & Eve Langlais - Pre-function D

7:30pm - 11:00pm

Join Cynthia Woolf, Sylvia McDaniel, S.E. Smith, Jodi Thomas & Debra Holland for a wild west party - learn to line dance with a cowboy!

(Cash bar)

Sunday, September 27

9:00am - 11:00pm

Reader Roundtable - Ballroom D
The tables are turned! Authors will submit questions in advance what you (Reader!) want in your books. Reader led event.