Romance Slam Jam 2008 (RSJ2008)

Venue: Wyndham O’Hare

Location: Rosemont, Illinois, United States

Event Date/Time: Apr 30, 2008 End Date/Time: May 04, 2008
Registration Date: Feb 28, 2008
Early Registration Date: Dec 30, 2007
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Hello folks,

This is your friendly reminder about the 2008 Romance Slam Jam readers' and writers' conference (Apr 30 - may 4 2008, Chicago IL). Registration is open.

I know May seems a long way off, but we want to see you all there and hopefully need to schedule additional reader sessions and workshops. So grab a friend or come solo.

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If you still have questions after viewing the website, email me at deatri@romanceslamj

Romance Slam Jam 2008 Event Overview

Welcome Reception

Once a year, readers and authors of Black romance come together in a reunion of sorts. Come on out to the welcome reception to catch up with old friends and welcome new members to the Romance Slam Jam family.

Reader Sessions: Come spend quality time with your favorite authors and discuss their past, present and future projects! With twenty-eight Reader Sessions, you are sure to be in Reader Heaven!

Here are the authors slated to participate in the Reader sessions:

AC Arthur, Alice Wootson, Altonya Washington, Ann Clay, Barbara Keaton, Bettye Griffin, Beverly Jenkins, Carol Ann Culbert Johnson, Celeste O. Norfleet, Cheris Hodges,Crystal Rhodes, Deatri King-Bey, Deborah Fletcher Mello, Deirdre Savoy, Denise Jeffries, Donna Hill, Dyanne Davis, Elaine Overton, Earl Sewell, Evelyn Palfrey, Francis Ray, Gloria Mallette, Gregory K. Morris, Gwyneth Bolton, Gwynne Forster, J. Jermayne, J. M. Jeffries, Karen White-Owens, Kayla Perrin, Kimberly Kaye Terry, Kimberly White, Kim Louise, Kim Robinson, LaConnie Taylor-Jones, Linda Hudson-Smith, Lisa G. Riley, Marilyn Tyner, Mary B. Morrison, Melanie Schuster, Michelle Larks, Michelle Monkou, Monica Jackson, Monique Lamont, Mr. Talley, Natalie Dunbar, Nathasha Brooks-Harris, Pamela Leigh Starr, Pam Osbey, Patricia Sargeant, Rhonda Jackson Joseph, Rochelle Alers, Roslyn Hardy Holcomb, Sean Young, Seressia Glass, Shelia Goss, Sherryle Jackson, Sylvia Hubbard, TaMara Dillard, T. Rhythm Knight, Tracee L. Garner, Wayne Jordan

Intimate Sessions:
Ten select readers will meet with the author of the hour. Intimate Sessions are your opportunity to have a more personal setting to hang out with your favorite author. These sessions will be conducted in the Presidential Suite and light hors d’oeuvre and/or a “Taste Of Chicago” will be served.

Intimate Session Authors:
Alice Wootson, AlTonya Washington, Beverly Jenkins, Deirdre Savoy, Donna Hill, Evelyn Palfrey, Francis Ray, Gloria Mallette, Gwyneth Bolton, Gwynne Forster, Kimberly Kaye Terry, Kim Louise, Marilyn Tyner, Mary B. Morrison, Rochelle Alers, Seressia Glass, Shelia Goss, Wayne Jordan

Character development, setting, research, promotions, taxes for writers…it’s all in there and a whole lot more. Learn the craft and your way around the publishing industry! Find out what the future holds for various publishing houses. Do you read book reviews? Would you like to join a review team? Don’t miss the panel discussion by members of some fantastic review teams.

Keynote Luncheon
This year’s keynote speaker, Alice Wootson, is a teacher who started writing novels after she retired. Her first novel, Snowbound with Love, was published in 2000. Her 10th novel, Ready to Take a Chance, was released in December, 2006.

Mr. Romance Slam Jam
It’s Friday night, what’s a romance lover to do? Hmmmm, how about attend the Mr. Romance Slam Jam Contest? Come on out and help select who will be Mr. Romance Slam Jam 2008. We’ll dance a little, give door prizes and have a lot of fun. Between the festivities, the Mr. Romance Slam Jam finalist will perform a scene from our favorite romance novels with various authors and readers. We’ll all vote, and the winner will be announced at the Emma Awards Banquet. The winner will receive a photo shoot to be on a cover of a romance novel. Please note the Mr. Romance Slam Jam contest is still under works. If we do not have the contest, we will have a fun-filled Friday Night Bash.

Book Signing:
For those of you who have never attended a Romance Slam Jam book signing, you are in for a treat. We know that over the years you have saved your favorite romance novels. The Book Signing is your chance to have those novels signed by the attending authors! (This event is open to the public. A book vendor will be there for additional novels)

Emma Awards Banquet:
Named after the co-founder of the Romance Slam Jam, the Emma Awards is the premier awards event for readers and authors of Black romance.

Pass The Torch/Town Hall:
Though we wish the conference would never end, we must all return home. Before you leave, we need to have a Romance Slam Jam family discussion, pass the torch to the next host city and say goodbye to our friends.

See you at the Slam Jam
Deatri King-Bey


6810 North Mannheim Road
United States

Additional Information

Romance Slam Jam 2008 Conference Fees Group Registration fee (5 people or more): $175 per person Deadline for Group Registration: December 31, 2007 Early-bird Registration: $200 Deadline for Early-bird registration: December 31, 2007 Regular Registration fee: $225 Deadline for Regular Registration: February 28, 2008 Late Registration fee: $250 **The registration fee gains you entrance into all of the Romance Slam Jam Conference events. If you are planning on bringing a guest who will not be attending the conference but would like to attend the Emma’s, Keynote Luncheon, or Mr. Romance Slam Jam Contest, please purchase them a ticket for said event(s). The prices for those tickets are below. Additional Keynote Luncheon Tickets: $50 each Additional Emma Awards Banquet Tickets: $100 each Additional Mr. Romance Slam Jam Contest Tickets: $10 each Chicago Transit Authority 1-day Visitor Pass: $5 each Please refer to the website for full details.