The #RWA1st chats will return once again to Twitter! This year’s RWA National Conference will be held at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort from July 26th to 29th. Registration for the conference opens on February 7th. If you’re going to the RT Convention in Atlanta in May, feel free to join in as well as a lot of the information will be useful at both. RWA does not sponsor nor endorse (even if they drop in with useful information) these chats and I’m doing them on a strictly volunteer basis. However, as of this writing, I am in the middle of writing a series of articles for RWA’s Romance Writers Report on attending your first RWA conference. The articles start in the February issue.
For the sake of some continuity, I have decided to hold these one-hour chats on the 4th Monday of the month this year at 6 pm Eastern/3 pm Pacific. In order for me to see all of the questions, as well as so I can easily Storify the chat later, the #RWA1st hashtag must be used in each tweet. You can certainly break up your question/answer into multiple tweets if you need to so there is room for the hashtag. If you have space, feel free to include #RWA17. If you cannot make the time of the chat, there are a number of programs where you can pre-schedule a tweet/series of tweets to post at the time of the chat. One other note for those with private/locked Twitter accounts: only the people who have requested to follow you, and you have approved can see your tweets. Even if you include my Twitter handle (@younglibrarian) in your tweet, I will not be able to see it unless I’m an approved follower of yours, which is not likely. You will either have to come out “in public” for this chat, or get a friend of yours who has a public account to ask your question for you.
An additional resource for this year’s conference is Elle Mason’s planning guide.
Without further ado, here are the scheduled dates:
- Monday, January 23rd – Storified chat
- Monday, February 27th – 6pE/3pP
- Monday, March 27th – 6pE/3pP
- Monday, April 24th – 6pE/3pP
- Monday, May 22nd – 6pE/3pP
- Monday, June 26th – 6pE/3pP