2015 Programme

UK MEET 2015




Friday: Registration desk open 2pm to 6pm in the main lobby of the Marriott. Badges, lanyards, souvenir programmes and hugs available.
Optional evening activities and entertainment (details tbc).

Saturday and Sunday: see DRAFT schedule below. Things may still change!

*NOTE: Sessions marked CHAT SPACE are opportunities for attendees to catch up and network in a comfortable area, at their own pace. There’ll also be competitions, a chance to share your news on a Celebration board – and of course, plenty of coffee :).


Time Kings Suite
Kings Lounge
Lancaster Room
8.oo am onwards Material for tote bags to be left no later than 8.55am.
9.00 am Tea and coffee available in Royal foyer Tote bags stuffing
9.20 am Registration desk opens
10.00 am Welcome to Day One
followed by: ‘Novel’ Novel Openings – readers share snippets from their favourite books.
11.00 am Tea and coffee available in Royal foyer ChatSpace*
11.20 am Tropes – avoid them or use them creatively? Readers, do you want them?
Brandilyn, Imogen, Rebecca C, Sam E
Mystery, myth and magic – legends and the like as an inspiration
Sue Mac, Stevie, Lloyd Meeker, Phil
12.20 noon Buffet Lunch in the royal foyer
1.20-3.00 pm :I can’t believe it’s not the buffet of banter! Readerzone

  • Value of reviews – to readers, authors, etc using sites such as Goodreads
  • Reader focus group – to enable readers to feedback to publishers
  • Genres
  • Creative writing – readers write the story!
  • Young adult

Tote bags available for collection by delegates

Utterly Authorly (with names of table leaders)

  • Cover art – stages of development, etc Kellie and Garrett
  • Moving from fanfic to original fiction RJ, Becky and Melandra
  • Worldbuilding Blaine, Tigg and TA
  • Ménages Lori and Jo
  • Book formats – audio, etc Rebecca (PridePub)
  • Author vs character voice Lynn, Lloyd and Stevie
  • Non-verbal character communication AJ and Kate
1.20pm to 2.00 pm Playing it safe – BDSM workshop Daniel Kaine, TJ Masters

2.10 pm set up book fair

3.00 pm Tea and coffee available in Royal foyer Chat Space*
3.20 pm Keynote speaker: ELIZABETH NORTH Executive Director of Dreamspinner Press.
International publishers of quality gay romantic fiction since 2007 | http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com
4.00-5.15 pm Spotlight book fair: opportunity to sell, buy and sign books


Time Kings Suite
Kings Lounge
Lancaster Room
9.00 am Tea and coffee available in Royal foyer One to one with publishers as booked 9.40am
Short, interdenominational act of reflection
10.00 am Registration desk opens for Sunday only attendees
10.20 am Character building workshop
Belinda, Blaine, Lyn, Morticia
Humour in fiction
Charlie, Elin, Jamie, Mara
No thank you, Delia – reading and writing love & romance without “stuffing the turkey”  Clare, Liam
11.20 pm Tea and coffee available in Royal foyer Chat Space*
11.40 pm Sex scenes, what makes them sizzle? And what turns them into a damp squib?  Astrid, Jo, KJ, Taylin Unlocking your dark side – convincing killers, gripping plots and the like
Aleks, Hans, Lori, Sarah
12.40 pm Buffet Lunch in the royal foyer
1.30 pm Keynote speaker KJ CHARLES A Rainbow Award winning romance writer and a freelance editor.
Represented by Deidre Knight at The Knight Agency  http://kjcharleswriter.com

Followed by Albert Kennedy Trust raffle draw
Chat Space*
2.15 pm Help the team to plan 2016 followed by competition winner announcement
3.00 pm Tea and coffee available in Royal foyer
5.00 pm Attendees depart