GRW will be at the AJC Decatur Book Festival!

New this year! GRW is a part-sponsor of the all-new Romance Track at the respected AJC Decatur Book Festival! For the first time ever, the festival has reserved a seven-session series on romance topics, all held on the festival mainstages. Our own Jennifer McQuiston and Nicki Salcedo are participating on track panels and GRW members will be moderating several others.

Plus, GRW is hosting our own panel series at the Romance Pavilion on Ponce (booths 413-416)! The schedule is below, or you can visit to see both the pavilion and track schedules.

Between panels, festival-goers will have an opportunity to mingle with GRW members, find out what our organization is all about, and discover new authors they might just love. For GRW, it’s a great opportunity to connect with new readers and potential members — as well as to demonstrate to the Atlanta writing community that GRW is a serious, professional organization dedicated to supporting and developing writers while touching and entertaining readers.

Please come by on Saturday or Sunday to show your support and help us spread the word that we love ALL books — but especially romance 🙂

We still need volunteers! Sign up here to be part of this exciting event!



10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Tackling Sensitive Topics in Fiction

Marilyn Baron, Melissa Klein, Linda Joyce, Kennedy Ryan


11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Small Towns and Furry Sidekicks

Diane Kelly, Larissa Reinhart, Sally Kilpatrick, Tina Whittle


12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Smart Women Read Romance

Maggie Worth, Sally Kirkpatrick, Jennifer McQuiston


1:45 – 2:30 p.m. #WeReadDiverseBooks; African-American Popular Fiction

Alicia McCalla, Seressia Glass, Piper Huguley, Vanessa Riley, Lauren Kelly


3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Blurred Lines: Historical Fiction and Romance

Jennifer McQuiston, Cathy Maxwell, Lynn Cullen, Ann Hite


4:15 – 5:00 p.m. Athletes and Alpha Men

Rachel Gibson, Tracy Solheim


5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Book Club Meet and Greet

Readers and authors mingle



12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Young Adult Fiction: Why YA Matters

Gillian Summers, Maureen Hardegree, Jana Oliver


1:15 – 2:00 p.m. He Said/She Said

Charles Martin, Tracy Solheim


2:30 – 3:15 p.m. 50 Shades of Sex

Terry Poca, Maggie Worth, Nicki Salcedo


3:45 – 4:30 p.m. It’s Not Just Peachtree Street: Writing Around Atlanta

Romily Bernard, Jana Oliver, Nicki Salcedo


5:00 – 5:45 p.m. Book Club Meet and Greet

Readers and authors mingle