2018 Conference Speakers

Beverly Jenkins

Keynote Speaker

NYT Best Selling Author



Beverly Jenkins is the recipient of the 2017 Romance Writers of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the 2016 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for historical romance. She has been nominated for the NAACP Image Award in Literature, was featured both in the documentary “Love Between the Covers” and on CBS Sunday Morning.Since the publication of Night Song in 1994, she has been leading the charge for multicultural romance, and has been a constant darling of reviewers, fans, and her peers alike, garnering accolades for her work from the likes of The Wall Street JournalPeople Magazine, and NPR.

“Beverly Jenkins has reached romance superstardom .”
– Detroit Free Press



Sally Kilpatrick

GRW Featured Speaker


Straight from the buckle of the Bible Belt, Sally Kilpatrick writes southern fiction full of small towns and big hearts. She is a three-time Maggie Award of Excellence finalist, a Golden Heart® finalist, a Book Buyer’s Best finalist, and a National Readers’ Choice Awards triple finalist. Her next novel, Oh My Stars, will be released in 2018 and tells the story of an unlikely duo who find an abandoned baby in the manger of a drive thru Nativity. Sally lives with her husband and two children in Marietta, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. Visit her author website at sallykilpatrick.com or follow her on Twitter as @SuperWriterMom



Mollie Traver

Craft Speaker


Mollie Traver is a content and copy editor based in Los Angeles, California. Before striking out on her own, she spent four years as an editor at St. Martin’s Press, where she was deeply involved in each stage of book publication, from submission evaluation and acquisition, to editing, production, cover design, and marketing. Arriving right in the middle of the dystopian craze, she soon started specializing in young adult fiction and had the pleasure and honor of working with a host of New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors, including Jana Oliver (the Demon Trappers Series), P.C. Cast (the House of Night series), Catherine Linka (A Girl Called Fearless), and Amy Kathleen Ryan (the Sky Chasers Series).

Mollie lives for the process of unfolding and rebuilding that’s inherent in every edit, and she is known by her clients for her deep-tissue, twelve-page editorial letters, unrelenting attention to detail, and empathetic communication style. She caught her passion for shaping other writers’ work at Stanford University, where she graduated with a degree in creative writing.

When not at her desk, Mollie can be found teaching workshops on diverse topics in writing and publishing, or somewhere outside in beautiful Southern California, refueling her brain with running, backpacking, and photography. Learn more about Mollie and her editorial approach at www.mollietraver.com.