Grace at the RWA Literacy Signing
in New York City 2011.

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Grace's Events Calendar

March 16, 2016

Charlottesville, Virginia

Panel Discussion

Virginia Festival of the Book
Various Locations in Charlottesville. Details: TBD
Grace will participate in a panel discussion on everything you ever wanted to know about romance, and a few things you never would have guessed. More info as soon as the event website updates.

August 30 - September 9, 2016

Scotland, UK

A Writers Retreat with Grace

Starting in Edinburgh and going all over!
One long, wonderful week in Scotland — the itinerary starts in Edinburgh for a couple of days, then off to Aberfeldy for another couple of days, and then into the Highlands. We'll take in Blair Castle, Culloden Field, Roslyn Chapel. It won't be all sightseeing — we will have plenty of time to write, talk about writing, and indulge in a few workshops in this incredibly rich place.

I have a detailed web page dedicated to this event, featuring a day-by-day itinerary (a few details are still being worked out) and a fuller description of the retreat. I am really very excited about it.

If you’re interested in the trip, or think you might want to just get the planning emails, please let me know!

About Grace's Events

In a big family, she who does not learn to use words effectively might not be heard above the crowd. In a courtroom, the same goes—double. Grace has loved language—written, spoken, foreign, colloquial, you name it—since she could walk. Her passion for writing extends to judging contests, public speaking, and both presenting at, and organizing, writers' gatherings.

If you'd like to query Grace about joining your event as a presenter or speaker, please use the handy form immediately below. Following that is a List of Presentation & Workshop Descriptions of some of the talks she's given, though she's happy to prepare material in addition to the topics on the list.

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Workshops & Presentations

Nuts and Bolts of Conflict

Conflict is an essential ingredient of a well crafted novel, and yet, we seldom look at what it is, how it works, and how to resolve it. As a professional mediator and a lawyer with a master's in conflict resolution, Grace has developed insights on problem solving that apply to characters in novels as well as real life. Presentation can be tailored to work in 45-90 minutes, and has been given at RWA National and various RWA chapters.

Five Ways To Final

Grace has judged many contests and knows they can be a vital step on the path toward publication. Benefit from her experience reading myriad entries to fix the top five boo-boos she sees in entry after entry. Presentation works best in one-hour format, which allows time for some Q&A. Given at multiple RWA chapter conferences.

What I Wish I'd Known Then

In the first five years of her publishing career, Grace has put a dozen titles on the bestseller lists, finaled in the RITA contest five times, parted ways with two agents, quit writing (several times), and been awarded Best Book of the Year honors from Publishers Weekly, The Library Journal, iBooks, and Kirkus Book Reviews. This 60-90 minute talk on lessons learned and pitfalls to avoid makes an informative or entertaining chapter conference keynote or breakout session.

In Love with the Library

Long before Grace began writing novels, she was an avid reader. Books have been her consolation and companions through most of her life, and continue to be now that she's also a published author. Reading, as it turns out, has benefits for emotional and mental health, as does writing. Grace reviews some of the scientific findings regarding the benefits of close association with books, and takes questions and answers on any topic related to her career. This 45-60 minute talk has been given at various libraries, and Grace is happy to bring signed books to donate to library promotional efforts.

Ten Tweaks to Perk Up Your Prose

The most clever plot, the most well-crafted characters, will not engage readers in great numbers if the prose is weak. Best-selling authors know this, and thus do as much revising as they do rough-drafting. In a list developed with double RITA winner Joanna Bourne, Grace reviews the ten most common pitfalls that she finds when critiquing her own work, or that of other authors. This 45-90 minute presentation has been given at RWA National (with Jo Bourne), and also makes an excellent chapter conference breakout session.

Panel Discussions

Though Grace swears she's “a warp nine introvert,” she's also a litigating attorney, and thus has decades of experience with debate and discussion in a public setting. Grace has made bestseller lists with both traditional and indie titles, and brings both a breadth of experience and a passion for the romance novel to her panel contributions. She's served on panels at RWA National, chapter conferences, and other writers' gatherings, and would be happy to join your event as a panelist too!

What Your Crit Partners Can't Tell You

A romance novel turns on several key scenes not found in other genres, namely, the Meet, the First Intimacy, Mid-point, Big Black Moment, and Denouement. Well intentioned CPs, knowledgeable writing coaches, and even our editors don't always grasp how these scenes work in a romance setting, as opposed to how their counterparts work generally or in other genres. Get the benefit of Grace's experience as an award-winning author, workshop lurker, and avid craft reader, so that your scenes not only keep the novel moving, but grab the reader by the heart. This 45-90 minute presentation works well at writers' conferences of any size.

Scotland with Grace

Blair Castle, Lime Tree Alley

Lime Tree Alley at Blair Castle,
one of the many stunning stops on the tour.

This ten-day tour of Scotland is tailored for writers and readers who avidly appreciate the romance genre and would like to learn more about Scotland. We spend time in Edinburgh, and then from our country house base of operations in Perthshire, explore sites such as Culloden battlefield, the Royal Highland Games at Braemar, Sir Walter Scott's baronial estate at Abbotsford, and various castles, crannogs, and museums. Presentations on writing craft will be interspersed with sightseeing, a Dram of the Day (for those researching this subject), great food, and wonderful company.

The next tour is scheduled for August-September 2016, and has a whole page devoted to it on this site.

Grace’s paternal grandmother owned a candy store in the very same town where Grace grew up. This explains Grace’s affection for high quality dark chocolate and fine teas. Well, sorta.

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Professional Bio

Grace Burrowes grew up in central Pennsylvania and is the sixth out of seven children. She discovered romance novels when in junior high (back when there was a such a thing), and has been reading them voraciously ever since. Grace has a bachelor's degree in Political Science, a Bachelor of Music in Music History, (both from The Pennsylvania State University); a Master's Degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University; and a Juris Doctor from The National Law Center at The George Washington University. Her debut novel, The Heir was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Top Five Romances for 2010, and is the first in an eight-sibling historical romance series published by Sourcebooks Casablanca.

Grace writes Georgian, Regency, Scottish Victorian and contemporary romances in both novella and novel lengths. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and enjoys giving workshops and speaking at writer’s conferences. If you’d like Grace to speak or present at your conference, contact her here. Giving back to the industry is a large part of the fun of being published!

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Career Highlights

Grace's Romances by Genre