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2023 Moonlight & Magnolias Conference

October 12 - 14, 2023: Evergreen Lakeside Resort


Since its inaugural event in 1982, The Moonlight & Magnolia Writing Conference has a long-established tradition of supporting and developing writers of all levels. Whether you’re new to writing or established, there’s something at M&M for everyone. Writers of all genres are welcomed, respected, and encouraged.
Our 41st conference will be held at the Evergreen Lakeside Resort from October 12-14, culminating with our 40th Maggies Awards Banquet on Saturday night, October 14. 

The Atlanta Evergreen Lakeside Resort offers beautifully appointed, spa-like rooms with balconies. Over 70% of the rooms include a lakeside view. 
Our theme is GROWTH (Goal, Research, Outreach, Writer, Train, Hone).


Thursday, Oct 12 - half-day morning craft workshop
Thursday, Oct. 12 - half-day afternoon marketing workshop,

Thursday, Oct. 12 - movie night
Friday, Oct. 13 - workshops, vendor event

Friday, Oct 13 - editor & agent appointments
Saturday, Oct. 14 - workshops, Readers' Afternoon Tea, The Maggie Awards Banquet

Masks, meals, and meetings will be in accordance with the latest public safety and hotel guidelines.

Nicki Salcedo

GRW Featured Speaker

RaeAnne Thayne

Readers' Afternoon Tea Speaker

Shirley Jump

Half-day Craft Workshop Speaker

Shirley will be providing an in-depth workshop on brain mapping. This workshop will take your characterization to the next level! 

We will be offering several levels of educational opportunities this year.
Beginning Author Track:
Are you a person who’s been dreaming of writing a romance book? This is your chance to learn how to write that book!
During the Moonlight and Magnolia’s conference, you’ll be attending craft classes on writing and editing with other new authors. From the time you reach the registration desk, you’ll receive the white glove treatment. Introduction and basic level classes will be offered for craft, development, editing, publishing, and business. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with a published author for a personal 30-minute Q&A session. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet so many amazing and successful romance authors throughout the conference.
Intermediate Author Track:
Many authors fall into this category, so there will be a huge selection of workshops and network opportunities for this track. We will be curating our workshop list based on feedback received from our general membership. Previous attendees asked for specific classes that will include, but are not limited to, more craft classes (story structure, Deep POV, ID list/trope/Universal Fantasy, and more), marketing (social media, advertising, and more), and business. Don’t forget about the amazing half day workshops on Thursday that will do an intensive look at deep characterization using brain mapping by Shirley Jump, and amazing marketing tips by 7-figure author Elana Johnson.
Advanced Author Track:

There will be several classes offered to members that have been publishing for many years and writing for even more. These classes will be more intense with less Q&A opportunities. Sit down and dig deep into the next level of your author career.

Conference Highlights

  • Workshops for all authors at every level

  • Multiple writer tracks will be offered this year!

  • Editor & agent appointments

  • Pitch workshop

  • Vendor event

  • Networking opportunities

  • Readers' afternoon tea event

  • Maggie Awards-A Masquerade Ball to celebrate 40 years of Maggie Magic

Elana Johnson
Half-day Marketing Workshop Speaker
Elana travels around the nation sharing her amazing marketing skills that have landed her a 7-figure income for multiple years. 

Moonlight & Magnolia's Official Bookseller 

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