Northern Hearts

Toronto Romance Writers are pleased to announce our inaugural

Northern Hearts Conference


September 22, 2018

North York Civic Centre, Toronto

This one-day jam-packed event will include up to 15 workshops of for writers of every experience level, as well as a super Master Class by accomplished, NYT bestselling author Kelley Armstrong. We will also be having a fabulous gala dinner at the end of the day, which will include a key note speech by the talented USA Today bestselling author Molly O’Keefe, and an awards ceremony recognizing the winners of our Northern Hearts and Catherine contests.


Registration opens February 15, 2018

Check back for hotel and additional conference information.


Keynote Speaker: Molly O’Keefe

USA Today bestselling author, MOLLY O’KEEFE has always known she wanted to be a writer (except when she wanted to be a florist or a chef and the brief period of time when she considered being a cowgirl). And once she got her hands on some romances, she knew exactly what she wanted to write.

She published her first Harlequin romance at age 25 and hasn’t looked back. She loves exploring every character’s road to happily ever after.

When she’s not at the park or cleaning up the toy room, Molly is working hard on her next novel, trying to exercise, stalking Tina Fey on the internet and dreaming of the day she can finish a cup of coffee without interruption.


Master Class Presenter: Kelley Armstrong

USA Today and NYT bestselling author, KELLEY ARMSTRONG is the author of the Cainsville modern gothic series and the Casey Butler crime thrillers. Past works include Otherworld urban fantasy series, the Darkest Power & Darkness Rising teen paranormal trilogies, the Age of Legends fantasy YA series and the Nadia Stafford crime trilogy. Armstrong lives in Ontario, Canada with her family.



Gala Dinner

Join us for our gala dinner after the conference, and our keynote address.  Held at the Novotel North York, we will wrap up our day with dinner and drinks, and celebrate the winners of the Catherine contest for unpublished authors, and the Northern Hearts contest for published authors.


Workshop Presenters

We are accepting workshop proposals now through February 1st! Have a great workshop or panel idea? We want to hear it.

The Northern Hearts conference committee are looking for a wide variety of panels and instructional sessions focused on craft, business, and lifestyle topics that will appeal to authors of all sub-genres and levels of experience. Presenters will receive a registration discount the equivalent of one-half a single registration (no matter how many presenters per workshop).

Interested? Fill out the submission form here.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Christine d’Abo, our chapter president at



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