Events Calendar

2017 is here! Where will you go?

Note: Listing does not constitute endorsement nor serve as confirmation on Tracee’s appearance at the events listed. Appearances are subject to change without prior notice or change to the site.

Hope you can come visit us and learn something new! See you there.

 Summer Writing Courses – they are coming up VERY Soon!


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Please note: These two classes above meet live (in person).



Romance Writers Association (RWA) 37th Annual Conference

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
Orlando, Florida
July 26–29, 2017

This year I’m so excited to attend RWA Nationals. I will be on my very first panel entitled HEA’s for All: Keeping Your Characters with Disabilities Real

2 hours
Speakers: Barbara Devlin, Sue Ward Drake, Lynette Eason, Barbara Edwards, Laurie Alice Eakes, Tracee Garner, Gina McGalliard, and Karen Rose
In this two-part workshop, RWA authors with disabilities discuss the specific challenges and details authors must know to create an authentic character who is blind, deaf, one with a mobility disability, or one with an invisible disability. Topics covered will include: physical challenges in everyday life, the impacts on emotional/mental health and sexuality, elements to include and stereotypes to avoid, assistive devices commonly used, technology/terminology/lingo that is accepted and not accepted, types of and issues with treatment, discrimination, and useful resources for authors.

August 3 – Noon

Special writing workshop for youth

Northern Virginia Baptist Center – 14019 Glenkirk Road, Gainesville, VA 20155


Yabba Fest (Young Adult Books, Bands and Authors) Festival – hosted by Allegro Community School of the Arts

Saturday, October 14

9:30 a.m. – 4:00p.m.

Main Street, Warrenton, VA.

Tracee Lydia Garner BA&R Rock Weekend Event – 10/2015

October 13 – 14b-authors-readers-rock

Black Authors and Readers Rock Weekend will be held this year at the 

The Comfort Inn

4500 Crain Highway

Bowie, MD.

Chesapeake Writing Workshop – September 10

Hilton Hotel

950 N. Stafford Street

Arlington, VA

A full-day “How to Get Published” writing event outside Washington, DC on September 9, 2017.


Creatures, Crimes & Creativity (C3) Conference

September 8 – 10

The Sheraton, Columbia Town Center

10207 Wincopin Circle

 Columbia, Maryland, 21044

October 5 – 7

Building Relationships Around Books (BRAB) Book Club – 5th Annual

A Reading Warriors Retreat – Join the BRAB Book Club for their annual readers retreat in Arlington VA this year at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Crystal City, VA



*You can find a comprehensive list of book fairs and other author/reader events by state or region at these – my top, go-to places:

Library of Congress – State Fairs/Events, and

The African-American Literature Book Club (AALBC) listing of events