Events Calendar

Welcome 2017 –

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.

PENN Writers Regional Conference

Location: Ida Lee Recreation Center, Leesburg, VA (Loudoun County area)

*Always the first Saturday in April

I’m presenting a workshop on Marketing and Promotion Basics for New Writer’s 

Spring Novel Writing Courses are as follows

Novel Writing  – 4 Saturdays meets at the Annandale Campus in Annandale, VA

4/29, 5/6, 5/13 and 5/20  – 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Novel Writing – 8 Tuesdays meets at the Loudoun Campus in Sterling, VA

3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2 and 5/9 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Self Publishing Boot Camp

Saturday, 4/8/2017 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Note: These three classes above meet live (in person).

Virginia Festival of the Book  – March 22 – 26; Charlottesville, VA

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(l-r) Authors me, Linda Grimes and Jenny Gardiner signing/talking about books at B&N Charlottesville, VA – Virginia Festival of the Book – 2016

The Virginia Festival of the Book brings readers and writers together for a five-day celebration of books, reading, literacy, and literary culture. 


*I’ll be at the festival 2017 from Thursday  – Saturday. Stop by the WRW – DC Table and say hello to us authors and SIGN UP to join our chapter!

Don’t miss my Facebook Release Event for my 7th book, Deadly Affections! Author slots available, just use the contact me page.

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WRW Annual Retreat – DC Chapter of the RWA

April 21 – 23

Join the Washington Romance Writers chapter of RWA for our annual retreat. You won’t want to miss it, it’s going to be lots of fun, lots of writing workshops and networking and the agent/editor panels.

Best Western Westminster  Hotel and Conference Center

Please be sure to visit the link above for WRW’s site which has information on registration. You should NOT reserve with the hotel but with the WRW Chapter / Your RWA information – visit for complete details.

Sunday, April 23 – Westminster Library

– I’ll be part of a annual library panel featuring three additional local authors. We will talk about all things writing and publishing so if you’re a writer who wants to be published, come chat with us to see our varied in roads toward publication.

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Sistahs On Lit Tour

Sunday, April 30

Silver Spring Civic Building

1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910



Romance Writers Association (RWA) 37th Annual Conference

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


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