Steamy in Seattle 2024

Steamy in Seattle, May 10, 2024. Tea & Conversation with Fantasy Romance Authors L. Penelope and Melissa Marr.

Photo of L. Penelope in a grey long-sleeved shirt. Photo of Melissa Marr with a jaunty grey felt hat.

 A Fantasy Romance Tea Party

Meet authors L. Penelope and Melissa Marr as they discuss the fantasy romance genre, their own fantasy worlds, and what writing romance has taught them! Grab a steaming cup of tea provided by Friday Afternoon Tea and some delicious treats prepared by Arista Catering. No need to glamour your fairy wings and pixie dust! Romantasy author Jasmine Silvera to moderate. 

Masks encouraged. 

Hybrid event. Streaming tickets available. 

May 10, 2024
3:00 – 5:00 PM Pacific Time

Location: Wisteria Hall, Washington Park Arboretum

The Elliott Bay Book Company is partnering with Clarion West for this event. Copies of Savage City by L. Penelope and Remedial Magic by Melissa Marr are available for pre-purchase with your ticket or you can purchase these and other books by the authors at the event. VIP tickets come with one book included. 

Ticket options include: 

VIP Admission $95
VIP Admission includes event entry, traditional high tea setting, goodie bag (including one book and other goodies), front-row seating, and line up first for book signing after the event. Enjoy tea, treats, and the conversation. 

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General Admission $65
General admission includes event entry and traditional high tea setting. Enjoy tea, treats, and the conversation.

Virtual Admission $15
Can’t join us in person, but want to hear the conversation? Purchase a virtual ticket to join the event in Zoom & participate in the live Q&A. 

Include Saturday’s Class: A Writer’s Guide to Romantasy
Purchase the class at the same time as your event ticket for a $40 discount on the class! Full class description below. 

I can’t make it to the event, but I’d like to help!

Can’t make it to the event, but want to make a donation to support Clarion West’s Six-Week Workshop, summer reading series, and other programs for writers?

This venue is fully ADA-accessible. Please email us at events@clarionwest.org if you have questions or requests for additional accommodations, such as an ASL interpreter. Accommodation requests need to be made at least 3 days in advance. 

Photo of L. Penelope in a grey long-sleeved shirt. Clarion West logo, clarionwest.org. May 10. Award-wining Fantasy Romance Author L. Penelope.

L. Penelope
Leslye Penelope’s debut novel Song of Blood & Stone was chosen as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time. The novel also won the inaugural award for Best Self-Published Fiction from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association before it was picked up for publication by St. Martin’s Press. Her novel The Monsters We Defy won the 2023 Audie Award for Best Fantasy Audiobook.
Equally left and right-brained, she graduated from Howard University, where she studied film production and computer science and sometimes dreams in HTML. Leslye is also an alumna of VONA/Voices and Hurston/Wright Writers Workshop.

She hosts the My Imaginary Friends podcast, co-hosts the Ink & Magic podcast, and lives in Maryland with her feline dependents. Visit her online at http://www.lpenelope.com.

Photo of Melissa Marr wearing a jaunty grey felt hat, Clarion West logo, clarionwest.org. May 10. Best selling Fantasy Romance Author Melissa Marr.

Melissa Marr
Melissa Marr writes fiction for adults, teens, and children. Her books have been translated into 30 languages and have been NY Times, USAT, and international best-sellers. If she’s not writing, you can find her in a kayak or on a trail somewhere in Arizona with her wife. Visit her online at http://www.melissamarrbooks.com/home.html

Saturday’s Class: A Writer’s Guide to Romantasy
Weaving fantasy and romance into a compelling story requires understanding the conventions of both genres. Whether you’re drafting your first love story in an epic fantasy world or looking to deepen the romantic plots of your current manuscript, this class will give you tools and techniques to captivate readers with every page.

In this interactive, hands-on workshop, you will learn ways to blend fantasy and romance elements seamlessly, creating a captivating and unique narrative. The lectures, writing exercises, and prompts will help you construct immersive fantasy settings, develop intriguing characters, incorporate popular genre tropes, and balance worldbuilding with plot and character.

Seating is limited to 25. 

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