Today I am so pleased to welcome Heather Smith to Joyfully Jay. Heather has come to talk to us about the Northern Rainbow Romance Retreat. She has also brought along a coupon code for Joyfully Jay Readers! Please join me in giving her a big welcome!


My name is Heather Smith. I am a blog owner, reviewer and an avid reader of queer romance and part of a group of authors and readers who are putting together our first ever Northern Rainbow Romance Retreat – a celebration of authors who write all types of queer pairings in romance.  

The event takes place in Toronto, Canada from October 2nd – 6th, 2024 at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel and Conference Centre.  One of the big advantages of hosting in Canada is that the US dollar, Euro and British Pound are all worth more than our dollar – so if you’re American, you’ll save 25%, and those in Britain save almost 35% off, just by doing the conversion to CAD!  Once you reserve your ticket, you’ll get the link to book a room at the hotel at our discounted rate if you want to stay!

northern romance retreat badgeThe event features a two day author retreat with seminars, sharing sessions and even a sprint room for writing. We are really focussing on what authors who write all forms of queer romance need in 2024!  Some of the topics that we’re showcasing include distribution channels for selling wide, writing workshops, collaboration and brainstorming, a sprint room and more!  These two days are also flexible so that you can carve out writing time in the privacy of your room, outside in the garden or in various seating areas around the hotel.

In addition, there is a meet up planned for PAs and other professionals at the same time.  We really want to let these hard working behind the scenes people get some time to network with and learn from each other!

Then things get really good, with a 3 day VIP readers event from Friday to Sunday, including a public book signing on the Saturday.  We also have a special Saturday only VIP experience for those readers who want to hang out with their favourite authors, but can’t commit to the whole weekend!

We anticipate between 125 and 150 VIP readers and additional local readers to attend just the signing.  We have 48 committed authors to date with space for 84 signing authors.  We are able to work with authors and PAs to customize their tickets and their experience! 

Since this is our first year, authors, PA’s and readers who register now will be able to help shape the look of the event and what we will see, but one thing is for sure – if you’re a reader of any pairings in queer romance (or even fantasy, sci-fi, mystery or other genres with a romance sub-plot) you don’t want to miss this event!

The cost for authors to attend the entire event is $400 CDN however we are able to work with authors who may not be able to attend the entire event to craft a package that works for them.

PA’s wanting a little space of their own will find our easy going PA meetup a perfect way to connect with their colleagues and focus on what matters to them for just $300 CDN for the entire conference and they’ll be able to transition right into VIP readers with all the perks of that level too!

Full conference VIP readers will be treated to a full day of interactions with each other and the authors they’ve come to see – including a luncheon to kick off the weekend right, meet and greets, workshops and then early entrance into both morning and afternoon signings, a Saturday night reception and Sunday Breakfast, along with a VIP swag bag full of goodies!  All this for just $200 CDN

If you want the VIP experience but you can only commit to Saturday, we have a package that includes your VIP swag bag, early entrance into the signings and the Saturday night reception for just $90 CDN

Just want to hit up your favourite authors for an autograph?  You can also get a signing only ticket and join your fellow readers and authors for the signing, photo ops & your own reader tote for $20 CDN!

You can see all the details by visiting our webpage at or by connecting with our socials at and of course you are welcome to email me at with questions!.

As a special treat for Joyfully Jay readers, the first 5 people to register for any level of the conference will save $20 CAD off the ticket price by using the coupon code joyfullyjay


NRRR attending authors list