This is the home of the Houston Bay Area chapter #30 of Romance Writers of America. The chapter meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. See details at right.

Look around the site, get to know us. Then stop by one of our monthly meetings and join us!


Fall Writing Workshop Announced

Saturday, September 19                    9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Sarah MacLean
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

Sarah MacLean

Workshop, room rate, and registration details on the 2015 Starfish Conference are under the WORKSHOPS tab above.


Meeting on July 21, 2015–

Thelma ZirkelbachThelma Zirkelbach

character building through verbal and non-verbal communication

If you read a paragraph of dialogue without attribution, could you tell if the speaker was a man or a woman?  Dialogue can help develop character.  So do movements, mannerisms and facial expressions.  Even clothing or home décor can show character traits.  Join Thelma Zirkelbach in an exploration of character building through verbal and non-verbal communication.

Thelma Zirkelbach is a multi-published author of romance, essay, memoir and poetry.  She is also a speech pathologist who works with young children.  Communication is essential to both her professions.  She is especially interested in dialogue and non-verbal communication.  Her latest release, Stumbling Through the Dark,  is not a romance novel; it’s a memoir of her husband’s final year and how they faced it together.  (It does contain romance and sex—how could she resist?)


Meeting on August 18, 2015 —

Fern BradyFern Brady:

Deepening Your Scenes with Conflict

In this presentation we will discuss how the four types of conflict can be integrated within individual scenes to add depth and tension.  Come prepared with your work in progress, if you want to try the technique out as a revision strategy or come ready to write. The objective is for each participant to be able to use the strategy and discuss its impact on the story.

Fern Brady is CEO of the Houston Writers Guild and Vice-President of Inklings Publishing.  She began her career as a foreign correspondent, went into teaching spending 15 years with Alief ISD, and then became a full-time Realtor in Houston. All the while, she pursued her real passion — writing. Her short stories have been published in Eclectically Carnal and Eclectically Criminal under her name.  Her first children’s picture book launched in July under the pen name of Lady Nefari Ydarb, a Cliektess from the planet Jorn.  The Smiley Face Blatoon is a picture book with art work by local artist Araceli Casas. Eventually Fern hopes to release the first book of her Sci-fi/Fantasy epic under the alias of Lady Nefari as it chronicles the rise of the
royal houses of planet Jorn.

You can contact her at: fernbrady@inklingspublishing.com.  Check out other books published by Inklings at www.inklingspublishing.com and LIKE Inklings Publishing on Facebook.

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Proving since 2005 that you CAN judge a book by its cover


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