starfish gradient bluegreenThis 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 left.

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

Starfish Con Logo OFFICIAL

Saturday, September 17
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
South Shore Harbour Resort
2500 South Shore Blvd., League City TX 77573


Light breakfast & full lunch ♥ Quality workshops ♥ Raffle baskets & door prices

$40 HBA RWA Members, $60 Non-members


USA Today Bestseller and Romantic Times Top Pick,
urban fantasy author

Jaye Wells

Jaye Wells


  • Nurturing Your God Complex: World Building
  • Delivering Your POPs and Payoffs
  • Writing Hacks

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Registration is NOW OPEN!

MEETING ON JUNE 21, 2016 —

SANDRA K MOORE — Writing to the End

Sandra Moore

Writers often think of the story climax as the novel’s crowning moment: When plot questions are resolved, the good are rewarded, and the villains get their just desserts.

But overlooked in all that excitement is the dark moment, when all hope seems to be lost and the protagonist appears poised to fail in her quest. Sometimes we try to shoehorn that dark moment in as an afterthought, or sometimes we forget about it altogether.

Building on Dwight Swain’s understanding of the dark moment as a moral choice, we’ll examine how to plot the story so the protagonist must stretch herself – or even abandon her idea of what she’s capable of – in order to enter the truth of the dark moment, resulting in a deeper, more satisfying climax.

Bring your outline (if you have one) of your current work in progress for this interactive workshop. Even if you’re a pantser, you’ll discover clues and tips you can use to increase the strength and pathos of the dark moment.

Bio: Sandra K. Moore has been writing one thing or another since she could scribble stories on a Big Chief tablet. After years working in the software industry as a technical writer and product manager, she took a chance, quit her job, and began writing romantic action-adventure for the unfortunately short-lived Silhouette Bombshell line, where her books garnered 4- and 4.5-star reviews and her first published novel, The Orchid Hunter, was awarded a Romantic Times Top Pick.

Now happily following the impulses of her independent muses, she writes in the action-adventure, urban fantasy, and sweet historical genres, and is actively working toward publication.

Sandra lives in southeast Texas with her debonair partner and a trio of cats, all of whom remind her of the joys of living in the moment.

Visit her on the web and sign up for her New Releases mailing list.

MEETING ON JULY 19, 2016 —

THELMA ZIRKELBACH — Non-Verbal Communication

Thelma ZirkelbachPopular speaker Thelma Zirkelbach will present a workshop on enhancing character through non-verbal communication.

Bio:  Thelma Zirkelbach, aka Lorna Micheals, began her writing career by selling her Golden Heart finalist “Blessing in Disguise” to Harlequin Superromance.  Besides romance, she has written memoir, personal essay and poetry.  Her recent essay “End and Beginning” was published in the anthology “Shifts” which was a finalist for USA Book News Award for Women’s Issues in2015.  By day she is a pediatric speech pathologist and is especially interested non-verbal communication both in real life and in novels. 


This chapter complies with RWA’s bylaws and policies on chapters. All members of this chapter must be members in good standing of RWA during their membership in this chapter. Visitors may attend two chapter meetings prior to applying for membership in the chapter.