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Starfish Conference 



 Hosted by the Houston Bay Area chapter,
Romance Writers of America
September 22-23, 2017
Friday 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
South Shore Harbour Resort
2500 South Shore Blvd., League City TX 77573
Poolside gathering with cash bar on Friday evening
Light breakfast & full lunch on Saturday
Quality workshops ♥ Raffle baskets & door prices 
$50 HBA RWA Members, $75 Non-members

No refunds will be given after September 7, 2017.

Saturday featured workshops with
Amazon and Wall Street Journal Bestseller 

Tracy Brogan

Tracy Brogan writes fun, funny stories about ordinary people finding extraordinary love. She’s a three-time Romance Writers of America® RITA award nominee for Best First Book in 2013, and Best Contemporary Romance in 2015 and in 2016, a Booksellers Best award winner, and a three-time Golden Quill award winner in both contemporary and historical romance. She’s also honored to have received the Amazon Publishing Diamond Award. 

  • How to Build a Big Story Out of Small Moments
    • Tracy teaches how to create fresh, relatable, and riveting tales by infusing small moments with tension, suspense, humor, and romance without resorting to kidnapping plots and catastrophes. It’s all about timing, establishing for the reader how the character feels, and how each incremental event keeps those pages turning and builds up to a big, satisfying ending.
  • Reveal Character, Engage Readers, and Move Your Story Forward with Humor
    • Tracy shows how word choice, sentence structure, and context must all align to make your humor come alive through the characters, but it’s well worth the effort. Humor can infuse your characters with depth, nuance, and relatability. Humor can provide a break for the readers in an otherwise dark story, and making readers laugh is a wonderful way to draw them into your story and keep them turning those pages.
  • I Didn’t Even Know What I Didn’t Know (Unpublished to Bestselling)
    • From novice writer riding the Query-Go-Round, to a Bestselling Author with a multi-book contract, Tracy shares all the things she learned along the way.


Friday evening Poolside Luau,
Workshop and Cover Design Raffle
with Owner of Book Cover Corner

Melinda VanLone

  • Book Covers That Sell

    Two seconds. Readers know in two seconds, or less, if they’re interested enough to click the link or pick up the book to find out more about your story. Melinda demonstrates the different aspects of each genre, what makes a cover that sells for each specific market, and how to grab potential readers on a visceral level. Discover how to get the right cover for your target audience.

If you plan to stay overnight Friday at South Shore Harbour: After you register on-line, call the hotel (1-281-334-1000), ask for in-house reservations and mention Houston Bay Area Romance Writers. The conference room rate is $119.