Welcome to the SpaceCoast Authors of Romance 

We are proud to be Chapter 187 of Romance Writers of America, located on Florida’s Space Coast, where rocket launches grace our skies, Florida’s STAR can be instrumental in launching YOUR romance-writing career! If you are seriously interested in the pursuit of a career writing book-length romance fiction, you are welcome to join STAR. Our goal as an organization is to educate our members about writing and marketing quality romance novels and to provide a valuable support system as they enter this dynamic career field.

Monthly meetings and workshops provide a comfortable forum where published and unpublished writers share knowledge about the ever-changing romance fiction industry. Whether you are a beginner with just the glimmer of a story in mind or a seasoned, multi-published romance writer, STAR has something for you. Please enjoy your visit to our website.

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Meetings

STAR usually meets on the 4th Saturday of every month from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.  at THE WEST MELBOURNE LIBRARY, 2755 Wingate Blvd., West Melbourne. (map)

A typical meeting includes:
  • Meet and greet
  • Hot Topics – Members share tips & techniques, brainstorm and discuss industry issues
  • Business Meeting with previous meeting minutes and RWA business news and updates
  • Guest speaker on business or craft
  • Deep Dish: Peer critiques of works-in-progress

Non-members are welcome to attend two regular meetings in a year before membership will be required. If planning to attend, we would prefer if you let us know you are coming so we know to look for you.


Come on in, we love visitors!



Meeting Guest Attendee


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2018-2019 SCHEDULE

 

NOVEMBER 17

Editor and novelist Hanna Rhys Barnes will present “Chopped! – Slimming down your manuscript without losing the weight of your story.” LEARN MORE

NOVEMBER 18

Meet STARs at the Meet the Authors book fair today only at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave, Melbourne, FL 32935. Authors will be selling and signing books from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. LEARN MORE

DECEMBER 9

Holiday Party – Members Only

JANUARY 26

SPECIAL EXTENDED WORKSHOP With Jamie Farrell

This exciting two-part workshop will be a MEMBERS ONLY meeting, featuringA Year of Writing Fearlessly” ANDJazz It Up and Get It Opened – Improving Author Newsletters.” Note: This workshop will be held at a different location. LEARN MORE

February 9

Master Class in INDIE PUBLISHING: SMART MARKETING TO SELL MORE BOOKS. An intensive all-day workshop at the Space Coast Convention Center featuring experts Damon Suede, Eliza Knight, Maria Connor and Rachel Hauck. Whether you’re about to publish your first novel or are a seasoned indie, traditional or hybrid author, this workshop will give you tools to help you find more fans, elevate your books, and adopt effective marketing strategies to power up your writing career. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER

February 23

Lessons for Your Writing Career. This follow-up to the Master Class will draw on the knowledge of STAR members to compare lessons, notes and strategies to improve our writing business. LEARN MORE

March 23

Romance plotting with Priscilla Oliveras. Double RITA finalist Priscilla Oliveras leads the workshop “Dissecting the Romance Plot with ‘You’ve Got Mail.'” Learn the eight essential and three optional elements of a romance novel Pamela Regis details in her classic text A Natural History of the Romance Novel by dissecting this classic romantic comedy to see how the elements are woven together to craft a Keeper Shelf film/novel. LEARN MORE

April 27

Writing killer suspense with Melinda Leigh. #1 Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh will teach techniques, tips, and tricks for revving up the tension in stories of any genre, including her favorite category: romantic suspense. LEARN MORE

May 25

Law and Order: Getting Cops and Lawyers Right in Your Fiction. Expert guests will answer questions and talk about how to make crime and law credible in your novel.

June 22

How To Binge-Write Your Novel. Kerry Evelyn has developed seven strategies to get the most out of her sporadic writing sessions – for plotters, pantsers, and everyone in between. LEARN MORE

July 24-27

Romance Writers of America National Conference, New York Marriott Marquis.

August 24

Lessons from the RWA conference. STAR members who attended the New York conference bring back invaluable lessons on writing and selling books in today’s marketplace. Note: This special lunch meeting will be held at a different location. LEARN MORE

September 28

Formidable Facebook ads. A professional creator of Facebook ads tells us what works and what doesn’t to help you sell books.

October 26

Building a Series with Roxanne St. Claire. Learn how to build a successful series with New York Times and USA Today bestseller Roxanne St. Claire. Also today: STAR’s Annual General Meeting and elections. LEARN MORE

November 23

Perfecting Your Author Presence. Florida STAR speakers will talk about the essentials you need for your website, Amazon Author Central page, BookBub presence, Facebook author page and more.

December

STAR Holiday Party ~ members only.