2019 Schedule



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 time and 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.


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.


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 18

First Responders: Getting Police, Firefighters and EMTs Right in Your Fiction. Expert guests will answer questions and about how to make crime and calamities 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 talks about 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.



STAR Holiday Party ~ members only.