San Antonio Romance Authors is a chapter of the Romance Writers of America® (RWA), a nonprofit trade association whose mission is to advance the professional interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy. RWA works to support the efforts of its members to earn a living, to make a full-time career out of writing romance or a part-time one that generously supplements his/her main income.
Membership in SARA allows you to connect with other writers who share your love for Romance Writing. More importantly, SARA provides members the opportunity to expand their knowledge base, improve their writing skills, and to encourage their fellow writers in the romance writing industry.
- Monthly Meetings
- Critique Groups
- Access to the SARA discussion groups
- And a group of cheerleaders second to none . . .
Unless stated otherwise, SARA meetings will take place on the third Saturday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m at the John Igo Library, 13330 Kyle Seale Pkwy, San Antonio, TX.
Due to occasional mature subject matter, attendees should be 18 or older. Guests 18 and older are welcome to attend up to two meetings before joining. Note that you must be a member of RWA in order to be a member of SARA.
20 February 2016: Go Deep! (Not a Football Metaphor) Writing a Deep POV
As writers we throw around terms like voice, POV, character growth, story arc, etc. These are some of the tools we use to craft an idea into a complex plot with engrossing characters. Our goal is to take the reader on a journey when they travel the page, but what do these terms mean to the reader?
Come join us for this fascinating workshop by author, J.D. Faver.
Saturday, February 20th - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
J.D. Faver writes contemporary romance and romantic thrillers. Although in the habit of writing daily, she still finds time to enjoy family and friends. Cooking, gardening, and painting are among her other pursuits. She is an active participant in several local and national writer's organizations. As you can tell she loves people and mingling with her species: writers. They're the only ones roaming free who also hear voices.
She would rather be sailing or on a beach somewhere. But if she can't do either of those things, she would just as soon write.
16 January 2016: Q&A with Adam Muhlig, Literary Agent at McIntosh & Otis. Why does a writer need a literary agent? What are the most common problems with submissions as far as craft? What is the author/agent relationship like? What can an author expect after they sign with an agent? Is it really harder than ever to sell a book right now?
December 2015: SARA Holiday Party
21 November 2015, 10:30 AM-1 PM: SARA Chapter Board Member Elections and vote on revised chapter bylaws, followed by Fantasy World Building, presented by Andrea Stehle. Dr. Andrea Stehle is a Latin teacher at John Paul Stevens High School in San Antonio, Texas. She earned her BA in Latin with a minor in classics from the University of Texas in 1989. Classical mythology has been one of her great passions her whole life. As a sponsor of a chapter of the National Junior Classical League Magistra Stehle has sponsored Myth Camps for elementary, middle school & high school students many times during her quarter of a century teaching career. Besides writing the Gods of Arcadia series, Dr. Stehle researches and writes articles on Latin Vocabulary Acquisition and Retention.
17 October 2015: Writing Conflict, presented by Sasha Summers. A story without conflict is no story at all. Conflict drives the story, it forces our characters to act, react, and keeps out readers turning the pages. But realistic conflict can be tricky. In our class, Writing Conflict, we’ll look at some literary and film examples with gripping conflict, explore the types of conflict used, and how writers can crank-up the conflict in their own manuscripts.
19 September from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m at the John Igo Library, 13330 Kyle Seale Pkwy, San Antonio, TX: SARA Monthly Meeting: Building the Perfect Rollercoaster in Eight Easy Steps, presented by Jolene Navarro. Jolene Navarro explains how and when to use elements in the writer's tool box to create an emotional character building plot - either in pre or post production, and how to use the eight sequence structure that movies are based on to flesh out a page turning story. Jolene’s life, much like her stories, is filled with faith, family, football, art, laughter, dirty dishes and all of life's wonderful messiness. She knows that, as much as the world changes, people stay the same. Good and evil. Vow-keepers and heart breakers. Jolene married a vow-keeper who showed her that holding hands and dancing in the rain never gets old. When she's not teaching art to energetic middle-schoolers or hanging out with her four kids, she loves creating stories of love and faith in her much loved Texas.
15 August 2015: Angela James presents her All-Day Master Class: Before You Hit Send: A Hands-on Self-Editing Course. This is the condensed version of Angela’s 3-week online self-editing workshop. Lunch will be on-site. The workshop will have very short morning and afternoon breaks. Topics cover everything from the basics of self-editing (punctuation, grammar, adverb/adjective use) to the more advanced topics of pacing, passive voice, overwriting and much, much more! Angela James, Editorial Director of Carina Press, Harlequin’s digital-first fiction imprint, has edited bestselling authors such as Shannon Stacey, Jaci Burton, Lauren Dane, Ilona Andrews, Lilith Saintcrow, and Shelly Laurenston.
18 July 2015: Superhero Scenes: Writing Stories with Power. Presented by Joni Hahn, author of The D.I.R.E. Agency Series, and by Suanne Schafer. Joni will show you how to enhance the action and reader reaction in your scenes, and give them the one-two punch that will keep the reader yearning for more. “From the moment I started reading it (Agent I1: Tristan, The DIRE Agency Series), I couldn’t put it down. Literally, I couldn’t put it down.” – Emsy Van Wyck, Fab Fantasy Fiction, thebestreviews.com. Suanne will cover the emotional aspects of writing scenes and will incorporate new material from Donald Maass on pulling that emotionality out of your character.
16 May 2015: Crafting the Ethnic Romance Novel, presented by Chilufiya Safaa, author of Stay the Night, The Art of Love, Passionate Encounters, and A Foreign Affair. An educator and an entrepreneur, her teaching assignments have ranged from preschool to college level. Her business venture, which is intertwined with her background as an educator, is a preschool kindergarten which she has owned and operated since 1989. She is currently completing a PhD in Education with an emphasis in multicultural curriculum development. Her passions are her children and her grandchildren, traveling, studying other cultures, listening to a variety of styles of music, good theater and good conversation.
18 April 2015, 10:30-4:00: Emily McKay and Robyn DeHart will do their half-day character plotting workshop, presenting three tiers of worksheets to guide writers through brainstorming, character development, and character-driven plotting. The worksheets will help writers reveal character growth and keep their focus on the developing relationship between the hero and heroine. Emily and Robyn have presented workshops all over the country to writing groups, librarians and readers and at several RWA National conferences.
21 March 2015: SARA member and retired Trinity teacher of theater arts, Linda Shuler, will speak on how to create interesting visual characters, and how to use the body in performance to bring the character to life. Body language!