The annual conference for the Romance Writers of America took place last week in the beautiful city of San Francisco. It is a four day conference with additional days for board members and business meetings. I wish I could tell you first hand how wonderful the speakers and workshops were, but alas I did not attend. Since first joining RWA four years ago, I have dreamed of attending a national conference. Maybe, next year where it will be held in Washington DC.
One exciting aspect of the conference is the pitching sessions. RWA members have the opportunity to pitch their stories to agents and editors. It's a fantastic way to possibly get an unpublished manuscript in the hands of the people who have the power to get that book on the shelves.
Another highlight of the conference is the RITA and GOLDEN HEART Awards. They are the Oscar awards of the romance writing world. The RITA awards are for published writers. The Golden Heart is a contest for unpublished writers.
Tampa Area Romance Authors had two winners this year. TARA member Terri Garey won a RITA for best first book for Dead Girls are Easy. TARA member Christa Selnick won a GOLDEN HEART for her manuscript The Devil You Know.
Congratulations to both Terri and Christa!
Check out their websites.
Also check out the RWA website for more conference highlights and additional information.