February 14th – Emily Awards and Allison Brennan!
Please join us at our Annual Emily Awards and Presentation featuring guest speaker Allison Brennan!
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Allison Brennan is the New York Times bestselling author of many romantic thrillers, including Carnal Sin, Original Sin, Fatal Secrets, Cutting Edge, and Sudden Death. A four-time RITA finalist and Daphne du Maurier Award winner, Brennan enjoys spending her free time reading, playing games, watching high school sports, and researching her novels. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Horror Writers Association, and International Thriller Writers. Allison Brennan lives in Northern California with her husband, Dan, and their five children.
As always, the doors open at 8:30 with our business meeting beginning at 9. After a break to network, at 10:15 Ms. Brennan will motivate us with “You’re Not Normal” then give us an honest opinion of the State of our Industry.
At noon, a delicious catered lunch will be enjoyed by all, followed by book signings from Ms. Brennan, Shana Galen and Donna Maloy, then we will have the Emily Awards!!!
To finish out this wonderfully informative and exciting day, at 1:30, Ms. Brennan will present Thrills, Chills and Villains: Writing Romantic Suspense and Thrillers.
What makes a compelling thriller? Character, pacing and stakes. But I’d argue that these same elements are needed in all stories, from romantic suspense to erotic romance, from mysteries to science fiction.
For Houston RWA, I’ve combined my two most popular workshops — “Thrills & Chills” and “The Villain’s Journey” — into a multi-faceted presentation that aims to help you take your writing to the next level by focusing on the key elements of great storytelling. Though the focus will be on romantic suspense and thrillers, writers of all genres will benefit from discussions on character, pacing and creating compelling, organic conflict. Designed for both aspiring and published authors.
After a break, Ms. Brennan will wrap up with Breaking Rules to Break In or Break Out.
Putting everything together from today, learn why breaking rules can help you grow your love of writing and withstand the pitfalls of the business.
Last will be your chance to Ask Allison Anything!