Romancing the RWA Conference





Kathleen Harrington                                   

Our Writing Something Romantic team attended the Romance Writers of America’s National conference in San Diego this July We enjoyed wonderful workshops where we learned new ideas and brushed up on old skills. We listened to a marvelous keynote speaker, Beverly Jenkins – who shared what it was like breaking into the field of romance as an African American novelist. At a buffet breakfast, Dr. Valerie Young explained how the “imposter syndrome” keeps many women from achieving their full potential.

Some famous writers you’ll no doubt recognize were in attendance at the conference: Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jayne Ann Krentz, Nora Roberts, Julia Quinn, Cathy Maxwell, Kristan Higgins, and Tessa Dare – to name a few.

For our Writing Something Romantic group, listening to Michael Hauge share his experiences in the Hollywood world of screenwriting proved both delightful and empowering. Michael is well-known as a story expert, author, and lecturer among fiction writers. Yet for all his fame and expertise, he’s very warm and personable.


WSR Team with Michael Hauge

The RITA and Golden Heart Awards Ceremony on the final evening honored excellence in romance fiction. Robyn Carr gave a gracious acceptance speech when she received the RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. Her husband and grown children watched proudly from the audience.

wsr Team

All dolled up for the Awards Ceremony

However, the conference wasn’t all business and no play!

The Marriott Marquis is located along the waterfront of the Port of San Diego. My sister, Carol, and I toured the USS Midway, which has an impressive history. Our Writing Something Romantic team enjoyed each other’s company sightseeing, dining at the Harbor House in Seaport Village, sharing buffet breakfasts in the hotel, and celebrating together at a special dinner at Roy’s Restaurant overlooking the harbor.

It’s hard to put into words just how much listening and talking to our sister writers stirred our creative juices and made us ready to get back home and write, write, write!