OCTOBER 19, 2019

Strong Beginnings with HelenKay Dimon

It’s the first thing an editor, agent or reader will see – the beginning of your story. Maybe someone has told you that your book starts at the wrong place, or you read it and know something is not quite right. This workshop will walk you through the factors needed to make your story beginnings active and get readers wanting more.

We’ll review examples. And for a few who turn in their first pages, we’ll do anonymous first page reads and discuss what’s working so that you can then pick out what works (and doesn’t) in your own manuscripts.

If you’d like to participate in the anonymous first page reads, copy and paste your first page into the body of an email and send to Programs (at) RWASD (dot) com. Our Program Chair will remove all identifying information.

Join us for a fantastic opportunity in discovering what works and what doesn’t in your own story beginning!


Best Western Seven Seas
411 Hotel Circle South
San Diego 92108
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$25for RWASD Members (paying by Tuesday, October 15th)
$30for Non-RWASD Members (must be over age 18) and member late registration (after Tuesday, October 15th)
$35for ALL at the door

Reserve a spot at the October 19th meeting:

Please also contact the RWA San Diego Chapter Meeting Coordinator ( if you’re paying by check, your name doesn’t match the name on your paypal account, or you have questions. Otherwise, simply pay by PayPal with the link near the bottom of this section.

Checks should be mailed to:

RWASD Chapter Meeting Coordinator
P O Box 711677
Santee, CA 92072-1677

Please make checks payable to RWASD. Checks are subject to our check return policy.

Member Discount Deadline:

Reservations and payments must be received by the Tuesday before the meeting, that is:

Tuesday, October 15th

*Members who fail to register by the due date will be charged at the Non-Member rate.

Refund policy:

Refunds for meeting registration are given until the Tuesday deadline. After that time, they are nonrefundable. Meeting fees are nontransferable.

Alternate Meal Requests
To request a GF/Vegetarian/Vegan meal (see menu), contact the Hospitality Chair.

Members pay here ($25):

Members (registering AFTER deadline) and Non-Members pay here ($30):

HelenKay Dimon

HelenKay Dimon is a former divorce lawyer turned bestselling author of more than 40 Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, and Erotic Romance books and novellas. Her books have been featured in various national and international venues and she has had two books named Red-Hot Reads in Cosmo magazine. She is a four-time RITA® Award finalist in romantic suspense (for Mr. and Mr. Smith, Facing Fire, Guarding Mr. Fine and The Fixer) and is a 2018 RITA® Award winner for The Fixer. She’s also a Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Award winner in romantic suspense for The Fixer. In addition to writing, HelenKay is Chair of the Policy Advisory Committee of the Romance Writers of America and frequently teaches workshops and classes on fiction writing and romance writing. She lives in San Diego where she is (or should be) working on her next series but might be streaming a show on Netflix.

Just in case you were wondering… HelenKay is her real name. Yes, that’s a capital K in the middle, all one word and no space (blame her two grandmothers – Helen and Kay). Dimon is pronounced Die-Mon.

Meeting Agenda:

9:30 Check In - Networking (coffee and tea)
10:00 Welcome - Introductions & Announcements
10:15 Morning Session
12:00 Lunch (see menu)
            To request a GF/Vegetarian/Vegan meal, contact the Hospitality Chair.
1:00 Chapter Business Meeting
1:30 Afternoon Session
3:00 Meeting Adjourned