Hearts in the Sand Conference

Sponsored by Southwest Florida Romance Writers

Book-in-A-Day Workshop with Debra Dixon

This intensive workshop covers the three most important elements of popular fiction ~ goal, motivation and conflict (GMC) ~ and how those elements work with the mythic structure of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey to help writers conceive and create strong plots and compelling characters.

The Book-In-A-Day workshop provides the tools a writer needs to shape a story and create a road map to writing it.


March 12, 2016 from 9:00 to 4:00


Elks Lodge
3231 Coconut Road
Bonita Springs, Florida 34134


SWFRW members: $65
Other RWA members: $75
All others guests: $85
Special Friday Night event (see below): $20


Hyatt Place Coconut Point
23120 Via Villagio
Estero, Florida 33928
SWFRW discounted price of $169/night for both Friday and Saturday night

Booking info:

Reservations can be made by:

  • Calling 1-888-867-4008 and reference the group name “SWFL Romance Writers” or group code “G-SWRW”.
  • Booking online by clicking here

Click here for the Hearts in the Sand Conference Schedule

March 11th – Friday night special event at the Hotel: Debra Dixon will demonstrate, by reading attendees’ anonymous submissions, what does and doesn’t compel her to ask for more. PLUS beverages, nibbles & raffles.

Debra Dixon is the President and Publisher of BelleBooks and its imprints—Bell Bridge Books and ImaJinn Books, which tackle a broad spectrum of genres. In 2013 the company made its first appearance in the Top 10 of Digital Book World’s “Power Publisher Rankings.” Their titles have been picked up in translation and by major publishers in subrights deals for mass market paperback, book club, audio and large print. The company has published original work from NYT and USA Today bestselling authors.

Early in her career, Debra Dixon published with major publishers, wrote ten books, contributed to twelve anthologies, and served as Vice President of RWA. Her popular GMC: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict workshop spawned a book that has become a how-to bible for writers.