Romance Writers of America

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Romance Writers of America (RWA) was founded in Houston, Texas, in 1980 by 37 charter members. The purpose of the organization was to organize writing conferences and to create a network to provide information and support for romance writers and other professionals. RWA now has over 9,500-member members worldwide; with 1,600 members published in book-length romance fiction. It is the largest fiction writing group devoted to a single genre. Unlike many writers' organizations, the RWA is open to both published and unpublished authors. RWA has more than 140 chapters throughout the world, with chapters in almost every state in the U.S. Some individual cities have multiple chapters--such as the three chapters in Houston, Texas.

The RWA Annual Conference is held during the summer. It is an important meeting for the romance industry, including a literary book signing and the giving of the various awards and contest winners. Among the committees that promote the goals of the RWA is the RWA Published Authors Network (PAN) which serves the needs of the group's published authors by providing supported and specialized conference programming. The RWA also offers an annual Academic Research Grant.

On The Web

The Romance Writers of America

Awards

In addition to these major annual awards, RWA also honors members who have published 100 or more books with a Centennial Award.

Contests

Chapters

Special Interest Chapters

Local Chapters

US Chapters

Alabama

  • Gulf Coast Chapter
  • Heart of Dixie
  • Southern Magic


Alaska

  • Alaska Chapter of RWA


Arizona

  • Desert Rose Chapter
  • Northern Arizona Romance Writers of America
  • Tucson RWA Chapter #58
  • Valley of the Sun Romance Writers of America


Arkansas

  • Diamond State Romance Authors


California


Colorado


Connecticut

  • Charter Oak Romance Writers
  • Connecticut RWA
  • Romance Writers of Southern CT and Lower NY (COLONY)


Delaware


Florida

  • Ancient City Romance Authors
  • Central Florida Romance Writers
  • First Coast Romance Writers
  • Florida Romance Writers
  • Southwest Florida Romance Writers
  • Space CoasT Authors of Romance
  • Tampa Area Romance Authors (TARA)
  • Volusia County Romance Writers


Georgia


Hawaii

  • Aloha Chapter


Idaho

  • Coeur du Bois Chapter (Boise, ID)
  • Southern Idaho Romance Writers


Illinois

  • Chicago-North RWA
  • Heart & Scroll RWA
  • Love Designers
  • Prairie Hearts
  • Quad Cities Romance Writers
  • Windy City RWA


Indiana

  • Indiana Romance Writers
  • Northwest Indiana Romance Writers


Iowa

  • Heart of Iowa Fiction Authors
  • Iowa Romance Novelists


Kansas

  • Mid-America Romance Authors (MARA)
  • Midwest Romance Writers
  • Wichita Area Romance Authors


Kentucky

  • Kentucky Romance Writers
  • KYOWA
  • Louisville Romance Writers


Louisiana

  • Coeur de Louisiane
  • Heart of Louisiana
  • North Louisiana Storytellers and Authors of Romance (NOLA STARs)
  • SOLA (Southern Louisiana)


Maine


Maryland

  • Maryland Romance Writers


Massachusetts

  • New England Chapter


Michigan

  • Grand Rapids Region RWA
  • Greater Detroit RWA
  • Mid-Michigan RWA


Minnesota

  • Northern Lights Writers
  • Midwest Fiction Writers (MFW) MFW website


Mississippi

  • Magnolia State Romance Writers


Missouri


Montana

Nebraska

  • C.A.M.E.O. Inc.
  • Nebraska Romance Writers
  • Prairieland Romance Writers
  • Heartland Writers Group


Nevada

  • Cactus Rose


New Hampshire

  • New Hampshire Romance Writers of America


New Jersey

New Mexico

  • Land of Enchantment Romance Authors (LERA)


New York

  • The Capital Region Chapter
  • Central New York Romance Writers
  • Hudson Valley RWA
  • Lake Country Romance Writers
  • Long Island Romance Writers
  • Romance Writers of Southern CT and Lower NY (COLONY)
  • RWA New York City
  • Saratoga Romance Writers
  • Southern Tier Authors of Romance
  • Western New York Romance Writers


North Carolina


North Dakota

Ohio

  • Central Ohio Fiction Writers
  • KYOWA
  • Maumee Valley RWA
  • Northeast Ohio RWA (NEORWA)
  • Ohio Valley Chapter


Oklahoma


Oregon

  • Mid-Willamette Valley
  • Rose City Romance Writers


Pennsylvania

  • Bucks County Romance Writers
  • Central Pennsylvania Romance Writers
  • Pocono/Lehigh Romance Writers
  • Valley Forge Romance Writers
  • Western Pennsylvania Romance Writers


Rhode Island

South Carolina

  • Lowcountry RWA


South Dakota

Tennessee

  • Music City Romance Writers (Nashville)
  • River City Romance Writers
  • Smoky Mountain Romance Writers


Texas

  • Austin RWA Chapter
  • Dallas Area Romance Authors (DARA)
  • East Texas RWA
  • Heart of Texas
  • Houston Bay Area
  • North Texas Romance Writers of America
  • Northwest Houston RWA
  • Red River Romance Writers
  • San Antonio Romance Authors (SARA)
  • West Houston RWA
  • Yellow Rose Romance Writers


Utah

  • Utah/Salt Lake RWA


Vermont

Virginia


Washington

  • Eastside RWA (Washington)
  • Greater Seattle RWA
  • Inland Empire Chapter RWA-Spokane, WA
  • Olympia RWA
  • Peninsula Chapter (Washington)


Washington, D.C.

  • Washington DC Romance Writers


West Virginia

  • KYOWA


Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin RWA


Wyoming

Canada Chapters

  • Calgary Association of the Romance Writers of America
    • Greater Vancouver Chapter
    • Marshlands Romance Writers (Moncton, New Brunswick)
    • Ottawa Romance Writers Association
    • Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
    • Toronto Romance Writers
    • Vancouver Island Chapter (Victoria, British Columbia)