Romance Writers of America

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The Romance Writers of America focuses on the romance genre and those who write it. The large organization has chapters in most urban areas. Their monthly magazine is helpful for its focus on the stock and trade of the genre: articles about character building, chemistry, and more, suited to the romance writer, reader and market. There’s also general information for writers about contracts, time management, self-care and so on. Online forums are troves of author-to-author-advice.

RWA says all the right things about diversity and inclusion of LGBT romance. LGBT writers have made an effort to find each other and be visible. That said, RWA’s membership is overwhelmingly heterosexual. Occasionally, I am taken aback. For example, individuals within it sometimes forget that not everyone swoons around a Marlborough-man cover model. I am uncomfortable when people of any gender identity are reduced to fetishes. It’s not funny or professional. #YMMV

From the RWA site:

Romance Writers of America (RWA) is a nonprofit trade association, with a membership of more than 10,000 romance writers and related industry professionals, whose mission is to advance the professional and common business interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy.

Thoughtful and Congenial are welcome visitors. Disrespect and Spite will be shown the door.