I’m a member of Romance Writers of America and until I have a good reason to quit, I always will be. It’s a great organization for writers and has much to offer.
I was living in Houston at the time and a couple of friends drove in from Longview, Texas to attend the conference with me. I can’t remember if we had pre-registered or if that was even an option but I do know the small community had never seen the likes of a conference like that one. It was a madhouse. And there was a room shortage at the hotel. A friend and I shared a room with one of the Harlequin editors. I remember a twin bed in a dark space–for all I know I could have been sleeping in a closet. Rooms weren’t that important; we stayed up late and got up early. The head man from Harlequin blustered through early the next morning. I was standing in my slip, brushing my teeth. I heard a muffled ‘pardon me’ but I don’t think he even saw me in his excitement. This kind of conference, so many romance writers in one place, was as different and exciting for them as it was for all of us wannabes.
This event was so huge, newspapers and TV stations from everywhere sent photographers and reporters. They filmed, snapped pictures, interviewed and flirted and hit on young romance writers. Looking back, it seems like a circus. I can’t remember any of the sessions I attended–just chaos. Of course, the media made all kinds of cracks about romance and romance writers. Sometimes they still do but it doesn’t matter so much anymore because RWA and romance writing are here to stay.
In 1991 RWA joined the fight for literacy by hosting the first “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing as the kick-off event of the 1990 Annual Conference in San Francisco. The 2011 Literacy Autographing held at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City raised over $60,000. Each year the autographing event raises thousands of dollars which are donated to ProLiteracy Worldwide. Since 1991 RWA efforts have raised over $700,000.
2012 – Anaheim, California
2013 – Atlanta, Georgia
2014 – San Antonio, Texas
2015 – New York City, New York
2016 – San Diego, California
I love Romance Writers of America. I’ve learned a lot from their conferences and their classes. I belong to the following RWA Chapters:
Outreach International (OIRW) is an on-line chapter of Romance Writers of America®. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to reaching out to all authors, regardless of where they live. Our goal is to reach across the boundaries of all countries and unite them, making Outreach an international unified writing community.
OKRWA – the Outlaws in Oklahoma City. I’ll finally attend my first meeting Saturday. Wish me luck!
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