Mission Statement

GDRWA is dedicated to promoting the romance genre, and to supporting and developing the writing goals of all its members.

As the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America, it is our mission to provide a positive and constructive forum for the nurturing, development, enhancement and promotion of the creativity, professionalism and productivity of all members. It is our goal to empower all members in the exploration of the art and business of writing, and to encourage members to maintain high standards of integrity, sensitivity, camaraderie and excellence. We strive to achieve these goals by sponsoring, providing and/or encouraging participation in meetings, workshops, networking, conferences, contests and newsletters.

GDRWA MEMBERSHIP is open to anyone writing romance fiction, published or unpublished. RWA membership is required prior to GDRWA membership.

Board of Directors

GDRWA is a non-profit organization led by dedicated members who volunteer their time to serve on the Board of Directors. The board is comprised of five individuals whose service assists GDRWA in achieving its stated mission. The Board is also responsible for managing the business of the organization, setting policy, and approving procedures to implement policy. The Board deliberates and acts only by vote. The current members of the board for 2018 - 2020 are as follows:
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MK Schiller


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The president leads all board meetings and the monthly program meetings.


Dana Nussio

V.P. of Programming

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The VP of Programming schedules the monthly speakers and chairs the conference.


Heather Novak


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The secretary takes minutes at meetings and sends welcome packets to our new members.

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A.J. Norris

V.P. of Communications

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The VP of Communications publishes our newsletters and oversees our social media sites.


R.C. Matthews


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The treasurer prepares the annual budget and oversees all financial matters.

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2018 Joan Shapiro Service Award Recipient

Aliza Mann

Joan Shapiro Award Winner Aliza Mann 2018

Each year GDRWA honors one member with the Joan Shapiro Service Award for their exemplary dedication and service to our chapter. In 2018, this award was presented to Aliza Mann for her service as our chapter Librarian.

Joan Shapiro was a long standing member of GDRWA and dedicated years to the development and betterment of our chapter.


2017 - Tracy Bilen

2016 - A.J. Norris

2015 - Elizabeth Heiter

2014 - Dana Nussio

Committee Chairs

Librarian: Tracy Bilen

Newsletter Editor: A.J. Norris - ajnorrisauthor@gmail.com

Booksellers' Best Award: R.C. Matthews & Aliza Mann

Historian: A.J. Norris - ajnorrisauthor@gmail.com

Conference: Dana Nussio