GDRWA meets the third Tuesday of every month except July and December from 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. (unless otherwise notified) at the Royal Oak Senior Center located on 3500 Marais Road in Royal Oak, Michigan, 48073.

We are dedicated to supporting the writing goals of all our members through networking, featured speakers covering topics on craft or business, critique sessions, and pitch practice. We work to provide a stimulating and productive environment for both the aspiring and the professional writer.

2020 Dates:

For more details about the meeting programs, please scroll down.

January 21

C.K. Brooke

April 21

Karen Rose

July 29 - Aug. 1

GDRWA is on break to attend RWA national conference held in San Francisco, CA!

October 20


February 18

Sylvia Hubbard

May 19

Lyssa Kay Adams

August 18


November 17

Critique night! Bring 3 pages to be read aloud and critiqued by members of GDRWA. Closed to guests.

March 17

Tara Eldana

June 16


September 15



GRDWA is on break for the holiday! We will meet at a location to be announced for dinner, prizes and fun. Closed to guests.

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January - C.K. Brooke

February - Sylvia Hubbard

Five Ways to Get Noticed in a Flooded Market

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March - Tara Eldana

Working with the Press

April - Karen Rose


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May - Lyssa Kay Adams

June - Radclyffe



July - RWA National Conference

Join Romance Writers of America for RWA2020 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, San Francisco, CA, July 29–Aug. 1, 2020

The RWA Conference is the place where career-focused romance writers gather to make lasting connections and grow their careers—and so much more. When 2,000 romance writers and industry professionals assemble in one place, the sense of community is undeniable.

At the conference, career-focused romance writers can anticipate:

  • education and information,
  • networking with fellow writers,
  • interaction with editors, agents, publishers, vendors, retailers, and other romance publishing industry professionals.



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November - Critique Night

Every year we dedicate one meeting to critique night. Please bring 3 printed pages of your current work-in-progress to be read aloud and critiqued by our GDRWA members. All authors bringing pages must notify the V.P. of Programming in advance of the meeting as there is limited time for 8 - 10 critiques. First come / first serve.

December - Celebration!

Members of GDRWA are welcome to join us at a location to be announced on the second Tuesday of December at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate another year of our chapter, recognize the winner of our Joan Shapiro service award for 2020, receive prizes, and have fun! An invitation to sign up will be emailed in November 2020 by the chapter president.

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A Recap of 2019 Speakers

Jan - Medicine Meets Fiction Panel

Feb - Heather Novak - Author Branding & Identity

Mar - Melanie Harlow - Feminism in Romance

Apr - Eileen Dreyer

May - Issues in the Romance genre

Jun - Beverly Jenkins

Jul - National RWA Conference in New York

Aug - Pitch Clinic

Sep - Patience Bloom, Senior Editor, Harlequin

Oct - Barbara Samuel

Dec - Holiday Party

How to Join...

General membership in GDRWA is open to all persons seriously pursuing a writing career in the romance genre.  Associate membership is open to other related professionals, who are members in good standing of National RWA. Click here to find out more.