Due to COVID-19, all meetings will take place via Zoom until further notice.
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.
For more information, click on the month.
January - Jane Crouch
July 14 - 17 RWA National Conference
“Chronicles of a Series Launch”
Join Romance Writers of America for RWA2021 in Nashville, TN!
February - Sweet Romance Panel
August - Veronica Park
Kathy Wheeler (Indie), Parker Cole (Indie), Claire
McEwen (Harlequin Heartwarming), and Lee Tobin McClain (HQN) will be joining us for a discussion of sweet romance.
Agent with Fuse Literary will make a presentation and take pitches from our members. Meeting is closed to guests.
March - Xio Axelrod
September - TBD
Author Xio Axelrod will present "Fast Drafting"
April - Priscilla Oliveras
October - TBD
"Dissecting the Romance Plot with “You’ve Got Mail”
May - TBD
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. Meeting is closed to guests.
June - Isabelle Drake
December - Holiday Party
“Way to Conceptualize Your Story for Different Audiences”
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 2021, receive prizes, and have fun!
A Recap of 2020 Speakers
Jan - CK Brooke - Indy Publishing
Feb - Sylvia Hubbard - "Five Ways to Get Noticed in a Flooded Market"
Mar - Meeting Canceled due to pandemic
Apr - Tara Eldana - Everything you wanted to know about press releases
May - Lyssa Kay Adams - The Good, the Bad and the $#%! of Trad Pub.
Jun - Radclyffe - Key Romance Beats & 3-Act Structure
Jul - National RWA Conference - Virtual
Aug - Jennifer Snow - Screenplay Writing
Sep - Chip MacGregor - Agent
Oct - Jane Porter - Tule Publishing
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.