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.

2021 Dates:

For more information, click on the month.


January 19

Jane Crouch

Out to Sea Laptop

April 20

Priscilla Oliveras


July 14 - 17

GDRWA is on break to attend RWA national conference in Nashville.


October 19



February 16

Sweet Romance Panel


May 18



August 17

Veronica Park

Flying Books

November 16

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


March 16

Xio Axelrod


June 15

Isabelle Drake


September 21



December 14

GRDWA is on break for the holiday! We will meet on-line for awards, prizes, and fun. Closed to guests.

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.