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    IRN (Iowa Romance Novelists) is the central Iowa Chapter of Romance Writers of America® (RWA) located in Des Moines, Iowa. Founded in 1993, IRN is the central Iowa chapter of Romance Writers of America®.


    We are dedicated to promoting education, excellence, and innovation in a cooperative, friendly atmosphere of integrity, mutual respect, and personal responsibility. We are committed to the support and encouragement of our members, both published and unpublished as they pursue their writing goals.


    Each month we have a program on a specific topic. Sometimes we have speakers; other times chapter members present programs, and occasionally we do field trips. The topic and the location are announced prior to the meeting date.

    January - Finish the Book - Go!
    February - Getting Started
    March - Setting: Physical Setting and Emotional Setting
    April - To Plot or Not to Plot
    May - GMC and Beyond
    June - Characters: Story People
    July - Point of View and Deep POV
    August - Joint Meeting with MO/NE
    September - The Muddle in the Middle
    October - Getting to "The End"
    November - Revision
    December - Finish Line! Annual Awards Event


    10:00 AM - Chapter Business Meeting
    11:00 AM - Critique
    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Program
    1:00 PM - Optional lunch at nearby restaurant for those who choose to go.


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    Upcoming Meeting

    Date: March 21st, 2015
    Time: 10:00 – 1:00
    Location: Urbandale Library | 3520 86th Street | Urbandale, IA 50322
    Topic: Setting: Physical Setting and Emotional Setting

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