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1. What is Pen to Paper: Guide to Romance Writing?

Formerly known as Push to Publish, Pen to Paper: Guide to Romance Writing is a comprehensive ten-month writing program for unpublished romance writers. The focus of the program is providing mutual support and building the skills and knowledge romance writers need to be successful in today's market.

The Participants work together in small groups called Writing Partner Circles with experienced author Guides to go from their first idea to the first draft of their romance novel or revision of draft if they bring a first draft to the program.

Participants will learn through self-study assignments that include books, articles, and exclusive audios and videos by experts, weekly group discussions in Writing Partner Circles, writing assignments, and critiquing.

They have the opportunity to network with other Participants and Guides outside their Writing Partner Circle through Facebook Groups, Zoom Meetings, and other social learning avenues.

2. How will the program work?

This program uses a blended learning approach. The blend for Pen to Paper is to use a combination of:
  • Workshops delivered through on-demand learning materials including exclusive videos, articles, books, online assignments and Q/A, and writer’s tools such as checklists.
  • Discussions to answer questions and explore application of key concepts.
  • Live virtual sessions with small groups, called Writing Partner Circles, to help apply learnings to the Participant’s ongoing manuscript work, collaborate on writing, and build a community of support for Participants.
  • Reference materials including RWA Conference videos and podcasts, external videos, websites, and podcasts, craft books, and articles for deeper study on workshop and related topics.

3. How often will the program run?

Pen to Paper will run annually. The 2022 - 2023 program will begin with on-boarding in October 2022 and will end August 31, 2023. (See Program Dates for details.)

4. Can non-members participate?

Yes. Non-members can participate provided that they meet the criteria listed for Participants.

5. May I join RWA and then receive the discounted rate for the program?

Yes, you may join RWA, and then enroll in the program at the member rates. 

6. How are Participants enrolled?

Participants are enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis, with the number of Participants contingent on the number of Guides available.

A wait-list will be established in case of additional availability during the first two weeks of the program.

7. Are scholarships available?

Some scholarships will be available. For more information and an application, visit the Scholarships page.
8. What do Participants get out of it?

The Pen to Paper program will guide Participants through the confusing maze of books and courses that exist for writers and give them a structure they can use to create not only their first novel, but future books as well including:

  • Access to top-notch study materials and the chance to learn the craft from published romance writers.
  • The opportunity to complete a first draft of a novel if they complete the writing assignments on time throughout the program.
  • The opportunity to create mutual support networks with published and unpublished romance writers.
  • Participants who successfully complete the program will receive a Certificate of Completion upon graduation.

9. What’s expected of the Participants?

  • Participants commit to the entire ten-month program. Participants should be prepared to commit to the entire three Course program.
  • Revising and Editing the First Draft will be available separately at an additional fee in October 2023.
  • Participants meet minimum attendance requirements (75%, or at least three live, online Writing Partner Circle meetings per month) and complete assignments as outlined in the syllabus in order to remain in the program.
  • Participants commit to devoting approximately 4 – 6 hours per week to the program, including:
    • completing self-study assignments in preparation for Writing Partner Circle meetings
    • participating in weekly Writing Partner Circle meetings,
    • meeting one-on-one with their Guides at least six times during the program,
    • writing their manuscript, and
    • critiquing peers’ work in progress.
  • Participants learn from experts in the romance universe via articles, audio recordings, live events, and exclusive videos developed for this program.
  • Participants will engage weekly in a six to eight person Writing Partner Circles led by two published author Guides. This writing group will stick together throughout the program, creating that inner circle of allies and writing partners that could last long after the program ends.
  • Participants give and receive valuable critiques that enhance their knowledge and application of writing techniques to meet their reader’s expectations. All Participants are required to receive critiques on their manuscripts and are required to critique the work of other Participants.
  • A Participant Liaison keeps in touch with Participants and helps them work through any challenges to ensure they get the most possible from the program.
  • At the end of each of the three Courses, Participants complete an evaluation to provide feedback.  The feedback is immediately analyzed to identify continuous improvement opportunities.

Please thoroughly read all the information provided to be sure the Pen to Paper Program is right for you. If you have further questions, please email and we will respond as soon as possible!

10. Is there a refund policy?

Refunds will be processed for registrants who provide documentation to prove they were unable to attend the P2P program due to circumstances beyond their control, such as serious illness or death of the registrant or the registrant’s immediate family member.

Refunds will be granted only if requested within the first seven (7) days of the program, minus a cancellation fee of $100.

11. When does the enrollment/application period open?

The 2022 enrollment period for Participants opens September 18, 2022, and closes October 15 (or when the program is full.)
The 2022 application period for Guides opens August 15, 2022, and closes September 17, 2022.