Highlighting RWA chapters
by Kathleen Watson
The Connecticut chapter of Romance Writers of America has been providing quality programming since 1981. Like so many other chapters, they are slowly bouncing back from the pandemic, and although it has taken its toll, it has also helped the chapter forge a new path into the future.
The advent of programming via Zoom has allowed speakers from all over the country to present programs, people like Tammi Labrecque from Newsletter Ninja, and they will host Sherry Thomas in September. Perhaps even better, Zoom has also allowed the chapter to gain members who have lost their local chapter and do not live in Connecticut. They have members from New York, Rhode Island, drawn by the “sense of closeness [that] encouraged them to stay.”
The chapter is small—only 23 members—but has a big heart and prides itself on being a welcoming community of writers, especially newer writers who are just starting out. One thing they are proud to offer is their critique group. Members find that even if they, as the writer, don’t agree with the changes being suggested, the critique itself will identify weak points that lead to improvements. Often it’s just a great place to toss out ideas and get “unstuck” on a plot point, or perhaps polish up that dreaded book blurb!
A monthly newsletter has been focusing on getting to know members outside of their writing careers. Pets, favorite writing spots, and fun facts have all appeared in recent newsletters. Additionally, the chapter honors one member with the Heart of the Chapter award, given to someone who has gone above and beyond for their fellow members.
Connecticut RWA is working its way back to offering one-day mini conferences and weekend writing retreats. They are proud affiliates of RWA and recognize the group's effort toward a better future that includes writers from all walks of life.
Find them on Facebook or at ctrwa.org, or drop the chapter an email at [email protected].