Events

Romance is everywhere! The national organization and our chapters hold events across the country—and online—to help career-focused romance writers network with peers and industry professionals, as well as learn more about their craft and the industry. Search here for upcoming events and register today!

RWA Conference

RWA Conference
Learn about the RWA Annual Conference

Trade Shows

Trade Shows
RWA participates in trade shows and showcases the romance genre

Chapter Events

Chapter Events
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Literacy Autographing

Literacy Autographing
RWA raises thousands for literacy organizations with this mass book-signing event

RWA U Webinar: Plot That Book!

Are you a "pantser" who wants to learn plotting techniques? Do you struggle with saggy middles or having strong stakes? Trying to figure out how to make your romantic arc resonate? Award-winning editor and multi-published author Rhonda Merwarth is offering a session on plotting. The course covers basics of outlining, goal/motivation/conflict, crafting compelling characters stakes, integrated subplots, and more. There will also be time for Q&A. Presenter Bio: Rhonda Merwarth is multi-published in teen romance, New Adult, and adult romance with Simon Pulse, Kensington, Berkley InterMix, and Hallmark. Her teen romance PROMPOSAL was an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Younger Readers. Rhonda is also a two-time RITA award-winning romance editor. She previously acquired for Carina Press and Hallmark Publishing, and now she does freelance developmental editing for Hallmark Publishing and Tule Publishing.
When
5/28/2019 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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RWA U Webinar: The 5 Essential Building Blocks

This is a deep dive into the five essential building blocks of the romance novel: characters; plot; conflict (internal and external); world-building; stakes. Developmental editor Jeanne De Vita will provide examples of how each work within a romance and explores common mistakes made in the crafting of each.  The world-building discussion will address broadly all sub-genres, including simply how to effectively build the universe of the contemporary romance.  Students will leave this course with not only functional understanding of the parts of the romance, but also exercises to test how well-developed (or under-developed) each building block is for the student’s own work-in-progress.
When
6/11/2019 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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RWA U Webinar: Panic-Free Pitching

Join us for a webinar featuring Rayna Vause. Pitching your novel can be an intimidating. Boiling your book down to its core hook can seem like a daunting task. In this interactive workshop we will cover how to write a successful pitch, an important skill that has applications beyond the editor/agent appointment. We'll also talk about the ins and outs of the appointment itself and how to keep your cool.
When
6/14/2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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RWA U Webinar: The Three-Act Structure of a Romance

Many authors are familiar with the three-act structure of narrative but have never seen the three-act structure applied to the romance novel. This course will explain in detail the three acts; what the author should accomplish in each act;  how the three act structure can help even “pantsers” pace the novel; how sub-genres effect the structure of the three acts (and what elements of suspense or paranormal should be built into which Act).   Students will leave this course with not only functional understanding of the parts of the romance, but also exercises to block out the three acts of the student’s own work-in-progress.
When
8/6/2019 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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RWA U Webinar: Research for Beginners

Description: Research is necessary step for all writers who decide to write a story. This webinar will cover how to research your settings and characters for both contemporary and historical romance novels. It will also discuss how to use that information in your stories to entice readers and make them keep turning the pages of your story. There will be plenty of time for Q&A as well. Presenter Bio: Piper G Huguley, a two-time Golden Heart ®finalist and Maggie Winner, is the author of “Migrations of the Heart,” a three-book series of historical romances set in the early 20th century featuring African American characters. Book #1 in the series, A Virtuous Ruby, won Best Historical of 2015 in the Swirl Awards. Book #3 in the series, A Treasure of Gold, was named by Romance Novels in Color as a Best Book of 2015, received 4 ½ stars from RT Magazine, and won an Emma Award for best historical romance in 2017. Huguley is also the author of the “Home to Milford College” series. The series follows the building of a college from its founding in 1866. Book #1 in the series, The Preacher’s Promise was named a top ten Historical Romance in Publisher’s Weekly by the esteemed historical romance author, Beverly Jenkins and received Honorable Mention in the Writer’s Digest Contest of Self-Published e-books in 2015. She blogs about the history behind her novels at http://piperhuguley.com. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and son. Event time 12:00 CT.
When
8/13/2019 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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RWA U Webinar: Making Your Backlist Work

Join us for a webinar featuring Melissa Blue. This workshop will include tips and tricks to keep your backlist relevant and make passive income while you work on your frontlist. (Times in CT.)
When
9/14/2019 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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RWA U Webinar: Style Primer: Transforming Tell into Show

Writers hear this advice all the time: show, don’t tell. But how does an author know what telling is? Isn’t narrative telling the reader the story? Are there times when a scene or statement should be told?  How does an author balance showing and telling so the reader is engaged but not drowning in adjectives?  This course will use three examples to demonstrate the transformation from “tell” to “show”: a single paragraph; a full page; and a full scene. A cheat sheet with “clues” to know whether you’ve told too much, or shown the wrong things will be provided.
When
11/12/2019 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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