Chapter Spotlight: Calgary RWA

Spotlighting RWA chapters

By Roxy Boroughs, past president and charter member
Posted 10/4/2023

The Calgary Association of the Romance Writers of America (CaRWA), the only Canadian and only international chapter at present, began March 4, 2003, twenty years ago, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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Four Tips to Help You Land a Publishing Contract

By Julianne Ingles
Posted 10/4/2023

I’m the director and editor at Guts Publishing. Over the past five years, I’ve read thousands of submissions. I’m also a Publishing Coach. I help writers get publishing contracts. I would like to share with you what I’ve learned and my top four tips on how you can increase your chances of landing a publishing contract.

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Welcome to the 2023-2024 RWA Board of Directors!

Welcome to the 2023-2024 RWA Board of Directors!

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Welcome New Executive Director

Posted 10/4/2023

Meet RWA's new Executive Director, Laura R. Caputo, and learn more about AMC Source.

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The Elements of Character Arcs

By Terri Patrick
Posted 10/4/2023

Michael Hauge defines the character arc as the emotional journey from identity to essence. The essence is the inner child, the core of the character who has been wounded through life and now needs to be healed.

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Pen to Paper Accolades

Well done 2022-2023 Participants, Guides, and Volunteers!

By Nicole Johnson, Assistant Participant Liaison
Posted 8/29/2023

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Message from the President - August 2023 RWR

Ah, and here we are in August. I have always seen this time of year as a season of change. It is all about endings and beginnings, which as writers we understand.

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Doing Gender on Purpose: Diversity, Depth, and Character in Romance

Delve into characters’ experiences of gender and open doors to more readers

By Eliot West
Posted 8/28/2023

Romance is obsessed with gender. Just think about the genre’s ever-changing ideas about what a hero and a heroine can and should be, its longstanding self-perception as by and for women, or its debates about who exactly is eligible for a happily ever after, from “unlikeable heroines” to queer romance and trans inclusion. Romance writers and readers care about character, identity, emotions, and the intricacies of how intimate relationships play out within broader social contexts—all areas that are profoundly affected by ideas about gender. Gender is all around us, so why not dive in with purpose and pleasure?

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Navigating Different Types of Romance

A how-to guide on the different types of romance

By M.K. Martin
Posted 8/28/2023

You sit down to read a romance by your favorite author. If the author does their job well, you smile as you close the book, leave your glowing review like the good literary citizen you are, and eagerly dive into other stories by that author. But, how to give your readers the same satisfaction when reading your stories?

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Serial Publishing Primer

Gain more readers while getting paid during the process

By Alistair Kraft
Posted 8/23/2023

Most people, if they know what serial publication is, will think immediately of Dickens and his eager readers waiting at the docks to shout for updates on the newest chapter of his ongoing novel. Maybe they know that Moby Dick was written and published in the same way, accounting for the chapters that were copied word for word from whaling manuals to pad out the word count and bring in more income. Either way, most people probably think of serial publishing as a habit of the past and more than a little boring.

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News & Updates - August 2023

Check out the Policy Advisory Committee's monthly column, "News & Updates," rounding up news and articles of importance to writers.

Posted 8/8/2023

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