About Our Chapter

About Indiana RWA
Indiana Romance Writers of America is chapter #15 of the Romance Writers of America® (RWA). Our Chapter was founded January 1, 1982, and incorporated in 1985. We are a professional organization dedicated to creating high-quality romance writing in all genres through education and networking among authors, editors, agents, and others in the publishing industry. Our mission is to educate and encourage authors at all levels in their pursuit of excellence in romance writing.

**2017 Program Schedule**
Visitors are welcome and may attend up to two meetings before joining. Many programs are recorded and available to IRWA members for viewing and listening!
May 13, 2017 - JP Bastin: Crafting Characters - The G-M-Cs
June 10, 2017 - Kathy Lyons/Jade Lee: How to Pitch Your Book
July 9, 2017 - Lynne Greeley: Critique/Brainstorming Session
August 12, 2017 - RWA Conference Review; Lacey Thorne: Writing Sexual Tension
September 9, 2017 - Jillian Jacobs: Good Tips for Writing Bad People
October 14, 2017 - Kennedy Layne/Mr. Layne: How to be A Successful Author/Supportive Spouse
November 17-19 - Bradford Woods Retreat (Registration opens August 1 for IRWA members and October 1 for non-members.)

The 2017 Indiana Golden Opportunity (IGO) Contest opens May 1, 2017! See the link in the Contests/Events/Links listing above for entry information, updated rules, and score sheets. Congratulations to the 2016 IGO finalists who finaled in the 2017 Golden Heart--A.Y. Chao and Meta Carroll! Good luck!!!

Upcoming Meeting

Upcoming Meeting

Date: 5/13/2017

Time: Board Meeting: 10:00am - 11:30am
Business Meeting: 11:30am - 12:00pm (new time)
Social and Discussion Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm (new time)
Program: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Franklin Road Branch Library
5550 S. Franklin Road
Indianapolis, IN 46239
Topic: JP Bastin - Crafting Characters: The GMCs
Growing up surrounded by military men, it's no wonder JP Bastin likes to feature them in her writing. There is just something about those self-assured alpha males, and the equally strong women who can walk beside them that makes for a wonderful story. Their influence was a big part of her decision to serve as a Dept. of Army Civilian Nurse, where she spent three years living in Europe. Her circle of friends include Army and Marine Corps Snipers, Rangers, SEALs and Green Berets who help give her military characters the realism readers expect. JP and her husband live in central Indiana.

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2017 IRWA Program Speaker Schedule
Join IRWA for another great new year! Meetings are held the second Saturday of each month at the Franklin Road Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library, 5550 S. Franklin Road, Indianapolis 46239. Visitors are welcome to attend up to two meetings before joining.

Chapter business meeting 11:30am - 1
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For more information on our chapter, please contact Mellanie Szereto at mellanieszereto@hotmail.com.