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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.

**2016 IGO Contest finalists
Contemporary: Jessica Holt (Hearts on the Vine); Makenna Lee (Through the Lens); Brooke Salesky (Project Kama Sutra)
Erotic: Jenny Centen (Changing His Tune); Sionna Fox (Bound To); Danni Rose (For Sale, One Virgin)
Historical : Ann Chaney (Along Came a Spy); Eleri Grace (This is Us); June Winsome Smith (Gilded Dreams)
Inspirational: Sandi Lyons Hoard (A Tarnished Rose); Shelia Queen Shook (The Wager); Darlene L. Turner (Stolen Vows)
Paranormal: A.Y. Chao (Soul Affinity); Fenley Grant (Breeders); Jilly Wood (The Transformation of Alexis Doe)
Romantic Suspense: Meta Caroll (Semper Fi); Lexa Fisher (Plan C); Lori Matthews (Hit and Run)
**Mark your calendar! The 2017 IRWA Write Business Conference, featuring Kristen Lamb of the Warrior Writers blog, will be held April 22, 2017.
**2017 Program Schedule
January 14, 2017 - Mark Kamish: ACX Audiobooks
February 11, 2017 - Marketing Panel Discussion
March 11, 2017 - Kim Castillo: Author Assistants
April 8, 2017 - Shyla Colt: Diversity in Writing
May 13, 2017 - JP Bastin: GMC workshop
June 10, 2017 - Kathy Lyons/Jade Lee: How to Pitch Your Book
July 9, 2017 - Critique/Brainstorming Session
August 12, 2017 - RWA Conference Review; Lacey Thorne: Writing Sexual Tension
September 9, 2017 - Jillian Jacobs: How to Write a Good Bad Guy
October 14, 2017 - Kennedy Layne & Mr. Layne: How to be A Successful Author/Supportive Spouse

Upcoming Meeting

Date: 10/8/2016

Time: 1:00-4:00pm
Location: Irvington Branch Library
5625 E. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219
Topic: Brenda Hiatt: Show Me the Money
Brenda Hiatt is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of romantic adventure novels including traditional Regency romance, time travel romance, historical novels, contemporary humorous mystery, and most recently young adult science fiction romance. She has authored and published over 20 such novels in a writing career that started in 1988. Hiatt, originally from Virginia, received degrees in Biology and Psychology from the College of William and Mary, in Williamsburg, before attending graduate school at Texas A&M University. She has since lived in Hawaii, South Carolina, Texas, and now Indiana. She is married and has two children. Author of twenty novels (so far), including sweet and spicy historical romance, time travel romance, humorous mystery, and a new young adult science fiction series. She is as excited about her new STARSTRUCK series as she’s ever been about any of her books. In addition to writing, Brenda is passionate about embracing life to the fullest, to include scuba diving (she has over 60 dives to her credit), Taekwondo (where she recently attained her 3rd degree black belt), hiking, traveling…and reading, of course!

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2016 IRWA Program Schedule
Every month IRWA has something to offer aspiring and published authors. Meetings are held the second Saturday of each month, January through October, at the Irvington Branch Library, located at 5625 E. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN or other specially noted location.

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For more information on our chapter, please contact Mellanie Grigsby at mellanieszereto@hotmail.com.