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.

Mark your calendar! The 2017 IRWA Conference, Writers on the Lamb, features Kristen Lamb of WANA and the Warrior Writers blog, and will be held April 22, 2017. Register early since space is limited to 50 attendees! See the link under Contests/Events/Links above.

**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!
March 11, 2017 - Kim Castillo: Author Assistants
April 8, 2017 - Shyla Colt: Diversity in Writing
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.


Upcoming Meeting

Date: 3/11/2017

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: Kim Castillo: Being an Author Assistant
Kim Castillo is the assistant extraordinaire to New York Times Bestselling author, Eloisa James! Kim turned her love of the written word into a career she loves. She's truly living the old adage of "Do what you love. Love what you do. You'll never work a day in your life." Kim and Eloisa just celebrated their 10th Anniversary and living out their own working happily ever after. Kim is living her personal happily ever after in Northern Indiana with her wonderful husband, son and daughter-in-law and her amazing grandson. There is also a menagerie that includes three cats, two dogs and a parrot.

Questions? Contact IRWAPresident@gmail.com

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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.