Romance Writers of America recognizes chapter affiliation as one of its major activities in providing local networking and support systems for writers. RWA's more than 145 local and online chapters offer members the opportunity to come together to discuss the industry and build connections with fellow romance writers.
Local RWA chapters generally meet once a month and often feature guest speakers who discuss topics relevant to the writing experience. RWA chapters often offer critique-partner or critique-group opportunities for writers, not to mention all-around camaraderie and networking opportunities with other RWA members who understand the ups and downs of the writing life.
In addition to local chapters, RWA has special-interest chapters that are made up of members interested in a particular subgenre of romance fiction — such as Regency romance, inspirational romance, or paranormal romance. These chapters meet online and offer education and support tailored to the needs of writers who are interested in these romance subgenres.
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