NaNoWriMo Word War!

~ By Melanie Greene  Who’s up for a writing challenge?  Those familiar with writing know it can be a solitary occupation, even with the friendship and resources of a great group like Contemporary Romance RWA. Those familiar with NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month — know it can be an overwhelming pursuit to generate 50,000 new words in a one-month period.  Fortunately, the pursuit of those 50,000 words can be made more fun, and less solitary, by engaging in the community of others working towards the same goal. This year, Contemporary Romance RWA is joining in the RWA Word War, an...

Chapter Service Opportunities – A Message From President Casey Clipper

Dear Chapter Members, RWA chapters are the heart and soul of the Romance Writers of America, in my opinion. They’re the backbone of the organization. They’re where authors and writers dig into the trenches of their work. They’re the place where members get to mingle with each other and get that much needed and craved interaction with our tribe. And there are so many chapters to choose from within RWA. Contemporary, suspense, YA, paranormal, erotic, historical, local and national chapters all make up a wide variety for members to join. And with each chapter comes its own set of...

Bringing Back The Stiletto Contest

Dear Chapter Members, One of the major items that had been discussed last year, when the board was getting ready to transition into the 2017 year, was bringing back the Stiletto Contest. A contest that had been well known among RWA members as one of the best among RWA chapters to enter. But how did we, as a new board, bring back a contest that had essentially been abandoned and make it great and a sought after A contest that had been well known among RWA members as one of the best among RWA chapters to enter. But how...

Meet Our New Secretary, Katina Drennan!

A huge congratulations and thanks to our new board! 🙂 Next up in our introductions, we’ve have our new secretary, Katina Drennan. Welcome, Katina! Q. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. What drew you to writing? A. I’ve always loved to read, so writing and language have always come easy to me. My first story idea came full blown after seeing a piece of jewelry in a magazine. At the time I had no idea what was proper or right, I just told the story the best way I knew how. I got a lot of interest...

Meet Our New VP of Communications, Louise Knott Ahern!

A huge congratulations and thanks to our new board! 🙂 Over the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing each new board member. Next up, come meet our new VP of Communications, Louise Knott Ahern (w/a Lyssa Kay Adams)!. Q. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. What drew you to writing? A. I’ve always been a writer. My family tells me I would carry around a notebook and a pencil before I could even read, so I was born with the writing bug. I spent the first 20 years of my professional career as a reporter and editor before finally...

Meet Our New VP of Programs, Melanie Greene!

A huge congratulations and thanks to our new board! 🙂 Over the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing each new board member. Next up, come meet our new VP of Programs, Melanie Greene. Oh, and, guess what? Today is her birthday! Welcome, Melanie! And happy birthday! Q. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. What drew you to writing? A. Because my 5th grade teacher told me I was her only student allowed to start a sentence with ‘because,’ I decided to be a writer when I grew up. Q. Why is contemporary romance important to you? A....

Meet Our President, Casey Clipper!

A huge congratulations and thanks to our new board! 🙂 Over the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing each new board member. First up, come meet our new president, Casey Clipper. Welcome, Casey! Q. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. What drew you to writing? A. I can’t say for sure what drew me to writing. I’ve always been a reader. My mother helped encourage that love for reading and as a teen, even though I came from a family with 4 girls, without much money, my mom would make sure I had a book to read....

Blogging in 2016! Sign up now.

Hello CRWA Members, Can you believe it’s already December? We hope you’ve had a great year of writing! As the new year approaches, we would love to fill up our blog calendar. All chapter members are welcome to blog. Below is a list of suggested topics by month, but if you’ve got your own idea, that’s great too. You can find more information here. PANorama posts will appear on the last Sunday of each month, and are a chance for our chapter PAN members (PAN stands for Published Authors Network, a professional designation within RWA open to members who...

Taking Over Nationals — Stories from Chapter Members!

The chapter was well represented at the RWA National Conference in New York City! Congratulations to Sonali Dev on her RITA nomination (Best First Book, A Bollywood Affair), to Abigail Owen, our Chapter VP of Communications, on her Prism Award (Andromeda’s Fall, Shadowcat Nation #1, RWA Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal Chapter, 1st Place in Dark Paranormal) and to Caro Carson on her RITA win (Contemporary Romance: Short, The Bachelor Doctor’s Bride)! Here are some highlights from our members. If you’ve got your own stories to share, please leave them in the comments. Enjoy!   Pen Name Problems ~ Sophia Henry I admit, it’s...

A Message from Chapter President, Alana Albertson

Hi!!! I’m thrilled to be the newly elected president of RWA Contemporary Writers Chapter. In many ways, this is like coming home to me. A quick introduction. My name is Alana Albertson, I’m a best-selling author of New Adult Romantic suspense. I also write young adult romance and contemporary romance. I live in sunny San Diego, with my husband and two little boys. Before becoming a full time author, I ran a test-preparation college admissions counseling business. I was also a professional ballroom dancer. In my free time, I rescue shelter dogs. I wouldn’t be the writer I am...

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