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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...

A Message from Abigail Owen, VP of Communications

~ By Abigail Owen Hello Contemporary Romance Writers! I am so excited to be your 2015 VP of Communications! This is a brand new position and one I am already having a ton of fun with. First, a little about me. My name is Abigail Owen. I write both contemporary and paranormal romance. Like many of you, I’ve been a writer all my life, but have only become more serious with it in the last six years. Where the communications interest comes from: 5 years as a web designer, 10 years working for Intel as a sales analyst and...

Order Your CRW Chapter Pin!

The Contemporary Romance Chapter has beautiful pins available for members to purchase! Show off your chapter and genre pride at your next conference or event! Just complete the below form and the $5/pin PayPal payment. Pins will be shipped once per month, so once you complete the below, please rest assured that we have received your order and will ship your pin within a few weeks. (click to enlarge) Order Form: $5 PayPal Payment:   Thank you for ordering a chapter pin and supporting the Contemporary Romance Chapter!

Call for Workshop Proposals

The Contemporary Romance Chapter of the Romance Writers of America is accepting proposals for workshops for any time during the 2015 or early 2016 membership years. We are interested in workshops in ALL possible topics that fall under the following broad categories: Genre – all types of contemporary romantic fiction Craft Plotting Character development Writing Romance GMC Story structure Planning/writing sequels/series Category Romance Deep POV Marketing/Social Media/branding Queries/Synopses/Pitching The Business Side of Writing Blogging Self-publishing All our classes occur on-line, via a private Yahoo loop or website forum. Classes can range in length from 1 day, 1 week, 2...

A Message From Our Chapter President

Welcome to the RWA-Contemporary Romance Chapter! I’m thrilled to welcome you to the RWA-Contemporary Romance Chapter! We are a lively, prolific, and diverse group of writers interested in all aspects of romantic contemporary fiction. If you’re looking for writing support and advice, educational and networking opportunities, or industry information related to contemporary romance, you’ve come to the right place! The RWA-CR chapter is an online chapter, which means you can join us and participate in our events no matter where you live.   Our Mission: To educate Contemporary Romance writers at all stages of their careers–offering valuable resources, craft...

Meet Your 2014 Chapter Board Members!

A new year means a new chapter board, and we’re very pleased to introduce you to the 2014 RWA-Contemporary Romance Board. Please do not hesitate to contact us via the website contact form or the chapter Yahoo loop if you need us for anything! President – Laura Kaye Vice-President – VaNessa Duplessie Treasurer – Celia Lucente Secretary – Debra Sennefelder PAN Liaison – Robin Covington PRO Liaison – Melanie Cremins Membership Liaison – Becky Lower Past President – Kimberly Farris We’re looking forward to serving you!