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​CTRWA Membership Benefits & details


We are a local chapter of Romance Writers of America® (RWA), an international organization. RWA is a nonprofit trade association whose mission is to advance the professional and common business interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy and by increasing public awareness of the romance genre. CTRWA was established in 1981 and incorporated as a non-profit in 1986.

We welcome and support the efforts of authors, members, and guests from all backgrounds and strive to provide programming and events that are respectful, inclusive, equitable, and accessible for everyone.

CTRWA has authors writing in many genres. You don’t have to write romance to benefit from participation and membership. Published and non-published writers are welcome. 

For the time being, CTRWA meetings are held via Zoom, on the second Saturday of the month. Member check-in and chapter news is from 9:00-10:00 a.m. The workshop/speaker is from 10:00-11:00 a.m. 

Non-members can attend meetings to check out our fabulous group! Email connecticutrwa@gmail.com for information on attending an upcoming meeting.

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Did you know non-members are allowed to attend two meetings for free? After that, a $5 fee will be charged via the PayPal button link on this website. Email connecticutrwa@gmail.com for more information. Members: the Zoom meeting link will be posted in the RWA Forums.

NEXT HYBRID MEETING: Saturday March 11th, 9AM 

Location: Wells-Turner Library, 2407 Main Street, Glastonbury,  ALSO via ZOOM link

Presentation:  Hero's Personality Ladder given by Laurie Schnebly

 Track your hero's arc through the seven core steps he'll need to climb during his journey from a Mr. NOT YET RIGHT  to a character who's fully earned his victory in the end. Of course, the heroine has her own ladder to climb, often in parallel stages - until the finale, when they reach their ultimate triumph. (There's even a ladder for the villain, although he rarely makes it to the top!)

Laurie Schnebly (also known as Laurie Schnebly Campbell) draws on her background as a counseling therapist and romance writer to provide workshops for writers. During weekdays, she writes and produces videos, brochures, and commercials (some of which feature her voice) for a Phoenix advertising agency. After hours, she writes romances.

Her romance books include: And Father Makes Three, Unexpected Family, Good Morning, Stranger, Home at Last, Romancing The Holidays, His Brother’s Baby, Wrong Twin-Right Man. She also published Believable Characters: Creating With Enneagrams.

Online or in person, Laurie’s workshops attract people who appreciate her humorous, “every-minute-full” style of teaching, as well as her comprehensive handouts.

For more information contact: Grace Hartwell, CTRWA President, ConnecticutRWA@gmail.com

Membership benefits include:

  • Members-only forums and archives.
  • Monthly meetings with speakers or workshops.
  • Monthly critique group.
  • Support and camaraderie for published members.
  • Information on the publishing industry.
  • Opportunities to meet professionals in the publishing industry.

Membership dues for CTRWA are $36 a year, payable in January each year. For more information regarding membership in CTRWA, email connecticutrwa@gmail.com with the subject line, "Membership Matters."

Join or renew your CTRWA Membership

Membership in CTRWA is open to any person who is a member in good standing of Romance Writers of America (RWA). If you are not yet an RWA member, you must join the parent organization before joining CTRWA.

View information on RWA membership.

Once you join RWA, on the RWA website you can select Communities, Chapters, then Connecticut Romance Writers to join.​

Or click here to join CTRWA.