Meet and mingle with local and national writers both published and non-published. Writers from all genres welcome.

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 for more information. Members: the Zoom meeting link will be posted in the RWA Forums.

NEXT MEETING: Saturday May 13, 2023, 9:45 AM  at Wallingford Public Library, 200 N. Main Street, Wallingford, CT

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Presentation:  Building A Better World, by Amanda Arista

Writers have total control over the worlds they create and the heroes they manipulate. In this lecture, Amanda will explore the keys to the relationship between these worlds and the steps to walk through when creating a world from scratch to challenge your hero, or how to find the write hero to make your world a better place. Like building a pyramid, a strong foundation is key to creating inherent conflict within your story. From continents to cultures, this workshop will help beginning writers think of the big questions for new realms, past, present and future.
Amanda was born in Illinois, raised in Corpus Christi, lives in Dallas but her heart lies in London. Good thing she loves to travel. During the summer after second grade, she read every book in the young adult section of the library, much to the surprise of the local librarian. So she started making up her own stories and hasn’t stopped.
She has a husband who fights crime, one dog who thinks he’s a real boy, and another who might be a fruit bat in disguise. She recently added a tiny human to the mix who is following in her mother’s footsteps of storytelling.
Along with her BA in English & Psychology and her MA in Education, Amanda is a graduate of the SMU Creative Writing Program and now teaches other aspiring authors. She has delivered lectures at several writer conferences and loves discussing craft, character, and structure. Her current favorite: Stirring up Trouble with Romantic Subplots. She is represented by Kimberly Brower, of Brower Literary & Management.

For more information contact: Grace Hartwell, CTRWA President,

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CTRWA meetings are held the second Saturday of the month at 9:45 a.m. Topics focus on both the craft and business of writing.

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Upcoming Events​

April 8: Caridad Pineiro

May 13: Amanda Arista

June 10: Stacy Frazer presents "What's a Book Coach?"

July 8: TBA

August: Possible Retreat

September 9: Sherry Thomas

October 14: Libby Waterford