Romance Writers of America is the premiere organization for professional romance writers and aspiring romance writers. RWA recognizes chapter affiliation as one of its major activities in providing local networking and support systems for writers. Its chapters offer members the opportunity to come together to discuss the industry and build connections with fellow romance writers. There are two general types of chapters–Local chapters and special interest chapters.
Local chapters generally meet monthly, often featuring guest speakers who discuss topics relevant to writing. There are critique-group opportunities. There is also camaraderie and networking opportunities with other RWA members who understand the writing life’s ups and downs.
Most (but not all) states in the United States have one or more local chapters. For instance, west of the Rockies in the contiguous United States are:
- Desert Rose Chapter
- Northern Arizona Romance Writers of America
- Tucson RWA Chapter #58
- Valley of the Sun Romance Writers of America
- East Valley Authors
- Los Angeles Romance Authors
- Orange County (California) Chapter
- Sacramento Valley Rose
- San Diego RWA
- San Francisco Area
- Silicon Valley Chapter
- Yosemite Romance Writers
- Eastside RWA (Washington)
- Evergreen RWA
- Greater Seattle RWA
- Inland Empire Chapter (Spokane)
- Olympia RWA
A full list can be found online in various places, including the RWA site.
Special-interest chapters are made up of members interested in a particular subgenre of romance fiction (e.g., Regency, inspirational, paranormal). These chapters meet online and offer education and support tailored to the needs of writers who are interested in these romance subgenres.
- The Beau Monde Regency Chapter
- Celtic Hearts Romance Writers
- Contemporary Romance Writers
- Cultural, Interracial, and Multicultural Special Interest Chapter
- Faith, Hope, and Love, Inc.
- From the Heart Romance Writers
- Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal
- Golden Network Chapter
- Gothic Romance Writers
- Hearts Through History Romance Writers
- RWA Romantic Suspense/Mystery Chapter #144 (Kiss of Death)
- Outreach International Romance Writers
- Passionate Ink
- Published Authors Special Interest Chapter/PASIC
- Rainbow Romance Writers
- Romantic Women’s Fiction
- RWA Online
- Young Adult Chapter